Tips & Advice
What is the best way to bring up alcoholism with a loved one?
- Talk about specific consequences of their drinking.
- Choose a time soon after the person experiences a drinking-related problem (missing a shift at work, for example).
- Do not threaten, guilt, lecture, preach, or use negative labels.
- Do not try to discuss alcoholism when the person is intoxicated.
Can a therapist diagnose and treat alcoholism?
Therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists who specialize in the condition can all diagnose and treat alcoholism. People with alcohol-related concerns can also consult their general practitioner, who will refer them to a specialist.
Detoxification is a medically supervised period of alcohol withdrawal to allow the body to purge itself. A doctor or treatment specialist closely monitors a patient to ensure the symptoms of withdrawal do not cause harm.
Side effects of alcohol detoxification include:
- Elevated heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Sleep issues
- Paranoia or anxiety
How much does alcohol addiction treatment cost?
The cost of addiction treatment varies depending on the type of facility, amenities offered, treatment provided, and size and length of the program. Detoxification ranges from $1,000 to $15,000. Inpatient facilities cost anywhere from $6,000 to $30,000 for a 30-day program and include detoxing. Outpatient programs can cost $500 per session.
What is the difference between inpatient and outpatient alcoholism treatment?
Outpatient alcoholism treatment is a part-time form of rehabilitation. Patients continue their normal lives during the day and return to the treatment facility several times per week. Outpatient treatment is generally cheaper than inpatient and can be helpful for people with less severe addictions.
Inpatient treatment programs require patients to stay at the facility 24/7 until the completion of the program. They provide a highly controlled environment for patients to overcome their addictions without the distractions or temptations of everyday life. These clinics provide round-the-clock medical care and often include hours of group and personal therapy. Inpatient programs are beneficial for people with severe addictions or those who have overdosed.
What is Alcoholics Anonymous?
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who encourage one another to overcome their addictions to alcohol. Many people find it effective or helpful for managing their alcoholism. It has no membership requirements other than the desire to stop drinking and is not affiliated with any specific profession, political party, or other institution. Alcoholics Anonymous is probably most well known for its 12-step program.
What are the treatment options for alcoholics?
Professional treatment options for alcoholism include detoxification, medication, behavioral counseling through therapy, and rehabilitation.
Will my insurance cover treatment for alcoholism?
Treatment for substance abuse disorders, including alcoholism, is covered as part of the 10 essential health benefits provided by the Affordable Care Act. Most insurance plans still have out-of-pocket costs such as copays, which vary depending on the provider and specific terms of the plan.
What are the warning signs of alcoholism?
Warning signs of alcoholism include:
- Temporary blackouts or short-term memory loss
- A craving for alcohol on at least a daily basis
- A history of legal issues directly tied to drinking
- Using alcohol to self-medicate or as a coping method
- A rapidly increasing tolerance for alcohol
- Suffering from withdrawal
- Drinking in risky or dangerous situations
- Drinking instead of tending to responsibilities
- Drinking in secrecy or hiding alcohol consumption out of guilt
- An inability to stop drinking
How much alcohol does wine have compared to other alcoholic beverages?
The alcohol content of a drink is measured by the percentage of ethanol related to the total volume of the beverage. Many assume that wine is better to drink than beer, but it actually has a higher alcohol-by-volume percentage.
- Beer: 4-7 percent ABV
- Wine: 10-15 percent ABV
- Liquor: 35-43 percent ABV