Controlled Drinking Programme

Our alcohol treatment programme aims to support people who are concerned about their levels of alcohol intake and would like to receive support to manage their drinking. After initial medical and psychosocial assessment, patients will be offered a bespoke programme to manage their alcohol drinking. This outpatient programme is designed for patients who are unable to commit to an alcohol rehab. It's a 20-hour programme delivered by two experienced psychologists with postgraduate training in Addictions Research at King's College London.

The Controlled Drinking Programme can be delivered in eight weeks and online, providing the opportunity to access treatment while still living in the community and engaging in day-to-day life.

The programme offers medical and psychosocial support, including individual sessions focused on exploring the underlying issues linked to alcohol use, sessions with significant others focused on strengthening their support network, and psychoeducational workshops for a better understanding of Alcohol Use Disorders and to develop effective coping skills. After the initial medical assessment and if required, patients can be prescribed relapse prevention medication to help manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Sessions and workshops topics include:

  • Understanding alcohol use patterns and effects

  • Exploring past difficulties in managing alcohol drinking

  • Drinking as a coping mechanism

  • Craving management techniques

  • Setting treatment goals and behavioural targets

  • Understanding the cycle of change

  • Coping and understanding family conflict / dynamics

  • Developing and setting healthy boundaries

  • Reinforcing the motivation for change

  • Lifestyle changes

  • Discussing the importance of recovery beyond abstinence or controlled drinking

  • Setting short and long-term goals to achieve life balance

  • Therapeutic feedback and aftercare plan

The OAD Clinic can help you to control your drinking and prevent harmful consequences to your social, family and work life. Contact us today to learn more about our Controlled Drinking Programme.

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