The first steps toward recovering from an alcoholism are recognizing the problem and seeking professional help from people who care. Alcoholism is treatable. Treatment for alcohol addiction usually includes therapy, counseling, support groups and education. Many benefit from joining a self-help group or 12-Step programs, while others seek out inpatient or outpatient treatment. With professional help, it is possible to overcome alcoholism.
The importance of medically supervised detox.
Suddenly stopping alcohol or tranquilizers can lead to severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, strokes or heart attacks in high-risk patients. Because of this, medically supervised detox—which involves close monitoring, pain management and the use of prescription drugs to treat complications—is highly recommended.