Recovery from alcoholism starts here.
Alcohol abuse doesn’t play favorites: it can affect anyone at any time. And when it does, it’s a very serious disease that can unravel the lives of individuals, families, and, ultimately, the fabric of society.
Although alcoholism is shockingly common, overcoming it by yourself is almost impossible. Fortunately, with a wide variety of treatment programs available, you don’t have to travel the bumpy road alone. More than 60% of patients remain sober after a year’s treatment, and many of them go on to live happy, abstinent lives.
Alcohol treatment isn’t anything to be ashamed of. Reaching true recovery is never easy, but with these steps, anyone can begin the journey.
One step at a time.
Awareness is the first step on the long road to recovery. At this stage, you become aware of the telltale signs that alcoholism is affecting your quality of life, and you accept that you need to change. Critical to starting recovery, you understand that your symptoms and behaviors do not reflect that of a normal, healthy lifestyle. You admit you need help and make the next brave step to do something about it.
Sobriety is your best weapon for combatting alcohol addiction. To achieve sobriety, detoxification is the process through which the drug is purged from your body.
Medical supervision is strongly recommended in most detox situations to safely manage the withdrawal effects that can range from mild to life-threatening:
- Shaking and sweating
- Nausea or vomiting
- Anxiety and restlessness
- Stomach cramps and diarrhea
- Withdrawal seizures, delirium tremens (DT), and hallucinations
- Possible death
Withdrawal symptoms typically begin hours after you commit to sobriety, peak after a day or two, and then improve throughout about five days.
Even after detox the craving for alcohol does not go away. For that reason, rehabilitation is imperative to maintain your abstinence. Today’s rehab programs rely on multiple types of therapy, such as holistic methods and behavioral therapy. Tailored to treat your individual needs and the severity of your alcoholism, inpatient and outpatient programs are effective and may last from 30 days to a year.
In addition to proven methods designed to help you heal the emotional, mental, and physical aspects of your addiction, you may also be treated with medication to help curb your cravings.
After the initial detox and life-changing metamorphosis into sobriety, it is ultimately your responsibility to maintain abstinence and become a happy, productive member of society.
But again, you’re not alone in the ongoing journey of sobriety. With the support of a sponsor and AA meetings or similar programs, you’ll learn alongside your peers how to overcome the pitfalls and revel in the successes of living a healthy, alcohol-free life.
Focus on mind, body, and soul.
Recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction is a challenging and long-term struggle. Over the years, rehabilitation has evolved from the traditional 12-Step program into a wide variety of therapies. Holistic addiction treatment uses alternative approaches to rehab that focus on your mind, body, and soul.
Holistic rehab seeks to help you redefine yourself with alternative methods of therapy, combining medical science and lifestyle therapies, including:
- Spiritual Counseling
- Tai Chi
- Nutritional Therapy
- Massage Therapy
- Wilderness Therapy
- And many more
Holistic treatment can focus on one or more of these therapies and offer you alternative treatment options that better reflect your individual lifestyle and beliefs. Often, each therapy complements the others, empowering you to take more control over your recovery. Holistic rehab therapies give you more tools to identify and defeat the particular causes of your addiction.
It’s all about you.
Unlike AA’s 12-Step Program, holistic treatment takes your individual preferences and lifestyle into account. One criticism of AA is that it is Christian-based, but many people afflicted with addiction have other religious and spiritual philosophies. A holistic treatment is specifically designed with your individual differences in mind. This customization is one of the primary benefits of the holistic approach to rehab.
Holistic therapies address the specific causes of your need to use and seek to make those urges more manageable through personal growth and attention to detail. We know that your group doesn’t define you, and we take special care to focus on you as an individual, not just your group as a whole. Each patient is treated with the utmost respect, and this added compassion is often the key to success.
Heal your body, heal your life.
Recovery isn’t just about beating the physical dependence on drugs or alcohol, it’s also about emotional, psychological, and spiritual growth and discovery. The goal of our holistic approach is for you to redirect your lifestyle into healthier, more productive avenues.
It’s true that many people who enter rehab for the first time don’t succeed in beating their addiction, but if you know about alternatives that might work better for your individual situation, you have a better chance of winning the long-term battle.
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