This past June, the Research Institute of Addictions in Buffalo, New York received a $3 million grant to perform research into how effective custom alcohol treatments are. The researchers at the institute at the University of Buffalo will look at treatments specifically tailored to a person’s behavior and whether the outcomes are any better than a standard treatment plan.
The study has been funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and will go on for 5 years. The researchers will look specifically the behavior of participants’ in the 30 days prior to beginning treatment.
They will be using evidence from previous studies done on the subject that show how a person’s attempts at decreasing their drinking before entering treatment had a profound effect on the success of their recovery. The newest study being done in Buffalo will delve further by exploring more treatment methods tailored to what each participant did in the 30 days prior to beginning alcoholism treatment.
More than 200 people will be participating in the study at Buffalo. Each person will be placed into one of the three different available interventions based on their past drinking habits. Each intervention will last for different periods of time and will include different treatment methods.
The researchers who are conducting the study are hoping that the results will help refine existing treatment methods for alcoholism to make them more effective. They are also hoping the study will provide more information to alcoholism treatment providers on what treatment methods work best for certain types of patients.
The study will begin in fall 2015 and will include therapists and researchers looking to expand their knowledge of addiction and alcoholism treatment. The Research Institute of Addictions is the only facility in the state of New York licensed to perform this kind of clinical research.
Why is customized alcohol treatment a better choice?
We already know that having a customized treatment plan will be more effective than a one size fits all approach, but what exactly are the reasons and how is a treatment plan tailored to a person’s specific needs? Thousands of people enter rehab facilities every year and each individual will have a different set of co occurring conditions, social factors, and different elements of their personal history. If a rehab facility wants each individual to receive the most effective treatment, then they need to acknowledge the uniqueness of each patient before beginning their treatment.
People develop addiction or alcoholism for different sets of reasons. It could be because of a co occurring disorder, a genetic predisposition to addiction, early exposure to drugs and alcohol, social conditions they grew up with, or some other factor. Taking all existing factors into consideration when developing a treatment plan is necessary for effective treatment.
Some of the ways a treatment plan will be tailored include:
-Examining the physical, mental, and emotional needs of the patient.
-Continuing to make adjustments as treatment progresses to ensure that it continues to fit the individual’s needs.
-Using medications as an aide to treatment when necessary.
-Making sure a patient is also getting quality treatment for co occurring disorders.
-Starting treatment with a medical detox.
-Continuing to monitor substance use during the course of treatment.
-Addressing any relapses that happen along the way.
-Encouraging health and wellbeing through nutrition, exercise, therapy, testing and treatment for infectious diseases, and other care.
-Educating patients on the addictions that affect them.
-Focusing on interpersonal relationships with therapy or counseling with partners or family members.