Despite the fact that there are literally millions of alcoholism success stories being recounted today, the way out of an alcoholic lifestyle can be a daunting challenge. Drunk driving, homelessness, trouble with the law and an altogether dysfunctional life typically characterize the experiences of an alcoholic. In spite of these consequences, the changes that occur in the brain from habitual drinking not only make it difficult but also dangerous to stop drinking without medical intervention.
Bonnie, a recovering addict experienced many of the above-mentioned consequences, plus three DUI’s, hefty fines and a string of broken relationships. By the time Bonnie was 22 years of age, her drinking lifestyle had stolen all hope of going to college and having a career. Her obsessive and compulsive consumption of alcohol plunged her into a deep depression that lasted until she came face to face with the possibility of getting a fourth DUI. Only then, did she recognize that she needed help. “’That night’ what really changed in me was that I knew I couldn’t stop alone” she said in her alcoholism success story.
According to Bonnie, after getting out of jail, she made a few calls and entered a treatment program at the White Sands Rehab Centers. With treatment, Bonnie was able to finally experience sobriety. This has also helped her to become gainfully employed and regain her family’s trust and respect. But most importantly, Bonnie says she is happy and proud of herself; more than she ever thought possible.
Stories like Bonnie’s testify that there is great hope for recovery from alcohol addiction. In fact, according to a National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions released by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) between 2001-2002, at least a third of adults in the United States with an alcohol use disorder are now in full recovery. That represents more than 43,000 Americans between the age of 18 and 24.
Recovering from alcohol can be a complex. It encompasses a progressive step-by-step process into greater health and an improved life style. The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines recovery from alcohol as “a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness and quality of life” which incidentally, comprises the elements of every alcoholism success story. There are various treatment options available to overcome addiction. Advancements in technology and enhanced treatment models have made it possible for more people to achieve sustainable sobriety beyond the 12-step program.
Ultimately however, finding your way on the path to recovery involves recognition, as Bonnie did in the story titled “DUI Wake Up Call” that change is necessary and transformation is possible. Some of the principle guidelines stipulated by SAMHSA relevant to recovering from alcoholism includes:
It is typical of a person battling alcoholism to believe, even after various efforts to stop drinking has failed that they can stop drinking whenever they like. However, this approach is not only the most difficult but dangerous and in for some people, it can be deadly. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can escalate into a crisis situation quickly and has been known to result in death in instances where medical attention was not received in a timely manner. For this reason, experts emphasize the importance of seeking medical oversight when trying to halt chronic alcohol abuse. Beyond the detox process, the services of an alcohol rehabilitation facility address the underlying causes of addiction and provide the tools and techniques to sustain long term sobriety.
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