What information about alcoholism should patients and their families receive?

Updated: Mar 23, 2020
  • Author: Warren Thompson, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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For patient education resources, see the Mental Health Center, Infections Center, and Digestive Disorders Center. Also, see the patient education articles Alcoholism, Drug Dependence and Abuse, Alcohol Intoxication, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Cirrhosis.

Involving family in the patient’s treatment of alcoholism can be a vital step on the path toward recovery. At a minimum, the destructive behaviors that occurred before treatment should be addressed by the patient with his or her family members. This is an important acknowledgment by the patient as they begin to grapple with the significance of their previous alcohol-centered lifestyle. Family members may find support through Al Anon, a fellowship devoted to sharing experiences and learning from others how to achieve serenity when a loved one struggles with alcohol.

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