You might not be aware of this, but alcohol rehabs have changed many lives throughout the years.  In fact, they’ve not only changed lives, they have saved lives.  If you’re struggling with an addiction to alcohol and you’re considering attending an alcohol rehab program, here are 5 things to consider before embarking on your rehab journey.


  1. Your family and friends are telling the truth.  Yes, if you’re hearing from those close to you that you should consider getting some help for a problem with alcohol, they are telling the truth. Believe them even if your mind is telling you the complete opposite.  Denial about alcoholism can keep people trapped years and years in a prison that only you have the key to unlock, so listen up to those closest to you.
  2. Inpatient vs. Outpatient Rehab.  You will have to choose between two types of rehabs: inpatient and outpatient. Inpatient rehab is for those who want to go stay at the rehab center for the duration of their treatment and outpatient rehab is for those who want to go home each evening after treatment.  There are advantages of both types, so it really depends on what your schedule is and whether or not you can leave your job and/or family for the duration of treatment.
  3. A positive attitude will serve you well. Studies show that those who enter treatment with an optimistic attitude have more success than those who are pessimistic.  A positive mindset goes a long way when it comes to your recovery journey, so keep in mind that when a negative thought pops up you have the power to transform that negative thought into a positive one.
  4. Many alcohol rehabs do not have detox. You may have to go to a detox center before going to rehab, as many rehabs do not offer the detox process. Do your homework before making a commitment so that you know whether you have to attend a separate detox center before rehab.
  5. Rehab is just the beginning. When you attend alcohol rehab, that is just the beginning of your recovery.  You can’t go home and stop focusing on recovery or you may find yourself relapsing.  During rehab, counselors will work on an aftercare plan with you so that you can continue your recovery efforts after you leave rehab. This may include multiple weekly counseling sessions, a 12 Step program, or another support group. Your new life without alcohol may seem difficult for a time period, but the more you invest in educating yourself, attending counseling, learning new coping skills, and believing in yourself, the easier recovery will be. Before you know it you’ll be helping other alcoholics on their recovery journey.




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