Like I said last week, no one turns around one day and is suddenly an alcoholic. Alcoholism is progressive, the speed of progression is different for each individual, and some fall deeper into the addiction before deciding to get help. This blog will look at the mid and late stages of alcoholism.
Discussing the sober truth of alcohol, recovery, and aftercare monitoring
One of the riskiest times for a person in recovery is immediately after he leaves treatment. In treatment, systems are in place to prohibit drinking. Without these restrictions, temptation can rear its head and preventing relapse can be difficult.
One commonly heard phrase in the treatment community is “Relapse is a part of recovery.” In fact, hearing it often starts a debate between counselors as to the veracity of the statement. While a relapse is certainly not inevitable – and some individuals do give up alcohol for good on the first attempt – it is usually not the case.
1. Establish a clear goal. What is the outcome? In the initial phases of setting up a monitoring plan, all the standard analysis and counseling should take place and goals should be set based on the unique needs and circumstances of each patient. The goals should be established in a collaborative environment or at least mutually agreed upon by both parties.