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The Keys to Success with Self-Managed Alcohol Rehab


Contrary to popular belief, successfully beating alcohol addiction doesn’t always rely on residential alcohol rehab centres. While residential rehab has the potential to be uniquely effective in many cases, there are others where self-managed treatment programs can be just as effective. For obvious reasons, there will always be those who simply cannot face the prospect of residential rehab and therefore make the decision to go it alone.

Whether the decision has been made independently or self-management has been recommended by the professionals, it’s important to understand that it is a process that is not without its challenges. Given the fact that you and you alone will effectively take control of your treatment, it is also down to you with regard to how much progress you make. The good news being that just as long as you keep a few considerations close to mind throughout the process, there’s no reason why you cannot achieve outstanding results to be proud of.

So if self-managed alcohol rehab is the way forward for you, what follows is an overview of the five most important keys for making a success of it:

1. The Right People

First and foremost, there is absolutely nothing more important than surrounding yourself with the right people. For one thing, the friends and family are around you come serve as your closest support group will play a fundamental role in absolutely every step of the recovery process from start to finish.  The stronger and more dedicated your support group, the better. At the other end of the scale, those who are far more likely than others to encourage or increase the risk of relapse are the kinds of people you should be avoiding all together.  Success with self-management means being able to carefully the and logically consider the people in your life, in order to determine exactly who is and isn’t good to have around during the process.

2. The Right Environment

You will also have total control over the environment around you, during the recovery process. In terms of what exactly constitutes the right environment, there will always be differences from one case and individual to the next.  Nevertheless – and for reasons that are relatively obvious – it’s critically important to ensure that you do not put yourself in any situation where temptation may get the better of you. In the case of alcohol addiction recovery for example, it simply makes sense to ensure that there isn’t a drop of stuff in the house and that you do your best to stay away from a anywhere alcohol is served.

3. The Right Attitude

Attitude is just as important as any other element in the treatment process across the board. There are basically three common attitudes adopted by recovering addicts, of which only one is productive. On one end of the scale, you have those who expect to fail there are there and therefore generally do so as a result.  Right at the other end, there are those who fall into a sense of over confidence and likewise end up failing, having underestimated the challenges they face.  The most effective attitude lies somewhere in the middle – plenty of confidence, though full acknowledgement that absolutely none of the process is going to be easy. Remaining proactive, realistic and motivated at all times can make the difference between success and failure.

4. The Right Way of Coping

Something else that all recovering addicts need to accept is that there will be times along the way where things feel somewhat hopeless. You may have slipped from the program somewhat, begun to feel that you are not making any real progress or found yourself battling a total lack of motivation.  In such instances, there are essentially two ways of coping – you can either crawl into your shell and let the challenges get the better of you, or you can fight them head on and remember that these things are only temporary. Once again, it’s the attitude you adopt from start to finish that can make all the difference in this sense. The same also being said for those in your support group, who can and will help you cope with the worst along the way.

5. The Right Help at the Right Time

Last but not least, knowing when, where and from whom to seek professional support when required is of critical importance. Despite the fact that you are primarily going it alone, this doesn’t mean that you will not need the on-going support of the professionals to succeed.


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