Getting sober after months or years of substance abuse is a daunting task, but it can be done. Planning for this decision, asking for help, and attending treatment are all extremely important aspects of getting sober and can make the process much easier on you. If you need help creating a plan for your sobriety or finding a treatment program that fits your needs, call 800-654-0987 today.
Planning for Sobriety
Planning for your decision to become and remain sober is essential to a strong recovery. One of the most important things you need to do is to know your current limits and understand the severity of your situation. Once you do, your recovery is likely to be much more successful.
For example, withdrawal symptoms are likely to occur in anyone who has been abusing drugs or alcohol consistently for several months or longer, and these can range from extremely uncomfortable to life threatening. Therefore, you must plan for the issue of withdrawal, rather than stopping your use cold turkey.
- Sometimes, like in the case of alcohol, you can gradually minimize the amount you drink each day. In the case of opioid addiction, a doctor can also help you taper your dosage in a safe way that will allow you to avoid severe withdrawal symptoms.
- Some withdrawal syndromes, however, must be treated in an inpatient detox facility because they are so dangerous. Severe versions of alcohol withdrawal as well as withdrawal from CNS depressants often require residential detox so the patient can be monitored 24-7 for any dangerous symptoms.
Planning for your sobriety isn’t only about understanding and preparing for withdrawal. You must also make a conscious decision to quit and stick to that decision. Without a strong conviction, it can be extremely difficult to avoid relapse in the future, even if you do attend treatment.
Asking for Help
One of the most important things to remember when you are ready to get sober is that you are not alone. This is not something people should––or often can––do without the help of healthcare professionals as well as friends, family members, and other loved ones.
It is likely that many of the people in your life who truly care for you will want you to be healthy, happy, and to stop abusing drugs and alcohol. If you tell them honestly that you are truly in need of their help, odds are that they will do whatever they can to make your recovery easier for you, whether this means helping you pay for rehab, driving you to your clinic, or listening when you are dealing with cravings or withdrawal symptoms. Those people in your life who are unlikely to help also need to understand that you may not be able to be around them for a while. Remember, you have every right to be honest about what you need at this time in order to achieve your sobriety.
Finding a Rehab Facility
Another incredibly important aspect of getting sober is finding and attending a professional treatment program. No one program exists that can help every individual, as addiction manifests differently in everyone, and therefore, must be cured differently. You can find the right rehab facility for your needs by
- Considering everything that you will require from a program (including things that may not relate directly to your addiction)
- Asking friends, family members, and your primary doctor to help you find the best option for you
- Calling facilities and asking all you can about their program before choosing to attend
In rehab, you will receive help from trained medical professionals who understand addiction and your needs for recovery. Outpatient centers exist for those who need less intensive care while inpatient centers are an option for those who are suffering from severe addictions and/or other issues. Medications are often used to minimize withdrawal symptoms and cravings while behavioral therapies are necessary to help you change the way you see your addiction. These programs can also help you set up an aftercare option for when your treatment has ended.
It’s Time to Make a Change
Getting sober requires forethought, help from others, and professional treatment in most cases. If you follow these steps, you are likely to build a recovery that will last long after your treatment has ended. Call 800-654-0987 today to learn more or to find rehab programs that will benefit your needs.