How to prevent a relapse post-detox:
Join a mutual aid programme like SMART (https://smartrecovery.org.uk/) or
Alcoholics Anonymous (https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/AA-Meetings/Find-a-Meeting/online)
Your journey to a life free of alcohol may seem a drastic step at the moment, maybe you still feel your consumption seems under control, you might only have a case of beers or a bottle of whiskey on a Friday and Saturday night or only drink when you are at the local pub with your mates.
But if you are starting to feel concerned about your alcohol consumption, generally our loved ones are the first to notice that there is a problem and bring it to our attention, or you have started to experience the effects alcohol has on your Mental & Physical health, maybe even experienced an alcohol-induced accident or injury, your option at this point may be a complete detox and continued abstinence from alcohol.
That is a huge step and is to be congratulated, the next few steps need to be navigated and worked through to help prevent a relapse.
The stages of recovery are not the same length for each person, broadly speaking, there are three stages of recovery.
Trying to rush through the steps in your recovery can lead you to a relapse. If deciding to end your relationship with alcohol is the first step, detox and subsequent rehabilitation the 2nd, your life after rehab will be a journey of many steps, where an estimated 1/3rd of all alcohol rehab participants will relapse at some point during their recovery & a staggering 90% of alcoholics will relapse within 4 years.
Just like how the development of your alcohol use disorder didn’t happen overnight, nor will the recovery from alcohol:
Detoxification is the process where all traces of alcohol are flushed out of your system, once the alcohol is out of your system, you will be dealing with a range of withdrawal symptoms, mild to acute depending on the severity of your alcohol abuse. even medicated, unless you have the right support base, you may be tempted to relapse.
Once the worst of your symptoms have eased, and life begins to go back to ‘normal’ you will come face to face with the triggers and influences that led to your abuse.
We can help you or a loved one detox from alcohol safely at home.