If you are seeking help for alcohol addiction, please know that there are many resources in place to help you.
Alcohol use disorder has physical, behavioral, social, and spiritual facets. A successful treatment plan will use many strategies and pathways to address each part of this complicated disease. Use this guide to learn about the options that are available, and talk to your doctor, therapist, or other caregiver to form a treatment plan that is right for your circumstance.
In each section, we have included links to resources that can help you take the next step and make contact.
Please note that The Peter G. Dodge Foundation is not a treatment provider. This information is provided as a guide and educational resource.
Sometimes known as ‘rehab,' treatment in a clinical environment typically begins with a period of detoxification and employs multiple strategies during an intensive period of therapy to achieve sobriety.
There are medications to help manage cravings for alcohol that are non-addictive and have low incidence of side effects. Prescription medications should always be administered under the care of a qualified physician.
Counseling with a licensed therapist can be an important part of a successful treatment plan. A counselor specializing in addiction will be familiar with techniques that are effective for AUD, and can treat any co-occurring conditions such as depression, anxiety, or trauma.