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Which treatment works the best and fastest for alcohol abuse?
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David Miller
Family Medicine
8 doctors agree
In brief: Best is not fast
There is no "best and fast" treatment for alcohol abuse.
The treatment is to quit, often in a medical detox facility, and then join a support group such as aa or celebrate recovery. It takes time and support and lots of hard work but recovery is possible. If this is for you, seek out an aa or cr group today!

In brief: Best is not fast
There is no "best and fast" treatment for alcohol abuse.
The treatment is to quit, often in a medical detox facility, and then join a support group such as aa or celebrate recovery. It takes time and support and lots of hard work but recovery is possible. If this is for you, seek out an aa or cr group today!
David Miller
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Dr. David McQuade
General Practice
3 doctors agree
In brief: Long Road
Unfortunately there is no quick fix.
The person who is quitting needs to be really committed to the process and ideals they will get a lot of help + support from friends/family. The 12 step program, alcohol counselling, possibly a detox program and medicines like Antabuse can all help. It's a long road though so much patience and perseverance is needed! Good luck.

In brief: Long Road
Unfortunately there is no quick fix.
The person who is quitting needs to be really committed to the process and ideals they will get a lot of help + support from friends/family. The 12 step program, alcohol counselling, possibly a detox program and medicines like Antabuse can all help. It's a long road though so much patience and perseverance is needed! Good luck.
Dr. David McQuade
Dr. David McQuade
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Antabuse (disulfiram)
I promote the use of antabuse (disulfiram), (disulfiram) which is a medication whereby a person becomes very, very sick if he or she has a drink while on the antabuse (disulfiram).
If you don't drink, nothing happens, if you drink, you get sick, so guess what? You decide not to drink because who wants to get that sick? Real sick? As long as one takes it every day, it can last up to a week in your system.

In brief: Antabuse (disulfiram)
I promote the use of antabuse (disulfiram), (disulfiram) which is a medication whereby a person becomes very, very sick if he or she has a drink while on the antabuse (disulfiram).
If you don't drink, nothing happens, if you drink, you get sick, so guess what? You decide not to drink because who wants to get that sick? Real sick? As long as one takes it every day, it can last up to a week in your system.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Dr. Stephen Ram
General Practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: Start with a doctor
Get assessed. While there isn't a quick fix sometimes detox can be easier and more successful if managed properly by a doctor. Plus you might need treatment of other medical or mental health conditions that may accompany the alcohol use.
All the best and good on you!!

In brief: Start with a doctor
Get assessed. While there isn't a quick fix sometimes detox can be easier and more successful if managed properly by a doctor. Plus you might need treatment of other medical or mental health conditions that may accompany the alcohol use.
All the best and good on you!!
Dr. Stephen Ram
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not a fast answer
No one treatment is best.
Nothing is a fast fix. Get treatment with a qualified addiction specialist.

In brief: Not a fast answer
No one treatment is best.
Nothing is a fast fix. Get treatment with a qualified addiction specialist.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
In brief: Fast isn't best
12-step programs with good support services have a good track record.
Also very helpful to get underlying psychological issues addressed (anxiety, depression) with counseling, meds. May need inpatient rehab. Quitting cold turkey is often very difficult due to severe, life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. I wish you the best!

In brief: Fast isn't best
12-step programs with good support services have a good track record.
Also very helpful to get underlying psychological issues addressed (anxiety, depression) with counseling, meds. May need inpatient rehab. Quitting cold turkey is often very difficult due to severe, life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. I wish you the best!
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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