How Does Alcohol Recovery Work?
Before we can answer the question, “Can alcoholics drink again?” it is first important to understand the vast amount of work they have achieved to get to this point. The first part of recovery involves detoxing, ensuring all of the alcohol leaves the body. This process can be very tough on certain people, leaving them with a feeling of despair and experiencing a range of withdrawal symptoms.
Once the alcohol leaves the body, alcoholics can then begin the process of rehab. This is a tailored treatment plan designed around their individual needs and covers a range of areas. This typically includes:
- Partial Hospitalization Program: A partial hospitalization program is a structured outpatient option involving 30 to 40 hours of weekly treatment, similar to a full-time job. This is designed to give them the care and support they need to overcome those difficult first days and teach them the tools and techniques to help them going forward.
- Intensive Outpatient Program: Our intensive outpatient program allows clients to enjoy more of their everyday lives while remaining in a safe and supportive environment. During this treatment, clients can keep living at their homes and attend therapy sessions and classes when scheduled. Although this takes longer (typically 90 days), it allows clients to continue their work or education.
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- Family Therapy: Family therapy allows participants to bring in their loved ones, allowing them to understand what is expected of them and teaching methods to solve conflicts and positively communicate with each other.
- Trauma-Informed Care: Our trauma-informed care program is based on the neurological and cognitive understanding of how individuals process past trauma. This therapy helps assist clients with the symptoms they are experiencing and how they can prevent these feelings from leading to them drinking again.
- Aftercare: We know that addiction recovery continues after you’ve completed your treatment program. That is why our aftercare service is designed to provide long-term support and ensure clients have the necessary desire to return to their old ways.
So, Can Alcoholics Ever Drink Again?
There isn’t a clear answer to the question, “Can alcoholics ever drink again?” and it depends on a wide range of factors. A common belief is that if a recovered alcoholic has a drink, they will immediately lose control or not be able to stop. However, this is not necessarily true.
Those who are strongly dependent on alcohol and binge drinking will likely find it difficult to have just one drink. However, individuals whose alcoholism was less severe or who have undergone treatment and therapy to understand what habits or feelings caused them to drink to excess might be able to enjoy a casual drink with friends and family.
It is important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to addiction recovery. What might be right for one person will not work for another, yet it is always best to remain cautious and realistic. If you feel that controlled drinking will lead to you or a loved one returning to their addiction, then it is not worth undoing all of the fantastic work.
Get The Support You Need
If you are finding that your drinking habits are controlling your life and you are looking to quit drinking for good, then our team here at East Coast Recovery Center is on hand to support you every step of the way. We believe in a personalized approach to care, working closely with our clients to provide comprehensive, holistic addiction and mental health care to help you reach your goals.
To ensure you can get the help you need when you need it, our specialists are on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also offer transportation services, allowing you or your loved one in treatment to get to our facility quickly.
Contact our team today to learn more about our extensive range of services and how we can help you.