Many treatment methods have been tried over the years, perhaps the most famous of which is the 12-step programme. These days, it’s recognised that a holistic approach is the best approach, as it considers the unique situation and needs of each person, and uses a variety of proven methods to address each aspect of the problem.
For example, in-patient alcohol rehab centres may offer alcohol detox, followed by cognitive behavioural therapy, group counselling, family counselling, and life skills training. The aim is to determine the root causes of the problem, and then find ways to change the behaviour and thinking that enables the problem to continue. Spiritual counselling can play a very important role in this.
Types of alcohol rehab programmes
There are many different types of treatment programmes. Generally, holistic in-patient rehab centres are considered the best. Other treatment programmes include:
- Hospitalisation: This is similar to in-patient centres in that patients are monitored all the time and are given various avenues of support. However, it can be difficult to feel comfortable and secure enough in the clinical environment to fully benefit from the process. On the other hand, the medical care is usually exceptional.
- Out-patient: These can vary from intensive to not so intensive. Intensive programmes meet several times a week, for several hours at a time. They don’t typically deal with the initial stages of recovery but are aimed more at preventing relapse.
- Private counselling: This can be done on an individual, group or family basis and works best as a complementary method to other treatments.
- Aftercare: This is an essential part of any in-patient or hospital programme, as recovering addicts need a lot of support and guidance immediately following their release from the programme. They typically include weekly meetings and a mentor who will lend a willing ear.
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