The Michigan Alcohol Screening Test-Geriatric Version (or MAST-G) is a 24 question test often used by Mental Health Professionals to gauge the severity of someone’s alcohol dependence. It was designed for individuals who are 65 and older.
It is specifically tailored for those over 65 years of age and the questions take into account the special needs of alcoholism and the elderly. For more on the signs of alcoholism, you can click the link.
These needs may include medical problems that may not be present in younger people with drinking problems and differences in social and employment situations.
Remember the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test is merely a guide and as such cannot replace the advice of a trained medical professional. As always, if you find yourself concerned about your drinking behaviors, please consult with your General Physician.
-More than five positive answers in this test is indicative of alcoholism.
-Also, questions 8, 19, and 20 are each considered indicators of alcoholism if answered positive.
If so, there are a number of options open to you.
1. Attend Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings.
This seen by many as the one and only way to get sober. It is effective, but only for a small minority. Despite popular belief, it is estimated that only a tiny minority actually succeed using this method.
Recent research has shown that only 5% of alcohol dependents actually remain sober for three or more years using the 12 steps (the main philosophy behind Alcoholics Anonymous’ approach). However do not discount it until you have tried it. Some find that they have to attend several meetings before finding a good fit.
Meetings are a great place to learn about a healthy recovery, build your supports and to learn of similarities between your addiction and others. For more on their approach read Stop Drinking Alcohol With AA.
There are a lot of resources that claim to be able to help you deal with your drinking. A lot of them are ineffective and offer false hope. There is one I have come across that offers alcoholics and problem drinkers a way out (if they are prepared to work hard at overcoming their problems).
How To Give Up Alcohol gives alcohol dependents the tools to quit drinking without AA. For those problem/binge drinkers who do not want to give up alcohol, it provides a way for you to return to moderate drinking by showing how you can control your alcohol intake with a little bit of planning and a lot of perseverance.
Although a bit on the expensive side, this e-book is a fraction of the cost of a treatment center, and anyway you can’t really put a price on reclaiming your life from alcohol.
3. The Sinclair Method.
The Sinclair Method, using the medication Natlrexone, has a far better success rate than AA. It has been shown to be effective in over 78% of cases.
It is interesting that little is known of this method despite it seeming to be the best treatment for alcoholism available, some say that this is due to vested interests in the addiction treatment industry working against any innovation that might damage their business.
While this all sounds positive, not many physicians are supportive of this approach so it may be difficult to find a doctor who is on board with your plan. Go to The Sinclair Method to learn more about this breakthrough.
4. Treatment Centers.
A treatment center is a great place to get sober. There are, however, a couple of downsides to this form of getting sober. The first is that a stay in a treatment center is fearsomely expensive.
If you have insurance then this is not a problem, if you don’t then the cost may well be too much (some centers can cost up to 40,000 dollars for an eight week stay!) Many treatment programs strongly encourage Alcoholics Anonymous, which some find troublesome if this is not a good fit for them.
Treatment programs focus on educating you on the disease concept of addiction, addressing any other mental health concerns, and helping you identify changes that would help your return home be as easy as possible. Read Alcohol Addiction Recovery for more on alcohol treatment centers.
There are many who have managed to defeat their drinking problems by taking the drug baclofen, which is licensed to be used in the treatment with conditions like multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. Although not licensed for the treatment of alcohol dependency, those who have tried it swear by it. Dr. Amiesen, a French cardiologist stumbled on baclofen’s potential for treating alcoholism when struggling with his anxiety and alcohol dependence.
One of the great advantages of using baclofen is that abstention from alcohol is not necessary. In fact continuing to drink is an essential part of the treatment. Intrigued? Read Baclofen And Alcohol for more on this form of alcoholism treatment.
6. Other Treatments.
There are countless ways of treating problem drinking. We have gathered what we consider the best and put them on one page, for more read Alcohol Treatment Programs. We encourage you to do your research, and talk to a health care provider to get their perspective. Be open to their feedback, even if it is not what you were hoping it to be.
A common theme among the options listed above, is the importance of being motivated to make a change. Many failed attempts at recovery are the result of a person not being in a place where they are fully committed to changing behaviors.
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