Alcoholism is a disease that can be treatable. There are many treatments available for supporting the alcoholics. The once suffered people are willing to help in the process but there is no medical cure available.
Some people realize they have a drinking problem while others do not. The first step to coming out of alcoholism depends on the conviction of people who have a desire to come out of it.
Most alcoholics who come out of alcoholism out of their own will could have one relapse at least before they are fully out of the problem and work towards attaining sobriety.
The chronic drinkers have been heavy drinkers and they do experience some symptoms of withdrawal when they stop drinking all of a sudden. These can range from mild shakes to delirious behavior that involves hallucinations, convulsions and even death.
The heavy drinkers who have ultimately quit drinking alcohol must have sought medical attention first. But it is not imperative that they should go for medical assistance if they have a very strong volition. They can leave alcohol on their own if they have a very strong will.
Almost ninety five per cent of the alcoholics face symptoms of withdrawal that can be treated by the health care professionals. Those who face severe symptoms of withdrawal should visit rehabs or hospitals that work towards detoxification of patients.
The treatment of detoxification that includes staying away from alcohol in an environment that is controlled also includes the monitoring of the symptoms of withdrawal. In the Detox Treatment, medicines like Serax, Ativan, Librium, Valium are used. It is always advisable to take these medicines with the help of a medical practitioner.
Detoxification from alcohol takes 3 to 7 days after which the dependent on alcohol is not so chemical or physical but rather psychological. After detox the main aim is to prevent relapse to drinking. In the United States there are a plethora of facilities available that range from residential treatment to hospitalization of patients for therapy and counseling. These facilities are very helpful as they help the alcoholic to learn how they can remain sober and they can resist the urge to strong drinking.
It is difficult for the families of alcoholics to admit that alcoholism is a disease. If such things can be accepted by the families, it is easier to treat the alcoholic. It is the support of the family that plays a great role in making an alcoholic come out of his drinking and live his life one day at a time.