For alcohol addiction treatment to be successful, it must take into consideration the brain chemistry of the patient. Most alcoholics have an inherent imbalance within their brain’s neurotransmitters. Optimal alcohol addiction treatment programs involve analyzing the addicted patient’s current state of neurotransmitters as well as determining his or her inherent baseline of neurotransmitter levels.
Alcohol addiction treatment plans must take both these conditions into consideration if they want to decrease patient’s chances of relapse. Relapse prevention through craving control is, in fact, the key to patients’ long term sobriety. Not only must patient’s neurotransmitters be adjusted throughout detoxification and short-term alcohol addiction treatment, but also afterwards, in order to successfully prevent relapse.
Learn more about these methods in Adddictionlologist Dr. Von Stieff’s book, Brain in Balance: Understanding the Genetics and Neurochemistry behind Addiction and Sobriety.