Alcohol Dependence Treatment Center in Richmond, IN
Alternative Alcohol Treatment Options that Actually Work…
Do you feel like you have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, but complete abstinence from alcohol isn’t something you’re ready to take on? If when you drink, you almost always drink a little too much, or has consuming alcohol has become a habit, simply just part of your life that you feel unable to control? Most people who drink too much (but aren’t the “textbook alcoholic”) believe that the only recovery option is to just stop altogether, which is something they typically aren’t willing to do. However, alcohol abstinence is not the only option to manage alcohol dependence. While there are many people who best benefit from complete abstinence, there are just as many people who would benefit from simply drinking less and effectively limiting their total consumption. Alcohol dependence treatment using medications to naturally eliminate cravings for alcohol is a scientifically proven and highly-successful method to reduce alcohol use without abstinence. This effect, known as “pharmacological extinction”, gradually returns the brain to its pre-addiction state by completely eliminating the euphoria and reinforcement alcohol provides.
Comfortable & Discreet Outpatient Medication-Assisted Treatment for Excessive Drinking
Effective treatment for the entire alcohol use disorder spectrum (mild, moderate, or severe) starts with the identification of the reasons an individual may be drinking too much. This allows the determination of the patient’s unique set of needs, and the development of a personalized approach to treatment and management plan. Consequently, the appropriate medication can be selected and goals for alcohol use reduction and/or elimination set. The extended treatment plan includes individual tracking of patient progress, monitoring of medication effectiveness, and routine physician follow-ups. Success in most cases is defined as a significant reduction in consumption and drinking days, achieving an identifiable goal of a targeted number of drinks per week, and being in control of when you’re able to stop, or the ability to choose to not begin drinking at all.
At East Indiana Recovery, our practice is dedicated to providing an array of services and programs to assist all different kinds of alcohol recovery goals, at your own pace and on your own terms. Some may want to drink less alcohol, but do not necessarily want to stop drinking altogether, while others want to completely become abstinent altogether. We believe that improving your life by reducing or eliminating your alcohol use is a personal experience, and our individualized treatment approaches are carefully tailored to each patient’s needs.
The Sinclair Method (TSM) / Naltrexone
The Sinclair Method (TSM) is a clinically studied, proven effective treatment for alcohol addiction that uses a technique called pharmacological extinction to retrain your brain to not enjoy alcohol by blocking the euphoria that alcohol provides while you are actively drinking by taking a medication prior to drinking. Over time, this effect gradually reduces your alcohol consumption, stops the urge to continue drinking once started, and results in increased alcohol-free days. Alcohol abstinence is not required while following TSM. With 100% compliance to program protocols, 80% of people can expect to successfully control their drinking and get to a point where alcohol simply doesn’t cross their minds.
Some people drink to calm symptoms of anxiety and stress. In this type of patient, when the alcohol is taken away, the original anxiety becomes symptomatic, along with new alcohol withdrawal anxiety. So now the patient has to deal with two types of anxiety. This type of psychological stress can be one of the reasons for heavy drinking. It also can be the reason for relapse in patients who have been successful in achieving alcohol abstinence for a period of weeks, months, or even years. Baclofen mainly works at the GABA-B receptor site in the brain. In addition to muscular relaxation, it also causes psychological relaxation, giving relief from stress and tension. It can be thought of as a “parallel agonist” to alcohol. It works on the GABA receptor system, but in a different way than alcohol. It alleviates the underlying stress and anxiety from alcohol withdrawal and cravings.
Vivitrol is a non-addictive, once-monthly injection (extended release naltrexone) proven to help reduce heavy drinking days in alcohol-dependent patients. Patients who are on Vivitrol report they “just have no desire to drink.” Vivitrol, along with chemical dependency counseling, helps stop the addictive behaviors while reinforcing recovery for one month at a time while you work on the psychological aspects of addiction through counseling, support meetings, and self help.
Alcohol Dependence Recovery, Right Here.
East Indiana Recovery offers everything one needs to recover from alcohol use disorder, on your own terms. Our program is private, comfortable, and confidential, and we offer outpatient treatment with telemedicine services available. If you feel as though you would benefit from reducing your alcohol consumption, or wish to become abstinent from alcohol altogether, give us a call to learn about our treatment options and what is right for you. Please check out our blog section for more specific dialogue on our non-traditional treatment approaches that offer an alternative to inpatient detox, abstinence, and AA.