Alcoholism Treatment Options in Scottsdale and Phoenix
Alcoholism treatment program options can be quite overwhelming given the sheer number of programs that exist. Inpatient, outpatient, IOP, PHP, 12-step, non-12-step, holistic, trauma-focused and most recently, The Moderation Method. The alcoholism treatment space is extremely competitive and thus each program spends a lot of money on marketing which can further confuse the consumer and make it difficult for them to truly tease out which one best suits their needs.
At The Moderation Institute, we take the approach of letting our product speak for itself by educating people on what we do, how it is truly different and letting people decide. We are confident that our alcoholism treatment program is the most successful approach to controlling your drinking and we believe it will be the go-to method of treatment in the next decade.
Below are some helpful ways to understand the differences between the different types of alcoholism treatment programs in order for you to figure out which of the options may suit your needs.
Inpatient Treatment Programs
Inpatient programs can take the form of almost an infinite variety of length of time. Common ones are: three-to-five day alcoholism detox, 30-day inpatient, 60-day inpatient and 6-12 month inpatient programs.
Alcohol detox programs are a short-term period of three to five days that serve the purpose of getting someone off of alcohol in a safe, supervised manner. Medications are used and monitored by staff to ensure the withdrawal symptoms are safely dealt with. People however do not typically get to do much related to improving their lives at this stage.
All of the other inpatient alcoholism treatment programs focus on the same thing, regardless of the length of time. The majority of the programs now are a combination of 12-step group therapy, "trauma-based" treatment and little to no individual work with a therapist. Usually, a psychiatrist sees someone once every few weeks briefly to adjust medication.
In theory, these programs can offer a great benefit but in reality the delivery of the help is done in such a manner that is very much ineffective for the long-term. Trauma-focused programs use large groups to work on each individual's trauma! Large groups are not conducive to doing the necessary trauma work each individual may need. Trauma essentially means anything in one's past that has had some element of trauma to their psyche. It can be severe or mild but either one, especially when one is younger, can have a huge impact on one's psychological health over the course of his or her life.
Inpatient alcoholism programs are very beneficial when someone needs to be taken out of their environment for a period of time if that environment is so chaotic that making any positive changes is simply impossible. This escape can give someone the opportunity to make some positive changes in their own life without dealing with excessive chaos as home in the form of extremely unhealthy relationships, abusive situations, physical/health issues and any other issue that may need close monitoring by staff.
The huge downside to these programs is the following: extreme cost which is often $30k dollars per month, with almost no individual therapy work--even though that is the most crucial type of therapy work needed in the case of addiction--in an environment that is unrealistic in terms of being artificially stress-free. The setting simply does not resemble the life patients have to go home to and apply the skills they may have learned. This is the main reason why sustained sobriety is not common after inpatient alcoholism treatment stays. Finally, although most claim to be "personalized" there are virtually no large inpatient treatment centers that offer a true, 100% customized treatment pathway for each and every individual.
Pros: Removes one from an extremely toxic/chaotic setting to give someone a chance to make positive changes.
Cons: Unrealistic and artificial, making relapse rate high when returning to reality, extremely high costs and no individual planning, and no 1-on-1 treatment.
Outpatient Alcoholism Treatment Programs
There are a confusing number of outpatient programs, which all sound quite amazing when you listen to the marketing. However, through the years of my private practice as a psychiatrist here in Scottsdale, I have learned that while these can be helpful to initially keep someone on track, the minute they end, the relapse rate is extremely high.
They don't lead to any greater success rates than traditional inpatient treatment, which has a less than 10% success rate. The major downfall, in my opinion, is the lack of individual, one-on-one therapy with each patient, which means it is impossible to form a completely individualized treatment pathway.
These programs can be in the form of an everyday regimen from morning until evening or as little as three days-per week. The terms "Partial Hospital Program" (PHP) and "Intensive Outpatient Program" (IOP) can be confusing and are not used consistently among places around the Valley.
There are several great aspects of these programs. Groups can provide a number of people an opportunity meet others who they can relate to, and not feel so alone. They build alliances with other people struggling through alcoholism treatment issues. They may have never been to a program where any education about addiction is done in general.
Pros: More affordable than inpatient, less time commitment, form alliances with people who also are struggling.
Cons: Extremely inflexible for those who work during the day, minimal one-on-one treatment, one-size-fits-all approach and ultimately, the same relatively poor success rate in terms of sustained sobriety.
The Moderation Method
The newest Alcoholism treatment program modality is The Moderation Method which is the method we offer here at The Moderation Institute. The Moderation Method was designed by Michael Yasinski, MD over the course of the last several years as he constructed a method to meet the following goals: success rate significantly higher than what exists, completely customized plans, flexibility in every possible way one could be flexible, low cost and focus on all one-on-one treatment with both a therapist and a psychiatrist in the form of ten one-hour sessions over the course of three to four months.
The focus on flexibility is worth mentioning again because this is where Michael Yasinski, MD and The Moderation Method have really challenged the status quo. We designed a program that offers equal success to people whether they want to quit drinking alcohol completely or prefer to moderate their drinking in a sustained manner.
We also recognized people cannot put their life on hold to get treatment, even though perhaps they should. Reality, however, is people simply don't seek treatment because the options currently present are not desirable for too many reasons. Our program is a minimum time commitment, outpatient, only ten sessions over three to four months, and focuses on very practical tools which can be easily utilized by patients when they leave the program in order to stay successful.
Pros: Nearly 80% success rate whether you choose sobriety or moderation (this is six to seven times higher than traditional treatment success), the most flexible program available means limited disruption to life, and--most importantly--we construct a 100% customized treatment plan for each patient. We utilize one-on-one treatment to meet these customized alcoholism treatment program goals, compatible with or without 12-step programs, if someone is already participating in one of these programs.
Cons: Must be motivated to take the pill one hour before drinking, and do this consistently, since missing one pill before your drink will result in failure of the program.
In conclusion, our mission has always been to reach more people who need help with their drinking, but currently do not find any of the alcoholism treatment programs desirable enough to actually engage in treatment. We want to reach these people and get them help. Second, we want to provide treatment that is significantly more successful in meeting the goal of each patient, with a 78-80% success rate.
Please give us a call if you have any questions about whether or not The Moderation Institute is the best option for you, or if another option may fit you better. Our demand is high enough that we do not implement any hard selling marketing tactics. Our product speaks for itself. People have been succeeding as we predicted, based on Dr. Michael Yasinski's years of clinical experience with this method.
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Michael Yasinski, MD