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Alcohol Treatment Programs: a Holistic Approach

Updated on April 6, 2011

Different alcohol treatment programs are prepared with the objective of helping the patients to recapture the lost control over their lives by eradicating the dependency on alcoholic habits. Desire of consuming alcohol is the main dominating agent in this context. To do away with the desire of drinking alcohol from the root is considered as the main purpose of alcohol treatment programs which is the only way out to get rid of this problem.

In fact, instead of considering alcoholism merely as a habit, it should be viewed as a behavioral imbalance or disorder of an individual. The person suffering from this disorder must admit the truth that he or she has some difficulty which needs urgent treatment.

To combat with the problem of alcoholism, there are many types of alcohol treatment program available through different rehab centers, but selecting the right one can be an intimidating job. Though this treatment methods demand to be effective, many instances of relapse are there, wherein the aficionado went back to their regular drinking habits just after finishing an alcohol treatment program.

In such circumstance, it can be stated that the treatment was not able to deliver the desired success due to application of inappropriate treatment methods on the person. The type of alcohol treatment program an addict needs depends on how long he or she is in the habit of consumption. Additionally the physical and mental state of the victim at that point of time is also important.


A blending of psychosomatic therapy and some effective social programs is very helpful for an effective alcohol treatment. Additionally, practicing detoxification over long period of time is very beneficial for an addicted alcoholic. Detoxification is one of the best healing processes as it ensures instant withdrawal from the habit of consuming alcohol. Even it might be very intricate to some patients, considering their intensity of alcoholism. Generally, detoxification is carried out for 3 to 4 days and it is necessary purifying the patient both mentally and physically.

In many cases, outpatient alcohol treatment programs, which can be conducted in spite of maintaining regular activities of life. In this treatment the scheduled of treatment sittings are arranged in such a way that the patients can continue it either before or after their daily works whichever is convenient to them. Since the individuals are allowed to receive the treatments according to their suitable time, people are more likely to join this kind of alcohol treatment sessions.

Again for some individuals who are suffering from the effects of alcohol over many years, in-patient care is of absolute necessity. This treatment programs allows the patients to stay within supervision of specially trained personal for 24 hour with utmost care. Though Most of the alcohol treatment programs continue for a month, they may vary according to the rigorousness of the addiction.

An addiction treatment program can achieve real success only when the addicted person will be able to keep himself detached from alcoholism permanently or at least for a very lengthy time period.

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