If a person is at the point where they recognize alcohol’s control on their life, they are truly ready to begin a transformation. Perhaps you recognized the sign of your dependency, and know it is time to change. No matter how you recognized it, then important first step is that you did in fact recognize the problem. The term “cold turkey” has almost no place in real alcohol recovery. Intervention, changes in lifestyle with inner healing, and the care of professionals is needed to be completely free of alcohol’s grip.
The Nature of The Addiction
For most alcoholics who have reached their “break points,” there still exists the memory of when they first decided to start drinking. It could have been a singular event like an, especially wild college party. It could also have been the product of a permissive environment. According to American Addiction Centers, if a young person is continuously exposed to alcoholism in the home, deciding to drink is easier. This is evident when that person gains a degree of independence.
Every alcoholic, in physical and psychological ways, learns to drink. Similarly, to recover from alcoholism, a person must “unlearn” to drink. If a strong addiction is present, it is nearly impossible to achieve this alone.
Recovery is Not Random
For an alcoholic, drinking becomes an intimate and seemingly necessary element of life itself. It is not enough to just stop. This leads to desperation, radically out-of-control thoughts, and a higher likelihood that drinking will start again. The conundrum with addiction is that after a short period of abstinence, the body and brain do not always reset. If a person begins drinking again, it will be at the same volume and intensity as when they stopped.
To combat this, it is necessary to replace the space occupied by alcohol in life with more beneficial things. This means newly learned habits and a continually expanding set of proactive goals. Again, this is not a journey that should be attempted alone.
Choosing Alcohol Rehab and Doing Emotional Processing
The best way to experience an environment where becoming sober is possible is by starting an alcohol rehab program. For many alcoholics, this type of treatment is a requirement after their habit gets them in trouble. The court system could take choice entirely out of the picture. For alcoholics who are lucky enough to discover this need on their own, rehab is a godsend. Some rehab programs can be interwoven with an independent lifestyle. Most of the time, however, rehab requires time spent in a controlled facility. From Midwest Institute For Addiction, “ clients undergo continual medical monitoring with toxicology and blood work, psychological assessments, medication management including Suboxone and Vivitrol®, and additional ancillary services.” These facilities are made and staffed by specialist therapists in alcohol and substance abuse to help you with your problem and come equipped with everything you need to make a lifestyle change for the better.
All alcoholics need to learn to do emotional processing also. It's part of the 3 Pillars of Happiness and can help in the recovery process. Hidden emotions that get drowned out by alcohol need to be addressed. Listen to a free mp3 about emotional processing here.
Acknowledgment of a problem with alcohol dependence is only the first step in recovery. Jumping into a rehab program that addresses total person transformation will significantly increase the chance of beating alcoholism for life.