Alcohol addiction is a scary word to hear. No one wants to be an addict. There are important first steps to receiving the treatment you deserve.

It’s finally happened. You’ve finally lost your job due to your alcohol addiction. This is the final straw that has led you to put the bottle down for good.

While it’s easy to say that you’re going to kick alcohol to the curb, it’s a bit harder to do it. There are steps involved and you must follow every single one. It can be scary but we’re going to try and help make it seem a little less daunting.

Here are a few steps that you’ll need to take for addiction recovery from the intake stage to your aftercare needs.

Intake Process

During the intake process, you’ll meet with a medical professional who will have you take a series of tests. These tests will help determine what direction to go in for your treatment.

At the end of this process, you’ll have a detailed treatment plan discussing if this treatment center or another could work for you.

Types of Facilities 

The intake process will help determine if inpatient or outpatient care would be the best route to take for you. With inpatient care, you’ll stay at a facility and get treatment. This has a higher success rate but you won’t have as much freedom.

With outpatient care, you’ll come to weekly meetings. You’ll have to negotiate time off work and find someone to watch your children while you go to the meetings but you’ll be able to stay at home.

Detoxing

If you need detox then you should probably go with inpatient care. Withdrawal symptoms can be nasty and in most cases drive people straight back to alcohol.

If you go to inpatient care you’ll have 24/7 access to medications that will help curb these symptoms. You’ll also be under supervision so you won’t be able to pick up the bottle again.

Therapy

After detox, you’ll enter a therapy rehabilitation time. A lot of times the reason why we turn to drugs is because of mental problems or trauma that we’ve experienced.

The purpose of this therapy is to help signal out these issues and teach you healthy coping methods that don’t involve alcohol.

Aftercare Steps

Addiction recovery is a long, ongoing process. Just because you’ve completed these steps doesn’t mean that you’re done with it. Once you’ve finished with all the steps above, you’ll meet with several counselors to discuss your aftercare.

There are many different forms of aftercare. Some head off to outpatient care and some go to sober living houses. It all depends on what your needs are.

Steps Toward Kicking Your Alcohol Addiction 

Alcohol addiction is a difficult enemy to deal with. It takes years of careful steps to get over it and even then you may need additional help. It can be a scary road.

We hope this guide has helped curb your fear a little so you can get the help you need and deserve.

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