The Principles of Effective Treatment set forth by the National Institute on Drug Abuse make it clear that while detox ends the stages of Alcohol withdrawal and physical dependence on alcohol, it doesn’t address the addiction. Dependence and addiction aren’t the same things, and detox is only the first step in addiction treatment.
Alcohol Addiction is characterized by the inability to stop drinking even though it’s causing problems in your life, including health, relationship, financial, and legal troubles. It’s when one experiences the phases of withdrawal from drinking Alcohol because they’ve grown physically and emotionally dependent upon the substance.
It develops when the brain makes ironclad associations between using Alcohol and the pleasure it produces. As the brain begins to associate enjoying Alcohol with needing it, the result is intense cravings that lead to compulsive use. The brain changes that occur with Alcohol addiction–particularly in the learning, reward, and memory centers–also affect thought and behavior patterns, leading to dysfunctional thinking and risky behaviors.
Treating an addiction to Alcohol requires addressing the various issues that underlie the Alcohol abuse, which may include a mental illness like anxiety or depression, a history of trauma, chronic stress, or family dysfunction. It requires developing essential skills and strategies for coping with cravings, stress, and other potent triggers for relapse, and it requires finding purpose and meaning in life and learning how to have fun and enjoy yourself without Alcohol.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is the cornerstone of addiction treatment and avoiding the stages of Alcohol withdrawals. It helps you sort through your unique issues, and it helps you identify self-destructive thought and behavior patterns and learn to think and behave in healthier ways.
Of particular concern is the effect Alcoholism has on children. It is known that children from Alcoholic households, be that with one or two drinking parents, are more likely to have behavioral problems, anxiety, and other emotional issues.
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