What Is the Prognosis of Alcoholism?
- Remaining alcohol-free is a very difficult task for most people with alcohol use disorder. Individuals who do not seek help after detoxification tend to have a high relapse rate.
- Four key factors may increase the relapse rate:
- Less education about addiction and ways to resist urges to relapse
- Higher levels of frustration and anger
- More extensive history of cravings and other withdrawal symptoms
- More frequent consumption of alcohol prior to treatment
- If a person continues to drink excessively after numerous or ongoing treatments, their prognosis is very poor. Persistent heavy drinkers will often succumb to the effects of alcohol.
- Alcohol use disorder is a chronic disease not unlike diabetes or congestive heart failure. If alcoholism is considered a chronic disease, a treatment success rate of 50% is similar to the success rates in other chronic illnesses.
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Postal Address: ACA WSO
PO Box 3216
Torrance, CA 90510
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1600 Corporate Landing Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617
Call 888-4AL-ANON (888-425-2666) for meeting information
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475 Riverside Drive at West 120th St.
New York, NY 10115
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