I Want to Stop Drinking - What Should I Do?

A regular drinking habit is usually a major drain on a person’s time, health, and energy. Alcohol overtakes everything else in your life in terms of importance, driving us away from family, friends, and once beloved activities. If you have had enough of the damaging effects alcohol is having on your life and are ready to make a transition to recovery, it is important you go about this process in a safe, effective manner to ensure you succeed in achieving sobriety. Here are a few things you should consider as you prepare to put down the bottle and choose recovery.

First, withdrawal from alcohol is a dangerous and potentially life threatening process, especially if you have developed a strong physical dependence to this intoxicant. Alcohol withdrawal presents a risk of seizures, high blood pressure and heart rate, as well as a whole host of unpleasant and uncomfortable physical and psychological symptoms. As a result, many alcoholics who attempt to cease their consumption on their own fail, as the pain of withdrawal drives them to drink in order to ease the symptoms. More importantly, should you have a significant seizure event alone in your home your life would be in grave danger. For these reasons, it is best to enroll in an inpatient medical detox program in order to protect your life as well as ease the pain of your withdrawal experience. These programs are covered by most insurance carriers, and availing yourself of some professional medical help will do wonders for your chances at successfully quitting drinking.

Along these same lines, it would greatly benefit you to follow up a course of medical detox with a stay in a residential inpatient treatment facility. When we develop a substance abuse disorder such as alcoholism, our healthy coping skills fall away as they are replaced by drinking, and our ability to process emotions and events in our lives is compromised. Inpatient treatment gives you the opportunity to work with a therapist in order to correct these issues, a crucial process if you are to stay sober long term. Without reviving your healthy coping skills and processing previously repressed emotions and traumas, you are far more likely to return to drinking in order to avoid emotional pain. Do not waste all the effort you put forth in detox by short changing your recovery and skipping inpatient residential treatment! Recovery is a process, and all the stages of substance abuse treatment are an important part of building a foundation for you in sobriety.

Quitting drinking is not an easy undertaking, but it is well worth the results as you will be restored to a healthy and joyful state of mind in sobriety. You should be commended for your decision to attempt sobriety, but just as important as the decision itself is the means by which you undergo this process. You should absolutely seek professional medical help for your detox from alcohol, as to go it alone would risk your life and surely cause you a great deal of pain and discomfort. Equally important is your receiving therapy and healing for the underlying causes of your substance abuse disorder. This care can be provided by a reputable substance abuse treatment center upon successful completion of detox. At Evolutions Treatment Center, we offer every recognized level of care for those seeking help with their substance abuse disorder, from medical detox to outpatient services. If you have decided you are done with drinking, call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 so we may help you safely detox and build a strong foundation in sobriety!