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If you or someone you love has a drinking problem, you won't want to miss this Howcast video series on alcoholism and alcohol abuse.
You Will Need
- A psychiatric evaluation
- A medical checkup
- A support group
- Loved ones
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (optional)
- Motivational enhancement therapy (optional)
Consult a psychiatrist. At least 40 percent of people who abuse alcohol have a serious mental-health issue – like depression or anxiety – that leads them to self-medicate with liquor. Treating any underlying condition may help curb your alcohol dependency.
Get counseling to find ways to resist the urge to drink. And don't assume that rehabilitation has to be in-house; research shows that outpatient rehab can also be effective.
Ask a doctor about the medications available to treat alcoholism. Some help reduce the craving for alcohol, while others discourage drinking by making people feel sick after they've had liquor.
Join a support group. Search online for options or ask your place of worship for assistance.
Lean on friends and family members to help you maintain your sobriety. People with strong support systems do better, and your loved ones will want to see you succeed.
Stick it out. Alcoholism is a chronic illness, and relapses may happen. But if you can stay with a treatment program for 90 days, you have a better chance of overcoming your problem for good.