Making the Decision to Quit Drinking
Alcohol Abuse and Addiction
Are you physically and emotionally dependent upon alcohol? Are there physical and emotional consequences due to your drinking? Do you experience withdrawal symptoms in between drinking periods? Do you find it difficult to function normally without the effects produced by alcohol? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from alcohol addiction.
Alcohol abuse can develop into addiction. When an individual reaches a point where they are unable to control their drinking, are experiencing negative consequences associated with their drinking, and are suffering emotionally and physically, it may be time to make the decision to quit drinking. For someone with alcohol addiction this is not an easy decision. It is important that someone suffering from alcohol addiction seek professional help.
Admitting You Have a Problem and Seeking Help
Denial is commonly seen in individuals with alcohol addiction. These individuals are often desperately trying to maintain a sense of normalcy in their everyday life. Unfortunately this often becomes too difficult to achieve. The first step in making the decision to quit drinking is to admit that you do in fact have a problem. This pivotal first step opens the door to future recovery. Seeking professional help is imperative in the detox process and provides the best opportunity for success. If you have made the decision to quit drinking it is crucial that you detox under medical supervision. The withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol addiction can lead to serious health risks and death.
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms and Medical Detox
Withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant physical and mental symptoms that occur when stopping or reducing the intake of drugs or alcohol. The characteristics of the withdrawal symptoms vary depending on what drug is being used. Alcohol is one of the most dangerous drugs in regards to the detox process. Death can result if the appropriate measures aren’t taken. A medial professional will aide in the detox process to ensure safety and lessen the discomfort associated with the withdrawal symptoms. Eliminating alcohol is the first step in the process. One you have successfully completed the detox process, aftercare ensures emotional and physical recovery. Choosing the right treatment program is an important decision along the road to recovery from addiction.
Choosing the Right Addiction Treatment
There are different types of recovery programs designed to fit the individual needs of those struggling with alcohol addiction. There are several factors that contribute to the type of addiction recovery program one will choose. The level of care and treatment one requires must be considered when choosing the right rehab program. The cost and what an individual can afford is another factor that must be addressed during the process of choosing a drug rehab. While the thought of entering rehab is often unnerving for the individual struggling with alcohol addiction, it is important that the individual feel comfortable with the rehab chosen. This offers the best opportunity for both compliance and success. There are two main types of drug or alcohol rehabs available to those struggling with addiction, inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment.
Inpatient Treatment Facilities: provide 24-hour care, allowing the individual suffering from addiction to focus solely on their addiction. Inpatient facilities often provide a detox program, medication administration and both group and individual therapy. Inpatient treatment allows the individual to enter a facility free of temptations. Their only responsibility is staying sober.
Outpatient Treatment Facilities: provide daytime or evening treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. The focus is on the individual and their sobriety, while allowing them to maintain their regular responsibilities. While it is often suggested that individuals begin an outpatient treatment program after completing an inpatient program, some individuals are unable to leave their work or home life for extended periods of time.
Making Life Changes
Making the decision to quit drinking provides endless opportunities for success. The medical detox eliminates the alcohol from the body, safely and effectively. Rehab provides the opportunity to identify triggers, address underlying issues that contributed to the alcohol abuse, and teach ways to develop healthy coping skills in order to achieve and maintain long-term recovery. In order for these methods to reach their maximum effectiveness, further life changes need to be made. Individual and family therapy help to address problems that contribute to alcohol abuse. Attending support groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous, provide the necessary support and understanding to navigate recovery. Eliminating toxic relationships and environments are crucial to ones recovery. Recovery is a life-long process. In order to achieve long-term recovery, significant changes in ones life must be made to support a life free from alcohol.
Concerned About Yourself or a Loved One?
Addiction is a serious disease and with the right help, emotional and physical recovery from addiction is possible. If you or someone you love needs help, please do not hesitate to give us a call and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please call (877)799-1985 or simply click the link below.