Addictions Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Need help overcoming an addiction? Contact us to learn how psychiatrist Dr. Hege can help you quit and work to minimize discomfort through managed treatment.

What is Alcohol (or Xanax) withdrawal?

It is a cluster of symptoms that erupt when a person stops regular heavy alcohol or Xanax ingestion. The symptoms may include tremulousness, anxiety, sweating, rapid heartbeat, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, and weakness. The symptoms may worsen and usually peak by 2-3 days after stopping or reducing the alcohol or Xanax ingestion. The symptoms may progress to hallucinations, disorientation, confusion, paranoia, agitation, seizures, and death.

What can be done to stop the symptoms?

Dr. Hege refers patients for inpatient detox who are in Xanax or alcohol withdrawal or quite likely to go into such withdrawal. He usually refers his patients to Peachford Hospital which is beside his office. Colleagues who worked with him in the hospital for years are recommended to manage his patient’ s detox because Dr. Hege no longer does inpatient treatment himself.

What can be done to help alcohol cravings and to increase the chances of staying sober?

The most effective approach is a combination of medications and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Medications used include Campral, Naltrexone, and Antabuse. The Naltrexone helps by reducing cravings and reduces the euphoria from alcohol, if you drink while taking the medicine. Campral reduces stress intolerance that alcohol abuse causes. Antabuse discourages people from drinking because it causes severe illness when combined with alcohol.

CBT is available in a variety of forms. A trained therapist can provide CBT during 1:1 therapy. Group therapy with a recovery-focus leader is another format. Free self-help groups such as AA or Rational Recovery is an option. Formal rehab programs include evening IOP (intensive outpatient programs), PHP (all day daily outpatient programs), and inpatient detox and rehab programs.

What are the benefits of having an addictionist who is also a psychiatrist treat me?

At least 50% of patients with substance abuse disorders have a non-addiction, medication-responsive condition present also. Recognition and relief of the coexisting anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADD, or other disorder can increase your daily comfort and function, and increase your chances of remaining abstinent.

For treatment of alcohol addiction, call Dr. Hege today for the expertise and relief you need!

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EVENING RECOVERY PROGRAM is an outpatient, rehabilitation/recovery program providing personal care at a convenient time, place, and cost. This North Atlanta treatment program consists of two professional addiction counselors leading a small group 3 evenings each week for six weeks. The leaders, Sam and Karen, have been very helpful with my patients. Visit EveningRecoveryProgram or call them at 770-394-1390 or 404-833-2241.