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Alcoholism can destroy the life of an alcoholic and devastate the alcoholics family But it also has overwhelming consequences for society Consider these statistics from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence In 1988 alcoholism and problems related to it cost the United States an estimated 858 billion in mortality and reduced productivity Fetal alcohol syndrome caused by a womans drinking during pregnancy afflicts five thousand infants a year it costs about 14 billion annually to treat the infants children and adults afflicted with FAS More than twenty thousand people die annually in alcohol related car accidents Institute of Medicine 1989 Clearly alcoholism harms society in numerous ways and it is in societys best interest to find effective treatments for alcoholics The primary goal of all treatments for alcoholism is to get the alcoholic to stop drinking and refrain from abusing alcohol in the future The paths to this goal are diverse Several factors - biological social and psychological - influence why an individual becomes an alcoholic So treatments vary depending upon why the alcoholic drinks and what the physician or therapist believes is the best method for recovery Some treatments focus on the physical addiction of alcoholism Others emphasize the alcoholics social or psychological cravings Alcoholics Anonymous and Rational Recovery are two support groups that help alcoholics recover Other alcoholics benefit from one-on-one therapy with counselors who may help patients understand drinking and change their behavior Finally for some alcoholics the most effective treatments are those that combine medical treatment with counselling Such treatments enable the alcoholic to more easily break the physical addiction to alcohol as they evaluate their social and psychological reasons for drinking Two of these treatments are Nutritional Therapy and Network Therapy Nutritional Therapy Alan Dalum was 37 years old and thoroughly convinced he was soon going to die Dalum was not dying of cancer heart disease
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