Clean Body, Clean Mind
Should you decide to treat your alcohol addiction, the first thing you will notice upon entering the establishment is how the body influences the mind. When your body becomes polluted with drugs and alcohol, your mind is unable to make judgment calls and think rationally in dire situations. With that being said, the first goal of any residential treatment program is to get your body and mind detoxified of alcohol. Depending on the severity of your addiction, medical supervision and medication may be required to avoid unwanted withdraw symptoms or serious biological complications associated with alcoholism. Once this uncomfortable period is complete, you will soon notice how your thoughts and logical thinking becomes clear and sharp once again. Alcohol numbs these abilities and makes everything appear relative or not important to the individual.
Addressing the Elephant in the Room
If you’ve acknowledged that you need outside help to change your behavior towards alcohol consumption, you are already further than most. Alcoholism is hard to deal with, drains the bank account, and most importantly it tears through the platonic and romantic relationships you’ve formed like a knife through butter. The fact that you’ve come this far means you are serious about change. The ‘elephant’, for lack of a better term, that you need to confront is that of trusting the system and processes laid out in front of you. At the end of the day, your revolution in becoming sober won’t occur unless you trust the professionals around you.
The second step you can expect when conquering your demons is that your life must become routine. Your counselors and guides will all tell you the same thing: if you can build routine and habit in your life, you can overcome anything. Many professionals within the abuse and recovery field believe that alcoholism and boredom work in unison with one another. Ask yourself this: how often did you turn to the bottle merely because nothing else was going on during the day? Statistics showcase that 29% of the teenage population in the United Kingdom admitted turning to alcohol in order to relieve themselves of boredom. A residential treatment program will ensure that your mind, hands, and thought process are always kept busy and away from situations that can encourage or promote boredom. This also gives patients a sense of pride knowing that they’ve accomplished something every day of the week rather than turn to alcohol.
After you have successfully treated your alcohol addiction, advisors always recommend building a support group outside of the facility. Patients that relapse and return to the facility in the future are, generally speaking, those who did not organize their life around their newfound sobriety. Reach out to support groups, make friends with recovering patients, seek out the council of a sponsor–whatever needs to be done! At all costs, do not return to the lifestyle that you previously held before seeking treatment. This will always hinder your progress and glorify the lifestyle that once captivated you. Remember that sobriety is a life-long process that needs to be tended to for the long stretch. Should you find yourself craving a drink or a substance, reach out to the support group for guidance and encouraging words.