Alcohol is one of the most difficult drugs to treat once it has become an addiction for a drinker. This is because alcohol is a widely available, legal drug. It’s everywhere! You can go into any store in the country and buy beer. There are bars in every town where you can buy a powerful cocktail or straight-up liquor. How are you supposed to get somebody off of this drug when they can so easily relapse?
There are several key steps to treating alcoholism. Just like any other drug, these steps have to be followed closely and with diligence and patience. It’s not easy, but nothing that is worth the time spent ever is.
Alcohol Treatment – Admitting There’s a Problem
The first step in treating alcoholism is getting the person through his denial and to the point that he sees there’s a problem. This can be really hard because there are so many potential excuses. “Everyone drinks!” “I don’t really drink that much!” “I can stop whenever I want!” The habitual drunk has a whole database of excuses he or she is ready to employ to get you off their back.
Working the alcoholic through this stage takes a lot of care and communication. You can refer to the probable many episodes where the drunk harmed himself or others because of his alcoholism. Nobody enjoys the constant embarrassment, hangovers and general unhappiness that comes with having an alcohol abuse problem, but drunks tend to insulate themselves from this and “turn off” there awareness of the situation. You just have to keep on working on the problem till the alcoholic will admit there is one.
After the alcoholic admits there’s a problem and wants help to solve it, you’ll have to get him or her into a detoxing program. The alcohol will have warped the person’s body and mind to the point that his system thinks it needs alcohol for continued normal function, and it will punish the alcoholic for trying to drop alcohol and return to normal.
Depending on what stage of alcoholism the person is at, the withdrawal symptoms can be more or less powerful. A late stage of alcoholism and withdrawal can even instigate “delirium tremens”, a very scary condition of shaking and seizures. Because of how dangerous withdrawal from this drug can be, it is highly advised that an alcoholic not try to withdraw by himself. By getting medical professionals to watch over the process, you can ensure that the person stays hydrated and safe during the entire process.
Learning New Skills to Stop Drinking
After the person has completely detoxed from the alcohol in his system, he or she must enter residential treatment and learn skills to stop drinking.
Any addict is in the position he or she is in because of the decisions made in that person’s life. Something led the person down the path to the point where he was drinking so heavily that addiction set in. Those same life circumstances will still be waiting for the person after rehab if a whole new way of looking at life isn’t put into place.
Effective treatment handles this by a thorough curriculum that helps recovering addicts learn how to communicate effectively and actually institute morals and ethics into their lives. With a host of other new skills, graduates can then go out into life knowing that they can make good decisions and not return to a life of addiction.
Living with alcoholism can be brutally difficult, but it’s very possible to treat successfully.