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Title: The First Stage of Alcoholism Treatment – Disruption and Detox

The First Stage of Alcoholism Treatment
Disruption and Detox
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Stages of Alcoholism Treatment
We could break up the stages in many different
ways but here I have decided to break the
recovery process into 4 different arbitrary
stages. Those 4 stages are 1) Disruption and
detox.2) Early recovery.3) Transition and
personal growth.4) Long term sobriety.
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Why Disruption is Necessary
Disruption is necessary because drug addiction
and alcoholism carry plenty of inertia with them.
Overcoming this is incredibly difficult and that
is why we have such elaborate options for
treatment (28 inpatient rehab, long term
treatment centers, daily AA meetings etc.). The
intensity of various treatment options should
give you a strong clue as to the level of
disruption that is needed in order to overcome an
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How Much Disruption
You need enough disruption to successfully stop
using drugs and alcohol and to start dealing with
life on normal terms. This means that you have
to be able to function in your everyday life
(outside of treatment) without resorting to self
medicating. This can be easily tested based on a
progression of treatment options. Start with the
least disruptive treatment option first and then
keep working your way up in intensity until you
find something that is effective for you.
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Why Detox is Necessary
For most people in recovery from addiction or
alcoholism, a medical detox is necessary in order
to be safe and get off to a good start in
recovery. Detox in a proper medical facility or
rehab is actually very easy. Detoxing from some
drugs can be dangerous or even fatal in some
cases. This is the biggest reason that detox is
so important. But even aside from the
health/safety factor, you need detox in order to
set yourself up for success in recovery. Your
real challenge in recovery is relapse
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Seek Greater Disruption
Whatever you did in the past did not work for
you. It failed to keep you clean and sober and so
therefore you need to try something different.
Seek greater disruption. For me, this meant going
to long term rehab. Up until that point I had
done short inpatient rehab, counseling sessions,
and the occasional 12 step meeting. Nothing
worked. When I went into long term treatment I
also quit my job and eliminated all of my old
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Advantage of Inpatient Treatment
I needed the advantages that only inpatient
treatment could provide for me. The level of
disruption that I needed in my life was very
great. I needed to disrupt all of my patterns and
behaviors. Treatment was the answer for me
because I could not make enough of the required
changes on my own without a lot of help. It is
not just geography but also the social landscape
of our lives that can keep us trapped. I had to
abandon nearly 100 percent of my peers in order
to get a fresh start on life.
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Disruption Start of Journey
Most people who try to recover on their own
attempt to skip the step of disruption. This
almost results in failed recovery and repeated
relapse. You have to get this step right in order
to make any sort of long term progress in
recovery. You have to start out your recovery on
the right foot by laying a strong foundation in
the beginning. Detox is just a starting point but
it is also necessary for any lasting recovery.
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