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What's the complementary and alternative therapy for alcoholism treatment?

In addition to residential treatment, many other approaches to alcoholism may help, including:

Acupuncture. Acupuncture, the insertion of hair-thin needles under your skin, may relieve cravings for alcohol.


It may reduce anxiety and depression, which lead some people to drink alcohol, and alleviate some of the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, such as tremors and fatigue.

Motivational enhancement therapy. In this treatment a therapist helps you to acknowledge that you have a problem and may guide you through stages to help you change your behavior.

Cognitive-behavior therapy. You and your therapist identify distorted thoughts and beliefs that arouse psychological stress. You learn ways you can view and cope with traumatic events differently, and you learn alternative beliefs about the events and the impacts they have on your life. Special emphasis is placed on learning to develop a sense of mastery and control of your thoughts and feelings.

Couples therapy. Involving a spouse in the treatment process may increase the chances of success in treatment and in staying sober after treatment.

Aversion therapy. Aversion therapy involves pairing the drinking of alcohol with a strong aversive response such as nausea or vomiting induced by a medication. After repeated pairing, the alcohol itself causes the aversive response and that decreases the likelihood of relapse. For obvious reasons, aversion therapy tends to be unappealing, although it's often effective.

More information on alcoholism and drinking

What is alcoholism? - Alcoholism is an addictive dependency on alcohol characterised by craving, loss of control, physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms.
What is alcohol abuse? - Alcohol abuse differs from alcoholism in that it does not include an extremely strong craving for alcohol, loss of control, or physical dependence.
What are the signs and symptoms of alcoholism? - People who abuse alcohol may experience many of the same signs and symptoms as people who are dependent on alcohol.
What causes alcoholism? - D2 dopamine receptor gene increases a person's chance of developing alcoholism. Usually, a variety of factors contribute to the development of a problem with alcohol.
What're the risk factors for alcoholism? - Steady drinking over time can produce a physical dependence on alcohol. Drinking over 14 drinks a week for men or seven drinks a week for women increases the risk of developing dependence on alcohol.
What are the effects of alcoholism? - Alcohol depresses your central nervous system by acting as a sedative. In some people, the initial reaction may be stimulation, but as drinking continues, sedating or calming effects occur.
What is fetal alcohol syndrome? - Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a group of birth defects caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
What is moderate drinking? - Four or five drinks may be moderate for large individuals but excessive for small or light people. The typical woman should generally consume 25 to 30 percent less than the average man.
What're the health benefits of moderate drinking? - Moderate drinkers tend to have better health and live longer than those who are either abstainers or heavy drinkers.
What is alcoholism treatment? - Treatment may include detoxification (the process of safely getting alcohol out of one's system), taking doctor-prescribed medications, and individual and group counseling.
What alternative therapy is available for alcoholism? - Acupuncture may reduce anxiety and depression, which lead some people to drink alcohol. Involving a spouse in the treatment process may increase the chances of success in treatment and in staying sober after treatment.
Why does alcohol affect women differently? - Women are effected by alcohol more rapidly because they tend to have a higher proportion of body fat than men.
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