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Alcohol Rehab One Piece of the Big Picture

You’re at the end of your rope, you are unable to keep up with your addiction anymore.  It’s driven you straight into the ground, and now you are going to start alcohol rehab.  It seems so big right now, so all encompassing.  But in truth, it’s just the beginning of a whole new lifestyle.

Alcohol Rehab Is The First Step To Take

Every journey has to start somewhere.  Your journey of sobriety can start with alcohol rehab.  But just because you are doing something big at the beginning doesn’t mean that’s all you have to do.

Alcohol rehab is definitely a large commitment, no doubt about it.  And it is hard work to learn how to face the truth, pull the blinders off your eyes.  It’s a time for learning and opening up.  The big challenge comes when you have to put that experience to daily use.

Alcohol Rehab Not A Cure For Alcoholism

You need to know that alcohol rehab is not a cure for alcoholism.  It is a place to live a different life for a while, learn ways of coping, and start replacing destructive habits with healthy ones.  It’s an opportunity, but it isn’t the whole story.

There is no known cure for alcoholism – not inpatient alcohol rehab, not outpatient treatment, not medications, nothing.  It is something that you have to be aware of and live with for the rest of your life.

Certainly, you can have significant periods of sobriety – decades even.  But to consider yourself cured can be a slippery slope headed toward relapse. The moment you assume that you don’t have to pay attention to your vulnerabilities could be the moment you slide towards your addiction.

Journey of Sobriety Much Bigger Than Alcohol Rehab

It can be tempting to see alcohol rehab as a place to get “fixed up” so you don’t have the addiction bothering you anymore.  You may go to alcohol rehab more than once in your life if you have a relapse.  This is completely normal because you will have changes throughout your life.

If your focus on recovery doesn’t keep up with these changes well enough, you may have relapse.  Yet even then, alcoholism recovery is so much more than any particular time spent alcohol rehab.  How rehab affects your regular life tells the true story of your recovery.

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