Has drinking become an issue? Alcohol is socially acceptable in our culture. Most people are “social drinkers” and drinking has no impact on their day to day lives. For others alcohol takes on a precedence fueled by an obsession with the effects alcohol produces. This begins to take its toll on their careers, their relationships and the overall quality of their lives. Despite negative consequences these individuals will find it difficult or impossible to stop drinking on their own. When they’re drinking they will have little or no control over how much they drink. They may develop a physical dependence on alcohol.
Unfortunately, until an alcoholic admits they have a problem they will have a lesser chance of recovering. Once an alcoholic comes to the conclusion that they’re willing to get help the process of recovery can begin. Successful treatment of alcoholism and an life free from destructive drinking thereafter typically follows a succession of stages. If someone has developed a physical dependence to alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous and even life-threatening. A stay at a detox center will be necessary. After detoxification most opt for a 30-90 day stay at an inpatient treatment center. Being sequestered in a facility away from easy access to alcohol, constant supervision, and extensive therapy will be extremely valuable at the beginning of the recovery journey. After completion of an inpatient program, on an individual basis it may be wise to be in a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for a period of time where regular supervision can continue. The next step suggested is usually an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in which therapy continues for most of the week and regular urinalysis is taken. The person in recovery may decide to live in a halfway house or a sober home. This also comes highly recommended. The level of supervision and psychological attention continues to be gradually reduced. IOP is typically completed after 90 days at which time a client will continue on a outpatient level of treatment participating one or two days out of the week. After care is important. This will involve periodic check-ins to assess how the transition into a normal day to day routine is working. The take-away is that no one has to face alcoholism alone. Treatment programs on all levels are designed to provide help with alcoholism.