The Way Back from Alcohol Addiction
The Way Back from Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction is a disease for which medical help is usually necessary and available. The most effective resource is to participate in an Alcohol Treatment Program where you will receive the tools and support necessary for recovery.
A very effective slogan launched by the New Jersey Council on Alcoholism and Drug abuse states that "Addiction Does Not Discriminate." Whether the addiction is drugs or alcohol, it hits hard and its devastating effects are far reaching. The good news is that you don't have to wait until you are all tapped out before you can make a turn around. The steps that follow may help to lead you out of alcohol addiction.
1 - Find a Reason to Stop Drinking
Desiring change is almost always the first prerequisite for change to occur. Because denial is a huge obstacle to recovery from alcohol addiction, it helps if you take the "Count the Cost" approach. Counting the cost means taking a serious look at the facts and not at what you tell yourself. Ask yourself these three questions and answer them truthfully and honestly.
- What has my alcohol addiction cost me in the way of health, relationships and income potential?
- What will my life look like in 3 – 5 years if I do not stop the addiction?
- What are some of the benefits of giving up drinking alcohol?
Do not rush through this process. If you dare, ask these questions of the people in your life and use their responses to help you to evaluate where you are and where you want to go.
2 - Get Sober after Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction carries with it the price of withdrawal. It is a hefty price and not easily paid by the average addict. Most alcoholics convince themselves that they can stop drinking on their own. Unfortunately, this conviction tends to be more fiction than fact for most addicts. Because withdrawal symptoms from alcohol start within hours after you stop drinking, it may be necessary to seek medical advice to determine your level of addiction and whether or not you will need medical supervision for the rehabilitation process.
Some of the symptoms of withdrawal include:
? Nausea and Vomiting
? Stomach Cramps and Diarrhea
? Elevated Heart Rate
? Elevated Blood Pressure
There are ways to withdraw safely and comfortably from an alcohol addiction. The option you choose may be determined by the degree of your addiction. This means, how much you have been drinking, how long you have had the addiction and your current state of health. Like most addictions, the symptoms of withdrawal can range from mild to severe, and in some cases, can be life threatening.
3 - Self-Care
The third and final stage, and sometimes the most difficult to begin, is the act of self-care. Recognize that the addiction is an illness that requires attention. Self-care involves the following...
- Incorporating healthy habits into your everyday routine such as making healthier food choices, increasing sleep time and getting some form of exercise.
- Talk it out. Find caring individuals who will be willing to support your recovery process and share your concerns and your hopes with them. One of these individuals may offer to be your accountability buddy.
- Avoid places and people that trigger your need to drink.
- Explore new opportunities that you can expand on when your life gets fully back on track. This will be a major motivating force behind your road to recovery.
- Seek professional help via established alcoholic support groups or a rehabilitation center that can provide you with the information you need to begin the process of recovery.
Call Alcohol Treatment Centers Red Bank today at (732) 455-1268 to speak with someone about treatment options.