An alcohol addiction, and alcohol abuse, are the result of a number of interconnecting factors. Genetics may be at play, along with how an individual was raised. Health, and environment also play a crucial role. Then there are the stresses of daily life. Thus, an alcohol addiction is as unique as the individual who is afflicted. If there is a family history of alcoholism, or if an individual chooses to associate with those who love to drink, the risk of abusing alcohol in one’s life increases. It is also important to note that people who suffer from some type of mental order such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, or depression are at risk of addiction when alcohol is used as self-medication.
Seeking Clinical Help Takes Courage
At Genesis Recovery, the belief is that anyone with an alcohol addiction deserves to be praised for seeking clinical rehab help to fight their addiction. It is the first miracle in getting well. Finding an alcohol rehab outfit is the next step. Clients should always look for a rehab facility that fits their concept of the very best care available. An intake process will be thorough. Its goal is to learn as much as possible about the client’s medical history, their alcohol addiction, and family histories that may contribute to their alcohol abuse. Intake specialists also work with clients to help determine the best method/s of payment. The next step is admissions and detox. Rehab clinicians make the determination whether inpatient or outpatient treatments will work best.
A patient arrives with the knowledge of what to bring and what to leave at home. Patients are encouraged to bring comfortable clothes and to leave items of communication behind. The fewer distractions there are; the better. A thorough mental and physical examination is conducted. This allows doctors or psychiatrists to discover any co-occurring disorders that may have contributed to the patient’s addiction. Detox, especially from alcohol, can be particularly challenging for many patients. Some patients experience vomiting, sweating, nausea, abdominal pains, and tremors to name a few. This is why detoxing alone is never recommended. The best results are realized in a safe, medically supervised environment where patients can receive around-the-clock support until their system stabilizes.
If the treatment is outpatient, clients have the option of returning home at the end of their daily session. Both inpatient and outpatient treatments are proven to be highly effective.
Once a patient’s body and mind are stabilized, rehab is the next process. Rehab is where patients receive psychiatric counseling and cognitive therapies that can help them understand their addiction, its impact on their lives and others, and what they can do to identify and avoid relapse. Generally, the longer a person remains in rehab the greater their chances of realizing long-term sobriety. Counseling is offered in the form of one-on-one, group, and family modalities. Family members can benefit tremendously from learning more about their loved one’s addiction. The 12-step component of rehab is an invaluable tool as well.
Alcoholism generally affects everyone in the family unit. Spousal relationships are often stretched to the limit, and children often walk on egg shells when in the presence of the alcoholic. Group therapy allows patients to bond with other recovering patients undergoing the same challenges. Experimental therapies may also be employed during rehab. The importance of exercising and maintaining a proper diet are also crucial elements of rehab.
No addiction rehab program is complete without follow-up and aftercare. Aftercare is the process, continual, that keeps patients focused and on track with their pursuit for abstinence. The fight for sobriety can last an entire lifetime. Patients, hopefully, will have gained the tools to push past the triggers that may have enabled their addiction in the first place. At this stage, patients have gained a far better understanding of their mental disorder, and/or their addiction and its causes. Triggers are those conditions, associations, or events that can cause stresses and anxieties.
Keeping Purpose Alive
One of the biggest benefits of rehab, along with detox, counseling and a robust 12-step program, is the new knowledge patients will learn about themselves and the world. Having a purpose can work wonders in a person’s life. There is an old saying: “Three things in life are essential: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” Along with medications and psychological support, patients can look forward to a life free from alcohol abuse and addiction.
It is a long road that may present an untold amount of temptations to relapse, but millions of recovering alcoholics have returned permanently to a life of purpose and sobriety.