Overcoming the addiction of alcohol can be a difficult task to achieve. Sometimes it may even feel impossible. But don’t let that stop you because it isn’t. If you are ready to stop drinking the support you need is out there and you can recover from alcoholism no matter how powerless you may feel. Once you make the decision to change you have to establish realistic goals for yourself. Most people with an alcohol problem don’t decide to make a change out of thin air. You didn’t develop the habit in a day so don’t get discouraged, recovery is just as if not more a gradual process.
Remember everyone is different, some people may stop drinking on their own and some are in need of medical supervision in order to withdrawal from alcohol safely, while others have died trying. Which option is best for you is all depending on the level of alcohol intake you consume everyday and how long you have had the problem. The first step is receiving and safe medical detox from alcohol. There are in home detox, outpatient detox, and inpatient detox options available. Treatment for alcohol abuse usually includes group therapy, one on one counseling, and alcohol education. For serious cases you may need to stay at a residential treatment facility. Live in alcohol treatment facilities may include participation in alcoholism support groups, family involvement, activity therapy, and working with counselors, professional staff and or doctors experienced in this exact field. This team will work with you through the duration of your stay, evaluating and adjusting your program as you make progress and hopefully begin to adjust to a normal way of living.
Treatment helps you overcome the dependence but recovery from alcohol or staying sober is a life-long process. You will need to build a new, meaningful life. Surround yourself with other positive influences and other sober people. The more you invest in building your support network the more you have to lose; this will help you stay motivated to stay sober. You can meet people at meetings or at the gym. It is important to take care of you by going to the gym on a regular basis, or eating healthy; this will release endorphins, relieve stress, and promote a well being. Also you can meet other healthy people when you are doing healthy activities. Your chances of staying sober improve if you are part of a support group like Alcoholics Anonymous, and have a sponsor. An AA sponsor is a person who has been drug and or alcohol free for a long period of time. He or he is prepared to support a new abstinent member or Alcoholics Anonymous. The idea of a sponsor is about social responsibilities, living up to them and doing your duty to help each other. You can choose your own AA sponsor but they must also agree to sponsor you. The structure of AA prefers them to be of the same sex on the indication that mixed sex sponsorship may cause unwanted complications. You have to choose your sponsor wisely though as they become a very influential person in your life, you may use them as a crutch in times of need. To get a sponsor you should attend AA meetings and watch the members sharing, pay attention to the ones that seem to be living a good life.