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 may have a high relapse rate.
- Four key factors may influence 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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