Although there are as many reasons behind alcoholism as there are alcoholics, there are certain common themes within every alcoholic’s story. Although causation is difficult to determine, whether a loss of spirituality led to the development of the disease or whether the alcohol led to a loss of faith, nearly every alcoholic describes a lack of spirituality as part of the disease. A holistic rehabilitation center can be especially useful in recovery for the addict who previously held a strong faith-based perception of the world.
Physical Withdrawal Symptoms During Detox
Faith and a belief in higher powers is a good thing which will help the addict find their path to recovery, but cannot in and of itself prevent the physical withdrawal an alcoholic experiences when the drug is withheld. The fact of the matter is that withdrawal is painful. With appropriate medical supervision, medications may be available which ease the pain or better yet, if an experienced counselor within a holistic recovery center can provide guidance, the addict may be able to get past the pain and begin their journey toward sobriety without the need for other medications to replace the alcohol.
Finding Faith and Its Role in The Support of Family and Friends
Faith in God is a strong motivation toward recovery for even the most addicted of alcoholics. Unfortunately, not everybody has a strong spiritual belief, but that does not define them as being faithless. Faith can be the joy a parent shows when around their children, the love a spouse feels when united with the person they love, or the appreciation a child shows for their parents’ dedication to their upbringing.
12 Steps and Other Recovery Programs
The most common recovery program, the one even people who aren’t alcoholics know about and understand the underlying principles of, is the 12 step program as developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. AA is a tried and true plan, proven to work for most alcoholics who enter the program to find and maintain sobriety. However, there are other plans which are not based on the 12 step program.
There are maintenance programs which never work in the long term, but may be more appealing to an alcoholic because it allows them to continue drinking if they can maintain control, which most alcoholics aren’t able to do. If it solves problems in the short term and that’s the best that can be hoped for, it shouldn’t be discounted because it’s better than nothing, but the addict’s family needs to be aware a relapse is coming.
A holistic rehabilitation center offers another option in which the addict takes personal responsibility for the addiction while learning to trust the support of loved ones in maintaining sobriety. The patient begins to form lifelong friends in treatment who understand the problems an alcoholic faces even after finding recovery, and a system is put in place which provides the necessary tools for the addict to maintain their sobriety.
Determining what Works Best on an Individual Basis
The fact of the matter is, there is no catch-all, be all, end all, absolute solution to the disease of alcoholism. If it was that easy, there wouldn’t be any alcoholics as they could all be treated at the first sign of the disease! The experience of a trained professional comes into play by determining the individual needs of each addict and determining the best plan to suit their needs. Whatever plan is decided upon is going to be a major lifestyle change not just for the alcoholic but also for family and loved ones as they learn how to live a life which not only accepts but supports the newly found sobriety.
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