Getting Help with Alcoholism

The First Steps to the 12 Steps

Coming to the decision that you need to get treatment for alcoholism can be a long, difficult journey. Many alcoholics must hit rock bottom before they are willing to accept that they are powerless over their addiction and that they are ready to start their course toward healing and sobriety.

Deciding You’re Ready

The first step is, of course, admitting that you have a problem. As stated before, most alcoholics need to hit rock bottom to decide that they can’t continue on the path of addiction anymore, but everyone’s rock bottom is different. If you are feeling the negative impacts of your alcohol abuse, then it is time to think about getting into a program.

Many different factors can come into play when knowing that you are ready to move past your addiction. Some negative impacts in your life might be:

  • Financial stress
  • Job loss
  • Family problems
  • Divorce
  • Legal problems including DUIs
  • Health concerns related to alcohol abuse

If you are experiencing any of these issues, it’s time to think about getting help. The next step is to decide what course of action is right for you. There are many options, and they all depend upon your health, both mental and physical, as well as your financial and family situations. You should also take into account how severe your alcoholism is and how difficult you think it will be to get sober.


This type of alcohol rehabilitation programs is probably the most successful. These rehabs are for people who feel that they need to get away from their current situation to get sober. In-patient programs are also designed for those with more health issues. If years of alcohol abuse have taken their toll on your body, a medically assisted detox while in an in-patient program can be the safest way to start your sober life. These facilities also usually offer mental health professionals in addition to medical professionals on staff.

These programs are best for those who:

  • Have alcohol induced health problems
  • Need to get away from their enviornment to become sober
  • Have severe mental or emotional issues along with their addiction

The downside of these types of facilities is that they can be expensive. While most of them are quite costly, that does not mean that you shouldn’t explore a full-service alcohol rehab as a treatment option. Many facilities are covered by insurance, and many families are willing to do whatever they can to get an addict sober and back to the person they love.


Out-patient programs are frankly, much more financially feasible for most people. Many of these involve daily program attendance at special AA meetings for those who are newly sober. These programs may also operate with the same community of people every day, which can help a newly sober person find support within the place that they live.

Out-patient programs are useful for those who:

  • Don’t choose to, or cannot leave their home for treatment because of work or family obligations
  • Those who do not have major alcohol related health problems
  • Those who have financial constraints and cannot afford more comprehensive programs

All in all, the most important first step is having faith that you can make your life better, no matter what type of program you choose to use. Even just visiting an AA meeting with no other agenda than to go there and show up is an excellent first step and one that will put you on the path to a better, sober life.

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