Alcoholism affects at least 10 percent of the entire American population that consumes alcohol. It is a terrible affliction that damages families and loved ones, and is an ever-growing problem that has existed for many years. Fortunately, there are ways to help those who are alcoholics. Alcoholism rehab is an excellent way to get them the assistance they need. This rehab can take many different forms, from attending AA meetings to spending some time in a hospital-like center or rehab house.
No matter which form is chosen, the alcoholic person can experience a new outlook on life, and hopefully will walk away “cured” with no more need to drink. AA meetings are a good start for those who drink too much. Most AA meetings are held in churches at various locations and different times. You must call your local AA chapter to find out where and when the meetings will be held. During an AA meeting, people are given a chance to express their fears, past experiences, and current feelings with fellow alcoholics. These meetings have been known to be extremely therapeutic and helpful.
Other forms of alcoholism rehab may require a short hospital stay or time spent in a special center. Sometimes, medication is added to assist the addict with withdrawal symptoms or other pains he or she may experience. Keeping the person alone until the alcohol has been purged from the body is often referred to as “detox”. Sometimes, simple detoxification of the body is all that is needed to help an alcoholic gain a “moment of clarity”. The long-term effects of alcoholism can be extremely devastating, and in some cases, fatal. The liver and heart are severely affected, so education about alcohol and its effects is also very important. With the right forms of rehab, almost anyone can regain hope and strength to fight their addictions to alcohol.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.