Alcohol treatment can be done in many ways. There is the option of inpatient, outpatient, group therapy, and self help. They all offer great benefits and an addict must find what works best for them. The alcohol treatment chosen may include therapy to help the addict understand their behavior and improve their coping mechanisms. A doctor may prescribe medication to relieve the withdrawal symptoms and to help control cravings. The addict may enroll on a self help group to have to support of his or her peers. Alcohol treatment can be provided in many settings including a hospital, a half way house, or outpatient. There are three types of therapy that are widely used in alcohol treatment, motivational enhancement therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and the twelve step program.
Motivational enhancement therapy (MET) seeks to obtain a response from an addict for their own motivation for change and to make it a personal decision and plan for change. The approach is addict centered, although planned and directed. The addict sets his or her own goals; no absolute goal is imposed through MET, although counselors may advise specific goals such as complete abstention. A broader range of life goals may be explored as well. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) uses a technique that teaches the addict to weaken the behavior caused by trouble situations and teaches them a new way of thinking can improve the situation. The twelve step program is based on guidelines written by alcohol addicts who took control of their lives and chose self-help as their alcohol treatment.
Alcohol treatment is an important step to recovery for an alcoholic and must be chosen wisely, seek professional help for guidance. A strong support network is essential for an addict to seek treatment and recovery. If you suspect a loved one is suffering from alcohol addiction talk to them about your concerns and be there to support them.
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