Treatment for alcohol and drug addiction has stayed the same for many years and has been effective for most who suffer from these afflictions. However, in the last two decades, several modern methods of medical therapies that have been studied and evaluated are being applied to the treatment of drug dependence.
These new, modern treatment methods focus on the results of studies that are conducted and then evaluated to to find out the effectiveness of psychological methods, of self-help groups and how medications are successful or not, in achieving and maintaining abstinence from alcohol or drug abuse.
More and more self-help groups are being used to help with problems that are related to alcohol addiction. Alcoholics Anonymous has been successful for many who have tried the program; however, its value has not been approved or evaluated successfully in clinical trials that are random.
Psychosocial therapy is another more modern method that is being used to help with substance addiction. Motivational Enhancement Therapy is a therapy that holds as its basic premise that change and responsibility for overcoming substance dependence has to come from the patient.
With this kind of therapy, a therapist begins by giving personal feedback to the patient on the effects of his or her drinking and using. The therapist then begins to talk with the patient about the benefits of treatment, the benefits of abstinence and then draws up a plan on how to implement treatment goals. Studies have shown that this kind of therapy can be quite successful.
Couples therapy is another more modern treatment method to help deal with alcoholism. Proof has been shown that when a spouse, who is not alcoholic but is involved in an alcoholic treatment program, can improve the success rate of a patient once the treatment process has ended.
Another modern treatment method that is working for some is known as brief intervention. This kind of intervention can come from a family’s physician or a nursing staff member.
This kind of intervention method consists of information and facts on how alcohol and drugs can bring many negative problems into the life of the addict. During this kind of intervention, advice and community resources and strategies are given on how to find moderation in alcohol or how to abstain from it.
Of course, for many the usual effective treatments for alcohol or drug addiction are inpatient or outpatient facilities. Because alcoholism affects patients and families differently and because treatment options need to fit the needs of the individual and family, treatment options should be carefully evaluated before using them.
In recent years pharmacotherapy is also being used to focus on the development of medications to block alcohol-brain interactions that might initiate alcoholism. Research has shown that some medications work better than others when wanting to block brain reactions to some forms of dependence.
Substance abuse is difficult and challenging to treat; however, with proper care and an effective treatment program, substance dependency can be dealt with successfully. New modern treatments hold hope for many alcoholics and addicts and their families. With continued research, many of these new programs will thrive and offer hope to many.
Maryland has many alcoholic treatment programs that are effective, productive and helpful to both the alcoholic and their families. Please call 800-281-9728 for assistance in finding the recovery program that is right for you or a loved one, or to ask any questions. Our trained counselors are available to speak with you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
As with any addictive treatment problem, options for recovery should be studied and evaluated well. A family physician or alcohol interventionist can also be of help with this concern.