The treatment programme
The treatment programme consists of medication, psychological and physical assessment and behaviour modification. These combine together to ensure success.
How does this work?
The medication is taken whilst the client continues to drink and significantly weakens the client’s desire for alcohol.
Unlike alternatives, the medication does not create a physical aversion to alcohol. It simply removes the craving to drink.
At the same time, clients attend an outpatient assessment programme, which is tailored to their particular needs.
Each client sets their own goals for the programme. Generally, this will be to reduce dependency upon alcohol drinking and to be able to control drinking in the future.
The psychological support uses a cognitive-behavioural framework and focuses on decreasing alcohol consumption. Clients keep a detailed diary of their drinking, medication use and
success, which is discussed at each session.
See “The Science behind success” for more detailed information on the treatment programme.
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