Holistic Treatment for Alcoholism: Does It Work?

By Kayla Loibl | Last Edited: November 12, 2020 | 4 Sources

Seven Weeks To Sobriety
Is It Possible?

Providing individuals with alcohol holistic treatment as devised by Joan Mathews Larson

Regardless of how serious the issue might seem, a lot of individuals who are suffering from an alcohol use disorder could benefit from some type of holistic treatment for alcoholism. The Health Recovery Center and its alcohol treatment program is truly one of a kind.

It differs from all other programs in so far as it places the utmost importance on repairing the physical damage/deficiencies to the brain caused by alcoholism.

No other program does this and that is why it states that it is the only true alcohol holistic treatment out there.

While others claim they provide alcohol holistic treatment they are merely pulling the wool over your eyes because....they do not address the physical damage to the brain.

Genuine Alcohol Holistic Treatment

How is the Heath Recovery Center Program Different?

It's very simple really. The vast majority of treatment centers and programs focus on getting the individual to first detox from alcohol and then, with a combination of 'talk therapy' and sometimes alcoholism medication, try to change their behavior and environment.

Attendance at some sort of 12-step group is also said to be essential to remain alcohol free. At no time are the physical causes worked on, or even acknowledged.

The Health Recovery center on the other hand focuses nearly exclusively on the physical side of the condition. Indeed they state alcoholism IS as a result of deficiencies in the brain, there is no other cause.

They take the example of schizophrenia which arises as a result of an 'unstable brain'. There's no way you would try to treat schizophrenia with 'talk therapy', it would be unproductive to say the least. Yet this is what we attempt to do with alcoholism.

This method of treating alcoholism has not changed for over 60 years despite the terrible statistics showing it is not effective:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous's own figures state that only 5% of alcoholics who attend their meetings remain sober after 3 years.
  • The New England Journal of Medicine followed 1239 alcohol dependents for four years after treatment. At the end of the study only 7% were still sober and all the others had either returned to drinking or had passed away.

The reason for this high failure rate is that these programs do not address the physical damage present in the alcoholics brain.

How Does This Program Work?

The aim of the HRC program is to repair the damage caused to the brain by alcohol abuse. It does this by 'quietening' and ultimately eradicating, the addictive chemistry of the brain.

If you were to attend the Health Recovery Center, or use Joan Mathew Clarkson's self-help alcoholism recovery book, 'Seven Weeks To Sobriety'. The program would go something like this:

  • A period of testing/assessment to see if you actually are an alcoholic and, if so, find out your your chemistry-type.
  • Make your body alcohol free (i.e. detox you from alcohol).
  • Put back into your body essential chemicals that help with negative feelings/emotions that your alcoholism may well have caused: such as depression, neuroses and the like.
  • A period of education to teach you about the relationship between alcohol dependence and asthma, allergies and other conditions, all caused by chemical imbalances in the brain/body.
  • Help return your physical and mental health to normal balanced functioning.
  • For your aftercare needs, you will be assisted in adapting the 'seven week plan' into YOUR life to ensure that you can remain sober.
To many involved in the traditional alcohol treatment world this may all sound a bit 'potty'? However, take a look at Alcoholic Anonymous meetings and the 12 steps and that looks completely insane particularly to many who live a secular life.

It is strange how the medical world embraces wholeheartedly a scientifically un-testable treatment regime such as AA. A treatment that has very poor results.

Statistics for the Health Recovery Center on the other hand show that 75% of patients remained alcohol free after three and a half years.

Do I Need To Go To Support Groups After Treatment?

The short answer to this is NO. Because alcoholism is a physical brain condition, no amount of talking, empathizing and unburdening is going to make it any better.

Maintain the seven week plan and your alcoholism will be kept at bay.

However, those undergoing this program are encouraged to get emotional support through Logotherapy.

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What is Logotherapy?

Victor Frankl developed Logotherapy and it is used by those undergoing alcoholism treatment at the center. Its primary focus is to help the alcoholic find meaning in his/her life.

Logotherapy is a scientifically-backed school of psychotherapy, founded on the belief that the search for meaning amidst misery could create a potential answer to human suffering.

This 'therapy' is based on the belief that man's primary aim is to find meaning in life.

Logotherapy establishes three basic principles:

  1. Life has meaning under all circumstances, even the most miserable ones.
  2. Our main motivation for living is our will to find meaning in life.
  3. We have freedom to find meaning in what we do, and what we experience, or at least in the stand we take when faced with a situation of unchangeable suffering.

Seven Weeks To Sobriety

If you can't attend the center, then it is possible to do the whole Health Recovery Center program at home. Called 'Seven Weeks To Sobriety', this course encapsulates everything they do at the center at a fraction of the cost. This innovative self-treatment program is intended to get an alcoholic from dependence to sobriety in only seven weeks.

The title is somewhat misleading, however, you can't just spend seven weeks getting the chemical imbalances ironed out and then go back to your life as normal. You have to ensure that you make permanent changes to your life so that you remain chemically 'in-balance'. Otherwise a return to drinking may well ensue.

Joan Mathews Larson

Health Recovery Center's unique alcohol holistic treatment program came about as a result of personal tragedy.

Joan Mathew Larson's tragic loss of her son, soon after he finished a top-rated, 12-step treatment program, drove a fervent search for more effective treatments and solutions to deal with addictions.

Joan Mathew Larson's son who had problems with alcohol, attended a 12-step style treatment center. It did not work for him and he later took his own life.

Spurred on by her loss and not wishing other mothers have to go through the same grief, she researched and educated herself about alcoholism. And so her unique alcohol treatment program was born.

It is a program that is maligned by some in the addiction treatment 'industry', yet the statistics go a long way in establishing it as a far more effective approach than the ubiquitous 12-step model.

If you or someone close to you wants help and advice on quitting drinking then take a look at the following pages:

There are Facilities and Programs to Help  You Quit

Deciding to be sober for good isn’t an easy choice to make, but it is a necessary one nonetheless. To know more about the treatment options you could take advantage of, reach out to a dedicated treatment provider today.

Lead Writer/Reviewer : Kayla Loibl

Licensed Medical Health Professional 


I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LCMHC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. Read More


Simply Psychology. An Overview of Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy. June 26, 2020. https://www.simplypsychology.org/logotherapy.html.

Joan Mathews-Larson. Seven Weeks to Sobriety. https://joanmathewslarson.com/7-weeks-to-sobriety/

Joan Mathews-Larson. About Dr. Joan Mathews-Larson. https://joanmathewslarson.com/bio-history/

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help. 2014. https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/treatment-alcohol-problems-finding-and-getting-help

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