In order to remain clean and sober you first have to get your body detoxified from drugs and alcohol.
Without going through a medical detox program it is very difficult for the average alcoholic to even get started on recovery at all.
While it generally does not work to relocate just for the purpose of trying to get sober, you definitely need a change of environment in order to break free from your immediate drinking problem.
In other words, if you are stuck in the same environment in which you normally drink every day, it is going to be very difficult to break free from your addiction.
It is my belief that the alcoholic who is stuck needs some amount of disruption in order to break free and overcome their addiction.
That disruption can come in several different forms: A week spent in jail, a trip to the hospital, or a 28 day stay in a rehab facility.
In my opinion (and my experience) you want the latter. Inpatient rehab is a lot better than going to jail, or even the hospital for that matter.
When you disrupt your addiction by going to the hospital or to jail, you don’t really learn anything new about how to stay clean and sober in the long run.
As it has been pointed out many times before, the problem is not stopping alcohol or drug use, the problem is staying stopped.
Alcoholics have to stop all the time for various reasons. The real challenge is in learning how to stay stopped, and how to deal with reality without resorting to drugs or alcohol.
Going to an inpatient treatment center that has a medical detox is the best possible way for a struggling alcoholic to disrupt their pattern of alcohol abuse.
It should be noted that there is some medical risk in cold turkey withdrawal from alcohol, and it can even be fatal in extreme cases. There is also a fairly high risk of seizure for some alcoholics, depending on a number of different factors (how long they’ve drank for, how heavily they drink, their body type and condition, etc.).
Going to inpatient treatment gives you the best possible chance at building a strong foundation for early recovery. Without a strong foundation early in your recovery program you are pretty much doomed to relapse. If there is one thing that you will learn for sure, it is that willpower alone is not enough to help you overcome your addiction. This fact alone is really what defines your condition–the inability to just stop by yourself and live any kind of a “normal” life.
For the true alcoholic, there is no such thing as a normal life any more. They get to choose between two extremes: Living in the chaos and misery of addiction, or living in the upward spiral of positive growth in recovery. Both are extreme ways of living, and you have to pick one or the other. You can’t do both.
The rewards in recovery are awesome, and you will be overwhelmed with gratitude if you are successful in your quest for sobriety. But making it all work in the long run takes a tremendous amount of effort and commitment. Most people don’t have the level of dedication that it takes to break through into long term recovery. It takes a lot of surrender and a great deal of guts in order to make it work.
Going to inpatient treatment is a great way to start. Now of course, this does not guarantee your recovery. Just because you check into rehab, this does not insure your absolute success in recovery. Many people do attend rehab and end up relapsing in spite of going through with the program. This is because your success in recovery is based on the depth of your surrender.
In other words, if you have not surrendered totally and completely to a new solution in your life, then you will likely not do well in recovery. The key to success is to surrender completely.
How can you accomplish this? Some people believe that true surrender can only be achieved through massive amounts of pain and misery and suffering. In other words, you cannot simply decide on a whim that you want to surrender and thus recover, but instead you have to earn that level of surrender through chaos and misery and suffering from your addiction.
Once you have finally had enough of your addiction, it is then that you will finally ask for help–and really mean it. The problem is that addicts and alcoholics have been asking for help for years and years, without really wanting the right kind of help. They want money, they want a place to stay, they want someone to take care of their needs, but do they really want to surrender completely and follow some sort of recovery program? In most cases the answer is no, they don’t want real help. So it is only after total and complete surrender that the alcoholic will ask for the right kind of help, and truly seek to be transformed with a new way of life and a new way of living.
If you think you may be ready for a new kind of life, one in which you are no longer miserable and constantly chasing that next buzz, you may be ready for a detox program at an inpatient treatment center. I would highly suggest that you get on the phone and start making calls to rehab centers to figure out what your options are. If you want to change your life and get results now, then you have to dive in and take real action. The best possible way to jump start this process is to get on the phone with a rehab center.
Without going through a real detoxification program at an inpatient rehab, you are going to be left to fend for yourself on the outside, spinning your wheels and constantly craving that next drink or drug. When you go to inpatient detox you at least get the benefit of being in a safe and secure place, one in which there is zero temptation in terms of relapse. Why not give yourself this head start, this advantage, when it comes to getting off of alcohol or other drugs? Why not give yourself the best possible chance at success when it comes to your recovery?
The whole key to recovery is to make changes. You need to turn your bad habits into positive habits. This has to start with a clean slate or you are never going to be able to turn your entire life around. If you continue to abuse alcohol or other drugs then every time you think that you have taken two steps forward you will actually be sliding back at least three steps. Addiction and substance abuse arrest your ability to make any meaningful strides in your life.
This is why your big turnaround must start with a baseline of total abstinence from alcohol and all other addictive drugs. You have probably already proven at least this much to yourself–that when you keep putting alcohol or addictive drugs into your system, things just seem to keep getting worse.
Time to give yourself a break and go to inpatient rehab. Make the call today!