Alcohol use disorder Diagnosis and treatment

Thanks to virtual healthcare, you can see a therapist from the comfort of your home. St. John’s wort can help to relieve depression and mood swings that come with alcohol withdrawal and early recovery. Research shows the herb works as well as some depression medications. Ashwagandha is sometimes used for alcohol withdrawal and cravings. In studies with alcohol-addicted mice, ashwagandha seemed to relieve anxiety.

Is AA the only way to stay sober?

No, you can take many pathways to long-term sobriety.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) remains one of the most common support groups for long-term sobriety.

Several other drugs are also used and many are under investigation. The CAGE questionnaire, named for its four questions, is one such example that may be used to screen patients quickly in a doctor’s office. Group therapy, led by a therapist, can give you the benefits of therapy along with the support of other members.

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The online recovery community expanded dramatically during the COVID-19 lockdown. Support groups and meetings can be found 24 hours a day from the comfort of your home with a variety of recovery programs to choose from. Some studies report that mindfulness led to better outcomes than 12-step programs only.

If you’re interested in learning more about Ranch Creek’s non-12-step rehab for alcohol addiction and substance abuse, please contact us today by filling out a form or giving us a call to speak with a representative. We can walk you through our admission process as well as discuss your insurance coverage options. At Ranch Creek Recovery, we start with in-depth assessments and use various therapeutic modalities during the addiction treatment process, such as behavioral therapies, as well as traditional talk and support groups therapy sessions.

Treatment for AUD

Inpatient treatment centers provide medication-assisted treatment throughout the detoxification process, which can help to ensure that you are able to safely and effectively overcome your alcohol addiction. A study of heavy drinkers who were not in a treatment program found that taking kudzu had no effect on their alcohol cravings. But it did reduce the number of drinks they had each week by a third to a half. Naltrexone is a drug that blocks the pleasurable feelings alcohol causes. This helps prevent heavy drinking and reduces the urge to drink.

  • None of the drugs being used, however, have yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration specifically for use in chemical aversion therapy for alcoholism.
  • Attending support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Al-Anon, that offer encouragement and engagement with others in recovery, group leaders and sponsors can be a positive way to make a lifestyle change and maintain sobriety.
  • Your therapist will also be able to work with you on any underlying issues that may be triggering your drinking problem such as peers, family relationships, work or other circumstances.
  • If you have an AUD and a mental illness, it is important to get treatment for both.

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