Alternative alcohol treatment options. People often ask us if what kinds of treatments are available for alcohol problems. The standard treatments are in you know in rehab facilities or 12-step, meaning alcoholics, anonymous or narcotics and other drugs. Alcoholics, anonymous is a piece of knowledge, is widely known, but people often want to know what else can they do?
are alternative treatments to the standard kinds of you either hospital-based
rehabs or 12-step alcoholics anonymous meetings? The one thing I always tell
people is that there’s no one way to get clean with alcohol or to send to stay
clean with alcohol, so for some people all today, want to they want to pursue
have to caution people we don’t have any very good evidence in research that
support the alternative treatments as well standalone treatments. So what it
usually refers to alternative treatments as I refer to them as adjunctive
treatments, that they should they are often added on to other kinds of
treatment for people and those might include hypnotherapy?
They might include yoga or other kind of mindfulness exercises, meaning meditation. That’s enough, people really sometimes find that very, very helpful, but there are people who do those kinds of things who really meditate well for an example and other people who just don’t meditate. Well, so you have to look at different things there are. There are treatment facilities that use what’s called equine therapy,
use horses therapeutically and its people will talk to, there’s not again a
good research base that shows that those have positive effects but anecdotally
from people’s experiences. People find those things powerful and so as a
treatment provider and as a researcher, although there’s not an evidence base,
it is always told people to try different things and to use what works for
I often my recommendation is that
people see those as rather as all, alternative as adjunctive treatment to more
standard treatments that we know work from research.