What Are My Options for Getting Help with Alcohol Dependency?

Posted by Prelude on Apr 3, 2015 10:36:00 AM


If you’re reading this: congratulations. You’re already past the difficult part—admitting you have a problem with drinking. 

The next step can be hard, but it’s worth it. It’s time to do something about your problem. But how? The options are seemingly endless.

If you’re looking to choose an option for getting help with alcohol, here are your best choices.


Self-help is usually the first step people take when they think they have a problem with drinking. Unfortunately, it’s frequently not the last one they take, as difficult, more prolonged issues with alcohol require more intensive treatment.

One popular self-help tactic that many people choose is the aversion to “triggers.” Take a look at your own drinking habits, and you’ll understand what your triggers are. Do you only drink after a hard day at work? Is there a certain activity that spurs you to drink, or certain friends that you drink around?

It’s also smart to build your drink refusal skills, both directly (“No thanks, I don’t want a drink”) and indirectly (by avoiding peer-pressure situations).

Alcoholics Anonymous or Group Therapy

If you’re looking for a more organized, community-based approach to alcoholism, you might want to consider Alcoholics Anonymous. Since the 1930s, AA has served to end alcoholism in small meeting groups around the country—and the world.

Using their “12-step” method, AA has helped thousands of alcoholics end their addiction through admitting powerlessness, making amends for their wrongs, and finding their higher power as they see it.

Apart from AA, there are other forms of self help that might be a better fit for you. But all share the same benefit of having a group of supporters there to assist you along the road to recovery.


While problems with drinking is creeping into your everyday life, it can be hard to just ditch everything and remove yourself from all temptation. That’s what outpatient services are for, and many people find them to be the most effective choice.

There are many different types of outpatient alcohol treatments. They can be simple one-on-one meetings, or intensive therapy sessions up to 4 or 5 hours per day.

If you’re unsure if this is the right path for you, reach out to a behavioral services treatment center you trust to steer you in the right direction.


If you’ve tried other methods and they haven’t worked out for you, inpatient therapy could be the life-saving treatment you need.

The main benefit of inpatient care: 24-hour intensive care. If you feel like temptation is always near, inpatient therapy might be the right choice for you.

If you’re unsure about your choice, reach out to a behavioral services treatment center you trust to help you go the right direction.

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