So You’re an Alcoholic, Now What?
One of the leading substance abuse issues in the nation is alcohol abuse. Coming to terms with alcoholism, what it means, and how to treat it are questions that those battling alcohol ask themselves daily. First and foremost, it is essential to determine the severity of your alcoholism. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I drink often?
- Has it increased significantly?
- Is it impacting my family and work?
- Do I need to quit drinking?
If you find yourself on the “yes” side of these questions, it may be time to accept the fact that you are an alcoholic. The first step is admittance and acceptance. Now what?
Why Should You Quit Drinking
Anyone who is an alcoholic has a reason for not drinking. Whether it is family, children, friends, your job, or all of the above, there is a reason to take on alcohol abuse and beat it. Consider the time that you have currently missed due to alcohol and what you could potentially miss as you continue consuming alcohol.
Alcohol is an expense, so someone with heavy consumption regularly is generating money on this habit. When you decide to quit drinking, consider how much money you are contributing to your habit currently. This will give you an idea of what you will save once you enter recovery. Make a plan to invest this current expense into a new hobby or savings.
Time To Detox
The hardest part of your recovery will be the first 72 hours after you decide to quit alcohol. This time is known as the detox, where your body will purge the alcohol from your system and essentially have a reboot to break its dependence on alcohol. During that time, you will go through symptoms that are consistent with a withdrawal period, where your body reacts negatively due to not having a source of alcohol. You can expect the symptoms below:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased heart rate and Blood Pressure
- Tremors and Anxiety
- Insomnia and inability to sleep
Once you are able to manage this process, you can expect a much easier road ahead without alcohol.
Discover The Right Option For Treatment
When you have determined that you are suffering from alcohol abuse and need assistance, you should review treatment options to determine what works for you. The two leading treatment options available are below:
- In-patient treatment
- Out-patient treatment
This type of treatment refers to patients entering a program through the facility and staying around the clock. Group, individual, and family therapy treatments are available and a portion of this treatment. During this time, patients interact with others who are also suffering from alcohol abuse or other substance abuse. These patients are required to stay within the facility for the duration of the treatment.
The out-patient treatment option is available for patients who may not be able to take a couple of months away from their family and come to treatment. Also, patients with milder cases of alcohol abuse are good candidates for this treatment. During the out-patient treatment, patients are required to check-in with the facility daily and maintain therapy appointments. Group, individual, and family therapy is available and scheduled for these patients in the same manner as others.
Continue Into Recovery
After you have completed your treatment, maintaining recovery is a daily battle that you will conquer with the right elements. It is essential to ensure that you are surrounding with friends and family that are both sober and supportive. Join local support groups with others that are also in recovery and are looking for accountability and support. Keeping that safe and sober environment will allow you to continue thriving in your life as a sober and a former alcoholic.
Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one would like more information on alcohol abuse and the treatment options available, contact Launch Centers today for more information. Our facility includes treatment options that not only promote physical health and substance abuse, but we also encourage positive mental health among all of our patients. We look forward to hearing from you soon.