Overcoming any addiction can be a difficult journey. Alcohol addiction rehabilitation can be even more difficult. Recovery can be a terrifyingly difficult process. Alcohol is so predominant in today’s society that many recovering addicts are overcome and feel ready to give in. Recovery is not impossible and there is help available.
The first step is making the decision that you want to stop. This is not an overnight process and recovery will be gradual, expect to suffer setbacks. Make a list of the reasons you want to stop. This is your personal reminder and will act as an aid every time you feel your reluctance or find yourself dragging your feet. Put the list somewhere where you will see it every day, make a point of reading it frequently.
Once you have made the decision you need set yourself some goals. Make the goals realistic and concise. Don’t give yourself an open ended generic goal, give it some detail. Set a specific date to stop drinking by or perhaps break it down further and set yourself a consumption limit that gradually declines towards your goal. Make yourself a list of things you can do to help you keep your goals such removing alcohol from the house, or avoiding certain locations or people. One you have your goals established let other know about them. Ask your friends and family to be your support network and have them assist you. After all, you won’t be able to do this alone.
You’ve made your decision, you have set your goals and your support network is there to catch you. You are well on your way to rehabilitation. Now may be the time to visit a doctor if you experience any withdrawal symptoms. Some people experience only minor symptoms such as headaches, nausea and shaking that last only a few days. Others have more severe symptoms, some that could even be life threatening, such as elevated blood pressure or heart rate, delirium, or dizziness. Your doctor can analyze your symptoms and their severity and will advise you on the next step you may need to take. If you are a long-term heavy drinker you may want to check into a detox center where your recovery can be medically supervised. Many detox centers provide in and outpatient services.
Being sober is only the first step towards your recovery. To remain alcohol-free you must change your habits and lifestyle to exclude drinking. A key part of this is maintaining your health by eating right, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep. You also need to surround yourself with positive people who will help you build your new lifestyle and avoid the habits and conditions which previously encouraged you to drink.
Alcohol addiction rehabilitation is a long slow process. You will encounter setbacks along the way, but with a strong support network and continual reminders of why you are doing it, you will manage to make your way through to the other side. Don’t give up if you relapse, simply see it as an opportunity to learn from. If you need additional help contact local support groups that can offer advice and guide you in the right direction.
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