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Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Although much of the addiction-care conversation has understandably shifted toward heroin and prescription opioid use disorder, alcohol remains the single-deadliest addiction threat facing the country. Data from the National Institutes of Health indicates that approximately 88,000 Americans each year die from alcohol-related circumstances, whether it is their own direct binge-drinking or being killed by a person impaired by the substance. Along the way, excessive drinking destroys your health, relationships, financial stability, dignity and quality of life. If you or your loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse or alcohol use disorder, iRecovery is ready to help you get the help you need in a comfortable manner. Contact us today at 855-770-0581 to start your treatment.

We understand that, as much as you or your loved one wants to get help to overcome your alcohol addiction, you simply may not be able to access traditional treatment or take time out of your life to enter a program. iRecovery brings the alcohol treatment experience to you, offering a fully formed telemedicine experience that includes counseling, group therapy, medication assistance and other fundamental treatment elements all through the convenience of video conferencing. Contact our team today at 855-770-0581 to find out what we can do for you.

If you are asking yourself if you or your loved one needs treatment for addiction chances are there is already something very wrong. Perhaps you are neglecting your personal responsibilities to drink; perhaps you are engaging in increasingly high-risk behavior in order to satisfy your craving for alcohol; perhaps you are lashing out at the people who care about you or your suffering from serious physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.

The American Psychological Association’s latest installment of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) indicates that anyone meeting 2 of the 11 criteria in a 12-month period can be diagnosed with at least mild alcohol use disorder.  The following are the list of criteria:

  • Drinking larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended
  • Persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control drinking
  • Fixating on activities necessary to obtain alcohol, drinking, or recover from its effects
  • Craving, or a strong desire or urge to use alcohol
  • Recurrent alcohol use resulting in a failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home
  • Continued alcohol use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of alcohol
  • Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of alcohol use
  • Recurrent alcohol use in situations in which it is physically hazardous
  • Alcohol use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by alcohol
  • Tolerance, as defined by either of the following as either a need for increased amounts of alcohol to achieve intoxication or desired effect or a diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of alcohol
The fact that it is legal can often lead people to lose sight of just how dangerous alcohol can be.  The reality is that, if consumed excessively, this drug creates serious and lasting changes in the brain’s chemistry that must be balanced with a course of treatment that addresses the physical and psychological aspects of the disease.

While patients who are just starting to develop withdrawal symptoms from excessive alcohol consumption may be able to manage the symptoms on their own, it is generally recommended that those struggling with serious alcohol dependency issues enter detoxification for expert, medically supervised withdrawal management. Detox typically lasts about three to seven days, during which patients get help from experienced and qualified doctors and nurses. Common symptoms of alcohol withdrawal may include but are not limited to:

  • Tremors and Shaking
  • Hallucinations
  • Extreme Changes in Mood
  • Severe Headache
  • Sensitivity to Light
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Severe Joint and Muscle Pain
  • Sleep Disorder
  • Excessive Fatigue

Depending upon the scope and severity of these symptoms, it is generally best that they are treated by an experienced professional.

After patients are medically stabilized through detox, they should undergo a thorough and comprehensive course of behavioral rehab to help them recognize and cope with the origins and sustaining factors of their alcohol addiction. Rehab generally includes group therapy, individualized counseling and supplemental therapies to give patients a well-rounded and comprehensive recovery experience. There are also several medications that have been approved for the treatment of alcohol use disorder:

Disulfiram

Most effective in people who have already gone through detoxification or are in the initial stage of abstinence.

Acamprosate

For people who have already stopped drinking alcohol and want to avoid drinking. It works to prevent people from drinking alcohol, but it does not prevent withdrawal symptoms after people drink alcohol.

Naltrexone

Naltrexone blocks the euphoric effects and feelings of intoxication. This allows people with alcohol addiction to reduce their drinking behaviors enough to remain motivated to stay in treatment and on track to recovery.

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