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Deciding to seek out treatment is the first step in alleviating the uncomfortable and sometimes unbearable symptoms of alcoholism. Finding the right alcohol treatment program for you can feel challenging and maybe even overwhelming. Prior to committing to a distinct program, it's important to explore treatment options to find the one that works best for you or your loved one.

Understanding Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a behavioral reaction to a myriad of core issues such as trauma, unhealthy primary caregiver attachments, and early childhood rejection. Those who experience symptoms of alcoholism may also be dealing with anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and symptoms of a personality disorder.

Treatment Options

Deciding to seek treatment for symptoms of alcoholism is an incredibly brave step to take. There are tons of recovery programs available internationally that all take their own approach to treating alcohol abuse so be sure to understand each program you are touring before beginning one. Based on your needs, you may want to look into a detox program, an inpatient program, an outpatient program, and supplemental groups to provide support during this process. Many programs will have a detox component and then an inpatient option for 30, 60, or 90 days. Other programs may take the 12 step approach, while a smaller number of facilities will focus heavily on core trauma issues.

Support for Family Members

Finding appropriate support for family members impacted by a loved one's alcoholism is a crucial aspect of the recovery process. Alcoholism can negatively impact relationships, cause familial strain, and eat away at trust. Rebuilding relationships and learning how the relationship dynamic impacts the person who is using can be immensely helpful and healing. There are plenty of support groups available for family members who have been impacted by alcoholism, as well as counselors who specialize in these types of relationships.

Finding the Right Treatment for Your Needs

Because there is an oversaturation of treatment programs available, it's best to take your time touring different facilities, meeting with the staff, and ensuring that their program is the best fit for you. Keep in mind that programs promising quick recoveries and easy fixes are likely ineffective. Treating alcoholism takes time and can be a long process. Because alcoholism is the surface behavior to a host of other symptoms and discomforts, it can take longer than you'd like to get to the core issues. With patience, determination, and a supportive environment recovery is absolutely possible.

Alcoholism Resources