How Do You Get Help with Alcohol Addiction?
For many people who are struggling with an addiction to alcohol, getting help is the hardest thing they will ever do. Taking the first step is sometimes very scary and, without the right direction, can be very damaging if not done correctly. There are countless facilities, centers, and groups around Alberta, and Canada, that are there to help those who are struggling with this addiction.
Treatment Starts When Decision Is Made
Countless people enter rehab facilities and talk with counselors who are not ready to give up their addiction. Treatment is a great way to get help, but it only really starts when the decision is made to participate in the treatment. When that decision is made there are plenty of options available for receiving help.
Alcoholics Anonymous Groups
As already stated, there are several Alcoholics Anonymous groups located throughout Alberta and Canada. These groups are support groups that pair an alcoholic with a sponsor that they can go to when they feel like drinking. It is a peer group where there is no pressure or preconceptions. There are some rules, but meetings are voluntary. Many times AA is for those who are recently out of treatment and those who are not heavy drinkers.
Therapy and Counseling
Besides getting involved in an area AA group, an alcoholic should get some counseling from a certified alcoholic therapist. This counseling, when used in conjunction with AA, and other people's help, is invaluable to the long-term victory over the addiction. Counseling not only helps the alcoholic with instruction, but also in becoming more self-confident in whom they are.
There are times when an alcohol treatment therapy must be extensive and going to groups will not be much of a help. The person struggling with alcohol addiction will then need to check into an inpatient rehab facility. Alberta has several such places prepared to help both the person addicted, and their families cope with the damage of alcoholism. These facilities help with counseling, medical attention and in re-learning skills to enter society.
Another group that is more for the family of the alcoholic is called Al-Anon. Much like AA, this group is free and is a peer group that gives support in the form of friendship and sometimes therapeutic counseling. Many who go to Al-Anon receive personal help to combat feelings of guilt and low self-esteem.