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How can I treat alcohol abuse?

If you’ve recently been charged with a DUI in Massachusetts, your problems might extend beyond legal. In fact, many people with DUI charges also find they have issues with interpersonal relationships, work, and even their health, all of which stem from alcohol abuse. If you believe you might be one of these people, WebMD offers the following information on the different treatment options available.


If you’re having issues fighting alcohol cravings, certain medications may be of assistance. For instance, Acamprosate is a medication that can actually reduce cravings, while Naltrexone prevents the euphoric feeling that makes drinking enticing for many people. You can also look into Disulfiram, which will make you feel nauseous if you drink while taking it. Medication usually works best when paired with another treatment method.


Some alcohol problems stem from underlying mental health issues. These issues will need to be addressed in order for you to make a full recovery. In this case, seeing a therapist allows you to tap into emotional problems and develop new mechanisms for coping. Therapy may be needed on a long-term basis or you may only need it while you’re going through recovery.

Inpatient/outpatient treatment

For severe addictions, inpatient therapy is usually the best choice. Here you’ll be able to cope with your problem drinking in a controlled environment with access to a trained therapeutic staff. This is also a good option if you require a medically-assisted detox to prevent serious health effects from occurring. Inpatient therapy is also available, which allows access to the same treatment while remaining in your home.

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