The burden of an alcohol use disorder (AUDs) can shatter a family and destroy relationships. Both a physical and mental disease, alcoholism usually requires treatment that includes both medical and psychotherapeutic therapies, as well as extensive alternative and holistic care options.
At Constellation Behavioral Health, we prioritize the individual needs of the patient, beginning each and every program with a comprehensive evaluation and diagnostic process that ensures that each patient experiences a personalized treatment plan from day one. The goal is to help them heal on multiple levels, addressing the issues that existed prior to the development of the alcohol use disorder, those caused by drinking, and the social and personal problems that developed as a result of alcoholic behavior.
Principles of Alcoholism Treatment
Patients who struggle with alcohol use disorders will benefit from a treatment program that is made up of treatment and therapeutic options that will speak to their personal needs. The more specified and directed the treatment, the more the patient will grow and progress and the better able he or she will be to build a successful life that is not marred by alcohol relapse.
Effective alcoholism treatment may include:
- Inpatient or outpatient care, according to the patient’s need and family circumstance
- Medication, in some cases, for the treatment of alcohol detox and/or co-occurring mental health symptoms
- Group therapies, including 12-step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and other support groups for alcoholics
- Behavioral therapies, of which the duration and type should be based on the patient’s experiences in addiction and goals for recovery
- Aftercare treatment options, including sober living, 12-step meetings, personal therapy, continuation of holistic treatments, and more
- Emerging treatments, therapies, and protocols for care
Motivation for Change
Many patients initially start alcohol treatment with little to no interest in stopping drinking. In fact, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), only 15 to 25 percent of patients seek treatment for alcohol use disorders on their own.
One of the primary goals of an alcohol treatment program is to motivate the patient to crave positive change more than they crave alcohol. This can be a long process characterized by peaks and valleys, but generally requires improvement across a wide range of issues, including:
- Processing underlying trauma
- Maintaining adherence to treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders
- Improving family communication and relationships
- Increasing employability
- Improving overall health and wellness
Alcoholism Treatment Works
A study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol found that alcoholism treatment is a successful option for patients. One-third of participants from a range of treatment programs were still completely alcohol-free a year after leaving treatment. The remaining participants demonstrated a significant decrease in drinking behaviors and drinking-related problems in the same time period. The mortality rate of all participants was lower than 2 percent. Because there is no cure for alcoholism, these rates of success are excellent for the treatment of a disorder defined by remission.
Evoking Positive Change in Patients
Though it is recommended that patients seek treatment as early as possible into their drinking behaviors, it is never too late to begin a treatment program that will result in successful sobriety. Comprehensive care that is integrative and unique to the needs of the patient is of primary importance and the focus of every rehabilitation program in the Constellation Behavioral Health family. Contact us today at the phone number listed above to learn more.
Learn more about Constellation Behavioral Health alcoholism treatment programs today by contacting our Alta Mira Recovery Program specialists at 866-922-1350 or online through our confidential contact form.