You’ve admitted you have a problem with alcohol and that you are an alcoholic. That’s the very first step in learning to live an alcohol free life. You know you need to change, you know you need help but are you committed to that change? Being committed is one of the most important factors in becoming alcohol free.
Have you determined why you want to change?
Do you want to stop drinking due to health issues? Do you want to stop drinking because it’s affecting your work? Is it affecting your family? Your spouse? Your kids? Each and every one of these things are very good reasons to stop drinking. The underlying fact is that you have to also want to change for yourself. You have to want to make your life better and become a different person, who doesn’t turn to alcohol to solve their problems.
Do you know why you’ve used alcohol as your crutch to deal with life?
Most of the time addictions, including alcohol, have an underlying cause. Have you determined why you started drinking in the first place? Do you turn to alcohol to help you cope with your daily life? Do you turn to alcohol to help you forget things that have happened in the past? If you’re not sure, you can dig deeper into this during treatment.
What are your treatment options?
There are many treatment options for alcohol abuse. Treatments can include a 12 step program, therapy, outpatient treatment and residential treatment.
12 step programs are usually community-based programs that you can attend on a weekly or daily basis. Other members of your community who are suffering from an addiction to alcohol attend these meetings. You’ll attend either open or closed meetings. Open meetings usually have one speaker that will tell you their story, in full and you don’t have to speak. Closed meetings will require your participation once you are ready. During closed meetings, each member is allowed to speak and tell their story and this is something you can do as well.
Therapy for an alcohol addiction is also available. You can seek out a professional therapist that will help guide you to finding out the underlying cause of your addiction. Therapy will also teach you the skills you need to cope with and overcome your alcohol use.
Rehab treatment can be on an outpatient or inpatient basis. Outpatient therapy does not require you to leave home. You can stay at home, continue with your job or responsibilities during the day, and attend outpatient sessions during the afternoons or evenings. If you have children or other responsibilities, then this may be the right treatment option for you. However, if those responsibilities are the underlying cause for your addiction, an inpatient drug treatment program may be better for you.
Inpatient treatment programs will require you to stay in an addiction treatment facility for 30. 60 or 90 days. While there you will be under the care and guidance of medical staff. They will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you deal with any detox symptoms. You will also attend group and individual therapy sessions that will help you learn how to live an alcohol free life.