Benefits of Treatment for Alcoholic Patients in Therapeutic Community
Saturday, 20 April 2019

Starting from a social approach, we cannot ignore that today, in the 21st century; addictive behaviors represent one of the most serious public health problems in our country. Among addictive behaviors, experience and statistics tell us that specifically alcoholism is at the top of the pathologies that demand more treatment and therefore greater social and health problems.

This is a fact that without any doubt, it is directly related to the situation of legality and accessibility of alcohol, the acceptance created due to its presence in festive events and the initial positive effects that people find in its consumption. So, Arizona Alcohol Rehab is explaining the effective treatment of alcoholism in therapeutic community.

Alcohol abuse and dependence bring with it problems of very different nature such as those related to loss of physical health (alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, etc.) and psychological (depression, memory deficits, pathological jealousies, etc.), cases of mistreatment in the family, labor problems, in addition to acting as a gateway or drug bridge towards the consumption of other psychoactive substances or pathological gambling.

In the rehabilitation of alcoholic patients we find that alcohol is only the visible tip of a very deep iceberg where we can find many more personal deficits whose improvement is an essential requirement to achieve balance and abstinence of the person:

Unresolved internal factors (fears, traumas, self-esteem, mourning processes, stress management, existential void, etc.) that lead the person to a need to escape and escape from their reality through abuse and dependence on a substance that far from solving problems you multiply them.
  • Presence of deficient personal self-care habits and environment that are rooted in the patient's lifestyle with a personal imbalance that leads him to neglect his health, rest, food, responsibilities and family.
  • Lack of learning necessary social skills to be able to cope with situations of daily life in an appropriate way through active listening, empathy, assertiveness, etc.
  • Need to incorporate routines of leisure activities and free time that act as protective factors against alcohol consumption and social normalization.
  • Intervention at the family level due to the problems generated by the abuse of alcohol such as domestic violence, problems of a couple, breakdown of communication between family members, deterioration of the domestic economy, etc.
  • Need to address numerous health deficits caused directly by alcohol as a substance or indirectly by the lifestyle of abandonment that their dependence generates such as oral health problems, cardiovascular, motor and even neurological.
Faced with the challenge of facing the rehabilitation of an alcoholic patient, the Therapeutic Community has manifested itself as the most appropriate resource, given the degree of personal destruction that we find in these patients and the need for comprehensive care and aftercare treatment that they require. Among others, we will highlight the factors that we consider the most beneficial that the Therapeutic Community resource has for the rehabilitation of the alcoholic patient:
  • Having a Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Team (Psychiatrist, Physician, Psychologist, Social Worker, Social Educator, Socio-educational Physiotherapist, Lawyer, etc.) ensures an integral intervention at all levels, which accelerates the pace of evolution of the person.
  • The structured and healthy daily dynamics in terms of hours, meals, therapies, medication takings and leisure activities help to remove the person from the automatisms originated by their old habits and behavior patterns. In this way, work is facilitated on depressive disorders, the tendency to loneliness and sedentary lifestyle of these patients.
  • In addition to having therapies individualized by the reference therapists that are assigned from the beginning, the cornerstone of treatment in Therapeutic Community is that it occurs in the context of a self-help group. This greatly helps people to socialize positively and work on aspects as important for everyday life as social skills, empathy, low tolerance to frustration, resolution and conflict management, etc.
  • The environment of nature and isolation of negative external stimuli offered by the Therapeutic Community helps the person to balance avoiding situations of risk while at the therapeutic level is prepared to acquire necessary tools of personal self-management and coping with the anxiety necessary in future outings.
Alcoholic patients often find it difficult to maintain abstinence through outpatient treatment due to the amount of daily external stimuli they have to circumvent. Hence the need to rethink a high-threshold treatment such as the treatment centers in Arizona for patients whose rehabilitation requires a physical space without factors that generate a high stress and with specific attention needs. Thus the therapeutic community would be a space of protection for the person, from which he can acquire a better perspective of his personal situation while ensuring a physical and mental stabilization in a risk-free environment that helps him to stop the spiral of alcohol consumption and it gives you peace of mind by guaranteeing abstinence.
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