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Alcoholism Treatment

Because of alcohol’s prevalence and accepted role as a social lubricant, the addiction to alcohol is an extremely difficult addiction to conquer. Much research points to total abstinence and (at least, initially) avoiding high-risk situations as the first guideposts, and 12 Step programs or other professional or peer support can assist Mild-to-Moderate alcoholics (persons capable of maintaining some level of sobriety). Family and friend support is extremely beneficial, especially if they recognize their enabling behaviors (see Codependency). For persons consumed by alcoholism, detox followed by inpatient treatment (psychotherapy, abstinence, peer support) often breaks the addictive cycle long enough to provide clarity, structure and initiative for the addict.

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