The goals of treatment are to reduce the immediate withdrawal symptoms, prevent complications, and begin long-term therapy to promote abstinence (no drinking at all).
People with moderate-to-severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal may need inpatient treatment at a hospital or other facility that treats alcohol withdrawal. Others who may need inpatient treatment include those who:
Have a mental health disorder, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder
Have failed outpatient treatment for alcoholism or alcohol withdrawal
Have serious medical problems
May be harmful to themselves or others
Treatment at an inpatient center will include medical monitoring and treatment of alcohol symptoms.
Monitoring of blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate, and blood levels of different chemicals in the body will take place. The person will be watched closely for hallucinations and other signs of delirium tremens .
Alternative Names Withdrawal from nicotine; Smoking - nicotine addiction and withdrawal; Smokeless tobacco - nicotine addiction; Cigar smoking; Pipe smoking; Smokeless snuff; Tobacco use; Chewing tobacco Symptoms Nicotine use can have many different effects on body functions, both positive and negative. Nicotine acts as both a stimulant and depressant on your body. The use of nicotine: Decreases the appetite (for this reason, the fear of weight gain affects some people's willingness to stop smoking). Boosts mood and may even relieve minor depression. Many people will feel a sense of well-being. Raises the blood level of blood sugar (glucose) and increases insulin production. Increases bowel activity, saliva, and phlegm. Increases heart rate by around 10 to 20 beats per minute. Increases blood pressure by 5 to 10 mmHg (because it tightens the blood vessels). May cause sweating, nausea, and diarrhea. Stimulates memory and alertness. People who use tobacco often depend on it to help them accomplish...
Treatment for Alcoholism There are many options for treatment for alcohol use disorders. They depend in part on the severity of the patients drinking. Treatment options include: Behavioral therapy, which may include individual sessions with a health professional and support groups Medications Guidelines encourage primary care doctors to do brief intervention to help patients who are alcohol abusers (but who may not yet be alcohol dependent) reduce or stop their drinking. In these interventions, your doctor may give you an action plan for working on your drinking, ask you to keep a daily diary of how much alcohol you consume, and recommend for you target goals for your drinking. If your doctor thinks that you have reached the stage of alcoholism, he or she may recommend anti-craving or aversion medication and also refer you to other health care professionals for substance abuse services. Overall Treatment Goals The ideal goal of long-term treatment for alcohol dependence is total abstinence. ...
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