If you’re reading this, congratulations.
You have taken a very important step toward recovering from alcohol dependence.
Typically, people don’t take any step at all.
They are afraid of what treatment will be like.
They are afraid they’ll never be able to stop their addiction.
Even so, 88,000 people die every year from alcohol-related causes.
That’s a startling number, a number which, in part, is attributable to someone’s decision not to take any step at all.
If this is your first time considering alcohol treatment, you may have some questions about starting treatment.
This article will explain some of the common misconceptions people have about starting treatment, as well as what they can expect when they start.
1) This will be your choice
Alcohol treatment is completely voluntarily.
During treatment, medical experts and counselors that are assigned to you will not pressure you to start nor complete this process.
Therefore, what you get out of the program will be entirely up to you.
Detox is a vital step toward alcohol recovery, as it cleanses your body from alcohol and other harmful chemicals.
What’s most important for you to know is that detox safely prevents you from having physical withdrawal symptoms, which can kill you.
At first, detox will be unpleasant for you, but detox is a vital step toward becoming free of alcohol addiction.
Detox usually lasts anywhere between 5-7 days.
What detox is like
The first few days of detox will be hard. But medical professionals and therapists will be there with you to help you in this process.
To counteract the unpleasant sensations you will feel during the first few days, you will be giving meds to help in your recovery.
3) Professional staffing
It’s common to see alcoholics in denial of their addictions. They may even feel ambivalent about their addictions.
The good thing is that you will be supported by a caring team of medical professionals and counselors who want to see you beat your addiction, and overcome any psychological obstacles you may have.
You will have one-to-one meetings with a professional counselor who will guide you in your journey toward alcohol freedom.
If your health has suffered because of your addiction, our doctors will give you the proper nutrition and supplementation you need to help you recover quicker.
Education is the cornerstone of every successful rehab center.
You will learn the root causes of your addiction and how the nature of alcohol can prevent you from finally putting this addiction behind you.
Most treatment centers (like Prescott House Alcohol Treatment Center, for instance), incorporate the 12-step program to treat alcohol dependence.
The goal of any rehab program is to give you the power to clearly look at your life in view of your addiction and the psychological triggers causing you to drink.
Armed with these tools, you will be able to manage your life and your urges responsively.
4) Meet great people
You will discuss your struggles with a team of licensed professionals who will help you get your life back on track.
You will also meet others in your situation who can provide support during your recovery.
Are you ready to take control of your life?
Undoubtedly, you will experience changes and unwanted feelings during your treatment. But things will get easier as you learn how to cope with your old habits.