Long-Term Alcohol Rehab Kept Me From Striking Out for the 3rd Time

I'm here to say that even though you may relapse once or twice, you should never get discouraged from getting clean and bettering yourself. For many years, I drank completely ignorant of the damage I was doing to my family, my friends and myself. I had been court-ordered to undergo alcohol rehab once before, but never paid it much attention. I just breezed through my program and started drinking again after I finished. You have to want to stop drinking for yourself, not because a judge tells you to. So about six days after I served my sentence, I started drinking more than ever.

My first attempt at rehab was an outpatient program that allowed me to go back to my life after a few, frankly flimsy counseling sessions. I can't blame anybody at my program for my lack of progress. The fact of the matter is I was way too far into my alcohol addiction to benefit from outpatient treatment. I would go to group sessions and individual therapy sessions, knowing full well that in about three hours I'd be drinking again. I really don't even know why I wasted my time. It took me years to figure out what kind of help I needed and finally get my life together.

I drank for about ten years before I got serious and realized that I was killing myself. Something inside of me snapped, and I realized that I wanted my wellness and my self-respect back. I was tired to going to jail, waking up in weird places and constantly worrying about losing my money. Realizing that my pursuit of recovery would require an "all-or-nothing" attitude, I started researching inpatient programs. I needed an environment where my pursuit of wellness would be nurtured and taken seriously by those around me.

I found a facility where they wouldn't allowed me to continue my self-destructive behavior at the end of each day of treatment. This place actually helped my addiction and the underlying emotional problems that were causing my addiction. I'm not writing this to knock outpatient places they can be a good choice for those who can't go to inpatient rehab because of any number of possible reasons. Speaking for myself I know that residential treatment is the only thing that would have ever worked. Since completing my program 6 months ago, I've been heavily involved with my facility's alumni newsletter, social networking site and educational seminars. My alcohol recovery has left me a very changed and much better man.

The journey toward recovery from any addiction requires a combination of energy, strength and humility. Although I say I tried three times to quit drinking, it wasn't until I went to a out of state treatment center that I finally succeeded and stop relapsing. I learned that I had to be honest with myself about what I needed to do to turn my life around. I knew I was coming up to bat for the third time with rehab, but this time I was going to try and find the best rehab, and not just the closest rehab. My experience taught me that it's never too late to turn your life around, no matter who you are or what you've done.

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