Treatment for Alcohol Addiction, The first step to recovery is when the alcoholic accepts that he has a problem and agrees to seek help. Residential Treatment is a recommended treatment for alcoholism as it allows them to move into a clean and sober environment. Being away from the destructive atmosphere and supported almost 24/7 by peers, counselors and other trained staff, greatly helps the individuals in undergoing the recovery process.
The treatment has 3 stages :
Long time drug/alcohol abuse results in the residues of these substances to remain in the body, resulting in cravings for these substances. This hinders the recovery process. Detox is the first step of the recovery process intended to remove the additive substances from the body. The addict undergoes withdrawal symptoms. This process is done under the supervision of the trained staff comprising of physicians and physiatrist. The individual undergoing detox is monitored for the physical and psychological symptoms.
The Recovery or the Rehabilitation process at Aasha ki Kiran uses the structured 12-Step process in treating addictive and dysfunctional behaviors. The 12 step process was first used by Alcoholic Anonymous as a clearly defined protocol to be followed to recover from alcohol dependency. However this is not merely a process to stop drinking or to stop abusing drugs. It becomes the foundation to starting a new way of life. The recovery process lasts for anywhere between 3 to 6 months. Though the focus is on recovering from addiction, the program works towards re-establishing the addicts as responsible and productive individuals. The program enables them to make life style changes and manage their feelings that will help them to abstain from alcohol abuse. The program also helps the individual to improve their health, self esteem and regain their confidence to be able to live a fulfilling life.
Maintenance of Sobriety
The success of rehabilitation depends on maintaining the sobriety. Although self motivation plays a major role, support is also a key factor. Along with family and social support it is important to have regular Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings.