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Does psychotherapy help treat alcohol abuse?

Marchell Coleman
Mental Health
Yes, psychotherapy does help in the treatment of alcohol abuse. In general, treatment of this kind can be accomplished in two primary settings, inpatient or outpatient. Psychotherapy will address the mental health aspects of addiction and abuse diagnoses. It is important to note that the long-term success of any therapeutic intervention takes courage and motivation to change.  Often, lifestyle and behavior change is necessary to improve the quality of life and sustain complete sobriety. Psychotherapy will also help to identify psychological factors, family genetics, and negative life patterns, and attempt to minimize the impact on the family system. There are several ways to connect with a psychotherapist: Talk with you primary care physician, community service boards or contact your local 12 step program.  

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