Do I Need Residential Alcohol Rehab?
You have finally admitted to yourself that you drink too much and you need to stop. Now what? You have a few options. You might just quit, cold turkey, and deal with your urges and cravings on your own. You might decide to attend AA meetings and manage your recovery with the support of a sponsor and a group of peers. You might choose private therapy or another type of professional outpatient treatment. Or you might need to go to a residential alcohol rehab facility.
Why Choose Residential Alcohol Rehab?
One of the primary factors to consider when making this decision is how dependent your body has become upon alcohol. If you go for long periods without drinking, but then binge when under stress, counseling or AA might be a viable choice. If, however, you have been a consistently heavy drinker, even if all you drink is beer or wine, your body is likely to go through withdrawal when you stop. The severity of your withdrawal symptoms is somewhat relative to the amount and frequency of your drinking, but it can also be unpredictable. You might have fairly severe withdrawal even if you were a relatively light drinker, especially if it was consistent.
If there is any chance that you might suffer withdrawal symptoms more serious that being a little jittery and anxious, you’re best option is to play it safe and opt for residential alcohol rehab. There you will undergo a medically supervised period of detoxification to rid your body of the physical effects of alcoholism. Medical personnel can administer drugs that will mitigate the symptoms and make withdrawal more comfortable. More importantly, alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous to your body, even fatal in some cases. If you have any question about how severely you are addicted, don’t attempt to go through withdrawal on your own.