Alcohol addiction treatment options

The longer someone's been drinking, and the more they've been drinking, the more roots alcohol is likely to have put down in that person's life.

You might find, for example, that you rely on alcohol to relax, to have fun, to be with friends, to make new friends, to give you confidence, to give you peace of mind, to forget about things that bother you or cause pain.

So giving up alcohol for any length of time is likely to be a challenge. If it's become a part of your life, how are you going to manage without it?

There are different answers to this question for different people, and it's worth thinking this through carefully to give yourself the best chance of success. Would you be better off at home or in a specialist unit?

Either way, there are treatment programmes specifically designed to help people who are sick and tired of alcohol running things and want to take charge of their own lives.

residential programmes provide a safe, alcohol free environment where you can focus on how you want your life to become and what steps you can take to make that possible. A typical programme for alcohol addicts might last from one to two months, giving you plenty of personal support along the way - both from other alcoholics finding their feet in recovery and from specialized clinical staff, such as alcohol counsellors.

outpatient programmes will provide similar, specialist expertise but are easier to arrange around the demands of work and/or home.

support groups can be immensely helpful to some people who may have an addiction to alcohol - whatever the challenges you are facing, you will almost certainly find other people have had the same experience. Remember, stopping isn't the difficult bit, it's staying stopped. Other people may be able to give you that extra little bit of help you need. Participating in a support group can also benefit people who need gambling addiction help.

GPs. It's really worth consulting your GP in the early stages of planning what to do about your drinking. He or she can give you essential information you should be aware of - whether you're intending to carry on drinking or to stop. You can request an assessment of the current impact of alcohol upon your health, and get advice on detox choices.

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