Alcohol Use and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

19. What's the best treatment for someone with alcohol problems?

There is not one "right" treatment for everyone with alcohol problems. In general, many people need more than one kind of treatment. Medicines can help alcohol-dependent people quit drinking. Meeting with a therapist or substance-abuse counselor or with a support group may also help. Support from family and friends is important, too. A doctor can help a person decide on the best treatment. Making a change sooner rather than later makes treatment more likely to succeed.