Welcome to the fourth issue of The Alcoholism Guide newsletter.

Holistic treatments are derided by a great number of people.

-They are seen as lifestyle choices, as opposed to procedures that have health (physical and mental) benefits.

-They are seen as innefective akin to the snake-oil salesmen of the nineteenth century.

-They are seen as the domain of hippies and weirdos, who don'tsubscribe to the rational and the scientic.

In short, they are mocked by the majority, and that is why they are known as 'alternative' or 'complimentary' to the mainstream.

The same goes for alcohol holistic treatment, and this is despite the fact that the mainstream method, the 12-step way, is completely inneffective, having a 5 year success rate of 3%!

I perssonslly wouldn't recommend anyone pursuing just one form of alcohol holistic treatment, just as I wouldn't advise anyone to only attend AA meetings. The odds are stacked against you when it comes to alcoholism, and you need all the help you can get.

Any alcoholic's best bet to beat their addiction is to embrace as many treatments as they can be they mad, weird, normal whatever. Below you can find links to three alternative treatment that have been shown to aid the recovering alcoholic, click on any that you wish to find out about.

Over the next few weeks I will be adding more pages to the site about various holistic treatments available, so please come back and check on a regular basis. I will be examining each therapy in detail and looking at its effectiveness.

  • Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal The symptoms people experience when quitting drinking vary widely. This is due to a number of factors including the severity of the drinking, the length of an individual's drinking history and how many times alcohol withdrawal has been attempted before.
  • Diazepam and alcohol. Diazepam is the most widely used drug to treat withdrawals from alcohol. Yet, in many cases it is not required, there are gentler, more 'natural' remedies for mild alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
  • Using naltrexone for the treatment of alcohol withdrawals. Naltrexone is prescribed for those experiencing cravings for alcohol. Cravings for alcohol are strongest in the first month or two of recovery. Although naltrexone does not work for everyone, it is yet another tool that can be utilized for overcoming alcoholism.
  • Vivitrol is the injectable form of naltrexone. Its main advantage is that it is given in monthly injections, thus making it unnecessary to remember to take the pill form on a daily basis.
  • Kudzu is a Chinese herb used by some alcoholics to stem cravings for alcohol. Research seems to show that it has a definite effects on these craving. If you want a natural remedy, then maybe this is the route to take.
  • And finally......

  • Alcoholism stories is a new feature at The Alcoholism Guide where YOU can share your experiences of alcoholism with others (You don't have to give your name). Whether you are an alcoholic, think you might be an alcoholic, live with an alcoholic or are a recovering alcoholic then you are welcome to contribute.

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Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)

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