Finding a good alcohol addiction treatment center is the first step that is needed in helping an alcohol addict heal this illness. What to look for in treatment centers are:
- Wide variety of programs
- Varied techniques
- Different treatment modalities
- Evidence based practices
- Well trained, experienced clinical staff
These are the ways to investigate the better solutions that match each addict’s unique needs.
New or improved
There are alsonew approaches that consist of:
- Motivational Interviewing Approach (MI)
- 12-Step Facilitation (TSF)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skill Groups
- Mindfulness Training
- Medication Assistance
- Recreation Therapy
- Individual, family and couple support and education
MI is a style of counseling that is directed to a goal and seeks to gently aid the client to discover why he or she is indecisive to change. The MI approach is fairly new as a treatment resource for those who are having mixed feelings on what they want to do. Showing the alcoholic this ambivalence lets the person seechanges to overcome or problems that might have inhibited them in the past.
DBT was developed to focus on learning skills for both interpersonal and internal ways of behaving. The major goal is to teach the person skills to:
- Cope with stress
- Regulate emotions
- Improve relationships with others
These new ways of interacting with others are taught by role playing. The person is taught in skill groups and the more they learn the better able they will be to use these skills when they return to their homes.
CBT is a structured, normal short term psychotherapeutic method that is needed to alter any attitudes and behaviors byreplacing inaccurate or negative thinking. One major goal is to change the rewards when behaviors are changed.
TSF is a brief, manual-driven, structured approach to enable the alcoholic in early recovery. TSF is done with the addict for over 12 or more sessions. It is based on:
- Cognitive principles
Basically this is the new revised 12 step program of AA and NA fellowships. The goal of TSF is to help:
- Identify problems
- Define solutions
- Design a program of actions needed
Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder
‘Seeking Safety’ is a treatment method to help addicts with PTSD and other issues with trauma. This helps the alcoholic to find a way to ground themselves safely and cope with any fears while keeping the focus or the goal of learning how to live a sober life with stress management.
Other stress problems
There are also other steps or methods that are new or improved to help the addict to cope with:
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Decrease cravings
- Sleep disturbances
All of these are methods that some rehab centers are using to help with alcoholics who are using alcohol as the way to self-medicate.