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Alcoholism: Treatment for Managing Withdrawal Symptoms and Rehab

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 01:15 AM EST

Alcoholism is a chronic and serious health problem. Alcoholism is an addiction condition in which the sufferer cannot resist the overwhelming urge to drink alcohol. This addiction makes the physical, mental, social and financial facets of life miserable. It is crucial to get rid of alcohol addiction in initial stages. Sufferers who try to overcome alcohol addiction usually get withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms of alcohol addiction occur because neurotransmitters in our brain get disturbed. During alcohol withdrawal, neurotransmitters rebound in absence of alcohol and make the brain hyperexcitable. Headache, acidity, anxiety, and problems sleeping are the common withdrawal symptoms of alcohol addiction. Sometimes, these withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening. A severe withdrawal symptom is a medical emergency to be managed with utmost care under specialist supervision.

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Normally, treatment of alcohol addiction and treatment of withdrawal symptoms go hand in hand. Though alcohol addiction is tough to overcome, alcoholism is curable. Your willpower helps you overcome the addiction and reduce the withdrawal symptoms efficiently.
Some sufferers require rehabilitation (rehab, for short) for managing the withdrawal symptoms. Detoxification and rehabilitation are the two main aspects of alcoholism treatment. Detoxification is done to flush out alcohol from the body. However, during detox treatment, medicines are needed to control the withdrawal symptoms. These treatments generally include sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs. Disulfiram, Naltrexone, and Acamprosate are legally approved medicines for the treatment and effective management of alcoholism.

Social support group is an essential part of the alcoholism treatment. The counselors also play a vital role in the treatment of alcoholism. Even the best treatment focuses on improving the relationships and confidence of the sufferer undergoing rehab. Drug rehab centers address psychological dependency on alcohol and other addiction-causing substances. Rehab centers engage the counselors, psychologists, medicine consultants and psychiatrists who train and motivate the sufferers to overcome alcoholism. Many nonprofit organizations run rehab centers and provide the best services to help people recover from alcohol addiction. These rehabilitation centers bring back the confidence in alcoholics and help them become independent.
Alcohol Anonymous is a worldwide organization working for the rehab of alcoholism sufferers. AA proposes a 12-step rehab program for alcoholism and recommends spiritual wisdom for a successful rehab.

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Alcoholism is a chronic and serious health problem caused by alcohol addiction, showing withdrawal symptoms on stopping alcohol consumption. Effective treatment for alcoholism includes managing withdrawal symptoms and sufferers’ rehab.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 01:15 AM
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