Counseling is of utmost importance when it comes to treating an alcoholic. This is the first step of treatment as most alcoholics don’t accept that they are suffering from an ailment. And unless an individual accepts it, it is really difficult to have a clinical treatment for his problems. Alcoholism also leads to cases of domestic violence and other social problems for which the person would require a professional counsellor.
Nutrition and Diet
Most therapists aim at stabilizing the blood sugar levels as the first and most important step for treatment. Elimination of any dietary sugars (sucrose, glucose or fructose, fruit juice, citrus and dried fruits) is strongly recommended. Processed carbohydrates (like white flour, instant potatoes and white rice) should also be reduced. One must aim to increase the intake of complex carbohydrates as well as vegetable protein (beans, whole grains and vegetables). Almost all alcoholics suffer from epic low levels of nutrition and are recommended to consume these nutritional supplements: Vitamin A, B complex, C, E, Zinc, Carnitine, Magnesium, Selenium, Glutamine, and other essential antioxidants. Restoration of nutrients like thiamine and B1, will help with the process of withdrawal and ultimately recovery.
It is strongly recommended that an alcoholic patient should exercise for at least seven times every week for a duration of 20 minutes to half hour daily in order to bring his heart rate back to 60-80 % of the maximum for his belonging age group.
Alcoholics remain very susceptible to reverting back to the dependency again. There is no other way of complete recovery apart from total abstinence. No doubt it is a daunting task to prevent it, but with strong support from family and close ones and other positive incentives, it is surely achievable. One can prevent this relapsing by avoiding places or people that consume alcohol. A change in one’s daily habits along with a new insight regarding life will also prove to be helpful. The emotional needs of an alcoholic person should be fulfilled during the duration of the treatment and also later.
Recovery from alcohol is difficult for one sole reason: withdrawal can never stop the craving. Anxiety and disturbed sleeping patterns are common in people who withdraw from alcohol at an early stage. Those with a long term history in alcoholism tend to have far grave issues like traumatic behavior, panicking, hallucination etc. Alcoholism and its resulting health issues cause widespread cases of death and near death living conditions every year.