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Treating Your Addiction to Alcohol

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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Millions of men and women throughout the nation are fighting with addiction to alcohol. As a less taboo addiction, it is easy for people to live their lives and fuel their addiction without concern from people around them. This is until their addiction progresses to a point where it is damaging their health and life, as well as the lives of those closest to them. Each year thousands of people enter into Rehabilitation Centers in hopes to getting sober, overcoming their addiction to alcohol.

Taking the First Steptaking-the-first-step

The first step in your recovery is to admit you have a problem and ask for help. While it sounds simple, it is one of the hardest things for an alcoholic to do. Saying to your loved ones that you have lost control can be unbearable for some to do. Regardless, you need to take this step to move forward and start treating your addiction to alcohol.

Where to Turn

While it is possible to get sober on your own, it is not advised. Withdrawing from alcohol can be pain, even life threatening. Turning to a Detox and Rehabilitation center will help you to safely withdrawal from alcohol and help you in the beginning stages of your sobriety to begin building a foundation that will help you throughout your recovery and keep you moving forward in your life.

Cleansing The Body

Detoxification is the first phase of treatment for alcohol addiction. This process will cleanse the body of the harmful chemicals and toxins related to alcohol abuse. Detox takes place in a hospital-type setting, with 24/7 supportive care of Doctors other addictions specialists. During this time your will be medically monitored and given medications to ease symptoms of withdrawal and to ensure your health and safety.

Understanding Addiction and Developing Skills

The rehabilitation process will begin after you have withdrawn from alcohol and been stabilized in the detoxification process. Here you will go through numerous therapy and counseling sessions, helping to get to the root cause of your addiction and work through it, as well as realize where your addiction has lead you and where you want your life to go from their point further. You will also go through group and educational sessions to help you get a true understanding of your addiction and to develop the skills needed to maintain your sobriety in your day to day life.

With detox and rehabilitation, along with the support of your loved one and commitment from yourself, you can overcome your addiction to alcohol and start living a more fulfilling life in recovery.

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