Alternate Names : Alcoholism, Alcohol Addiction, Alcohol Abuse
What are the treatments for the condition?
Treatment begins with helping the person to recognize the problem. Alcohol
dependency is associated with a tendency to deny the severity of the problem.
There is an refusal to admit it to others. Once the person has recognized and
admitted a problem, treatment begins with sobriety, or no alcohol intake.
Some individuals who are alcohol dependent will need to be medically
detoxified. This is done in a healthcare setting. Potential complications are
monitored during the detoxification process. Tranquilizers and sedatives are
used 4 to 7 days to control the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
Alcohol recovery programs help people identify
situations that trigger the desire to drink. These programs also help people develop coping skills and life
management systems, so they can live without alcohol. Self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous
have been effective in helping thousands of alcoholics remain sober.
Occasionally medications, such as disulfram, that interfere with the metabolism
or the effects of alcohol are used as a deterrent.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Disulfram may cause drowsiness, depression, and erectile dysfunction.
What happens after treatment for the condition?
Individuals who complete treatment for alcohol dependence often will continue
some form of counseling or self-help group. A person in alcohol recovery will
often voluntarily continue to attend self-help groups indefinitely.
How is the condition monitored?
Alcohol dependence is monitored by healthcare providers, counselors, family, and
friends. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare