Getting Treatment for Alcohol Abuse
Many people who abuse alcohol have a difficult time recognizing that they have a problem with drinking. Because it is legal, those who are abusing it can use it publicly. Unfortunately, this can lead to a problem going on for many years before it is treated. During that time, an alcoholic may lose their family, their employment, and possibly even suffer health or legal complications related to alcohol.
There is hope, no matter how long a person has been drinking alcohol. Rehabilitation centers are designed to help people recover from alcohol abuse. Because suddenly going without alcohol can put a shock on the body, treatment centers put the patient through detox the first few days. Medical monitoring, and possibly medication, are part of this phase.
Once the patient has gotten through the first stages of withdrawal, they will join the rest of the group for regular activities. This may include films or lectures that discuss various aspects of alcohol and drug abuse. A counselor may hold a question and answer session afterwards to help patients process the information.
There will also be group meetings where the patients discuss things that are bothering them. A staff member facilitates the discussion to ensure it stays on track. This is an opportunity for bonding and release of emotional baggage.
Patients will also have individual counseling sessions. Toward the end of treatment, the counselor will help to develop a relapse prevention plan so that the patient can avoid circumstances that may lead to drinking.
It is critical that people realize alcohol abuse is just as serious as other drugs. Just because it is legal does not make it safe to consume in large quantities. Anyone who can not stop drinking needs to consider treatment so they can become healthy again.