Alcohol Cessation

Paul Sandhu, MD -  - Pain Management

Pain Solvers

Paul Sandhu, MD

Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine located in North Beach/Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, CA & Pleasant Hill, CA

In a given year, over 15 million Americans struggle with alcohol abuse. Because alcoholism (alcohol use disorder) has serious implications on your health, safety, and well-being, the specialists at Pain Solvers provide personalized alcohol cessation services. Providing expert consultations at their office in the North Beach/Telegraph Hill area of San Francisco, and individualized treatment at their office in Pleasant Hill, California, you can get the support you need at Pain Solvers. Start by picking up the phone to book a visit, or by scheduling an appointment online.

Alcohol Cessation Q & A

Do I need alcohol cessation?

If your need for alcohol is a regular occurrence — maybe you can’t go a day without having a drink, or you find that you need to have higher amounts of alcohol to experience the same effects — it might be time to get help. But you may not know how to stop drinking or might not be aware that you have a problem until a loved one points it out to you. 

You need to work with a dedicated physician to get started on an alcohol cessation plan if:

  • You need to drink to perform daily tasks or work
  • Your drinking has led to legal problems, such as an arrest
  • Your drinking has cost you your job, friends, or family

Whether you’ve been battling alcoholism for a while or are only now starting to realize you need help, you’re not alone in your path to recovery. 

How does alcohol cessation work?

When you come in to Pain Solvers for your alcohol cessation evaluation, your provider sits and talks with you about your health history and learns about the habits you have. Your Pain Solvers provider genuinely wants to get to the root of your addiction, so they can better help you have a successful recovery.

After talking with you, your provider counsels you about treatment solutions. While no cure exists for alcoholism, they can help you manage your condition and power through any side effects you could experience. Your alcohol cessation treatment plan may include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Treating underlying issues, such as depression
  • Medications to decrease alcohol cravings
  • Drugs to prevent or minimize withdrawal symptoms

Your provider might also recommend taking a medication that provokes an uncomfortable reaction when you drink alcohol. With this medication, you may become nauseated or even vomit with alcohol consumption, which makes alcohol less desirable. 

Will I have side effects with alcohol cessation?

Possibly, and side effects are often a leading reason why men and women continue relapsing. Depending on the severity of your dependency, during your alcohol cessation treatment plan, you could experience:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia 
  • Headaches 
  • Sweating 
  • Shaky hands

Your Pain Solvers provider knows how unbearable these symptoms can become. They are going to help you through all of your struggles and provide any treatments they can to lessen the severity of side effects. 

You can get started on an effective alcohol cessation treatment plan at Pain Solvers. Find out more by booking an evaluation through the website or over the phone today.