Making it Through Alcohol Withdrawal
For someone dealing with alcoholism, making the decision to get clean is a difficult and challenging decision requiring tremendous bravery. But it’s what happens next that is the true test of strength and courage. Alcohol is a powerful drug and withdrawal symptoms can be incredibly harsh and difficult to weather. The pain and suffering that a recovering addict can endure during the ten or so days of detox is a hell that drives many would-be sober people back to the bottle. But there are ways to make it through.
Alcohol withdrawal is a sickness that will leave you bed ridden for a week or more with some severe cases causing serious physical trauma and illness. It’s hard to weather hell when you know a drink would make the pain stop. Most people would do anything for a drink during this difficult time. That’s why it’s imperative that you find someone to help you through the process. The path to recovery lies in community, support, and counseling. Find a sponsor that can be there to watch your back and help avoid slipping back to old habits. Attend an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting in a nearby community and network with other people struggling with the same battle you are. Find a professional counselor and report to them on your progress. If you are fortunate enough to have someone in your life who loves you enough to stand by you during this trying time, appreciate them and lean on them when you need it. Sometimes we have to let ourselves accept the help that’s offered.
Many who have made it through a painful detox and personal battle claim to have found a spiritual connection out of the struggle. Men find God in those desperate moments. If it isn’t religious zeal, it can be a renewed passion and loyalty for friends and family who have helped them get through. What matters is that you find that which is bigger and more important than you and let it inspire you, hold you, and lift you up above your own weakness. Having faith means taking strides toward an end goal that, though difficult, are sure to pay off with a better future and more rewarding outcome.
Weather the storm and keep your eyes on the horizon and your goals. Remember that others have come before you and look to them for inspiration. When you come out the other side, others will look to you.