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There’s no way to tell if an alcohol treatment program or centre will be effective from the outset. Without knowing the components of the best program, you have no way of knowing if the one you’ve chosen will work.
With this mind, a research-based project called “Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems” reviewed research-literature and consulted with treatment and rehabilitation professionals. As a result, the researchers at George Washington University Medical Center identified a list of active ingredients for an effective alcohol treatment. These active ingredients include:
The earlier the treatment for drinking problems or alcoholism begins, the better the chances for success. Early detection includes screening and brief interventions, especially for non-dependent problem drinkers.
Comprehensive Assessment and Individualised Treatment Plan
Treatment for alcoholism isn’t a one-size-fits all solution. The comprehensive assessment involves the treatment and rehabilitation professionals evaluating the condition of the patient. The individualised treatment plan for each patient will allow the treatment program to target the specific problems of a patient. After all, not all patients need the “acute care” approach.
Treatment programs’ every step needs careful management. At times, this involves the participation of family members and friends. This participation starts from the initial assessment to the follow-up meeting after the end of the intervention program.
Individualised Professional Interventions
Multiple professional interventions based on different treatment philosophies can be effective in reducing alcohol consumption. These depend, however, on the patient’s gender, severity of dependence, and motivation to change. Many effective programs also offer more than treatment philosophy or approach.
Also called behaviour contracting, this involves contracting with patients, and rewarding them for good behaviour or punishing them for bad behaviour.
Social Skills Training
According to cognitive behavioural therapy, people with alcohol problems or alcoholics can learn to recognize stressful situations that prompted them to drink in the past. These people can also learn skills that will help them cope with these situations.
If you want to know more about what makes an alcohol treatment program or centre effective, contact us here at DARA. We’ll discuss our treatment programs to help you decide if we’re the right rehab centre for you.