Taking the First Step in Alcohol Addiction RecoveryAlcohol addiction rehab treatment is the first, and arguably most important step in recovering from alcoholism
Giving up alcohol is not just a matter of putting down your drink and saying enough is enough.
Although this is an essential part of stopping it is just the first step of many.
The alcoholic, over his or her life of drinking, has created a life around drink and access to it.
This behavior has become a part of him or her and is not easily changed. The alcohol dependent has a BEHAVIORAL addiction to alcohol.
The alcoholic also has a PSYCHOLOGICAL addiction to drink. Over the years he or she has used alcohol to cope with problems and negative emotions. Alcohol has become the persons coping mechanism. As one person might take some exercise or have a cigarette to relieve stress, so the alcoholic has a few drinks.
As time goes by, the alcoholic's body becomes so used to having alcohol, that it comes to depend on it.- This means the alcoholic is also PHYSICALLY addicted.
If he or she stops drinking then alcohol withdrawal symptoms will surface.
So alcohol addiction recovery is a threefold process: the behavioral, psychological and physical aspects of the addiction have to be addressed.
Stopping drinking is important but it is just the start.
Below you will find links to pages discussing alcohol addiction rehab treatment and recovery and what it involves.
If you find something of interest then click on the link to read more.
Pharmacotherapy is an invaluable tool in combating alcohol dependence. There are number of medications, licensed by the FDA, used to treat the cravings associated with the first few weeks of abstinence.
The choice of an alcohol treatment center is not an easy one. There are innumerable options. You need to ask yourself before you pick a facility treatment, do you know what you need and what you are looking for?
Attending a residential alcohol treatment center greatly increases your chances of recovering successfully from alcohol dependency.
However, many are wary of them because of fear of the unknown. Read our guide to Residential Alcohol Treatment Centers and learn what you can expect at a residential center and the different programs they provide.
There are many reasons why you might not want to go to an inpatient alcohol treatment center.
Read outpatient alcoholism treatment to discover the pros and cons of outpatient treatment, who should and shouldn't try to get sober at home and a discussion of the success rates of the two treatment types.
When it comes to choosing the right treatment for alcoholism it can seem like entering a foreign land. The terminology alone is enough to set your head spinning. Read Alcohol Dependency Treatment Options to get a better understanding of what is on offer.
Those in the final stages of alcoholism are suffering from the physical and psychological consequences of unbridled alcohol consumption over many years.
These advanced alcoholics require a specific treatment program that addresses issues and problems specific to them. Read Treating Advanced Alcoholism to learn more about these issues and how they impact on alcoholism treatment protocol.
Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice, Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)