Dealing With Alcohol and Drug Abuse

By: AvMed Health Tips AvMed Health Smarts, Behavioral Health, Men's Health, Women's Health

Alcohol and drug addiction can affect anyone, and beating an alcohol or drug addiction alone can be dangerous. There are a lot of challenges to recovery, and it’s a not a battle that one should fight by themselves. Whether you’re dealing with a loved one’s addiction or your own, it’s important to know that there is help available.

Rehabilitation – “rehab” – is one of the first things that comes to mind when we think about treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. While an inpatient treatment center can be an effective way of treating the problem, rehab is not the only way. Many other resources are available to help you or your loved one on the path to recovery:

Medications: Your health care provider may prescribe you medications to curb alcohol use. These medicines may cause unpleasant symptoms whenever alcohol is ingested, which in turn helps the individual stay sober. Other medicines may help reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms, decreasing the urge to drink or use drugs. Your doctor will decide the best course of action.

Support groups: Having a stable support system is crucial to recovery. Nevertheless, the support of friends and family is sometimes not enough to beat the addiction. Alcoholics Anonymous and other groups offer a network of support on the road to sobriety. Because attendees are in the middle of quitting or limiting their intake themselves, they can be more relatable and potentially more effective.

Counseling: Counseling with a health care professional is one form of behavioral therapy that can help change an individual’s drinking or drug habits. AvMed’s partnership with behavioral benefits provider Magellan Health provides Members with access to mental health experts and other support resources. Visit and then select “Find a Behavioral Health Provider” under “Quick Links” or call 1-800-424-4810 for more information.


EMBRACE | March 2018