Alcohol abuse- how to treat?
Hello, my sister's 16-year-old adolescent son with a normal birth history and developmental milestones and belonging to low socioeconomic status, has become an addict. Her mother complained that the child was smelling a rubber based adhesive using a handkerchief since the last 2 years. There was significant family history of alcohol dependence in father. There was no history of fever, head injury, seizure or attention deficit hyperactive disorder. There was no history of stress, tension or depressive thoughts. The toluene based substance abuse began gradually from 5ml/day and picked up to 20 ml each per day gradually over a span of 1 year which remained relatively stable during the presentation to the outpatient. After acute ingestion of Polychloroprene based solvent; the adolescent complained of tinnitus, slurring of speech, restlessness tremors, dizziness and ataxia. Alcohol abuse began approximately 6 months after the volatile substance abuse. The alcohol consumption increased from initially 20-40 ml of local alcohol (42.6% w/v) average per day to approximately 60-120 ml per day (42.6%w/v). How to treat this?
@samik The one that’s right for you depends on your situation and your goals. Many people find that a combination of treatments works best, and you can get them together through a program. Some of these are inpatient or residential programs, where you stay at a treatment center for a while. Others are outpatient programs, where you live at home and go to the center for treatment. This is a key step if your drinking problem is severe. Detox isn’t a treatment by itself. The goal is to stop drinking and give your body time to get the alcohol out of your system. That usually takes a few days to a week.