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Alcoholism (cont.)

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The person suffering from alcoholism must first make the decision that he or she must stop using alcohol. Without such a resolve, achieving long-term sobriety is unlikely.

  • To avoid an impulsive relapse, the person's home should be alcohol-free.
  • The person should enroll in a social support group or counseling program. Also, social situations that encourage alcohol consumption should be avoided.
  • If medication is prescribed to help maintain sobriety, the person must take the medication according to a strict schedule. Meeting with a counselor is essential. When the urge to relapse becomes strong, the person should immediately contact a member of his or her support group and discuss the urge in an effort to resist it.

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