What can aid in recovery from alcoholism?

Updated: Mar 23, 2020
  • Author: Warren Thompson, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Patients should have a list of phone numbers of people they can call when they are having a difficult time coping. Importantly, patients should write out the list and put it in a convenient location because sometimes during high-stress periods they may become emotionally and mentally disorientated, necessitating written instructions.

Patients should spend time thinking about circumstances during which they feel at highest risk for relapse. They should anticipate these situations and make a written list. Most persons with alcoholism can quickly list the circumstances and/or emotions that led them to drink.

Patients need to identify specific responses (thoughts as well as behaviors) to each of these high-risk situations. Encourage patients to be very specific when considering their responses. For example, ask patients exactly what they are going to say and do when asked at parties what they want to drink. Once patients have made the list, they should practice responses to their high-risk situations.

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