After getting the required treatment from the alcohol treatment facilities it is important for the victims to affiliate with support groups. The outcomes are better and the chances for relapse are very less when any treatment followed by linking the victim to a regular support group.
Real time face-to-face support group meetings have proven great success. Such anonymous supports for addiction, is available online; however, the effectiveness of such support is not evident with clear numbers.
The nature of the desired outcome be assessed, and the patient should be accorded to appropriate support groups. The nature of the people involved in the group is what the quality of the support group is going to provide. Consider the intensity of the addiction and history of the patient.
A patient with a strong history of addiction would do better in a support group where other members who have recovered, offering support have been much worse conditions. Seeing worse people than self who have recovered would provide with lot of confidence to stay on without relapse, considering his/her smallness of difficulty to recover.
The duration of treatment can he long or short and the same with the support group based on the level of addiction. In some cases, prolonged treatment might be necessary even if the treatment called completed, with just a few sessions to provide better care from the high risk of relapse. Some patients go back to addiction as quick as they give up addiction. They are insanely extreme.
Physicians use the maximum use of all the modalities to bring in a positive outcome in the victim. A combination of the 12-step program, cognitive behavioral treatment, and motivational interviewing can provide with best results and effective protection from probable relapse.
Treatment with medications can be in one way risky where in the addict gives up on the drug in abuse and abuses the drug provided for therapy!