“What works for ending alcohol abuse?”
What everyone knows” is simply wrong when it comes to ending drinking problems. “Everyone” knows that AA and the 12 Steps and going off to 30, 60, or 90 days of treatment “works”.
Reality? They don’t. Unless you consider a “success” rate of under 5% as working.
So what does work?
The following is a list of options from most to least effective and is updated from the “Handbook of Alcoholism Treatment Approaches” by Miller and Hester, 2003.
1. Brief Interventions;
2. Motivational Enhancement;
3. Community Reinforcement;
4. Self-Change Manual;
6. Behavioral Self-Control;
7. Behavior Contracting;
8. Social Skills Training;
9. Marital Therapy – Behavioral;
10. Aversive therapy;
11. Case Management;
12. Cognitive Therapy;
27. Group Counseling;
36. Minnesota Model Treatment
37. 12 Step Facilitation;
47. Alcoholism Counseling.
Potential clients always ask why our clients’ success rate is up to 20 times higher (65% or more) than any of the traditional programs.
The reason for our clients’ success is clear from the above review of effective approaches. We use components 1-9 and 11-12 in a personally adjusted mix that is designed specifically for you and your life.
Traditional treatment programs use approaches 36-38 and 47. Guess what? These approaches not only don’t work, they actually prevent people from recovering!
Let’s forget failed treatment methods along with these myths:
1. You are powerless;
2. You need go away to residential treatment;
3. You need to “hit bottom”;
4. AA works;
5. Alcohol abuse is a “disease”;
6. You need to be “in recovery”;
7. You’re “in denial”.
If you’re ready to avoid, or stop, being victimized by these treatment industry lies, and to recover privately, affordably, effectively, and confidentially, then you’re ready to give us a call!
You can’t just stop drinking!
Spouses, other family members, and friends frequently wonder why you just can’t quit. The short answer is that you drink because it “works” as a short term solution for whatever it is you’re self-medicating.
You can’t just quit unless you find alternative ways to address loneliness, boredom, anxiety, hormone shifts, pain, and so on. You’ve been using alcohol to avoid fixing these underlying conditions so now you either address them or you will inevitibly go back to drinking.
Most treatment fails to address anything that matters to you. The only solution they offer, “don’t drink, go to AA” is one with a 75 year history of failure.
We use the effective approaches we listed above to help you buold a life that leaves no room, or need, for alcohol abuse.
No, it’s not rocket science – it’s the development of new day-to-day skills and activities that fix the problems you were medicating in ways that are more satisfactory than alcohol’s temporary relief.
Working with us is a matter of squeezing alcohol out of your life in a systematic and satisfying way until alcohol abuse becomes just another “been there, done that” bad habit that you left behind.
That really starts whenever you call, so why wait?
Links to Success:
Odds and Ends
Alcohol Abuse, Alcoholism, and 12 Step Programs That Can’t Tell the Difference, don’t care, and will gladly burden you with inappropriate and damaging labels that will haunt you for the rest of your life.
Women and Alcohol – What To Consider In Treatment and why women need and deserve services built around women’s needs, not just another recycled (and failed) men’s program – which is all anyone else has to offer.
Confidentiality, why you want to avoid residential treatment and groups of all kinds.
The Bucket of Crabs or Why AA and Al-Anon are Bad For Your Health.