Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Do you know?
7.2% or 17 million adults in the US age 18 or older had alcohol use disorder.
Some adults drink too much, too often, and in ways that harm their health, their happiness, and their relationships. When alcohol becomes an obsession, it gets hard for them to focus on life’s daily pleasures. However, proper treatment and ongoing support alcoholism can be addressed, amended, and resolved.
Numerous alcoholics have managed to stay sober with the help of recovery centers or organizations like Alcoholic Anonymous. However, there are many who struggle every day to overcome alcohol addiction.
“The chances of alcohol relapse falls within the 40-60%, so people often need to stick with aftercare for the rest of life.”
You’re not alone if you have failed one or more times to achieve sobriety after rehab, even after spending thousands of dollars. Chances are, it’s not your fault. Only about 1 in 10 abusers out of 23.5 million adult abusers get treatment, which too fails often during recovery.
According to recent analyses of treatment programs, most of the recovery centers use outdated methods rather than using new approaches that are more effective in helping people in achieving and maintaining sober lives.
According to a revolutionary report by ‘The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse’, “A vast number of abusers that require addiction treatment don’t get evidence-based care. A few individuals get consistent treatment.” They found that most of the addiction treatment providers are not medical professionals and are not equipped with the skills and knowledge required to offer a full range of evidence-based services, including psychosocial therapy and medication.
Before enrolling to any addiction treatment, make sure to consider these factors:
- Get an assessment for your treatment – kind of treatment required, by a professional who is not affiliated with the program you are looking for.
- Check whether a physician is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
- Does the approach of the facility for your treatment suit your values and beliefs?
- Meet your therapist and ask him about what treatment plan he will follow to help you. You should be treated by a licensed counselor who can offer you one-on-one sessions. The treatment should be individualized, i.e., one doesn’t fit all.
- Find out if you’ll receive therapy for conditions, like depression, anxiety, or social issues that could sabotage your recovery.
- Look for programs using research-validated techniques, like cognitive behavioral therapy, which support addicts to know what encourages them to take drugs or alcohol, and learn to ignore the abused substance.
- Look for programs using other validated treatment methods include Community Reinforcement and Family Training.