Welcome to the fourth issue of The Alcoholism Guide newsletter.

Holistic treatments are derided by a great number of people.

-They are seen as lifestyle choices, as opposed to medical procedures that have health (physical and mental) benefits.

-They are seen as ineffective, akin to the products peddled by the snake-oil salesmen of the nineteenth century.

-They are seen as the domain of hippies and weirdos, who don't subscribe to the rational and the scientific.

In short, they are mocked by the majority, and that is why they are known as 'alternative' or 'complimentary' to the mainstream.

The same goes for alcohol holistic treatment, and this is despite the fact that the mainstream method, the 12-step way, is more or less impotent against alcohol dependency, having a 5 year success rate of 3% (only 3% of alcoholics who attend meetings remain sober for 5 years)


I personally wouldn't recommend anyone to pursue just one form of alcohol holistic treatment, just as I wouldn't advise anyone to just attend AA meetings. The odds are stacked against you when it comes to alcoholism, and you need all the help you can get.

Any alcoholic's best bet to beat their addiction is to embrace as many treatments as they can; be they mad, weird, mainstream or alternative.

Below you can find links to three alternative treatments that have been shown to aid the recovering alcoholic, click on any that you wish to find out about.

Over the next few weeks I will be adding more pages to the site about various holistic treatments available, so please come back and check on a regular basis. I will be examining each therapy in detail and looking at its effectiveness.

  • Aversion therapy Although it has its fair share of critics (largely due to its portrayal in the Stanley Kubrick film,"A Clockwork Orange") aversion therapy has been shown to have some success in helping alcoholics stay off drink
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Elements of C.B.T are utilized in many alcohol treatment centers and support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. However, there are those who sing its praises as a stand-alone alcoholism treatment. What do the statistics say?
  • Herbal Treatment For Alcoholism. There are many herbs/plants used to treat various aspects of alcoholism: Kudzu to control cravings, Milk Thistle to cleanse the liver, Skullcap and Passionflower for alcohol withdrawals and Ginseng to help the body break down alcohol faster. But how effective are they when compared to conventional medicine?
  • And finally......

  • Alcoholism questions is a new feature at The Alcoholism Guide where YOU can ask your question about any aspect of alcoholism. Your question, and the accompanying answer will then become a page on the website.



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Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)




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