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Types of Alcohol Addiction Therapy

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There are various terminologies used for alcohol addiction, because there are two recognized alcohol related disorders, which are, alcohol abuse disorder and alcoholism. Alcohol abuse is where a person frequently drinks alcohol and causes harm to their body, but they can set limits and they are not dependent to the substance. However, alcoholism is where a person feels the need to continually drink, has a difficult time stopping drinking once they start, and will go through withdrawals once alcohol is no longer in their body. Alcoholism can also be called alcohol dependency or alcohol addiction.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, unlike alcoholism, alcohol abuse is where a person will have some ability to set limits on their drinking. However, with alcohol abuse disorder, a person’s alcohol use is still self-destructive and dangerous to themselves.

Both alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction can be treated through therapies, however a person will need to find the right therapy option that works best for them.

Types of Alcohol Addiction Therapy

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, treatment for alcohol abuse and alcoholism has seen many advances over the years. In addition to mutual support groups, such as AA, treatment can be achieved with medications and behavioral therapies, as well as combinations of the two. Furthermore, technology, such as the internet, has opened new avenues for diagnosing and treating people who suffer from alcohol abuse or alcoholism.

Alcoholics Anonymous

(AA) is probably one of the best known resources for recovering alcoholics to use to their benefit. AA is not a form of therapy, although it is therapeutic in style to most people who are involved. AA is free, and AA groups are located all throughout the country.

Behavioral therapy

Behavioral therapy has been proven to be the most effective form of treatment for people struggling with addictions. Behavioral therapy is commonly provided to people in alcohol addiction treatment programs, although it is available outside of the programs as well. Behavioral therapy will help a person learn to manage their addiction and learn to handle their urges.

Aside from support groups and behavioral therapy, a person struggling with an alcohol addiction may want to involve themselves in family therapy, which would incorporate their family members in their therapy sessions. Family therapy can be extremely beneficial to people who have hurt their family members and loved ones from their actions when they were drinking.

Aside from the three types of therapy already listed, there are many more types of alcohol addiction therapies that people can use to help them with their alcohol addiction. Researching and finding a type of therapy that meets the needs of the individual seeking it, will be beneficial, and is an important step in a person’s road to recovery.