Fortunately, there are highly-effective and diverse alcoholism treatment programs available to people with mild-to-severe AUDs. More than 14 million adults ages 18 and older have alcohol use disorder (AUD), and 1 in 10 children live in a home with a parent who has a drinking problem. Professionals in the alcohol treatment field offer advice on what to consider when choosing a treatment program. Alcoholics Anonymous is available almost everywhere and provides a place to openly and non-judgmentally discuss alcohol problems with others who have alcohol use disorder.
For anyone thinking about treatment, talking to a primary care physician is an important first step he or she can be a good source for treatment referrals and medications.
Can alcohol be used as treatment?
Research shows that most people who have alcohol problems are able to reduce their drinking or quit entirely. Alcohol use disorder is a medical condition that happens when drinking alcohol causes serious problems. Studies show that people who are alcohol dependent are two to three times as likely to suffer from major depression or anxiety over their lifetime. Based on clinical experience, many health providers believe that support from friends and family members is important in overcoming alcohol problems.
A drug called disulfiram may help prevent you from drinking, although it won't cure alcohol use disorder or remove the urge to drink.