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Alcohol Rehab

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Summary:
Alcohol abuse refers to the chronic consumption and craving for alcohol,
so that it interferes in the normal social and economic functioning of
the person. Alcohol Rehab tries to treat and bring back to normal victims
of this condition.


Keywords:
rehab, alcohol rehab, cardiac rehab, drug rehab


Article Body:
Alcohol abuse refers to the chronic consumption and craving for alcohol,
so that it interferes in the normal social and economic functioning of
the person. Alcohol Rehab tries to treat and bring back to normal victims
of this condition.

The alcoholic is unable to stop his craving for drinking. He fails to
complete his obligations at work or home. He undertakes activities that
are dangerous in his condition, including drunk driving. He may encounter
legal problems, and cannot and will not stop drinking despite personal,
official and medical problems.

Alcoholism can be fatal. It affects the addict’s health in many ways.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is an irreversible condition associated with
excessive consumption of alcohol by pregnant women. It leads to physical
and mental deficiencies and even fetal death. Another killer condition is
Cirrhosis, caused by alcoholism and leading to liver failure and death.

Alcohol Rehab must be done carefully by trained medical professionals. It
involves evaluation and management of acute alcohol withdrawal, treatment
of nutritional deficiencies, detoxification and the maintenance of
abstinence.

Medical treatment of alcoholism involves initially the management of
alcohol withdrawal. Treatment includes the use of thiamine and folate
fed intravenously to prevent Wernicke Kosakoff syndrome (an eye
disorder). Seizures must be treated with Benzodiazepines.

After medical management is over, a psychosocial Rehabilitation program
must be undertaken. This includes educating the entire family of the
patient, individual or group therapy, or even a spiritual ‘12 steps to
sobriety’ program given by Alcoholics Anonymous.

There are some important points to remember. Supervised withdrawal is the
first step and must not be hurried. Hurry can be fatal. A medically
supervised detox program is the first step. Next step is to choose a
Rehab center. Find a treatment center that deals not only with addiction
but the holistic picture of psychosocial and legal problems.

The program must involve a major amount of therapy--counseling and
occupational. Therapy or counseling is critical for alcohol treatment.
Patients learn to resist alcohol use, replace drug-using activities with
constructive and rewarding activities. They are asked to shun alcohol
abusing company. They also relearn normal family and social living
patterns.

Treatment involves continuous monitoring for alcohol use. Some people may
require medication for their treatment, and this too must be monitored.
Some may be suffering from mental problems that need special treatment.
The treatment duration may vary with each case, but 3 months is a safe
period for most treatment.

The main point is that there is no singular Rehab formula. The success of
treatment depends on finding the right program and methods. Effective
treatment must address the patient’s drug use and also related medical,
social, psychological, vocational and legal problems.

The treatment may be long-term, involving periods of relapse. The crucial
point is not to give up hope, but work patiently till you reach complete
abstinence.

								
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