When a loved one suffers from alcoholism, those around him (or her) who are not drinkers will probably not understand. A wife may beg her husband to quit drinking and then despair when he doesn’t. A son may promise a mother than he won’t go out partying with his friends night after night, but then the next night, he’s gone.
Alcoholism is a deceptive, dangerous, treacherous condition. Once a person has really become an alcoholic, the compulsion to drink overrides nearly every consideration of survival. The children’s welfare, safe driving, safe sex, care of one’s health and person – all these considerations may lose to the compulsion to drink again. An alcoholic is simply not in control of his or her drinking.
In the U.S. Alone An Alcoholic Has Millions Of Drinking Buddies
While one’s family and close friends may not agree, there are plenty of other people in the same boat with an alcoholic. In fact, millions of people in that boat – in 2007, more than 18 million people. People who were abusing alcohol – perhaps somewhat in control of the drinking but continuing to drink enough to damage lives and relationships – plus people who were outright addicted.
Visit any bar, any lounge, nearly any college campus, and you will find an abundance of drinking going on. According to the National Center on Substance Abuse and Addiction, in 2005 a study showed that nearly one in four college students met the medical criteria for substance abuse or dependence. This rate of alcohol abuse was nearly three times that of the general public. At a time when our young people are supposed to be preparing for careers, many of them instead are risking injury, death from alcohol poisoning or accident, sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy and failure by engaging in frequent or excessive alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption in our colleges contributes not only to addiction later in life but also lower academic performance and failure to achieve educational goals due to dropping out of school.
Only a few colleges have had the courage to go dry, and that restriction only reaches as far as the edges of the campus. In 2004, the University of Oklahoma took this brave step after a drinking death on campus.
Most Cases Require Treatment to Overcome Alcohol’s Strong Pull
In the overwhelming majority of cases, when a drinker has reached a true alcoholic state, neither the addict nor that person’s closest family and friends can override that desire to drink. That is why there are tens of thousands of alcohol treatment or support programs in the U.S. alone.
There are several forms of alcoholism treatment available in the U.S. One well known program generally requires adherence to a strict schedule of meetings. Many people using this form of recovery attend these meetings for decades. Another is a community format where a recovering alcoholic can live with other recovering addicts for as long as two years. Still other forms provide the recovering alcohol with one or more of several drugs that some think might help abstinence. But there is a way to recover stably from alcohol addiction without decades of meetings, years of residence or years of prescription drugs.
The Narconon Alcohol Recovery Program Offers Stable Recovery
In the long-term residential alcohol recovery program offered by Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma, alcoholics find that they can achieve a stable recovery where they are not tempted to use alcohol and they do not need continuous support to maintain sobriety. The Narconon program has eight phases of treatment that guide the recovering alcoholic through physical and mental restoration.
Communication skills training enables the recovering person to begin to deal with life’s challenges by facing them, not drinking them away. The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program cleanses the residues of alcohol consumption from the body by using a dry-heat sauna, exercise and an exact regimen of nutritional supplements. With toxic residues flushed from the body, recovering alcoholics find that their cravings are not triggered as strongly. Sometimes they are just a faint memory after this phase of recovery, meaning that the person now has energy and mental resources to address the rest of that life that needs to be rebuilt: the values, the self-esteem, the drug-free decision making skills.
In the Life Skills portion of the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, each former addict learns or re-learns the friend-choosing, goal-setting, direction-choosing skills that enable them to get busy with living a productive, enjoyable life again. The Life Skills aspect of this program even provides each participant with a non-denominational moral code to study and implement, to provide a reliable guide through life after alcohol rehabilitation is done.
By contacting Narconon Arrowhead, you can be paving the way for your loved one to recover from alcoholism and discover a fresh new life that does not require alcohol to get through the day. Contact the experienced counselors at Narconon Arrowhead today by calling 1-888-824-0448.
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