For people struggling with alcohol addiction, the biggest challenge to breaking away from that addiction is staying sober permanently. Once you have made up your mind that you want to finally break your addiction for ever it is important to find the right type of help and support. Everyone is different as are the causes and levels of addiction and you will need to find the most appropriate programme of treatment and support for your personal circumstances and level of addiction.
Most people will experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking and the severity of these symptoms will vary depending on the level of addiction. The longer you have been alcohol dependent and the amount you drink will both have an influence on the likely withdrawal symptoms you will experience.
It is one thing to stay dry for a few weeks or even a month, but to maintain that sobriety is the real challenge. Many addicts have found themselves in a downward spiral towards their addiction fuelled by life circumstances and if you do not identify those triggers and make changes to your life to deal with them, they will undoubtedly cause relapse.
This is where support through your withdrawal and rehabilitation can be invaluable in achieving lasting change.
There are many different types of alcohol rehabilitation programmes and it can sometimes be a bit confusing, knowing which one will be right for you. Some programmes are support group based, where you will be with other people who are also going through the withdrawal process. This will help you share experiences and meet other people who are not drinking, which is an important part of recovery. As an alcoholic your existing social life may be based around drinking and this is one of the things that you will need to change, to help you avoid relapse.
Other support programmes include cognitive behavioural therapy, which will be a more personalised experience, helping you to identify your patterns of behaviour which have led to your addiction and how to change them.
Being admitted in to a rehabilitation centre as an in-patient is another option for people who are likely to experience severe withdrawal symptoms as these can be life threatening conditions and it is important that they are managed under medical supervision. Again choosing the right rehabilitation centre for you will be an important decision and finding the best one for your individual needs will be the key to your success.
You have taken the first and most important step to recovery by admitting to yourself that you have a problem and need help.
Speaking with someone who has expert knowledge can help you identify the best course of action for your particular circumstances and find a rehabilitation centre that is right for you.
For free independent and confidential advice on choosing the best solution for your alcohol addiction call us today on 0203 955 7700.
Nicholas Conn is a leading industry addiction expert who runs the UK’s largest addiction advisory service and is regularly featured in the national press, radio and TV. He is the founder and CEO of a drug and alcohol rehab center called Help4addiction, which was founded in 2015. He has been clean himself since 2009 and has worked in the Addiction and Rehab Industry for over a decade. Nick is dedicated to helping others recover and get treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. In 2013, he released a book ‘The Thin White’ line that is available on Amazon.
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