His difficulties in achieving this result gradually make him aware of the existence and importance of his dependence. It measures the scope of the project. It is not only a question of stopping the consumption of alcohol but of changing its way of life and often its relations with others. The decision to change and the request for assistance rests with the person at the time of choice.
Alcohol Free Forever - The Perfect Choice
Some people decide and manage to stop drinking without the help of professionals. However, using outside help is not a confession of weakness. It is possible to be accompanied by different professionals: general practitioner, alcoologist or addictologue or by a team specialized in alcoology and addictology. One of the conditions for the success of the aid process lies in the choice of the intervener. The relationship between the patient and the person accompanying the patient is paramount. It must be based on principles of trust, empathy and professionalism.
The professional adapts the approach of care to the situation of the person to take into account the person's wish, its history with alcohol, its physical and psychic vulnerability as well as its environment (rather supporting or on the contrary conflictual) .
The accompaniment covers the different areas of the patient's life (family, body, relational, professional and social life, and psychological equilibrium) and takes place over time.
Perseverance and attendance will often be necessary to the success of this project.
Weaning and abstinence have long been the only options for the drinker. Nowadays more and more professionals can propose to their patients dependent on alcohol, a transition to a moderate consumption.
A TRANSITIONAL STAGE OR AN OBJECTIVE INTO YOURSELF
Consumption management can be considered as a transitory step before a stop or as a goal to be maintained for a long time. Indeed, if it appears initially more accessible and more acceptable to the dependent person, it can prove difficult to maintain over the long term. Thus, in view of the preponderant role played by the need to moderate their alcohol consumption, some patients choose after some time to completely stop drinking.
AID FOR MODERATION
The choice of moving towards a moderate consumption of alcohol is made in consultation with the professional, after a phase of exchange and assessment of both medical and psychological.
Drug treatments can help the patient in this new mode of consumption. Currently, several molecules are under study and open a new horizon in the treatment of alcohol dependence. Clinical trials are underway to assess the efficacy of these new treatments as well as their side effects.
Whether the alcohol-dependent person chooses to try to control his alcohol consumption or opts for the complete cessation of alcohol, multidisciplinary accompaniment (medical, psychological, socio-educational) can facilitate this approach.