It can be very hard for people to understand alcohol addiction treatment. Many addicts become overwhelmed at the thought of taking the journey through the recovery process. Here are five steps they can take in order to better understand the treatment they will undergo to beat their addiction.

Understanding Alcohol Addiction

  1. Realizing There Is A Problem– As most people know, the first step in healing from an alcohol addiction is to realize that it has become a problem for an individual. Treatment is not effective unless the person in question is able and willing to admit to themselves—and others—that they have a problem.
  2. Accepting The Fact That There Is A Problem– Realizing one has a drinking problem and accepting it are two completely different issues. An alcoholic must face facts before they can begin to heal from their addiction.
  3. Seeking Out Appropriate Treatment– Once a person has realized and accepted that they have a problem with alcohol, the next step is to seek out an appropriate treatment center. For New Jersey residents, this is The Discovery Institute. Now is the time where an alcoholic must determine whether they would prefer inpatient or outpatient treatment. They also have the choice of meeting with a therapist, meeting with other addicts in a support group, or both. Alcohol addiction treatment is tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual.
  4. Prevent A Relapse– Many alcohol rehab facilities, including The Discovery Institute, take steps to prevent patients from relapsing. If a patient does relapse, they must be aware of the fact that this is normal and it’s not a reason to give up on their treatment—if anything it should serve as motivation to continue getting help. Part of preventing relapse involves the patient determining what triggers their drinking and then finding a way to avoid those triggers.
  5. Continue The Recovery Process– The Discovery Institute, as well as most other facilities, recognizes that the process of recovering from any addiction is ongoing. As a result, facilities will often have aftercare programs for former patients who may need additional help and support. Here at the Discovery Institute, we make it a point to hold regular events for former patients in order to ensure that each of them is sticking to an alcohol free lifestyle and making health decisions for themselves and their loved ones.

Recovering from an alcohol addiction does not have to be stressful.  If you are ready to receive break free from your dependency on alcohol, help is just a phone call away at the Discovery Institute: (800) 714-2175.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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