Alcoholism: Getting Help
Facing a problem with alcohol can be hard. Once a person decides to get help, it can be found in many places. Below you will find resources that can give you more information. They can also help you find treatment.
Talk with your primary healthcare provider. Sometimes your provider can give medicine to help you stop drinking. If not, he or she can refer you to a specialist.
This kind of care can be inpatient. It means you spend a period of time in a facility. Or it can be outpatient. This means you come and go. The facilities have medical support and can help a person detox. Most health insurance plans will cover at least some treatment. To find this kind of care, talk to your healthcare provider or a counselor. Or call a mental health clinic and ask for information. You can also look for providers online at findtreatment.samhsa.gov.
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) helps members get sober and stay sober. They help you build healthy patterns of living. Everyone is welcome at an A.A. meeting. You don't have to identify yourself. Some people find it easier to go to the first meeting with a friend. To find a meeting near you, contact Alcoholics Anonymous online at www.aa.org.
The road to recovery
Many people with alcoholism can give up alcohol for good. But change may not be easy or quick. Treatment is only a start. Relapses can be common. A relapse is not a sign of failure. Instead, it means treatment should continue. Once a person stops drinking, support is needed for them to stay sober. After-care programs and groups, such as A.A., are good for this kind of support.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) www.ncadd.org
Alcoholics Anonymous www.aa.org
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) findtreatment.samhsa.gov