Alternative Alcohol Treatment: New Alternative Alcohol Treatment Approaches for Men

Virtually all current treatment for men’s alcohol abuse and alcoholism is based on the generally ineffectual AA/12 Step model. Even when alternative are offered they still tend to be based on a “disease” model which isn’t applicable for over 85% of the men looking for some sort of help with their alcohol abuse.

The first problem is that most “programs” were created by AA adherents who are very threatened by the very idea that their way isn’t the only way – even though their way has less than a 5% success rate. Frankly, doing nothing – the spontaneous remission rate – has a better record than that.

The second problem is that generally competent, successful, and smart men aren’t going to sign up for being “powerless” or “diseased”.

Alternatives? The main option is to look at actual research into change and apply that to eliminating a behavior, which is, after all, what alcohol abuse is. A behavior, a coping mechanism, that’s gotten out of hand. Our programs that are based on that research.

How can your eliminate the alcohol abuse? Managing behavior change means looking at what need alcohol abuse is filling. Again, we don’t abuse alcohol because we’re stupid. We do it because it works. Changing means finding what works better in the long run, because, realistically, nothing works better in the short run.

When? Sooner is better than later. As with any condition – medical, financial, marital – the sooner you address and correct it, the less disruptive the process, the more options, and the better the outcomes. Another extremely unfortunate side effect of current treatment practices is that a person would have to be an idiot to sign up until they’d reached a near terminal state. Who else would volunteer for being a diseased and powerless loser sentenced to a life time of being “in recovery”?

Why look at us? You want help that isn’t wedded to traditional approaches, or groups, or long term involvement. You want to avoid residential programs which consist mostly of expensive “filler” while destroying confidentiality. Our small practice specializes in individual, private, affordable, treatment and includes spouses or family where it’s appropriate.

Expense? We’re very cost effective. No, we don’t take insurance even when it’s possible – insurance records aren’t confidential and will come back to haunt you. They already show up on employment reviews and applications for other insurance. The records are starting to appear in financial transactions like mortgage applications and credit reports probably won’t be far behind.

Outcomes? With good motivation on your part (the most important component), our experienced help, possibly some short term medical support (Naltrexone, usually), supportive follow-up for three to six months, you can expect to leave the problem behind, permanently, over the course of three months to a year.

For a change, there is also a benefit to you as a man – it’s a bit easier for you than for most women. Why? Because you’re used to actively addressing problems rather than passively waiting for, or talking about, things getting better. Alcohol abuse is definitely a problem where an active approach is needed, and rewarded.

Summary? Let us help you early, invest in yourself, pay attention, learn, change, and be glad you did. Then you’ll have moved alcohol abuse into the “been there, done that” category – a category you need never revisit, or focus on, again.

Dr. Edward Wilson has developed alternative research based alcohol recovery and moderation programs for men and women since 1990. He and Dr. Mary Ellen Barnes are the co-founders of Your Empowering Solutions, Inc. in southern California. http://www.non12step.com

 


 

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