Treating Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol, undoubtedly, has a strong presence in our culture. This drug is socially acceptable and it is even encouraged to consume alcohol in certain situations. As a result, it can be difficult for alcoholics to recognize when they need help.
If you are unsure whether or not you need to seek help for alcoholism, try asking yourself some probing questions and answer them honestly. Have you ever tried to stop drinking alcohol and found it difficult or impossible to follow through? Has your alcohol consumption negatively affected your home life, career, or personal relationships? Is your alcohol use sparking other problems? Have your friends and family expressed concern? Do they no longer want to be around you due to your alcohol abuse? Do you continue drinking alcohol despite negative consequences?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is time to seek help for your alcohol abuse. The most effective and proven treatment for recovery from alcoholism is to learn and implement the 12-step program of by Alcoholics Anonymous.
The 12 steps are as follows:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.
- We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
One of the reasons this program has proven so effective is that recovering alcoholics are able to be strengthened and encouraged by individuals who have walked this path before and are now living lives of sobriety.
At The Owl’s Nest, alcoholics can enter into an Intensive Program. For 28 days, residents focus all of their time and energy on learning and applying these 12 steps for recovery. There are no outside distractions, and the small group discussions, all-day workshops, and extensive one-on-one time with a sponsor allow residents to get the most out of this program. If residents seek further support upon completing this program, they can also enroll in an extended program for up to 4 months. As residents secure employment and take on some financial accountability, they continue learning and applying the 12 steps of recovery as outlined above.
The treatment program offered at The Owl’s Nest empowers residents to live life free of alcohol addiction. Thousands of Owl’s Nest alumni are proof that this program works. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcoholism, please contact us today.