Can alcoholism be treated?

You can overcome alcohol addiction -- if you're ready to stop drinking and willing to reach out for help from close friends and family, support groups and professional organizations such as Alcoholic Anonymous.

For those who are heavily addicted or have been drinking for a long time, a medically supervised detoxification program may be necessary. Everyone's needs are different, and there's no one cure that works for everyone.

The important thing is to admit you have a problem, then promptly reach out for help. Know that if you do slip, it doesn't mean you are doomed for a major relapse or that you won't be able to get back on track.

Commitment and follow-through are skills every person with an alcohol addiction needs to get -- and stay -- well.

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