Genesis Recovery hopes people will realize that less than one percent of people who abuse alcohol or have an addiction actually receive the clinical help needed to bring their addiction under control. We also want people to know that a person does not have to be physically addicted to warrant rehab assistance. Abuse always precedes addiction. If there are negative effects in anyone’s life, or that of a loved one, it may be a sign they can no longer afford to wait for help. The following signs are indications that it is time to check in to rehab.
- An individual has chosen to drive a car while high or intoxicated. Many tragedies have resulted from someone who chose to drink and drive. Driving while buzzed is the same as driving while high. Experience does not matter and will never be an excuse in court of law for having ended someone’s life. Both young and old adults choose to drive while under the influence of alcohol.
- A person has health-related issues that are caused by alcohol abuse. Prolonged drinking can cause liver, heart, and brain damage. Intoxication has a tendency to override common sense, and abusers often find themselves involved in situations that a non-alcoholic would never approach. Promiscuity can also lead to the contraction of deadly diseases like AIDS or hepatitis C.
- A clear sign that rehab help is needed is when family and social relationships have been strained to the limit. Friends and family members often plead with alcoholics to stop using and find help. Help, if at all sought, is usually at the point where family members have given the addicted individual an ultimatum, “Seek help or else.” Some relationships dissolve at this point, and families will forever remain torn apart. Relationships are severed and careers are sabotaged beyond repair.
- Another sign that rehab help is needed is when the alcoholic tries to quit and they experience withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms can range from sweating, vomiting, headaches, and nausea to hallucinations and extreme bodily pains. Not everyone will experience the same symptoms, but very few alcohol withdrawals will be pleasant or without complications.
- A person’s freedom has been compromised for an alcohol-related arrest. Driving under the influence is a serious crime that comes with serious consequences. Jail time, a suspended license, and loss of income are typical results. A person’s life can quickly go downhill at a moment’s notice. If there is a death-related accident, the lives of many people will never be the same.
- Another serious indication that rehab is necessary is if the alcoholic has harmed someone. Suicidal thoughts, or harming someone else, usually accompany a typical day-in-the life of an alcoholic. The good news is that no matter how hopeless the situation seems, clinical help can help free individuals of their addiction.
Detox and Rehab
Having made the decision to enter rehab, detox is the first step taken to cleanse the body from toxins that have built up. Depending on their level of addiction, a patient may be placed in an inpatient or outpatient program. Medications are administered and adjusted to a point where the client’s body and mind stabilize. Patients are also treated for any co-occurring mental disorders like depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety. The detox and rehab process has to be thorough, otherwise, the patient is at risk of relapsing when rehab is completed. Then, the process has to start all over again.
Patients are also privy to exceptional counseling and therapeutic exercises. The 12-step program is an exceptional tool that can help patients get on track—and stay on track to an alcohol-free life.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is another effective tool that helps patients examine their thinking and make the connection between their thoughts and behavioral patterns. Patients learn to deal with stressful situations in a much more positive manner. Patients work directly with their psychologist to eliminate negative thoughts about self and the world.
Aftercare and Follow-Up
After the patient has experienced a successful detox, rehab, and been treated for any co-occurring disorders, aftercare can be a continual effort to help bridge the divide between rehab and returning to a life of normalcy. Patients have access to counseling and other groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), that can provide assistance throughout a lifetime. This is what effective rehab is all about. It works best when patients make up in their mind that help is needed. Then, rehab and its benefits are taken quite seriously.
Genesis Recovery thinks that a life is a terrible thing to waste, and they know how alcohol can reduce a life to rubbles. Help that individuals or their loved ones need is available.