Taking the Steps towards Alcohol Addiction Recovery
by Marinelli Aribon
(Los Angeles, CA)
How do you deal with alcohol addiction? Studies show that people become alcohol dependent due to a number of reasons: from personal issues, stress and peer pressure. No good thing will arise from being an alcoholic; it will disrupt your life and destroy personal relationships. But the problem for most alcoholics is that they realize these negative effects on a later period, making it hard to accept the reality and seek treatment.
Alcohol recovery is a process that involves several steps; you can’t get into the next one without taking the first step. There are various treatment programs available and with a help from a medical professional that will determine the severity of the addiction problem, it will be easier to work on a treatment that can cure the addiction. In order to have full recovery an alcoholic will go through these stages during treatment:
First Stage: Realize the Problem
Denial is one of the dominant attributes of an alcoholic. No one will own up to their actions and instead they will deny that their drinking is becoming a problem. In order to prepare for treatment, realizing the problem is the first step. Acknowledge that your drinking becomes uncontrollable and that it starts to have a negative impact not only on your physical body but also in terms of relationships and mental growth. Acceptance of this problem opens the mind of an alcoholic towards the effect of addiction to one’s self and to others.
Second Stage: Learn about Recovery
Finding the solution is the next steps towards a solving a problem. In case of addiction, it is learning about the possible recovery programs to treat the problem. Talking to medical professionals will help in getting questions answered about different treatment programs and options such as finding a facility or sober living houses where you can seek treatment.
Third Stage: Seek Medical Treatment
After proper diagnosis and review of different available treatments, seeking treatment is the third step. Enrolling on an alcohol program involves discipline and determination. Therapy programs are available and it can be a one-on-one session or group sessions where alcoholics share their thoughts and experiences. Programs can also be out-patient where patients are not required to stay inside the facility for a specific period of time. In-patient care is often suggested for those who are in a severe stage of alcoholism.
Fourth Stage: Relapse Prevention
Alcohol recovery programs usually last from 30 days to about six weeks and patients who completed the program are given the liberty to once again get back to their normal lives. Being sober is easy when alcohol is not in the picture but in getting back to the normal environment, there is the challenge to resist the temptation in order not to fall into a relapse. This is a crucial stage for any recovering addicts because it defines the future path of whether seeking further treatment or leading a road towards full recovery. Support groups are available for recovering alcoholics during this stage.
Fifth Stage: Maintenance
Alcohol recovery does not step after a 12-step process; it is continuous until the alcoholic is able to adjust to the environment. Even when in sobriety, former alcoholics still go to therapy sessions or counseling in order to not lose focus. Maintenance of a healthy lifestyle is very important in order to fully forget about the addiction episode and learn on how to cope with life’s stress and adversities without the help of an alcohol.
Having a strong support system such as family members and friends will provide alcoholics with a sturdy foundation towards recovery. During the initial stage of treatment, patients experience withdrawal symptoms that can take a toll physically and emotionally. It is important to have the encouragement coming from individuals who wish to see an improvement and recovery.
If the environment becomes hard to resist after sobriety, some former alcoholics decide on making changes on their lifestyle such as staying away from bad company or even relocating in order to stay away from the temptations that has led to alcohol addiction.
In seeking treatment, there are private institutions and non-government organizations that offer programs and facilities. There are ways to recover and budget should not be an issue. The commitment to start over and have a better life should start immediately in order to avoid the worst effects of alcoholism.
Author’s Bio: Marinelli Aribon’s first encounter with addiction was watching Meg Ryan & Andy Garcia in “When a Man Loves a Woman” when she was in her teens. This movie has moved her so much she considers her work for PIN Agency serendipitous as it allows her to share the best advice about sober living from CasaNuevoVida.com.