The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Among clients in treatment facilities seeking alcoholism treatment and who otherwise are in good health, have a social support, and are motivated to get sober, the likelihood of recovery from alcoholism is high.
Approximately 50% to 60% of people with drinking issues remain abstinent at the end of a year’s treatment and a majority of those stay clean and sober permanently.
Those needing alcoholism treatment who have a limited social support, poor motivation, or have a dual diagnosis disorder tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. They may be inconsistent with maintaining services for being sober, and may be in and out of treatment facilities. For these people success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, improving their quality of life and health, and improving their social functioning.
Conventional Methods for People with Alcoholism:
Alcoholism treatment for clients who suffer from excessive drinking can begin only when the person accepts that the problem exists and agrees to stop drinking. He or she must understand that alcoholism is curable and must be motivated to change.
Alcoholism treatment has three stages:
1. Detoxification (Detox): This may be needed immediately after discontinuing alcohol use and can be a medical emergency. Detox can result in withdrawal seizures, hallucinations, delirium tremens, and in some cases may result in death.
2. Rehabilitation: This involves seeking out counseling services and possible medications to give the recovering person the skills needed for maintaining sobriety or reducing their drinking habits. This step in alcoholism treatment can be done in-patient or out-patient. Both types of services are equally effective.
3. Maintenance of sobriety: This step’s success requires a person be self-driven and motivated in their alcoholism treatment. The key to maintenance is a supported by family, friends, treatment professionals, religious organizations, community support groups, and positive people. Also, it is recommended that people find balance in work, healthy activities, recovery and continue to do the next right thing.
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
MI is an addiction treatment option that uses a collaborative therapeutic conversation between the client and substance abuse counselors that addresses the common problem of ambivalence for change with their addiction, and works on ways to encourage the client’s commitment to their addiction treatment.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT addiction treatment encourages clients to question and examine recurring thoughts to phase out those that are negative and unhealthy and detrimental to their addiction treatment.
Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
Similar to CBT, REBT it helps clients identify, challenge, and replace their destructive thoughts and convictions with healthier and more adaptive thoughts regarding their substance abuse and addiction.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
DBT teaches clients how to regulate their emotions to reduce the self-destructive behaviors that derive from extreme, intense emotions. An effective treatment for drug abuse, drug addiction, eating disorders, anger-related issues, self-injury, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
Seeking Safety Therapy
Seeking safety Therapy is a present-focused therapy that helps clients maintain safety from trauma (PTSD) and drug use and addiction by focusing on coping skills, grounding techniques, and education.
Other Addiction Treatment Options that increase chances of Recovery include:
• Individual Therapy
• Family Therapy
• Group Therapy
• Recovery-Oriented Therapy (ropes course, equine therapy, etc.)
• Expressive Therapy (art therapy, music therapy, psychodrama, etc.)
• Therapy dealing with trauma
• Psycho-Educational Groups:
– Relapse Prevention Groups
– CBT Groups
– Relaxation and Meditation Groups
– Social Skills Groups
– Mood Disorder Groups
– Medication Group
– Health and Nutrition
– Anger Control
– DBT Groups
These options are all provided at BlueSky’s Addiction Treatment Center located at our facility.