About Alcoholism Recovery
In most cases, people go into addiction recovery after they've experienced a great loss. The loss can be financial, such as a personal bankruptcy or the loss of a home. The loss can be personal, such as a divorce or a strained relationship with children. In many cases, the alcoholic is also suffering from depression or other health problems that help him/her recognize the need for treatment.
Once a problem has been diagnosed, the first step in alcoholism recovery is detox. Therapy can't begin until the alcoholic has removed all alcohol from his/her system. Since detox may be accompanied by depression, vomiting, restlessness, insomnia or loss of appetite, many people begin the recovery process at an inpatient or residential treatment center.
After detox has been completed, therapy is needed to help the alcoholic develop the coping mechanisms necessary for long term recovery. Some people attend regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, while others stay in a halfway house or attend individual counseling sessions. During this time, friends and family of the alcoholic can see signs that recovery is working. They may notice a new sense of honesty, a humble attitude and a genuine concern for the feelings of others.
Alcoholism recovery is not an easy process. It takes hard work, determination and a commitment to living a sober lifestyle. However, the rewards are well worth the effort. Once an alcoholic is in recovery, he/she can rebuild relationships and rediscover the joy in life. The articles in this category are designed to help inspire an individual into recovery as well as provide valuable information and connections to recovery services.