Addiction to alcohol is one of the most common forms of addiction and one that is most difficult to get people into treatment for. An alcoholic can go years before deciding to seek alcohol addiction treatment, or being forced to. Because alcohol is legal and an integrated and accepted part of life in most countries, a true alcoholic is usually going to strongly resist admitting there’s a problem. If he does, it means he not only needs treatment but needs to completely change his values and lifestyle. Which is not easy if you have built your life around drinking, as most alcoholics do. All their social interactions happen around cocktails, in bars or at parties and other gatherings. They drink when they socialize but they almost always drink alone, as well. That is one of the signs that there’s a problem.
There can be a difference between so called “problem drinking” and true alcoholism. But both may require treatment. The question is, what kind of treatment? Someone who is experiencing a difficult period may increase alcohol intake. That is not necessarily the sign of an alcoholic or someone who should seek alcoholism treatment, though therapy would most certainly be advised. Once the difficult circumstances are over they usually go back to moderate drinking. However, for someone who has suffered an earlier trauma of some kind, such as an emotional trauma, drinking may be a form of dealing with that trauma, or medicating in order not to deal with it. This person will continue to drink until the trauma is finally dealt with. At a certain point, it will mean there may be a serious physical addiction to deal with, as well. There are others who take one drink and become addicted to alcohol instantly. Both of these people can end up drinking to the point of self destruction and residential treatment is usually the best way to begin recovery in these cases.
At LANNA Alcohol Rehab Center in Thailand, we focus on assessing the true root of your alcohol addiction and discovering whether it is related to an earlier trauma or a straightforward addiction. Detox from alcohol is very serious and needs to be done under close supervision at a subacute detox center or, sometimes, in a hospital. If you’re coming to LANNA from another country it is almost always best if this is done before coming and we can help arrange this with our treatment partners in whatever country you’re in. That way, when you come for our alcohol abuse treatment you’re ready to start work on actual treatment and therapies to discover why you drink and to achieve success in staying sober. We’ll do a complete assessment and create a package of the treatments and therapies that will work best for your individual case. Through a combination of therapies and educational courses, you’ll learn why you drink, what it does to your body and brain, and take steps toward reversing the damage, including a healthy diet, exercise and meditation. We will teach you how to be aware of and react to your body’s signals to avoid relapse. When you leave LANNA you’ll also have a support system back home to help you that we will arrange with our treatment partners across the globe. Our 5-day complimentary Refresher Program is also available to all Lanna Alumni, to help to reset your goals and focus on what’s important to your reovery.