Some of the best solutions for struggling alcoholics are inpatient alcohol treatment centers. The reason that this is a necessary step for many alcoholics is because they cannot get dry on their own without having the additional help of a controlled environment. They may have tried to stop drinking on their own several times, but it is likely that they were never able to make it work on the outside due to them constant temptation of relapse.
Going to an inpatient alcohol treatment center gives the person the stability that they need in order to make a serious change in their life. It is the foundation from which they can start their recovery. Most people do not really take advantage of this “new start” and they will have a tendency to get out of treatment and go right back to their old ways. A good alcohol treatment center will challenge their clients to make drastic changes, and set them up to take massive action and experience real success. The way to do this is for the treatment center to motivate the client to take action. This is easier said then done, of course.
Massive action really is the entire key to early recovery, and so many people miss out on this lesson. They miss out because people tend to be lazy and do not really want to put in the work in order to get clean and sober. They would rather just check into a rehab center, kick back and relax, and simply hope that things turn out differently. Some of us have a belief system that is becoming more and more popular that says we can achieve great results through visualization alone. This spells disaster for recovery because thinking about sobriety and recovery does absolutely nothing to move a person forward toward success.
This is an important point so think about it for a moment: thinking about recovery does not help you one bit. It is only action that produces real results in sobriety. If you wish and hope that things are different, this will mean nothing in terms of real world results. On the other hand, if you actually go to rehab, follow through with a treatment plan, attend lots of 12 step meetings, work with a sponsor in recovery, and so on….then you are going to get good results. The problem is when we think that we can visualize success and hope for the best, expecting that this will give us the results we want. It won’t. You have to take action.