Outstretched Hands

If you don't want to get the right help for your alcoholism, then you simply won't. Part of wanting to get better is taking the time to pursue rehab treatment the right way. I went through a cycle that I think a lot of alcoholics go through, in which I convinced myself that I didn't need any professional help. I tried to give up liquor cold-turkey and wound up relapsing after just two weeks. Frankly, I'm surprised I made it that long. 

After my first relapse, I was more open to the idea of professional treatment, but wasn't ready to take the time off from work and my life to go away to an inpatient program. I thought to myself it is cheaper and local so it seemed like a no brainer. But like most things in life that seem to good to be true, I found out that there is a reason why it cost less and is more convenient, because you have a much higher change for relapse. My alcohol addiction developed over ten years, and I learned that it takes more than some infrequent (and far too easily avoidable) counseling to actually stop drinking for good.
 
After my relapse from my outpatient rehab I started to really get down on myself and thinking I was a two-time loser who was too weak to give up drinking. It took my wife threatening to leave to me to get me to agree to go to an inpatient alcohol treatment facility so I would fully commit to the program I chose.
 
When I said goodbye to my wife and flew to Florida for residential alcohol treatment, it didn't feel like I was ever coming back. Truth be told, the "me" that left didn't come back. The person who did return was a lucid, self-aware and loving husband. The month that I spent in rehab was a game-changer and will never be forgotten. My doctors took a frightened and addled skeptic and turned him into a sober, confident and independent person. They made me take a macro look at my life and helped me to value other things above alcohol, which is exactly what I needed. For a solid eight years, drinking was my refuge from all of life's problems, but why? Why wasn't I able to cope with stress without alcohol? 
 
When I got home, I knew more about myself than I ever had, and was quick to remove myself from the negative influences and overtly stressful factors that were in my life. I got strength from my wife, friends and faith whenever things seemed to be too much, and have been sober for 91 days. Part of me always wanted to get here, but I needed the help of a residential alcoholism rehab to help me succeed. You need to forget what you think you know, because that's what brought you to the point of alcoholism. Opening up to a new worldview and relying on others for support has been a cornerstone of my sobriety. 

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