What Is the Treatment for Alcoholic Dementia?

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Treating alcohol-induced dementia involves the following steps: complete abstinence from alcohol, addressing present nutritional deficiencies and establishing a consistent nutritional diet, according to AlcoholRehab.com. Patients with more advanced cases of dementia are commonly prescribed medications such as memantine, which has been shown to improve cognitive function. Such patients also often require psychiatric evaluation because of the danger they present to themselves and others and sometimes have to be admitted into a psychiatric care unit.

Such a disorder is also commonly known as Korsakoff syndrome, and studies show that treatment allows patients to recover many of their crucial memory functions, according to About.com. Such tests are specifically focused on the recovery of implicit memory, the memory that allows patients to complete tasks even as they are not aware of using such memory.

Because a relapse involving the use of alcohol puts the patient at great risk of worsening the condition, long-term treatment for individuals with alcohol-induced dementia involves participation in a substance rehab program, where the individual learns new skills and techniques to employ in remaining sober, says AlcoholRehab.com. Individual counseling with an addiction expert helps the individual address and remain aware of some of the root problems leading to addictive behavior to prevent a relapse. Long-term treatment also involves participation in a voluntary recovery fellowship organization such as Alcoholics Anonymous or other entities that offer 12-step and other type of recovery programs.