If you are seriously considering getting help for your addiction, then you have actually won half the battle. Many alcoholics are still in denial that they have a drinking problem and as a consequence they seek help when their drinking habits have already had a crippling effect on their work and relationships. It takes courage to admit that you need help.
You have to remember that being an alcoholic is not a sign of moral weakness. Like all other forms of addiction, being an alcoholic is a disease and the abuse has changed the way your body and mind is wired, taking over you completely.
Many alcoholics would even refuse to talk it over with a professional for fear of judgment. If you are unsure of what you should do and you feel uncomfortable getting help from an alcoholic support group then it’s probably a good idea to discuss this with your family doctor so that he/she can give you direction on how to proceed and refer you to local groups so that you can receive support. Getting help sooner will give you a better chance of recovering.
When you have finally decided to seek help for your alcoholism, it is recommended that you see a healthcare provider so that the extent of your alcoholism can be measured and proper treatments can be provided to you. You will be asked to go through a medical exam and answer questions to determine how serious the effect of alcoholism on your health is.
The treatment that will be recommended greatly depends on the results of your assessment. If you are found to be chemically dependent on alcohol, your doctor may recommend detoxification. Some are prescribed special medications that can help prevent relapse. Local rehabilitation clinics will have the tools and skills needed so that you can focus on your sobriety. These can be done on an in-patient or out-patient basis.
And after you have gone through the withdrawal successfully, you will be asked to go into counseling or group therapy with other recovering alcoholics. If you cannot afford to get yourself checked into a rehab facility, you have to make sure that you include counseling through local groups, such as Alcoholic Anonymous, a part of your recovery plan.
Some alcoholics believe that they can take on their recovery on their own without the help of counseling or group sessions. Talking to someone can help you identify high risk situations and triggers that can very easily tempt you into drinking again and possibly spiral you back into addiction. Talking to a group will actually help you learn and find ways to respond to the urge and act upon it without the involvement of alcohol. Being able to speak openly in a safe place can help you voice out your frustrations on bad days and help you get the motivation that you need to keep on being sober.