Too many stories, commercials, aspects of modern life and social rituals are based on or involve alcohol in some form. It seems it’s integrated into everyday’s life, and it’s hard to imagine a way of having fun without it. Unfortunately, this kind of approach towards this hazardous substance brought millions of addicts worldwide and an enormous range of consequences and damage made under the influence of alcohol.It usually starts as a benign habit; then it becomes frequent, and the dose is increased, and finally it takes over the controls of your life and all of its aspects. In the worst case, it alters patient’s behavior and overall physical condition, and the addict gets overwhelmed with expected consequences.
Since alcohol addiction is the most common addiction with millions of those in the need for help, various centers and institutions are dealing with alcohol rehab. Most of them offer wide approach towards the problem, including medical detox, psychotherapy and various activities used to redesign patient’s life into the healthier model and to fight underlying causes that lead to addiction in the first place.
The rehab treatment usually starts with supervised detox. Various medications are used to clear the body’s system of the alcohol and its metabolites, to fight and control withdrawal symptoms and prevent serious complications.Depending on the severity of physical addiction, detox experts use different therapy approaches mostly meant to reduce the irresistible desire for alcohol, tough withdrawal symptoms and body’s reactions to the clearing process.
The common drugs used in this phase include Disulfiram, Naltrexone and various medications with sedating effects, as well as intensive rehydration and vitamin supplementation.
Once the critical period of physical adaptation is over, the patient should undergo various psychotherapies and social or working therapies. The rehab treatment should include family members, and every patient is advised to find an adequate group of people to talk the problem of addiction through, to regain and restore self-confidence and social skills. Underlying causes triggering alcoholism are many and dealing with inner issues that caused this problem in the first place should be done together with therapeutist or a shrink in the form of an individual or a group therapy. The success depends on commitment, mental strength, true will and wishes for a change and the mere process of redesigning the life style.Patients are advised to get involved with numerous activities that help them focus their attention on something else, improve their self-esteem, learn to cope with life challenges without turning to vices again and finally – to help them get rid of guilt, self-hatred, and fear of losing control over life again.The average rehab lasts at least six months, but it usually takes years of full commitment and team of experts included.
Some rehab centers organize recovering process within hospitals, some use the concept of partial hospitalization, and many centers insist that patients keep their everyday’s touch with their usual environment, and the therapy procedure should be just added to the usual routine.
That should help patients re-socialize and adapt to some different lifestyle without alcohol, but meaningful enough to provide inspiration for lifetime resistance.Read More