Alcoholism is a Behavioral Pattern Best Helped by Behavioral Treatment

A substantial proportion of doctors in the United States reject the theory that alcoholism is a disease. They don’t treat it themselves but typically send their patients to Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), where they are taught that they suffer from an incurable disease, that they must submit their will to that of God or a Higher Power, that they are powerless over their alcoholism disease, that they will never be able to drink any alcohol for the rest of their lives, and that they must be constantly be on guard against “slips.”

A.A. meetings have a one-year success rate of only about five percent (or one of every 20 members). That’s such a low success rate that if it were a new treatment, the FDA would never approve its use!

Nation-wide research by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has found that being involved in no program at all leads to a higher success rate than being a member of AA. It appears that certain parts of the 12-step program actually inhibit achieving sobriety for most members.

Fortunately, there are effective alternatives. One is the free HAMS alcohol program and another is the affordable Life Process Program. Other popular options include the no cost Rational Recovery, Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery), Women for Sobriety, and Moderation Management programs.

In addition to taking advantage of evidence-based techniques and advances in neuroscience and brain plasticity, all these programs enable people to achieve either moderation or abstinence in the privacy and comfort of their own home. There is no traveling, no expensive retreats or rehabs, no disruption of family or work life, and no living with troubled strangers for weeks that seem like years.

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