Drinking Problem

Each problem drinker has a particular biology, psychological history, and current social reality to deal with. A treatment approach that may be helpful for one individual may be worthless or harmful for another.

For the past three decades, Psychological ARTS has delivered relapse prevention oriented treatment to problem drinkers. We offer a wide range of methods and tools to help our clients achieve their intended outcomes. Our clinical strategy is to match the treatment tactics to the attributes and goals to the individual or family with whom we collaborate.

Matching Treatment Intensity

If you are interested in working with us, the first question we must answer is: How much external structure is required to achieve your intended outcome?

  • Individuals who have become so impaired as a result of chronic alcohol abuse, head injury, or serious psychiatric issues do best with externally imposed supervision such as residential placement.
  • The amount of external structured required by less impaired individuals is determined by their degree of dependence
    •  Some require short-term inpatient treatment to detoxify and get a period of sobriety under their belt before they are ready for unsupervised exposure to high-risk situations.
    •  Less chemically dependent individuals may require Intensive Outpatient Treatment to manage the early phase of sobriety.
    •   For some problem drinkers who are not chemically, externally supervision does more harm than good. Turning over responsibility for selecting the outcome goals and the methods to achieve them can foster dependence and leave the individual more vulnerable to relapse when the source of control is not around. Achieving good long-term outcome is a much more difficult challenge than most people realize. Problem drinkers are vulnerable to common pitfalls and traps that promote relapse, and so even if you do not require intensive treatment, you should establish a collaborative relationship with a relapse prevention expert.

Matching Treatment Philosophy

  • The 12 Step Model originated by Alcoholics Anonymous has a long history of helping folks achieve and maintain sobriety. In Alcoholics Anonymous it is understood that the only requirement for membership is “a desire to stop drinking” Beyond that certain steps are suggested as a path to sobriety. Sobriety is not achieved by self will rather the goal is achieved by turning your life over to a higher power. There are a couple of slogans used in meeting that may provide insight to the process: “Together we can do what we could not do alone” and “Keep coming back it works if you work it”
  • The Relapse Prevention Model is an alternative to the 12 step model. Rather than a focus on admitting powerlessness over alcohol, the goal is to develop the skills and faculties that enhance will power.

Problems drinkers who are not chemically dependent have the option of selecting a treatment approach that is best matched to their personal goals and attributes. To help decide which approach is best for you, please click here to take the Treatment Matching Test. This confidential assessment is scored on your computer and is available at no charge.

    Psychological Arts offers several options, our non 12 step, relapse prevention option is a one on one collaboration with Dr. Dubin. This is designed for the high functioning problem drinker or drug user. Dr. Dubin will meet with you for an assessment. Based on that assessment, he will either continue with the collaboration or offer a referral to Bill Peterman LMSW for appropriate linking to other Austin area treatment programs which may better fit your needs.

    We also offer aftercare that is intended for clients who have completed inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment programs. For clients who are involved in 12 step programs as a part of their aftercare plan we continue to encourage their involvement and blend the components of the 12 step program with the concepts of relapse prevention for the clients best advantage. In addition, when a client seeking aftercare is in need of addressing co occurring disorders i.e. depression PTSD or other mental health disorders, we can incorporate that service as a part of the client’s aftercare plan. For information on our aftercare services click here.

    Psychological arts offers two specialty alcohol and drug abuse clinics for clients that often fall between the cracks.

For information on our Geriatric Alcohol & Drug Abuse Clinic click here.

For information on our Brain Injury Clinic click here.

Our clinical and administrative staff are available via chat, email, or phone to answer any questions you may have. (Individuals who live in the Central Texas area have the option of a face-to-face collaboration). We encourage you to contact us electronically, or call us at: (512) 343-8307.