Overcoming an alcohol addiction can be painful. It may seem that no one understands and that you are alone in your struggle. However, when you are ready to make a commitment to stop drinking and to get sober and healthy; there is support available to help you recover from your alcohol addiction.

Commitment to Stop Drinking

For many people, reaching the decision to stop drinking and get help is oftentimes due to the repercussions of their alcohol abuse on their life. In many cases, the family may give a choice to get help or suffer the consequences.

Taking an assessment of the impact your drinking has had on your life may be helpful in making the decision to make a change. If you are a functioning alcoholic, you may think that your drinking has had no significant impact on your life. On the other hand, if you have been in and out of court because of your alcohol abuse; your job is hanging by a thread and your family is threatening to leave; these are all clear indications that you should give serious thought to getting help for your alcohol addiction.

Get Sober Safely

Your health and your future depend on getting sober safely. That means that you need to seek the assistance of a reliable and accredited alcohol treatment program. If you need to go to an alcohol detox facility, make sure the facility provides doctor supervised medical detox.

Most people experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms that include:
• Nausea and vomiting
• Uncontrollable shaking
• Sweating
• Abdominal cramps, constipation and/or diarrhea
• Increased heart rate and high blood pressure
Anxiety
• DTs

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms usually begin within a few hours after the last time you consume alcohol and the severity will depend on a number of factors including how long alcohol abuse has occurred, as well as the frequency and amount of alcohol consumption.

Getting Support

After you have successfully completed medical detox, you may want to enter a rehab program to help you get your life back on track and also learn how to address triggers and relapse throughout your recovery.

There are many different methods for rehab treatments including residential and outpatient, holistic and cognitive behavior program. Some individuals find that moving to a sober living home gives them the time and support they need to put things back into perspective.

The most important thing is to expect that there may be a setback along the way, but that does not mean that your recovery is finished. Community support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, or A.A., offer an opportunity of accountability for people in recovery, as well as someone to talk to when temptation gets tough.

Author's Bio: 

Lara Schuster writes for Gallus Medical Detox Centers. Gallus Detox provides safe drug and alcohol detox with customized IV therapy to comfortably alleviate withdrawal symptoms and patients are monitored 24/7 by ICU level nurses. This proven detox method was developed by Dr. Patrick Gallus after 15-plus years as an emergency room physician caring for alcohol and drug addicted patients. Gallus Medical Detox Centers features upscale private rooms, HDTV, Wi-Fi and personal massage. Patient confidentiality is always protected.