Treatments - 12 Step Recovery

Recovery from alcoholism starts here.

 

Alcohol abuse doesn’t play favorites: it can affect anyone at any time. And when it does, it’s a very serious disease that can unravel the lives of individuals, families, and, ultimately, the fabric of society.

Although alcoholism is shockingly common, overcoming it by yourself is almost impossible. Fortunately, with a wide variety of treatment programs available, you don’t have to travel the bumpy road alone. More than 60% of patients remain sober after a year’s treatment, and many of them go on to live happy, abstinent lives.

Alcohol treatment isn’t anything to be ashamed of. Reaching true recovery is never easy, but with these steps, anyone can begin the journey.

1. Awareness

Awareness is the first step on the long road to recovery. At this stage, you become aware of the telltale signs that alcoholism is affecting your quality of life, and you accept that you need to change. Critical to starting recovery, you understand that your symptoms and behaviors do not reflect that of a normal, healthy lifestyle. You admit you need help and make the next brave step to do something about it.

 

2. Detoxification

Sobriety is your best weapon for combatting alcohol addiction. To achieve sobriety, detoxification is the process through which the drug is purged from your body.

Medical supervision is strongly recommended in most detox situations to safely manage the withdrawal effects that can range from mild to life-threatening:

  • Headaches
  • Shaking and sweating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Anxiety and restlessness
  • Stomach cramps and diarrhea
  • Possible death
  • Withdrawal seizures, delirium tremens (DT), and hallucinations
Withdrawal symptoms typically begin hours after you commit to sobriety, peak after a day or two, and then improve throughout about five days.
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3. Rehabilitation

Even after detox the craving for alcohol does not go away. For that reason, rehabilitation is imperative to maintain your abstinence. Today’s rehab programs rely on multiple types of therapy, such as holistic methods and behavioral therapy. Tailored to treat your individual needs and the severity of your alcoholism, inpatient and outpatient programs are effective and may last from 30 days to a year.

In addition to proven methods designed to help you heal the emotional, mental, and physical aspects of your addiction, you may also be treated with medication to help curb your cravings.

4. Maintenance

After the initial detox and life-changing metamorphosis into sobriety, it is ultimately your responsibility to maintain abstinence and become a happy, productive member of society.

But again, you’re not alone in the ongoing journey of sobriety. With the support of a sponsor and AA meetings or similar programs, you’ll learn alongside your peers how to overcome the pitfalls and revel in the successes of living a healthy, alcohol-free life.


We are a group of dedicated professionals whose only goal is to help you.We are a vast knowledge base of information on addiction, recovery, and relapse and the devastating ripple effect it can have on your world.


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