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Alcoholism (cont.)

Is Follow-Up Needed After Alcoholism Treatment?

The person suffering from alcohol use disorder must first make the decision to stop using alcohol. Without such a resolve, achieving long-term sobriety is unlikely.

  • To avoid an impulsive relapse, the person's home should be free of alcohol.
  • The person should enroll in a social support group or counseling program. Also, social situations that encourage alcohol consumption should be avoided.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy, aversion therapy, family therapy, and group psychotherapy can all be helpful.
  • 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.

Is It Possible to Prevent Alcoholism?

Prevention of alcoholism is best accomplished by abstinence. You must first have access to alcohol before becoming dependent on the substance. A strong family history of alcoholism is a warning you are at increased risk of becoming dependent on alcohol. Increased awareness of such a risk factor may help modify your attitude toward alcohol consumption. A strong social support system and early medical or psychiatric intervention may also help prevent the escalating consumption of alcohol so characteristic of alcoholism.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/11/2016

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