Here Are Some Ways to Fight Alcoholism This December
December is a joyous month teeming with many holidays, but there's a bit of a dark side. Alcohol consumption rises in December – as does alcoholism.
December is a time of celebration – but it's also one of the months you should watch your loved one more carefully if he's suffering from alcoholism. The British Medical Journal stated that alcoholism spikes around December.
But only 10 percent of U.S. citizen alcoholics get treatment for their alcoholism. Untreated alcoholics can pose a danger to themselves and bring misery to their loved ones. If you or a loved one is suffering from alcohol addiction, you don't have to feel more miserable this December and strain your loved ones. Here are some treatment options you can consider:
Medical detoxification. Many rehab centers utilize pharmaceuticals that flush alcohol and its remaining byproducts from your system. This helps speed up your recovery and some pharmaceuticals may even mask the symptoms of withdrawal.
Behavioral therapy. Many rehab centers utilize cognitive behavioral therapies that can help you stop drinking or relapse into addiction. These therapies empower you, which experts say is very important in getting over addiction. They say most addicts feel helpless, so convincing them they have the power over their alcoholism is paramount. They also teach you coping skills and mechanisms that become vital when you're tempted to drink again.
Mutual-help groups. Psychologists and other experts say that mutual-health groups, like AA, are one of the best tools to help you recover. They say that during the crucial time when alcoholics are in danger of relapsing, a majority turn to mutual-help groups as their lifeline. They're free and easier to access than your therapist because other members are available through email and phone outside of working hours.
Supplements. WebMD says there are some natural supplements you can take that can help curb alcohol cravings. One such supplement is magnesium. They say there's not enough evidence to conclusively say that magnesium helps curb alcohol addiction. But magnesium does play an important role in your serotonin production, which is the hormone responsible for lowering your stress and calming you down. With a calmer mind, you'll be better able to fend off cravings.
Don't let alcohol ruin your and your loved ones' holidays. Take action and conquer your addiction by trying these recovery options.