Has alcohol become an important part of your life, even though it often makes you ill or causes other problems?  Do you struggle to keep your drinking hidden from family, friends and co-workers?  Is your secret drinking making you feel isolated and alone?  If any of these statements are true or if your alcohol consumption has led to your arrest, caused you to be fired from your job or created other major disruptions in your life, then it’s time to admit that you have a serious alcohol problem.  You have moved beyond the social drinking stage and will require help to get sober.

Admitting that you have a problem with alcohol is an important step towards recovery.  The next step is entering an alcohol rehab program.   The best rehab programs provide medical support during alcohol detox.  The detox process, which may last from a few days to a week or more, involves the body adapting to the absence of alcohol.  It may include serious symptoms such as headaches, vomiting, tremors and convulsions and should not be undergone by chronic drinkers without medical supervision.

Alcohol detox is followed by alcohol rehab therapy to address underlying issues that are related to the use of alcohol.  This part of the treatment program should be tailored for each individual’s requirements.  It will typically include one-on-one counseling sessions as well as group therapy.  Before the rehab program is completed, the recovering alcoholic will learn new strategies for sober living and will replace unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones.

Residential programs provide an alcohol-free environment where you will be able to focus on recovery.  This type of program is also best for individuals suffering from underlying disorders such as depression that worsen when they stop drinking.  If you have tried to stop drinking on your own but have experienced relapses, a residential rehab program may be your last chance at sobriety.