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Alcohol Treatment Centers Continue to Find New Approaches

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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Throughout the years scientific research has shown how addiction works, allowing alcohol treatment centers to continuing finding new approaches to aid their patients throughout their recovery. The idea that there is not a cookie-cutter-treatment approach has guided treatment centers to provide their clients with individual treatment plans that tailor different aspects to the treatment process to their individual needs.

Evidence-based Treatment

Practices throughout the nation provide their clients with evidence-based treatment. The treatment approach has a been proven effective in treating alcoholism. Today the combination of pharmaceutical therapy and cognitive therapy have been found to be most successful in the treatment of alcoholism.

Pharmaceutical therapies are one form of evidence-based treatment that has proven to be successful in the treatment of alcoholism. Most people turn back to alcohol as a way to escape from symptoms of withdrawal and cravings. Pharmaceutical therapy provides the client with a medication that will ease these symptoms of withdrawal and reduce cravings. Certain medications will even cause the person to get physically ill when drinking alcohol, acting as a deterrent and preventing relapse.

Cognitive Therapies help the client to recognize the dysfunctional thoughts, routines and behaviors that are associated with alcohol abuse. Each session helps the client to change those thoughts, routines and behaviors to positive ones. The client will have a full understanding of their addiction to alcohol and possess the skills needed to maintain their sobriety when returning home upon the completion of their treatment.

Innovative Treatment

Many treatment facilities provide clients with more of an innovative treatment approach, Holistic Treatment. Highly trained therapist work with the client to heal their mind, body and soul from the effect of alcohol. While there is no scientific proof that this treatment approach is effective in the treatment of alcoholism, however it seems more and more alcohol rehabilitation centers are choosing to use this treatment approach with their clients.

Effective Treatment

Regardless to the treatment approach used you must first get to the underlying cause of your addiction to alcoholism. This requires treatment of any medical, psychological, social, and vocational. You must also take care of any legal troubles to get your life back on track, leaving the treatment facility to live a sober and more fulfilling life.


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