A helping hand to enter an alcohol rehab clinic

Helping hand to enter alcohol rehab clinicThe act of checking in at an alcohol rehab clinic is actually a real victory, far healthier than continuing self-destruction.

Many people are feeling pretty discouraged when they arrive at an alcohol rehab clinic, or when they decide to go to rehab. That’s understandable.  Our lives aren’t in good shape at that point. The critical little voice inside a person’s head – our own voices, talking to ourselves in ways meaner than we’d think of doing to anyone else we cared about – is not offering much in the way of compliments or encouragement. But that’s distorted thinking, the disease of addiction talking.

The act of checking in at an alcohol rehab clinic is actually a real victory, far healthier than continuing self-destruction. If a person has another serious illness – pneumonia, say – no one looks down on her for going into a hospital; if anything, it would seem strange, irresponsible, to neglect the problem and pretend she was fine. In that way, for a person suffering from the disease of alcoholism to enter an alcohol rehab clinic is as sound a choice as a person with pneumonia entering a clinic that treated that illness.

People who don’t understand alcoholism sometimes don’t believe it’s an illness that may need treatment in a rehab clinic. That’s fine – they aren’t the ones who will live (or die) with the results of our decisions. There was also a time when many people thought cancer was something to be ashamed of, and going to a cancer treatment center carried a stigma. But the truth is that the professionals who know most about it, the kind who find their calling at Life Works and other alcohol rehab clinics, know that alcoholism is an illness, not a sin or moral weakness or self-indulgence.  Some people may believe it is those things, and voice that belief strongly, but they are mistaken.

Knowledge is power. When a person has a problem calling for specialized skills and information, the reasonable thing for him to do is seek out the people who offer those skills and that information. When that problem is addiction to alcohol, those people are easiest to find at a good alcohol rehab clinic, so that’s the place to go.

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