Most important because Alcoholism-Treatment must cut through not only our alcohol dependence, but often our denial of the problem.
Alcoholism is a chronic lifetime disease.
It may take some form of intervention to help the alcoholic realize the “real” need for treatment. And, of course, to accept that need. If you’re worried about a family member or friend talk to a professional about intervention aimed toward treatment and recovery.
You’ll want to consider an Alcoholism-Treatment plan which has the following components or stages.
1. Detox. Detoxification can take 4 to 7 days. DTs must be considered depending on the amount of alcohol a person has consumed and over what length of time. Meds may be able to help.
2. A medical exam is necessary with whatever medical treatment is appropriate. About 5% of the time a dual diagnosis may come into play with substance abuse.
3. There are times when a pro should determine if there is emotional or psychiatric concerns to be addressed during Alcoholism-Treatment detox and recovery.
4. Detox and meds are just the place to start your recovery.
5. Acceptance of your addiction and the need for abstinence and sobriety are signs of positive outcome. It is your choice.
6. Consider alcoholism-treatment which will have an alcohol-sensitizing drugs component carefully, consider all aspects related to your personal situation.
7. A very promising sign is the seeking and acceptance of help and supportive services for aftercare. We need all the assistance we can get to maintain abstinence and make the needed changes in our lifestyle.
Your Alcoholism-Treatment should be built around your personal, individual condition and needs. There are a number of approaches to treatment, and many are based on a 12 step outline.
Lets look at the decisions to be made and the mental processes to arrive at a workable one for you.
Organization is the watchword of the world of nature. Our very life itself and our personal world order is an emergent property of this self organizing nature. Sound strange?
Well it is where we really live, because our minds, sometimes with our help, self organize and reorganize. This can help with the fact that Alcoholism-Treatment means developing a new relationship with our selves.
Out of our mind’s old organization came our addiction and substance abuse which, of course, has nothing to do with strength or will, or right or wrong. And it probably isn’t your additive personality either.
There are as many reasons for addiction as there are of us. Certain substances, such as alcohol, exhibit a unique ability. When they are put into the human body it creates a craving or desire for more of the feeling the substance produces.
And in turn, there are just as many ways to alcoholism-treatment. But, don’t put any stock in the word “cure.”
Relapse lies dormant, ready like Poseidon to arise from the depths. Brought on by, “I’ll just have one drink.”
The real action is dealing with what we were trying to off-set by the intake of the alcohol in the first place. This is where our minds come in. Now here is the catch:
Regardless, whenever we participate in any action with our mind set on avoiding the pain of our feelings, then that action, that activity is building addiction. So anything can become an addictive behavior.
The determining factor is our intention of avoiding the pain of feeling. By avoiding responsibility for handling our own pain we actually abandon ourselves.
Alcohol Addiction is not something we can simply take care of by applying the proper remedy. Because it is in the very nature of addiction to feed on our attempts to master it.
Our addictions are our worst enemies. Our addiction forces, makes us worship, like idolaters, our object of attachment. These desires, these cravings, these objects and actions of attachment then become preoccupations and obsessions.
Addiction erodes our free will and eats away at our dignity. Our attachments come to rule our lives.
These same processes which are responsible for our addiction to alcohol and drugs are also responsible for addiction to ideas, work, sex, relationships, power, moods, fantasies, and a cornucopia of other things.
A complicating factor for Alcoholism-Treatment is that our behavior is not limited to just external, in the physical world, actions. Our thinking is also a doing, and an action.
In addition to our attraction addictions, we also can become too attached to our aversions. We may use other names for our repulsions, for example, bigotries, phobias, allergies, prejudices, and resistances.
They often are attraction addictions in reverse. One of the most dangerous aversion addictions is anorexia nervosa. Compulsive avoidance of food is more dangerous, more life threatening, than alcoholism.
So, ideas, fantasies, memories, concepts, all of our mind-scape and in addition, even feeling states can become objects of attachment. You can become fully addicted to them. And we often can not ever get enough.
Therefore, besides the idea of looking at Alcoholism-Treatment and the basis of addictions, there are other considerations. If you get glued to a notion that something in your recovery has to be certain way, that should set-off your alert alarm.
It may be time to shift thinking around. Let this alarm factor be in the background of your selection for your Alcoholism-Treatment program and addiction recovery plans.
It is always best for your overall benefit to see how any program or behavior will affect your whole life, rather than following a belief that you should or should not. Choose freely.
Self deception is the hallmark of addiction. As we develop our substance abuse we carefully avoid or reject any signs of our growing use of the addictive substance.
We work hard to keep the truth out of our conscious awareness. We, in essence, become aliens to ourselves.
Don’t let this happen as you help select your Alcoholism Treatment and Recovery plans.
Take a good look at the criteria for treatment and recovery in our Services/Centers and Facilities/Programs screens. See how it would relate to you and your hopes for a recovered life.