The majority of us have been influenced by alcoholism in some way or another. If you are lucky and have not experienced it yourself, you probably know a family member or someone in your social circle that has fallen victim to this disease.
Alcohol plays a large role in our society and the unfortunate price we pay for unchecked abuse of this substance is an addiction that threatens the individuals’ health and eventually even their life. Many individuals who have not experienced addiction themselves tend to label alcoholics as people who brought this on themselves and it is simply their lack of willpower that prohibits them from successful alcohol rehabilitation.
While it certainly is true that alcoholics need to learn more about their illness and how to take responsibility for the necessary changes, it is also true that they need the support of those around them and that willpower alone is not enough to enter a successful recovery.
Alcohol addiction does not usually start with the specific intent to abuse alcohol. It is often rather an unchecked frequent use of this substance that leads to physiological changes in a person over time. The body then becomes dependent on this substance, and a deprivation of it registers as something similar to the craving of food a starving person might experience.
Successful alcohol rehabilitation needs to be a comprehensive approach focussing on the whole person helping them with necessary medication to safely withdraw through the detoxification period and to begin structuring their life around their alcohol problem.
It’s best to seek professional medical advice and help to alleviate withdrawal symptoms as medication may very well be necessary for some cases. Once alcoholic, however, a return to normal drinking of alcohol as a ‘social drinker’ can never happen as the brain has experienced chemical changes that result in a physical reaction when alcohol is ingested.
This reaction sets in motion the physical compulsion and mental obsession to continue drinking way past the bounds of healthy or normal intake of alcohol.
Alcohol rehabilitation can be approached in a number of ways, and not every method will necessarily work for every individual. This is why it is so important to look at the specific situation of the patient and then choose a reputable rehabilitation facility that uses an appropriate method for each individual.