If you are a struggling alcoholic and you want to change your life then you need to start with detox from alcohol. Doing so is the necessary first step in a long journey that will lead you to a better life.
There are a couple of key points to keep in mind when dealing with alcohol detox. First of all you should know that it is a dangerous condition. In fact, not drinking can kill a person, and at the very least you may have a seizure due to the withdrawal, even if you have never had a seizure before in your life.
That last point is really important so let me restate it: a small but significant percentage of people who have never had a seizure before experience one for the first time during alcohol withdrawal. Therefore, coming off alcohol is not something you should take lightly and in fact it is something that should require medical supervision.
If you do want to get detoxed from alcohol then the best idea is to get into a treatment center of some sort where they have a medical detox unit. There they can monitor you while you go through withdrawal and give you medication to help you. Some people are scared of getting hooked on pills but this fear is unfounded because they will have you completely drug free by the time you leave rehab.
Now it is one thing to get detoxed from alcohol but it is another thing entirely to walk out of the treatment center and end up drinking again right away. This happens very, very frequently so what happens after detox is just as important as the detox process itself.
What normally happens after detox is residential treatment. This generally means going to groups, attending lectures, and probably going to some 12 step meetings. They might throw in some group therapy and other activities as well. A lot of people do not want to do this part of treatment or they are scared to do so due to anxiety, so they opt out of it. They simply leave treatment early and do not get the full experience.
Well, you can guess what kind of results they generally get. It is hard enough to stay sober after alcohol treatment, but leaving rehab without going through the full program is just going to make things harder for you. If you want to take full advantage of rehab, then try to get everything you can out of it and stay for the entire time. Go beyond detox and try to learn what they are teaching you there. Detox is not very useful if you just end up drinking again.
Ultimately you want to find a new way of life that allows you to be happy and content with yourself without having to self medicate all the time with alcohol. Just going through a medical detox is not going to teach you how to achieve this new life. You have to dig deeper, get involved in a recovery program, and really push yourself to learn and to grow if you want long term sobriety.