Alcohol Treatment in Phoenix has Evolved-Shifting the Paradigm
The options in Phoenix for alcohol treatment have expanded to include the Moderation Institute's alcohol treatment program. The unique and first-of-its- kind program allows people who currently are not happy with the amount they drink to moderate or control their drinking.
The Moderation Institute started in Scottsdale and has had tremendous success which, for us, means we have helped a large number of people. We have helped both people who have tried traditionally treatment in the past and people who never sought treatment due to how undesirable the traditional alcohol treatment options are.
The Moderation Method is derived from a method that is long used and proven in Europe called The Sinclair Method. Unlike the traditional Sinclair Method approach in Europe, The Moderation Method has expanded and enriched the method with additional tools which add to the success of the program. In Europe, the approach is typically used to only help people quit drinking altogether. It is not historically used for moderation. However, as a psychiatrist in my own practice, I learned about The Sinclair Method and saw opportunities to improve on the method and reach people who were not interested in quitting alcohol completely.
I customized the approach specifically to deliver the same high success rate of 75-80% with either abstinence or moderation. I have been able to attract so many patients that otherwise would never have gotten any help. These people had a problem with alcohol in some form. From legal issues such as a DUI to being too tired in the morning after drinking too much during the evening. The severity of their drinking problem spans a wide range yet the method is equally effective for everyone.
There are so many counterintuitive components to The Moderation Method and The Sinclair Method that it is understandable why people initially have a skeptical mindset. Here are a few examples of what I consider counterintuitive to traditional alcohol treatment.
You NEED to drink in order for you to stop drinking or moderate your drinking. Yes, I have to literally convince people to continue drinking as the program begins. The method relies on re-programming the addiction center of the brain by using a medication that is taken before you drink alcohol. The medication blocks the addiction center from being stimulated, although you don't perceive any difference in how the alcohol effects you. Essentially you still feel a "buzz." The addiction center which is "behind the scenes," starts to lose interest. As the desire for alcohol decreases, the consumption of alcohol both naturally decreases as well as the implementation of goal-setting and willpower to cut down the amount of alcohol. When someone reaches their desired goal, whether it is abstinence or a moderate number of drinks per day, they begin the maintenance phase of the program.
Another counterintuitive aspect of the Moderation or Sinclair Method of alcohol treatment is the fact that the method is actually more effective if a person started drinking at a younger age. Usually, if someone has been drinking for a longer period of time they are considered a more severe alcoholic and are thought to have a more difficult time with treatment.
The reasoning behind why The Moderation Method works even better for people who started drinking at a young age is that it is more likely that these people have a family history of alcohol use. Having a genetic predisposition which is essentially determined by how many family members have had problems with alcohol.
In conclusion, The Moderation Method requires one to drink alcohol and not to cut down or quit in the first stages of treatment and the method is even more effective in people who traditionally have been deemed more severe cases of alcohol use disorder (aka alcoholics).
The Moderation Institute is excited to expand our program to Phoenix so we can continue helping people succeed at feeling better, regaining control of their drinking and overall living a happier life.
Call us to set up an appointment or ask any questions! (480)-269-5945
Michael Yasinski, MD