GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA, August 24, 2023/EINPresswire.com/ — Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a complex condition that affects millions of individuals globally. Oceanic Counseling Group aims to provide a deeper understanding of the diagnostic criteria for AUD and the diverse treatment options available to support individuals on their journey towards recovery.
Diagnostic Criteria for Alcohol Use Disorder:
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) outlines specific criteria that clinicians use to diagnose AUD. These criteria include:
1. Impaired Control: Difficulty in limiting alcohol consumption or unsuccessful attempts to cut down. Individuals with AUD may find themselves drinking more or for a longer period than intended.
2. Social Impairment: Alcohol use leading to social problems, strained relationships, or failure to fulfill work, school, or home responsibilities due to drinking.
3. Risky Use: Continued alcohol consumption in physically hazardous situations, such as while operating machinery or driving under the influence.
4. Tolerance: Needing increased amounts of alcohol to achieve the desired effects. Tolerance may lead individuals to consume larger quantities to experience the same level of intoxication.
5. Withdrawal: Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when alcohol use is reduced or stopped. Withdrawal symptoms can include tremors, nausea, sweating, and anxiety.
To be diagnosed with AUD, an individual must meet a certain number of criteria within a specific timeframe. The severity of AUD is categorized as mild, moderate, or severe based on the number of criteria met.
Available Treatment Options:
1. Detoxification: For individuals with severe AUD, medically supervised detoxification may be necessary to manage withdrawal symptoms safely.
2. Behavioral Therapies: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), motivational enhancement therapy, and contingency management are effective approaches that help individuals change their behaviors and thought patterns related to alcohol use.
3. Medications: FDA-approved medications can help reduce cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms.
4. Support Groups: Participating in support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) can provide individuals with a sense of community and ongoing encouragement.
5. Holistic Approaches: Incorporating mindfulness techniques, stress management strategies, and exercise into treatment plans can contribute to overall well-being and aid in recovery.
Oceanic Counseling Group offers a compassionate and tailored approach to treating AUD, addressing the unique needs of each individual and supporting them in their journey to overcome alcohol use disorder. Take the Alcohol Use Disorder Quiz Now!
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with a therapist, please contact Oceanic Counseling Group at (864) 973-7700! They accept most insurances and offer telehealth options. In-office locations are available in Myrtle Beach, Carolina Forest, Murrells Inlet, Columbia, and Greenville (coming soon). Schedule an appointment today!