Alcohol Addiction Treatment at EZCare Clinic in San Francisco
One in every 12 adults in the United States, or approximately 17.5 million people, suffer from some type of alcohol abuse including alcohol addiction. More than 7 million children in our country live with at least one parent who is addicted to alcohol and alcoholism is the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation. Because the use of alcohol is so widespread and is woven into the fabric of our lifestyles, it can be difficult to recognize alcoholism and even more difficult to treat it. If you believe your life is being negatively affected by your use of alcohol and you have failed to stop drinking, you could have the alcohol addiction. Fortunately, there is help available to help treat your addiction and return you to a productive and fulfilling life.
If you believe you are addicted to alcohol, you should schedule an appointment with a clinic that specializes in alcohol addiction treatment such as EZCare Clinic in San Francisco. They can evaluate you and, if they diagnose alcohol addiction, can help you with either therapy, prescription medications, or a combination of the two.
Depending on the causes of your alcohol addiction, therapy can often be very helpful in the recovery process. Therapy can be conducted individually or in group or family settings. Here are some of the common types of therapies used to treat addiction.
12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous are an effective form of group therapy for those who are just starting recovery and for those who want to maintain their long-term sobriety.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used to retrain your brain to develop healthier thought patterns that lead to different behavior. This type of therapy has proven to be very helpful in treating alcohol addiction and achieving a healthier lifestyle.
If you have used alcohol as a coping mechanism to deal with current or past trauma, trauma-based therapy may be used to help you deal with the emotions that are related to the trauma. This type of therapy can be useful in helping you move on from the trauma so you no longer have to hide from it with addiction.
Prescription medications are often used in addition to therapy to help those in recovery. Here are the three common types of medications used to treat those with alcohol addiction:
Antabuse was the first prescription medication approved for alcohol abuse and works by causing a severe negative reaction when an individual taking it drinks alcohol. This medication continues to be an effective deterrent to drinking, especially for those in early recovery.
Naltrexone (Revia or Depade)
Revia and Depade are monthly injectable forms of naltrexone, which is also known as Vivitrol. This drug blocks the pleasurable feelings that come from drinking as well as taking opioids and can be an effective way to assist with abstinence.
This is the most recent drug that has been approved to help treat alcohol abuse and/or addiction in the United States. It is helpful in reducing the emotional and physical distress, commonly known as ‘withdrawal symptoms’, that many experiences when in early recovery.
Getting the Help You Need
If you have an addiction to alcohol that is negatively impacting your life, you don’t have to fight it alone. By scheduling an appointment at a clinic such as EZCare Clinic that specializes in alcohol addiction, you can work with a team of professionals who can craft a recovery plan including therapy and/or medications that can help treat your alcoholism and put you on the road to a better life.
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