The Peter G. Dodge Foundation has compiled an online treatment guide, housed at www.pgdf.org, as an educational resource for those who seek treatment for alcohol dependence or abuse. It is designed to summarize the array of available options and provide information about what to do next to pursue treatment on your own.
First, visit About Alcoholism to learn about signs and symptoms of alcohol dependence. There are resources there to help you gauge the severity of your problem drinking.
Next, visit Detoxification to read about medically supervised detox and whether you may need support as you begin to abstain from alcohol. Warning: complications of unsupervised detoxification can be serious or even fatal. Please read the detoxification page before you begin!
Finally, visit the Treatment Guide section to see all current mainstream treatments with summary descriptions and resources for accessing each one.
Please use the information provided here as a starting point for discussion with your physician or other caregiver. We are not doctors, and our site is not intended to provide medical advice, only educational information. As a charitable foundation, we do not treat alcohol dependence or endorse any particular treatment method. We are not affiliated with any organization described here, nor are we selling any product or service.
We hope that this information is provided in a way that is comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy to understand. If you see something that needs to be updated or corrected, please contact us.
Our mission is to help people lead lives free from the effects of alcohol addiction. Through education, we aim to empower every willing alcoholic to take the first steps toward recovering their lives and relationships.