Almost All Alcoholism Treatment today is based on this treatment chart called the Jellinek Chart.
The so-called “Jellinek curve” is derived from an alcoholism classification of E.M.Jellinek, and it was named out of respect for Jellinek’s work. Jellinek later completely dissociated himself from this chart’s representations, however it is still known as the “Jellinek curve”.
Alcoholism Treatment Symptoms Chart
The alcoholism treatment chart Starts out with Occasional Relief drinking and progresses to constant relief drinking. The symptoms then progress in a downward spiral to the bottom if some form of effective alcoholism treatment does not occur.
Alcoholism Treatment Intervention
Some sort of intervention is usually required in order to bring the disease progression to the attention of the alcoholic – who is a master at playing the ” Blame and Denial ” game.
Check through the phases of this chart to see both the downward progression and the upward climb out of the disease.
Recovery is a big topic, especially for people with multiple addictions.
All addiction recovery is like peeling an onion. It occurs in layers.
Firstly, in order to attain any alcoholism treatment recovery some honesty has to enter the addicts life. Maybe only a small bit of honesty at first, but some honesty is necessary.
Several events are significant in the gradual evolution of the notion that “alcoholism” is both
- The cause of the drinking problems of an individual
- A treatable “disease”
Alcoholism in the Bible
The early Christian, Paul of Tarsus described a similar state of affairs as alcoholism:
- For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. Romans, 7:15
Alcoholism as a Disease in Early Western Medicine
The Scottish physician Thomas Trotter (1760-1832), was the first to characterize excessive drinking as a disease, or medical condition.
The American physician Benjamin Rush (1745-1813), a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.
- Who understood drunkenness to be what we would now call a “loss of control”
- Rush was possibly the first to use the term “addiction” in this sort of meaning.
- ‘Taste not, handle not, touch not’ should be inscribed upon every vessel that contains spirits in the house of a man, who wishes to be cured of habits of intemperance.
- Habitual drunkenness should be regarded not as a bad habit but as a dysfunction.. essentially a disturbed, distressed, and uncomfortably destabilized condition rather than an actual illness — describing it as “a palsy of the will”.
Rush’s contribution to a new model of habitual drunkenness was fourfold:
- First, he identified the causal agent—spiritous liquors
- Second, he clearly described the drunkard’s condition as a loss of control over drinking behavior—as compulsive activity
- He declared the condition to be a disease
- He prescribed total abstinence as the only way to cure the drunkard.
The French Psychologist, Théodule Ribot (1839-1916), spoke of Les Maladies de la volonté or “diseases of the will”
Today there are many versions of alcoholism treatment available.
The Dean of Addictionz
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