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Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction..

                                                                                                                                  

Self-Assessment of Alcohol Use Disorder.                                                                             

                                                           

1. How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?

(0) Never (1) Monthly or less (2) 2-4 times a month (3) 2-3 times a week (4) 4 or more times a week

2. How many units (1 unit=30ml) of alcohol do you drink on a typical day when you are drinking?

(0) 1 or 2 (1) 3 or 4 (2) 5 or 6 (3) 7, 8 or 9 (4) 10 or more

3. How often do you have six or more units of alcohol on one occasion?

(0) Never (1) less than monthly (2) Monthly (3) Weekly (4) Daily or almost daily

4. How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?

(0) Never (1) less than monthly (2) Monthly (3) Weekly (4) Daily or almost daily

5. How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected from you because of drinking?

(0) Never (1) less than monthly (2) Monthly (3) Weekly (4) Daily or almost daily

6. How often during the last year have you needed a first drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?

(0) Never (1) less than monthly (2) Monthly (3) Weekly (4) Daily or almost daily

7. How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?

(0) Never (1) less than monthly (2) Monthly (3) Weekly (4) Daily or almost daily

8. How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?

(0) Never (1) less than monthly (2) Monthly (3) Weekly (4) Daily or almost daily

9. Have you or someone else been injured as a result of your drinking?

(0) No (2) Yes, but not in the last year (4) Yes, during the last year

10. Has a relative or friend or doctor or another health worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down?

(0) No (2) Yes but not in the last year (4) Yes, during the last year

Record total of specific items.

Score (now correlate your score to level of addiction).

7 to 10 points = Highly dependent
4 to 6 points   = Moderately dependent
< 4 points       =  Minimally dependent.

 

Why attending a center for addiction medicine is essential to your recovery?

Attending center for addiction medicine is the most effective and powerful way to break the cycle of alcohol addiction. Rehabilitation is the process of helping individuals overcome their physical and psychological dependence to alcohol. We provide the treatment and the techniques to change attitude  and to get out of addiction. The goal of treatment is full recovery of an addict and make it easy enough to sustain.

 

Treatment Plan:

Because every patient is unique, it is important that a treatment program should be programmed especially for the individual. We provide individual oriented treatment based on goals that focus on specific needs, skills and abilities, concentrating on treating the whole person, as well as the illness.

We, at our clinic provide a systematic approach to fight with addiction and how to cope with the trigger factors and get rid of the addiction. We provide a confidential, comprehensive multi-modality treatment and maintenance programs for the individuals affected by alcohol and drug addiction.

Treament

Can an addict lead a normal life (A question asked by patient to himself and by family members to doctor)?

Yes, an addict can restart his education, career plans, family GOOD friends company. However, once an addict should  always completely remain stay away from all addictive, dependency producing substances as there is a danger of relapse of some abuse or shift to a new abuse. Once an addict decides to leave drugs irrespective of the nature and duration of drugs total deaddiction is possible. With the current era of good and high quality of treatment modalities and medicines deaddiction is surely not  a difficult task these days. An addict moreover, can even come forward and help other addicts during their treatment and recovery.

Outpatient alcohol withdrawal, our treatment begins with a comprehensive health assessment. Detoxification from alcohol using state-of-the-art medications with  medical monitoring

Our way of treatment includes.

Medical assessment

1) Detoxification: A key component of alcohol detoxification is stabilization. This term covers all the medical and psychological interactions that occur in an effort to help the patient come to a place of physical and psychological balance. Detox (detoxification) from drugs or alcohol can be harmful and should always be done under medical supervision. Medication that has a similar effect to alcohol may be prescribed in order to regulate the symptoms of withdrawal. This medication would be tapered off gradually during the detox program.

Alcohol Detoxification…. The First Step in Recovery from Alcohol Addiction

Long-term alcohol abuse can lead to both a physiological and physical dependence and where physical dependence is present, a detoxification will be required. A medical detoxification necessity will depend upon an individuals age, medical condition and their history of alcohol consumption.

During the first few days without alcohol, an alcoholic is likely to experience a number of both physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Brain and the body functions need time to readjust to functioning without alcohol and the adjustment process can lead to withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms commonly seen during alcohol detox?

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be :: Decreased sleep, tremors, tremulousness, sweating, anxiety, Delirium Tremens (DTs) can occur. The symptoms of DTs include marked tremor (the shakes) and delirium (confusion, a state of agitation and auditory and visual hallucinations).

Benzodiazepine: Sleeplessness, tremor, anxiety, jerks, seizure and confusion in severe cases

Cannabis: Anxiety, restlessness

2) Long term medications: to prevent relapse to alcohol use (Naltrexone, Acamprosate, Baclofen, Topiramate and Disulfiram etc.)

3) Harm Reduction: To reach out to people who may not be ready, willing or able to give up all substances, some treatment programs have adopted a harm reduction approach. This approach recognizes that some people:are not ready to change their substance use

    • may not have a goal of abstinence
    • may be willing to stop using one substance, but not another
    • may be open to learning how to decrease the harms of their substance use
    • may be more likely to seek treatment if it does not require abstinence.

 4)Treatment of concomitant problems: (like pain, indigestion, psychological etc.) associated with alcohol use.

 5)Counseling and psycho therapy: As a part of the treatment, to an addict education, information and experiences that will help them in the transition from a life of addiction to a healthy, productive life without the use of drugs or alcohol.

  6)Role of family members/caregivers in helping the addict is very crucial. They need to accept that the addict is ill, and should accompany him for treatment like any other patient. They need to play a remedial role as prescribed by the counselor.Changing their thinking, feeling and behavior patterns is necessary. It is important to play a vigilant role in case the patient slips back to addiction. The family should try and lead a normal life within the circumstances

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