Learning how to stop drinking alcohol, the most abused substance in the United States can be difficult. However, with the help of addiction treatment programs, the process can be handled by professionals.
Unfortunately, alcohol abuse remains a growing problem. 2020 data from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) shows that over 28 million U.S. adults meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder. Among those, fewer than 10% obtained addiction treatment.
Alcohol use disorder (the clinical term for alcoholism) is an incurable and relapsing brain disorder. Most cases of alcohol use disorder, though, respond favorably to an evidence-based combination of medication-assisted treatment and behavioral interventions.