If you have made the decision to get over alcoholism, then there is a myriad of help and support that is waiting for you. To start off, you can first consult your doctor to identify where you currently are, and to help you make an informed decision on what to do next.
Oftentimes, the most difficult step when it comes to alcoholism is recognizing that you do have a problem, and admitting it to others. However, after overcoming that, you are well on your way towards a healthy and full recovery. Remember that the sooner you admit the problem, the sooner you will also get over it.
Many may feel embarrassed or humiliated by having to admit that they are an alcoholic, but this is only a stigma that has been present through the years and should be something that is to be immediately addressed. Your doctor or medical provider may ask questions to assess your current state, but remember that they are professionals who know how to handle and work with such information – and will not judge you for your honesty. Chances are, they would also want to know if your drinking problem has caused other medical concerns, to address them all at once.
You will then be given recommendations based on their findings. It is best to ask about them thoroughly, and do some research to find out what works best for you. Remember, it is your recovery and so you should still have a say on these kinds of decisions.
Depending on the results of your assessment, the treatment can be divided in several phases. Those who have become chemically dependent to alcohol may have to undergo detoxification, receive medications to prevent any urges of drinking from surfacing, as well as counseling for a holistic approach.
Talking to a counselor may help identify scenarios and emotions that push you to drink, and to be better equipped the next time these situations occur. Also, counselors help patients find better alternatives to express and release their emotions other than drinking.
Furthermore, it is suggested that the counseling sessions include close family members or friends, who could be the support system for the patient to continuously recover even outside of treatment.
The infamous Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings may also be involved, as it helps to hear and talk to people who share the same predicament. Being a group that encourages each other to stay sober, hearing that from a former alcohol-dependent individual increases the patient’s motivation as well. This program has been helping many alcoholics to stay sober and fully recover since its inception in 1935.
Although the above methods are known to be effective, these are still costly and may not be readily available for everyone. In these cases, self-help, as well as the moral support of family and friends is most recommended. The fact that one has acknowledged the problem shows that he or she is willing to change, and may be enough towards changing for the better.
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