One adult in three drinks to excess, according to an analysis by NPR, but not every person who drinks too much suffers from alcoholism. It might seem like an academic distinction, but it is important to understand. After all, only people with alcoholism need alcoholism treatment. Others might benefit from a different form of care.
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These symptoms can last for up to 48 hours, and it is vital that people do not stop this process by diving back into drinking. Enrolling in a formal detoxification program can help, as the supervision provided here ensures that relapsing is difficult, if not impossible.
Some people also need medical detox, as withdrawal has been associated with seizures in some people. They experience mild symptoms that just grow worse with time. Without medications, this can be life-threatening.
With the steps above, people with alcoholism can quit alcohol. But how can they stay sober? That comes with the help of a formal alcoholism rehab program.
Even with the best of treatment programs, alcoholism relapse can occur. As the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism points out, alcohol abuse can cause a form of brain damage. When that happens, it is hard for people to deal with stressful situations without the help of alcohol. These people are not weak; their brain cells have changed.
Support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, can help. The Alcoholics Anonymous General Service Office says there are some 60,000 groups in the United States to choose from.
Some people in the early stages of recovery go to meetings every single day. Others go just once or twice per week. Still others go just once per week and devote outside time to studying printed documents from the organization.