People turn to using alcohol and drugs for a variety of reasons, e.g., to have a ‘good time’, to cope with stressors in life, and peer pressure. It can then develop into a habit and a psychological and sometimes physiological need. While drinking or taking drugs might appear to initially bring about a desired result, at the end of the day, it will take its toll with repeated use. What initially seemed to be a “friend,” ends up taking a hold of your body, mind, and spirit, and your life as a whole. Now, it becomes necessary and extremely beneficial to stop the use, change your world view when it comes to using (that is, realize it’s simply no good for you), and begin to live a life clean and sober.
There are different treatments available to overcome alcohol addiction. However, one of the major thorns related to the complication of addiction is its recurrence (lapse and relapse), even after undergoing comprehensive treatment. A good, comprehensive treatment addresses the issue of relapse in its therapy and education. Generally speaking, going through rehab optimizes your opportunity for recovery.
What Does Treatment at An Alcohol Rehab Involve?
Components of many alcohol treatment and counseling programs include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT has a strong level of evidence and support for the treatment of substance abuse and alcoholism. CBT is a short-term, focused approach to help substance dependent individuals become abstinent from alcohol and other substances. CBT focuses on helping clients to a) RECOGNIZE the situations in which they are most likely to use drugs or alcohol; b) AVOID these situations when appropriate; and c) COPE more effectively with a range of problems and problematic behaviors associated with substance abuse.
- 12-Step meetings: Most rehabs in the world use and teach the 12-steps of alcoholic anonymous. It is a process where you have specific realizations and tasks ate each step that you need to work through with the goal of having an happy abstinent life.
- Relapse Awareness: Is an important part of any drug or alcohol rehab program and it is learning the knowledge and skills to identify the warning signs and signals that may lead to a relapse, and how to deal with them.
- Group Education: Topics include, for example: Stress Management; Diet—How Specific Foods are Beneficial in Recovery; The Effects of Alcohol on our Physical, Social and Mental Health; and Healthy Lifestyle - Healthy Mind
- Your Life Story: a therapeutic activity for insight, change, and healing
- Journaling: Journaling is considered an important aspect of your recovery, here you write down your feeling, stresses, triggers etc. After you have been journaling for a while you will start to be able to see patterns on when you feel the need to use, how you felt when you did and most importantly how to deal with or avoid the situations where you want to use.
- Stress Management: Relaxation techniques and meditation, yoga, massage, and exercise
- Excursions: Many rehabs offer excursions, they are more then just a fun day out. In most cases they are a well deserved break from the rehab, however they are also about learning to enjoy activities and daily life without the need for drug or alcohol.
- Aftercare: Aftercare in one form or another is an important part of any alcohol rehab programme. It is about planning for you to have support and somewhere to turn once you are back home and re-integrating with your normal life. This could take the form of regular sessions with a counselor or psychologist, 12-step meeting and finding a sponsor or in this day and age it could include telephone counseling or Skype.