Admitting an addiction to alcohol is not the end: it is a beginning–a fresh start.
Once we have determined that we have a problem with alcohol, the healing can begin. Recovery is not an overnight process; it must become a continuous part of your everyday life. Addiction cannot be cured, but it can be managed and kept in “remission.”
Perhaps the most effective way to overcome alcohol addiction is to get professional help from an accredited residential treatment facility.
Do some research and ask questions. Most treatment facilities will have your best interests at heart, but you can browse the website, read reviews, take a tour, and talk with staff members to determine whether the facility is the best option for you or your loved one. A residential treatment program should offer both group and individual counseling, addiction education, relapse prevention education, and some form of aftercare. Many programs also offer holistic therapies like yoga, recreational therapy, equine-assisted therapy, meditation, and more. Talking with an admissions counselor can help you determine whether detox is necessary before residential treatment begins.
Another means to overcoming alcohol addiction is to get involved in a 12-step group.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a free and effective way to meet with people who share the same disease of alcoholism. At AA meetings, you will discuss solutions and gain friendships. Fellowship is one of the best ways to stay plugged into the recovery community. AA groups are accessible, with numerous locations both in person and online.
Overcoming alcohol addiction means that you no longer have to live just for your next drink.
You do not have to regret the past or shut the door on it. You can learn to forgive yourself and others and not let anything be an excuse to stay stuck. Overcoming addiction will help you gain health and self-respect. Don’t worry about how you will stay sober for the rest of your life. In recovery, we live life one day at a time.