How Alcohol Addiction Treatment Works and What It Costs

The path to recovery from an addiction to alcohol is, not to lie, a very slow and arduous one, with many pitfalls and stumbling points. Giving up alcohol is not at all like not eating out as much, or trying to cut back on internet usage. It’s a chemical addiction, and as such alcohol addiction treatment may very well take a long time before you can truly consider yourself in a position to retake control of your life.

How Alcohol Addiction Treatment Works and What It Costs

The sad truth is that there is never a point at which you stop being addicted to alcohol. There will always be the danger of relapse, no matter how dry you may become. However alcohol addiction treatment is essential to give you the strength of mind and soul necessary to curb the addiction and keep it from resurfacing.

In total, the road to recovery can be summed up in three stages, with one additional “epilogue” stage. These stages are:

  • Admission of addiction
  • Detoxification
  • Active treatment
  • Maintenance of sobriety

Of these stages, it’s the first and last that can be the most challenging. It’s a widely acknowledged truth that the admission of an addiction to alcohol can be a very difficult thing to do, not least of all because it’s in essence an admission of weakness. In today’s society it can be a very hard thing to admit that someone needs help, or that someone has failed, and alcoholism is seen as a social failure.

In this regard, all we can say is to take courage and to look at yourself unabashedly and unflinchingly. It is far better to face a brief period of shame now than a prolonged lifetime of shame for the rest of your life. Only by standing up and admitting to an addiction can you begin to recover.

Once you’ve decided to pursue alcohol addiction treatment, make sure you work with others to set up a proper, formalised plan of action. Seeking out professional help from a GP or alcohol support group can be invaluable in ensuring the success of your road to recovery. However before you can make any serious plans, you must first undergo “detoxification”, and purge yourself of the chemical addiction to alcohol.

The detoxification process is a particularly gruelling part, and is often the point where most people break down and resume old habits. It is also highly dangerous. Your body may have become very dependent on alcohol over the course of your abuse of it, and suddenly depriving it of alcohol can present your system with a bit of a shock. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may start to feel the effects of detoxification in as few as two hours. For this reason, it’s a very good idea to seek medical help with the NHS, so that you can at least be provided with expert medical advice, or even monitored in a specialised ward.

A relapse into drinking is most likely to occur within the first three to six months of sobriety, and during this period you may suffer from a number of physical and mental peculiarities, such as shaking hands, insomnia, mood swings or anxiety. During this time getting active help and support is essential to your success.

One of the main things an alcohol addiction treatment support group can provide is encouragement, thus providing you with the motivation to continue moving towards your eventual recovery. However an equally valuable thing they also provide is a number of ways of dealing with problems you may have that do not involve drinking them away. Professional help in this regard is best, as they can better help you understand just what alcohol has done to your and your life, as well as provide expert assistance in remaining dry. It’s important to stay strong during this stage -- the longer you remain sober the more likely you’ll stay sober. After a year of treatment, you should be in a relatively safe area of recovery.

After this, you simply need to maintain sober, and with the advise and skills you’ll have acquired during your recovery, this should be easier than you may find it otherwise.

For more information about alcohol addiction treatment, visit the website of We Do Recover, or else phone them directly by calling 0800 955 4357.

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