Where to get help for alcoholism?
Depending on your level of physical addiction you should look in the following 2 places:
IF you are physically dependent on alcohol then you should call up local drug rehab centers or alcohol treatment facilities and see what it would take to get you admitted to them.
If, on the other hand, you are NOT physically dependent on alcohol then you should probably attend a local AA meeting and start with that.
How can you tell if you are physically dependent or not? Simply stop drinking and then watch carefully for symptoms of physical withdrawal. If you do not have any symptoms then there is no need to seek medical treatment. If you start tremor, have severe headaches, or experience great fatigue, then you might look into seeking out a medical detox.
There is another possibility if you do not have physical dependency: go to a counseling center or see a therapist about your problem and try to get help that way.
You could also go way out on a limb and simply start an intense exercise program and see if that is enough for you to beat your alcoholism on your own.
Now most people who are actually addicted to alcohol will need more help than this, and they will need to check in some where in order to get the help and support that they need. Becoming stable without your daily drink can be tough if you are truly addicted.
The other extreme is that if you do happen to be physically dependent and you are shaking and have tremors from lack of alcohol then you should probably seek immediate care in an ER. Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal in extreme cases so it is nothing to take lightly.
So if you happen to have struggled with your drinking for a long time and you have found that you cannot consistently stay away from it for good, then it might be time to admit that you need serious help and check into a rehab center. This is generally the best choice for most alcoholics because it provides sort of a “total solution,” at least in the short run.
Environment is a huge trigger for most people and checking into detox or rehab gets you into a safe and secure environment. This alone is a huge factor and is the number one reason why outpatient success rates are so lousy (at least in my opinion). When you do outpatient treatment or counseling you still have to deal with the “real world” and all of the temptations that it offers. When you check into detox the “real world” has been removed for you and there is really no challenge at all to staying sober, at least while you are in treatment.
The challenge, of course, is to find a way to maintain sobriety after you have left the safe cocoon that is drug rehab. The challenge of doing this best met by a two pronged approach:
1) Total commitment to abstinence on a daily basis.
2) Commitment to daily personal growth and incremental improvement in your health and well being.
If you actually follow through on those two ideas and hold them as your highest goals in life then recovery should become fairly easy and straightforward for you. Not that there will never be tough times, but at least now you have a plan of growth in place that will keep the threat of relapse at bay.