Alcoholism is treated at Contral Clinics with excellent results

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Liver recovers

In laboratory monitoring, the improvement in liver enzymes among alcoholics was significant. During treatment, patients' gamma-GT decreased from 133.6 IU/l to 71.0 IU/l (see figure). Other liver enzymes also showed a statistically significant improvement.

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78% success rate

78% of the clients who received treatment succeeded in either reaching the WHO's moderate consumption limit or cutting their alcohol intake in half.

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Scientifically proven

Analysis of the data collected from our clinics shows that the reduction in the amount of alcohol drunk and the cravings for alcohol was statistically significant (p<0.001)

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Mood improves

Mood was also found to improve significantly with the treatment. On the Beck’s Depression Scale, patients' mood averaged 8.2 points at baseline (equivalent to moderate depression) and 3.6 (normal mood) at the end of treatment.

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Liver enzymes of an alcoholic

Diagnosing an alcohol problem involves laboratory tests that assess liver enzymes. Alcoholics typically exhibit significantly elevated liver enzymes, which increases the risk of liver diseases like cirrhosis.

Within a few weeks of abstaining from alcohol, the liver enzymes of individuals with alcoholism begin to show improvement. Our treatment aims to normalise these elevated liver enzymes to reduce the associated health risks.

Gamma-GT is the most commonly used laboratory test to measure high alcohol consumption, although it alone cannot reliably indicate alcoholism, as opposed to an Audit-10 survey interpreted by a professional. The decrease in Gamma-GT, as shown in the graph below, indicates reduced alcohol consumption. During Contral treatment, patients experienced a significant improvement in their liver enzymes, with gamma-GT decreasing from 133.6 IU/l to 71.0 IU/l.

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Alcohol consumption decreases

The alcohol problem usually starts to diminish early in the treatment process, with a distinct reduction in alcohol consumption towards the end of the programme.

The graph below illustrates the decline in alcohol consumption following the start of the treatment program. Even within the first weeks of treatment, a significant decrease in alcohol consumption is observed. The reference point for comparison is the average consumption during the two weeks prior to beginning the treatment

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Reduction in alcohol cravings

Cravings for alcohol can present a significant challenge during the recovery process from alcoholism. Alcohol is often sought for its pleasurable effects, and a key objective of treatment is to foster alternative sources of pleasure, replacing the reliance on alcohol.

The client's alcohol craving is measured using the VAS (Visual Analogue Scale). The graph below illustrates a clear and statistically significant decline in the desire to consume alcohol as the Contral treatment program progresses, from the initial session to the final session.

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Improved mood and reduced depression

Excessive alcohol consumption often acts as a trigger for depression. Alcohol's detrimental impact includes various psychological consequences, such as anxiety, restlessness, mood swings, and feelings of sadness. These effects tend to intensify with increased alcohol intake. 

The clients' mood is measured with the commonly utilised Beck's Depression Inventory (BDI). A study (n=220) showed a significant improvement in mood. At the beginning of treatment, clients exhibited an average mood score indicative of moderate depression (8.2 points), but by the end of treatment it had improved to normal mood (3.6 points).

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Our clientele

Alcohol problems occur in almost all age groups and our clients represent a diverse range of backgrounds. Alcohol problems are often not visible to the outside world; the majority of our clients are ordinary individuals actively involved in their professional lives. We anonymously collected background information from 179 clients, which tells us the following:


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Men 76%

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Women 24%

Previous treatments for alcohol problems

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Yes 53%

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No 29%

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Starting point

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At the beginning of treatment, 97% of patients were found to have an alcohol problem according to the CAGE definition, and 92% were found to have an alcohol problem according to the DSMIIR definition.


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Contral Clinics' highly experienced doctors and psychologists have successfully supported thousands of clients from all backgrounds in overcoming addiction, enabling them to regain control over their lives and achieve a balanced work and family life. In order to maintain patient safety and privacy, the names of client testimonials have been changed.

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My job includes a a lot of representing. I was starting to be afraid of the alcohol use almost every evening. I was starting to get hooked. No company can afford to keep a drunk in a position with a lot of responsibility. I took Contral's treatment program and with it, reducing alcohol consumption was surprisingly easy. Since I did not have to quit altogether, I was still able to handle all the representation events.
Jussi N.
45 years old, Espoo
I have to travel around the world due to my work. Oftentimes I had nothing else to do during the evenings than to drink. However, travelling takes its toll and my health started to weaken. I go to Finland from time to time, and decided to start the Contral treatment programme. The combination of the drug and the counselling helped me get my drinking under control. It was happy to be able to take some of the counselling sessions online, as well. I feel a lot better now, thanks to the decreased drinking.
Jeffrey Т.
56 years old, London
My alcohol use gradually increased over the years. Eventually I had to drink at least one wine bottle each evening. I faced stress both at the office as well home. When my family started to make remarks, I finally realised that everything is not OK. I took the Contral treatment programme, and already halfway the programme my alcohol use had halved. Now I only use alcohol occasionally.
Liisa К.
38 years old, Helsinki
A few times a year alcohol use got out of hands and I could not control it. Especially during holidays I often drank from morning until late night, and for several days in a row. Luckily my wife finally had enough, and booked a counselling session from Contral Clinics. After their treatment programme, I haven't had a single relapse. And the best part was the privacy. Nobody else had any idea, except for my wife of course.
Matti V.
37 years old, Tampere
I was laid off at work and ended up becoming unemployed. Initially I started spending more time at the nearby bar than at home. I developed a craving for beer and was always out of money. Thanks to Contral Clinics, my alcohol consumption is now only a fraction of what it used to be. My financial situation has improved and my mornings are completely different. I have kept touch with my old friends, but go to the bar very rarely nowadays. I take follow-up counselling at Contral Clinics about once a year or so.
Ulla L.
53 years old, Vantaa
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