You’ve finally come to the realization that alcohol is ruining your life. The fact you’re willing to make that admission is a big step toward fixing the problem. With that said, you’re ultimately going to have to accept the fact that you need to quit drinking. Depending on the depth of your alcoholism, you’re most likely going to need professional help along the way.
In America and throughout the world, moderate drinking is a socially acceptable form of relaxation and entertainment. The problems arise when moderate drinking turns into binge drinking or drinking on a regular basis. In all likelihood, that’s what led you to having serious issues related to alcoholism.
You can take comfort in knowing you aren’t alone in your illness. Based on a study conducted in 2013 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 9.5% of all men reported regular heavy drinking at some point during the year. Also, 3.3% of all women reported the same behavior. The admission of addictive behavior by these individuals is one of the reasons why the drug and alcohol treatment industry has been booming over the past 10 years.
If you’ve been a heavy drinker for an extended period of time, it isn’t going to be easy to stop. Very few people have the fortitude to simply go cold turkey. After admitting you’re helpless over your addiction, you’re going to need to ask for help, presumably from a reputable treatment facility.
Licensed treatment facilities are really the best, and sometimes only, hope people have when they truly want to stop drinking. At a respected South Florida facility like Lakeview Health in Jacksonville, all of the treatment programs are geared toward teaching patients about addiction and equipping them with the tools necessary to keep saying no to that first drink.
Upon entering Lakeview Health, patients are assessed to determine whether or not an in-house, medically monitored detox will be necessary. From there, the facility uses a therapy-based program built around the 12 Steps of Recovery. When warranted, a four-day family program and/or dual diagnosis treatment can be added to the treatment process in order to address all possible aspects of addiction. When the residential treatment program has been successfully concluded, patients are invited to participate in various aftercare programs in order to continue the recovery process.
There’s no shame in admitting you want to stop drinking and need help. The shame and danger comes from not doing so. When you’re ready to fight for your life against your addiction illness, the counselors and clinicians at Lakeview Health are prepared to help direct you in that fight. All it takes is one phone call to (866) 704-7692, and the fight is on.
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