- Parent Category: Rehab
- Category: Alcoholism
- Written by Stop Admin
Alcohol abuse cuts across gender, race, and nationality. Nearly 14 million people in the United States--1 in every 13 adults--abuse alcohol or are alcohol dependent. In general, though, more men than women are alcohol dependent or have alcohol problems. And alcohol problems are high amongst young adults ages 18-29 and low amongst adults ages 65 and older. We also know that people who start drinking at an early age, for example, around age 14 or younger--greatly increases the chance that they will develop one or more alcohol problems at some point in their lives and greatly decrease the chance that the person will be able to regain control of their addiction once that problem has arouse. This is then why there are many different types of treatment centers, rehabilitation facilities, and support groups that help prevent and stop alcoholism so that the number of people affected by the addiction will decrease.
One of the first things a person will experience once they have decided to quit drinking is the withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal from alcohol is normally and preferably done in a controlled, supervised setting in which allows the person to be observed. More than often some type of medication or vitamins are given to relieve symptoms. Detoxification usually takes 4 to 7 days. After that there are many options for treatment/rehab programs. These programs offer a sober environment, counseling, support, therapy, and tools to stay clean. Once a person has completed one of theses programs there are many different types of groups to choose from that the person can attend in order to still be within an alcohol free social scene and also help stop alcoholism within their own community.