Alcohol is often joked about in our society. However, if you are one of the hundreds of people who suffer from an alcohol addiction, you know it is no joking matter. Alcohol addiction can ruin your life and the lives of those around you. It can bring you from success to death’s doorstep in weeks, and it is very difficult to recover from. However, if you have made the first step and admitted you have a problem, you are on your way to recovery. However, no two people recover exactly the same way. You are now faced with a plethora of options on your path to recovery. Here are a few often-used techniques on the road to recovery:
- Detoxification. This is the most dangerous part of any recovery process, but it is also an essential one. This process eliminates all the toxins left in your body, and under no circumstances should be attempted without professional help. If you attempt to quit drinking cold turkey, the effects could be severe, including seizures and possibly even death. The best way to detox is with medical supervision; still, it is by no means a comfortable process. Vomiting, diarrhea, chills, and fever often accompany this process. However, it is generally the first step in a recovery.
- Therapy. This, too, is often used. However, there are many kinds of therapy. There is group therapy, one-on-one therapy, family therapy, and a few other variations. Each of these has its own unique benefits. In group therapy, you have a built-in support group, full of people going through the same kind of problem you are also having. In one-on-one therapy, your therapy is completely individualized, so you have a completely custom program set out for you. In family therapy, you again have a support group—but this time it can be full of people you hand pick. Within those types of therapy, there are even more options. Psychologists and psychiatrists often have hundreds of different ways in which to treat problems, from attacking the roots to attacking the symptoms to medication to cognitive and behavioral therapies—you will need to find a psychologist or psychiatrist who fits your personal beliefs.
- Rehabilitation. There is a certain stigma attached to rehabilitation centers, but if you need to check yourself into one, you should. No amount of societal stigma can take away the simple fact that rehab works. It often helps people along their way to sobriety.
- Twelve-step programs. These programs—such as Alcoholics Anonymous—help people all over the world the twelve steps include admitting you have a problem, seeking help from God as you understand Him to be, making amends to everyone whom you have hurt through your behavior, and asking God’s help.
These are just a few options for how to find yourself on the road to recovery. Indeed, there are as many options as there are alcoholics. But the first step is admitting you have a problem. If any of these ways look like they may be able to help you put the alcohol down and pick your life back up, then you should look into them. Just remember that it is not as easy as deciding to quit and then stopping—it is, in fact, a process. The process towards recovery is not easy. It sometimes takes you waking up every morning and thinking about your definition of recovery. It fights through backslides and the days when you just want to give up. However, if you keep fighting, one day you will be able to look back at rock bottom and think, “wow, am I glad I’m not there anymore.”
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