There are many myths about alcoholism. Many mistakenly believe that everyone can stop drinking alcohol at any time, that drinking is a choice. After years of research it is now known that certain environmental factors contribute to the risks of alcoholism if someone begins to drink. Once someone drinks certain changes take place throughout their body that lead to the body’s dependence on drinking. The body becomes physically and mentally tolerant of and dependent on the substance and it’s no longer a simple choice to stop. Often the alcoholic needs a great deal of support and treatment to break his or her addiction and learn how to live without needing alcohol or turning to alcohol in times of stress. This is why there is such a great need for alcohol rehabilitation centers and alcohol treatment facilities.
After the detoxing and abstinence phase of alcohol rehabilitation, the next step is often to educate the alcoholic about the disease that is alcoholism and to examine why they started drinking and to learn about the triggers that they may have to relapse so that they can be both vigilant and customize the life skills that they learn that will help them deal with a resist cravings and temptations to drink.
There are many reasons why people start drinking. Maybe an individual started drinking as a child, slipping alcohol out of the bottles hidden in their parents’ cabinets to see what it was like. Someone may have started drinking more and more as they found it helped to calm their nerves and not be so afraid when dealing with the other kids at their school. They may have started drinking one day after work with some colleagues and then started turning to it more and more to help them unwind after the end of a hectic day? Perhaps they started drinking because they thought it made them look glamorous and cool since all of their favorite entertainers did it. Many individuals have been drinking for some time and now that they want to quit they have found that they can’t. Many men and women often feel ashamed and alone and have come to believe that they are the only one and that no one understands or cares what they are going through. It really doesn’t matter the reason why an individual began drinking or how many times they have tried to quit and failed, there are people who care and that want to help them win in their struggle over alcohol.
After individuals attend individual and group counseling and learn more about the reasons why they started drinking and how to avoid drinking in the future, one of the next critical steps in alcohol rehabilitation is learning to build a support network that will help the alcoholic continue to abstain from alcohol and remain sober. Whether it is one of the groups that apply some form of the 12 Steps or some other type of support group, there is really no substitute to learning how to bond with other alcoholics who are going through the same struggles in order to receive the support that is necessary to remaining sober. Learning how to build systems of support is one of the main critical components of any successful alcohol rehabilitation program.