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Alcoholism treatmentTreatment for an Alcoholic

Alcoholism is typically categorized as a disease and can be defined as an uncontrolled compulsion to consume alcohol despite any and all consequences. Heavy drinking can often lead to someone becoming an alcoholic and may require treatment.

In 2011, heavy drinking was reported by 6.2 percent of the population aged 12 or older, or 15.9 million people. This rate was lower than the rate of heavy drinking in 2010 (6.7 percent). Heavy drinking is defined as binge drinking on at least 5 days in the past 30 days.

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Common Treatments for Alcoholics

today there are many approaches used for treating an alcoholic. Some common treatments include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT), as well as other forms of one-on-one and group counseling practices. The most common program followed is the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), which began in 1935.


Alcohol Treatment Admissions

Alcohol is the single most commonly cited primary substance at treatment admissions in the country. There are more than 300 people per 100,000 aged 12 and older who are admitted for treatment for alcohol abuse or alcholism. The highest incidence rates of treatment admissions for alcohol were in Colorado and South Dakota, while the lowest rates were in Mississippi and Tennessee.


Alcoholic Treatment Medications

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) recommends for treatment practices to include a combination of therapy and medications. These medications are disulfiram (Antabuse), naltrexone (Revia, Vivitrol, Naltrel) and acamprosate (Campral). Other medications are often used during the detox and withdrawal stage.


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