Alcoholism is classified as an incurable disease. Hearing the word “incurable” is overwhelming and discouraging. While yes alcoholism is an incurable disease it is treatable. It is possible to successfully recover from alcoholism if you are ready and willing.
Yes you can work through your dependency to alcohol on your own. However statistics show that more people suffering from alcoholism return to the bottle when withdrawal symptoms become too uncomfortable or cravings turn uncontrollable. To truly succeed in your recovery the best choice is to ask for help and enter into an alcohol treatment center, as well as using other resources for quitting alcohol.
The Place and Time To Start Recovery
Right here, right now. The first step on the road to recovery is admitting that you have a problem and asking for help. You can go to friends, family or a medical professional for the help you need and they will do all they can to help guide you into recovery.
How To Quit Drinking Alcohol
You’ve made the first step in admitting you have a problem and need help. Now you need to know how to quit. Each person is different in their recovery needs, here are a few options that can be tailored to your individual recovery needs;
- Quitting at home with support. You can successfully recover from alcoholism in your own home, you need to be ready and willing as well as having a strong family/friend support system. Joining a self help group such as “AA” (alcoholics anonymous) too can add to your support system. This is going to be one of the most difficult way to quit because you will be doing so “cold turkey” and withdrawal can become painful (this is often where people break and return to drinking). You need to detox in a safe environment, keeping yourself free of temptation. This option is not recommended to those with severe alcoholism due to the risk of fatal health issues that may occur during detox.
- Outpatient Treatment Program. An outpatient treatment program will allow you to recover in the comfort of your own home as well. Many choose this rehab option because they have responsibilities such as children or work that they can not leave to enter into an inpatient program. This program holds similar aspects to inpatient treatment where you will go through a medical detox, therapy and counseling, and dependency education. These are all done in a combination of your own home and regular visits to the rehab center. A strong support system is needed to help keep you on track.
- Inpatient Treatment Program. This is an option most with alcoholism choose because they are able to receive 24-7 supportive care from medical professionals and chemical dependency specialists. Within an inpatient treatment program you will go through medical detox, various counseling and therapy sessions, dependency education and other aspects to the treatment program that will aid you in your recovery. You will remain in the inpatient treatment program until Doctors and Staff feel you are strong enough and ready in your recovery to face the real world and put the tools you gain into action, helping to maintain your lifelong sobriety.
Starting Your Recovery Today
If you are ready to put down that drink and start focusing on sobriety there are many resources that can help you in achieving your goal. Remember you do not need to go at it alone, your friends and family, medical professionals and the compassionate staff of treatment centers will be there to assist you on the road to recovery.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institute of Mental Health
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
American Society of Addiction Medicine
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Secular Organizations for Sobriety
Women for Sobriety