The chronic condition of alcoholism is a serious condition, resulting in withdrawal, illness and tragic repercussions. There are more than seventeen million alcoholics in the United States. The problem is very far reaching. Chances are you know–or are–an alcoholic. You may even be considering staging your own intervention. If that is your plan, talk to the alcoholic right after some problem has occurred; this is the time they are most likely to be receptive to getting help. Wait until he or she is sober, and talk together calmly and privately. If you need a partner, get one. Have another family member there who the alcoholic trusts. (They also should be calm and sober). Have a plan in place, and immediately get help, especially if the alcoholic is at all receptive.
Inpatient alcohol rehab facilities
Can provide a way to stop the progression of the disease of alcoholism. If you can’t get them to immediately go to an inpatient facility, then try getting them to an AA meeting.
Inpatient alcohol rehab can be effective for several reasons. Any impatient facility has an advantage because it controls the entire environment. That means that after the addict experiences withdrawal in a controlled environment, the therapies which are part of the treatment also occur in the controlled environment. There aren’t any surprises involved; and so the alcoholic has a better opportunity to heal, and to learn how to handle the physiological problems. They have a chance to get stable before they have to learn how to cope with the big bad world.
However, rehab also teaches many coping strategies to the recovering addict. This means that when they are able to graduate from the program, they have a plan what to do if and when their resolution is tested.