Sobriety can be a time filled with fear, anxiety and worry for individuals new to recovery. It can also be a challenge for individuals who have been sober, relapsed and are trying to get back on track again. Alcoholism is a difficult disease to deal with, but it is possible to finally get (and stay) sober. Read on for some tips on how best to achieve this goal and navigate the ups and downs of sobriety.
Detox is the first step to sobriety for any person struggling with addiction to alcohol. Withdrawal from alcohol can be very uncomfortable or even dangerous. Medication and medical supervision are helpful as a person can be weaned slowly off drugs or alcohol to support the body in adjusting to the new balance. A professional clinic can help with the following:
- Allowing space for rest. A good night’s sleep can help with the rest of recovery.
- Hydration is key to sobriety. Headaches will recede and the body can cleanse itself of the toxic build-up.
- The necessary nutrients and vitamins will be restored to the body. Getting real food (aside from alcohol) in the system is crucial to developing regular, health habits in detox.
- Withdrawal will be medically supervised to ensure safety in case an individual experiences seizures, convulsions or other serious complications.
- Professionals will monitor the experience. Proper medication will be administered and blood pressure monitored regularly.
Treatment is a necessity for most individuals with addiction to alcohol. Some people may be able to stop without intervention but having support can be critical for others who need help. Detox should be done under medical supervision as withdrawal from alcohol can be fatal. Treatment in a facility can support a person with therapeutic counseling and preparation for life outside.
Programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and others provide a twelve step process, support and knowledge about sobriety. Attendance at meetings can inspire individuals to stay sober, clean and bring people with similar experiences together which can boost confidence and self-esteem.
An individual may opt for outpatient treatment for various reasons. The main one is that people do not live in a controlled environment while offering convenience of being able to work and fulfill other obligations while in treatment. Life skills, continuity of care and friendships are all benefits to the process of receiving outpatient treatment.
The focus in holistic programs is on good health, meditation and spiritual guidance. Natural remedies, prayer, meditation and counseling can be helpful. Religious practices are often picked up by individuals in sobriety who seek community and support. Some of the following are additional holistic treatments sought by people in sobriety:
- Regular exercise
Every individual experiences sobriety differently. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. If a person is ready to quit drinking, resources and tools are available to support the endeavor and ensure long term health in sobriety.
If you are ready to take sobriety seriously, contact us to find out how we can support you to get started. The journey to recovery is challenging but we are here to offer support and resources. Call us for more information.