Alcohol

WHAT IS ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE? ALCOHOL?

Most people are unaware that they are addicted to alcohol. Indeed, most people think that only people who drink regularly, or those who cannot go a day without drinking, are alcoholics.

On the contrary, most alcoholics are people who have a normal work life and a stable social and family life.

As the addiction progresses, arguments with a partner, conflicts with the law (drunk driving, etc.) and absenteeism or neglect of work become more and more frequent. In this situation, the affected person tends to gradually lose interest in activities that are not associated with drinking.

Therefore, treatment should not only facilitate the medical recovery of the affected person, but also consider psychological and biographical aspects, family dynamics and necessary lifestyle changes.

HOW TO TREAT ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE

In many cases, the patient is reluctant to start treatment and the family tries unsuccessfully to change their minds. In other cases, the patient agrees to start treatment, but the family is very disrupted because of the constant problems generated by the addict.

However, it has been shown that the patient’s recovery is more favourable when there is a structured family relationship, hence the need to support family members to better understand the mechanisms of addiction. It is important to understand that in the case of addiction, the patient’s capacity for self-control is impaired. Thus, family support focuses on getting the patient started in treatment or helping them regain these abilities, which are the ones that will help overcome the addiction. To this end, “INICIA” ADDICTION TREATMENT offers a program to strengthen the family’s role in the patient’s development

Once treatment has begun, the next step is to assess the need for detoxification treatment. This treatment depends on the severity of the addiction (amount of alcohol ingested, degree of difficulty in controlling consumption, family, and medical problems, etc.).

If the patient is in a very deteriorated situation, admission to a substance abuse centre is recommended. The patient is admitted to a centre where the abstinence syndrome is supervised, and the first steps are taken to stop the drinking of alcohol through psychiatric and psychological follow-up (individual and group therapies).

If the patient has mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms and has adequate family support, home detoxification is recommended. This has the advantage of interfering less with daily life, while fostering greater complicity between the patient and his or her family, which allows the detoxification process to be addressed more quickly.

This includes a variety of strategies, such as group therapy, specific psychological therapies to prevent relapse, drug testing, etc.

Treatment is aimed at abstinence from alcohol and is often most helpful for at-risk drinkers and those with moderate alcohol dependence.
When suffering from severe alcohol dependence or secondary disease, treatment focuses on stopping alcohol use. To do this, we work on awareness of the addiction, reorganization of activities with the search for alternatives, relapse prevention and treatment of the associated psychopathology with the goal of not drinking alcohol.

If necessary, we can arrange for treatment to begin in an in-patient facility.

If you suspect that a family member or loved one is addicted to alcohol, the most urgent thing to do is to obtain a professional diagnosis where advice is given on the type of treatment the patient should undergo. A personalized follow-up with high therapeutic intensity is always provided.

At “INICIA” ADDICTIONS TREATMENT, we will recommend the most appropriate solution in each case and advise the family and the patient on how to proceed.

If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of professionals offer advice on the most effective way to address the problem at hand and to promote healthy habits that will help the patient make a full recovery.

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