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How to Get Professional Help to Treat Alcohol Addiction

How to Get Professional Help to Treat Alcohol Addiction.jpgA number of my clients have been charged for subsequent drunk driving offenses as a result of alcohol addiction. Alcoholism is a serious condition and often requires professional treatment. Read on to learn more about how to get professional help to treat alcohol addiction in Washtenaw County.

Alcohol Addiction Symptoms

It is not always easy for a person to admit he/she is addicted to alcohol. A person is diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder (AUD) if his/her drinking causes distress or harm. People who have suffered the following conditions may likely be diagnosed with AUD:

  • Unable to stop drinking more alcohol than initially intended.
  • Unable to stop drinking or reduce how much or often alcohol is consumed.
  • Suffered from prolonged headaches, dizziness or other effects of alcohol withdrawal.
  • Experience a craving to consume alcohol.
  • Stop engaging in activities with friends or family in order to drink.
  • Continued to drink even though it made them feel sick or didn't want to.
  • Suffer severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms when not drinking.
  • Keep drinking even after your companions have stopped.
  • Neglect your personal or professional responsibilities because of alcohol.
  • Have legal and financial issues related to substance abuse.

If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, you may want to seek professional treatment for alcohol addiction. A health care professional can review your case in detail and make a determination as to the severity of your addiction.

Does Alcohol Treatment Work?

Yes! Research shows that one-third of people who are treated for alcohol addiction have no further symptoms 1 year later. There are several different treatment options available in the Ann Arbor area. For example, medication may be prescribed to the patient, or it may be recommended for him/her to attend a behavioral treatment program or mutual support group. Popular FDA approved medications used to treat alcohol addiction includes Naltrexone, Acamprosate, and Disulfiram.

How to Get Professional Help

The first step to obtaining professional help is admitting to yourself that you may have a problem. Contact your primary care physician or a substance abuse counselor for an appointment to discuss your struggle with alcohol. The physician or counselor can evaluate your condition, create a treatment plan for you, determine if you need to take medication to help treat the addiction, and refer you to outside professionals for further treatment.

What to Look for in an Alcohol Treatment Program

When selecting an alcohol treatment program, focus on what is truly important: appropriate licensing, quality of care provided to patients throughout the program, staff credentials, and follow-up services. Inquire as to the effectiveness of the program's treatment methods. Also, ask about the type of aftercare service the treatment program provides to help prevent relapse. A good treatment program will often have staff members who have been in recovery themselves.

I invite you to contact me in confidence for a free consultation if your alcohol addiction has resulted in you being charged with drunk driving. I provide drunk driving legal representation in the Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County area. Do not delay in hiring an attorney. Depending on the nature of the charge and the evidence, I may be able to have the charge against you reduced or dismissed. You may also benefit from a more lenient sentence if you agree to attend an alcohol addiction treatment program.

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