Admitting you need alcohol treatment is one of the toughest choices you’ll face in life. Giving up the feeling of having no care in the world, or leaving the excitement of the party scene can be an intimidating decision that many find it hard, or impossible to make.
And if you have a loved one who is struggling with alcohol it can be even harder to convince them they have a problem
But, if you have the desire to improve your life or to assist someone else in improving theirs, there is help.
Many of us get caught up in the binge drinking and party scene while in high school or college. It’s a way to bond with friends or meet new people, and we learn that it’s a fun way to deal with the stress of young adulthood.
But what most young adults don’t realize, or were never properly taught, is that ultimately alcohol is a drug which you can become addicted to; both psychologically and physically.
For many unlucky ones, the need for alcohol can take over their lives leading to a lifetime of personal, financial, and health problems. It can cause to fights with loved ones, difficulty keeping a job, or serious liver problems and ulcers.
If you’re reading this, you’ve already taken a major step towards admitting you need treatment. The next step is to find where you can get help and then decide to go and get that help.
It sounds hard, but getting alcohol treatment is as easy as deciding to have that first drink.
Because alcohol abuse is so widespread in our society, there are many different types of alcohol treatment available now. Here are the three main methods:
• Self help
• Rehabilitation or treatment centers
• Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or group therapy
Self help methods include books and guides that will help you commit to stop drinking; evaluate your life and the cost(s) of drinking; set goals and prepare for the changes to come; and teach you how to get sober safely.
Rehabilitation or treatment centers can be found in many major cities, and will have alcohol treatment professionals who are able to counsel you, or advise a family on how to deal with a loved one who is an addict . The one drawback is these centers can become expensive.
Alcoholics Anonymous or group therapy has helped thousands of individuals overcome alcohol addiction by providing and open and supportive arena where you or your family members can express themselves. Although these groups are self run by members and do not offer professional care or advice, many find it comforting to be around others who have had similar experiences.
Adult life can be stressful and many of us like to have the occasional drink to relieve that stress, but when the occasional drink turns into the habitual drink, you have a problem and need to seek help.
Visit any of the websites listed below for ways to help you or a loved one begin the road to recovery and a healthier and happier life.
• Addiction Treatment Centers Directory
• Alcoholics Anonymous