Treatment Options for the Rehabilitation of Alcoholism
Over the last two decades, experts in medical and psychological research have conducted many studies on the science of addiction and how to treat or manage addictions. While the best rates of recovery and maintaining sobriety are still maintained by residential treatment programmes, other treatment options are also now being investigated.
The reach of treatment is being broadened, and it is becoming clear that a variety of settings can now be considered in drug or alcohol rehabilitation. Some of these are already being included in routine treatment components in healthcare. As medical experts are becoming more accustomed to and become more comfortable with alcohol treatment options, they are also able to help patients maintain sobriety after a residential treatment programme and help them to manage their drinking throughout their lives.
Significant investment is currently being provided in the study of medications that show potential for the treatment of addiction and alcohol problems. While there are currently medicines on the market that are board approved, stopping drinking cannot be achieved by popping a pill. Because additions are largely the result of emotional trauma or damage, the source of the damage must be treated before medication is used, or during the treatment process. Success is being show in certain compounds that target certain brain systems to prevent relapses after rehabilitation. Currently, research is also being done on medications that are approved for cessation of smoking and the impact of these drugs on the cessation of drinking. So far, all medicines are only available during or after a professional, residential treatment plan, and this still remains the best option for the effective rehabilitation of alcoholism.
These are of utmost importance, even if medication is taken, as long-term recovery depends on the changing of behaviour and the relationship with alcohol. There are many treatment programmes available, some which focus on the individual, others that provide support in group form. Any good residential rehabilitation programme will include comprehensive behavioural therapies with qualified professionals, but once the primary treatment stage has been completed, it remains crucial for the patient to find support outside of the treatment centre.
Attending AA meetings or taking part in an outpatient programme after leaving a residential treatment facility is highly recommended. Families, in particular, find it hard to cope with relapses and changed behaviour after rehabilitation, so they should also take part in the therapies that are offered and support structures that are provided to learn coping skills and behavioural changes that can improve their communication and minimise conflict, in order to avoid situations that may lead to relapses.
While there are now more treatment options for alcoholism and drug addiction than ever, the treatment plan that is the most effective is following a residential treatment programme for the rehabilitation of alcoholism. If you or a family member is in need of treatment, you are welcome to give our qualified counselling team a call to discuss the programme and the treatment plans we provide.
Our success rate speaks for itself, and our facilities and professional staff are top class. Call us today to find out more, and we can help with any rehabilitation questions that you may have regarding alcoholism.