The battle against alcoholism is not a simple one, but research into treating alcohol use disorders is on the rise. Methods to treat alcohol use disorders have been heavily researched to distinguish the treatment options with the highest rates of success.
Since each person is unique, it’s important to remember that there is no single treatment plan that will work for everyone. Instead, each person must figure out which of these successful plans has a higher chance of helping them achieve healthy sobriety and maintain it.
Here are 3 of the most successful treatment options for alcohol use disorders:
1. Anti-Alcohol Drugs
Drugs such as Naltrexone, Topamax and Campral are anti-alcohol drugs that help to stop the consumption of alcohol in a variety of ways. Some, like Naltrexone, work by blocking the pleasurable effects of alcohol, therefore making the consumption of alcohol less effective. Topamax is actually a seizure medication that is used off-label to treat alcoholism. It functions by reducing alcohol cravings in long-term users. Finally, other drugs work to reduce alcohol consumption by simply making the patient ill by preventing the body from metabolizing alcohol, which will cause a host of unpleasant side effects.
Combined with group therapy, these drugs have been found to have very positive long-term potential for those suffering from alcohol use disorders.
2. Recovery Programs
First-time users of recovery programs for alcoholism and alcohol use disorders may be initially intimidated by the idea of a recovery program, however these programs can give you the support and structure you need to finally get on the path to long-term recovery.
Recovery programs or centres are not like jails. You are permitted to leave at any time and there are no locks on the doors. This is because recovery programs need a participant’s willingness to guarantee success. When a person is ready to focus on their own recovery, then they will be ready for a recovery program.
Recovery programs focus less on detox (which often happens off-site at specialized facilities) and more on education. This process is focused on getting you to look at your addiction seriously and assess the true depth of your problem. Without this, many alcoholics still have a level of denial about the seriousness of their disorder.
3. Group Therapy
For many decades, group therapy has been an important component of alcohol addiction recovery. Participating in group therapy permits you to have a several people supporting
you and cheering on your recovery. This can help you set goals and achieve steps that will lead you closer to your alcohol addiction recovery.
Group therapy can also help you face issues you may not have considered, since other members can give you another perspective on an issue that you may be having. Looking at these situations in another light or through another person’s eyes can help people see their own issues with another angle that may show a solution to a challenging issue