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Addiction Treatment Centers, Drug and Alcohol Rehab and Addiction Intervention Services
Alcoholism is considered by some to be a disease, while others still perceive it as a weakness or simply a problem. Why some people become addicted while others don't can also cause differences of opinion.
Recently, however, studies have shown that those who smoke also have a tendency to consume more alcohol than non-smokers. In addition, even though smoking overall has declined, there has been no discernible change in tobacco consumption and alcohol use among those who engage in both. Further, when seeking alcoholism treatment, trying to quit smoking can have an adverse effect on addiction treatment.
How one perceives alcohol addiction or whether or not one believes that alcohol and cigarette addiction is related is not important; seeking addiction treatment is. It has been proven that it may be harder for smokers to respond to rehab programs than a non-smoker but that is no excuse for one not to seek help.
Alcohol rehab can take on many forms. These can include in-patient programs, where a person enters into an addiction treatment facility and stays on-site for a specific length of time before progressing to out-patient status, where he is allowed to leave for a certain number of hours each day. During this time, he goes about his normal routine of work or school, and then returns to the center each night.
As rehabilitation progresses, persons may be allowed to remain away from alcohol treatment centers for longer periods of time, returning on a regular basis for follow-up counseling or to attend support groups.
As addiction treatment nears the end, it is very important that the subject of possible relapse be addressed. Statistics show that many alcoholics have difficulty remaining sober after initial rehabilitation; therefore, follow-up care should be a very important of overall alcohol rehab.
For this reason, many alcohol treatment centers are providing patients with drugs that may help keep the cravings for alcohol under control. When combined with such things as continued aftercare and the patient's participation in support programs such as AA or other similar programs, it is possible to achieve greater success, even if the additional problem of cigarette smoking is or could be a factor.
Health care professionals are the only ones who can determine if drug therapy is right for a person undergoing addiction treatment. If a person is considered a candidate for drug therapy, again coupled with support programs and other rehabilitation methods, then the health care professional will prescribe the drug and oversee its administration.
Once alcoholism has been brought under control and one's condition is as stable as possible in that area, efforts may then be made to curb cigarette smoking. It is usually not suggested that both alcohol rehab and smoking cessation be attempted at the same time, although some alcohol treatment centers may take that approach.
Again, seeking treatment is what is important. It may be necessary for friends and loved ones to concentrate more on the alcoholism than the cigarette smoking in order for the person who needs the help to be willing to even consider rehabilitation.