Alcoholism is a deadly disease; if untreated, it will strip everything you love from your life long before it actually kills you. Lasting recovery is unlikely without focused, professional help such as the kind of care found in inpatient rehab. However, even with the best treatment, the process of recovery lasts much longer than residential rehab.
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
Alcoholism is a physical and psychological disease. The body develops a physical need for alcohol and will experience a range of potentially severe withdrawal symptoms if deprived of it. These symptoms may include the following:
- Nausea, vomiting, and other flu-like symptoms
- Intense pain in the bones, joints and muscles
- Severe anxiety
- Chills and fever
Withdrawal often runs its course in a matter of days, but in extreme and long-term cases of alcoholism it may be dangerous to endure without supervision.
How to Overcome Alcoholism
The real power of alcoholism is its ability to affect your psychological health. Addiction re-wires the brain’s neural pathways, especially in the reward center. The resulting compulsion to drink is much more powerful than an addict’s conscious desire to quit. Many people mistakenly believe the physical addiction to alcohol is the most difficult part to overcome, but the psychological aspects are actually much more powerful. Recovery requires rehab for the mind through a wide range of therapeutic tools including the following techniques:
- Personal counseling
- Support group meetings
- 12-step programs
- Spiritual care
- Healthy activities and diversions
- Preparation for life after rehab
While inpatient treatment may last from one month to several months – or even a year in some cases – the process continues long after that.
Ongoing Recovery for Alcoholics
The most successful recovery programs include detailed instruction in and preparation for ongoing healing. Individuals protect their recovery through the following tools:
- 12-step meetings
- Ongoing individual counseling
- Sobriety partners or coaches
- Involvement in positive and healthy activities to replace drinking
- Relationship counseling
- Support for family members and co-dependency
Some recovering alcoholics will require daily or weekly meetings for months or even years after they leave rehab. For many these meetings become an enjoyable social activity and a source of many healthy new relationships.
Alcohol Addiction Rehabilitation Help
If you are ready to get free from the toxic grip of alcohol, call our toll-free helpline today. Our specially trained counselors are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your questions and to connect you with the best recovery tools for your exact situation. If you have completed rehab and need to find ongoing recovery resources, we can help with that too. The call is free and confidential. We’re ready to help when you are ready to call.