If you are seeking help for alcohol addiction, congratulations. You are not alone in struggling with this disease and there are many resources in place to help you. Please explore this section thoroughly to find the treatment option that is right for your situation and use the information we provide as a starting point to talk to your doctor or other caregiver. In each section, we have included links to resources that can help you take the next step and make contact.
Please note that The Peter G. Dodge Foundation is not a treatment provider. This information is compiled as a guide and educational resource.
If you have been drinking heavily for a long time, you will go through a period of detoxification, or ‘detox,’ when you first begin to abstain from alcohol as your body experiences withdrawal.
Mutual Help Groups
These peer groups meet online or in person to listen to and support each other in recovery from alcoholism. They are usually free of charge and moderated by group members.
There are medications available to help you manage your cravings for alcohol. Many are non-addictive and have low incidence of side effects. Prescription medications should always be administered and used under the care of a qualified physician.
Some people respond best to counseling with a trained, professional therapist. By exploring issues surrounding a person’s problem drinking, a therapist can recommend a treatment plan that considers complicating factors such as depression, trauma, or other psychological distress.
Also known as ‘rehab’, clinical treatment is an intensive period of therapy that can be conducted on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Patients detoxify (if needed) and begin therapy in a closely monitored environment that often combines features of peer support, individual and group counseling, and sometimes, use of medication to achieve sobriety.
Lifestyle & Alternative
Various options exist to help manage cravings for alcohol through lifestyle changes, from stress-reduction and meditation techniques to herbal medications, acupuncture, and others.
Friends & Family
Resources exist to help family members and friends of alcohol-dependent persons understand their experiences and begin healing.
After an intensive period of treatment, particularly inpatient treatment, any further intervention that helps maintain sobriety is known as aftercare. For some, returning to normal circumstances with a relapse prevention program in place is appropriate, while others prefer to spend a period of time in a sober living community before returning home.