I’m a recovering alcoholic

In my last few posts, I described my experiences with detox, individual and group therapy.

About me, Max

I just completed a 30-day in-patient rehabilitation treatment program for my alcohol abuse. I wanted to share the story of my experience in rehab, in case it helps anyone else struggling with the decision to check in themselves, or to help a loved one to check in.

I was terrified to go to rehab for so many reasons. I didn’t think I could afford to take a break from my work and my life. I was afraid to admit I had a real problem, and I considered going to rehab would make it true. And I was deeply ashamed of myself.

Alcohol problems can never be cured by alcohol

My last post described my detox experience. Usually, in rehab, you are supposed to start counseling right away, even if you are detoxing. But in severe cases, you cannot even think properly during detox, so they let you wait a few days to start counseling. This was the case in my experience; my detox was so rough that the staff allowed me to have the first few days of treatment to rest and detox, and once I was feeling better, my counseling sessions began.

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My intention with this description of my detox is not to scare anyone off from doing it. It is totally doable, but in my opinion, it’s much more comfortable with the help of an in-patient treatment facility.

They have the knowledge and resources to make your detox as comfortable as possible, and, perhaps more importantly, you don’t have to rely on your own willpower to get through it, like you would at home.    

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