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How Anti-Craving Medication Can Help Alcoholics

There are tons of misconceptions when it comes to being alcoholic. Some people say that if someone in the family is alcoholic, that would mean there is a chance that the others will be alcoholic as well. It is actually right but wrong at the same time. It may have a few effects but it is definitely not guaranteed according to researchers. In a recent study, more than 18 million people have drinking problems and a quarter of that die each year because of that. The problem is that some people don’t like to admit that they’re suffering from too much alcohol consumption.

SIGNS OF ALCOHOLIC DENIAL

In order to get better, the person affected must be aware and admit that they are indeed having a problem with alcohol. Denial is considered to be one of the greatest obstacles on the way to recovery. Here are a couple of signs the person affected is in denial:

• When the person affected gets confronted regarding their drinking problem, there are moments that they would rather talk about anything else and they also might feel offended and might say that it is actually a personal matter.

• Another obvious reason is lying and hiding, they may try to say that they’re actually working on it, but the truth is they’re not exactly doing anything to get better.

• They may also compare themselves to other people who are in the same situation, but in a worse position than them so that they could feel a little better about themselves.

It is perfectly understandable though, since they may feel ashamed of what they’ve done or what they’ve become, and they might also feel afraid to ask for help, so if you know anyone who is in this position, they might be worse than you think since their lies will just keep on piling up.

In order to get better, they must be willing to get some help, they must be the ones to push themselves to seek help, because people who don’t believe that they need to get some help or people who don’t believe that there is anything wrong with what they’re doing, are the ones who will have a hard time getting better, since they don’t believe that they need to.

ANTI-CRAVING MEDICATION

However, for the people who are aware and are willing to get some help, there is the anti-craving medication. The person affected must choose to start the treatment themselves. The decision to actually start this treatment is such a huge step to take, if you know anyone or if you, yourself are currently undergoing this treatment then you are such a good example to others.

For those who haven’t but thinking about it, there are multiple approaches when it comes to treating alcohol addiction. There are possibilities that you will work with a doctor, like a psychiatrist or a therapist, a nurse, support systems like family or people who are going through the same thing like yours.

Alcohol abuse is sometimes the cause of mental health issues like depression, hence why therapists are often needed. It is very important for them to be able to assess your mental and emotional stability.

THE PROCESS OF ANTI-CRAVING MEDICATION

One of the very first things you will have to go through is that they would ask you certain questions that might make you feel uncomfortable, but you must answer them honestly. Some doctors, such as therapists, use routine screen tools, like CAGE, to actually evaluate your drinking lifestyle, so that they would be able to tell what kind of treatment will work best for you.

HELPING YOURSELF

Keep in mind that you are doing this to become better, so you have to help yourself. The treatment will help you through it, your family and friends will be there for support, but remember that in the end, it all comes down to whether you help yourself or not. Otherwise, it will all be such a waste if you simply force yourself but don’t actually want to.

Find some motivation, for instance, think of it as not just become better for yourself but also for your family who wants you to get better, for your friends who wants to see your true self. Believing that you can get through the treatment is easy, but actually committing to stay sober is definitely difficult, that is why it is a process, no one is rushing you, it will definitely take time.

If you know anyone who is struggling when it comes to alcohol, share this article with them and encourage them to get help. Leave a comment to share some of your experience in the said topic.

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