The safest way to stop drinking is under the supervision of a trained professional at a licensed & registered rehabilitation/detox centre; however, depending on unique circumstances, not everyone can get themselves to these facilities when they need help. Therefore, providing in-home assistance to individuals dealing with alcohol addictions is critical. Should you or a loved one decide to quit drinking at home, it’s important to do it safely, to reduce the chances of injury or self-harm. Here are a few things to keep in mind when quitting alcohol at home:
Ensure Your Home is Alcohol-Free
Alcoholism is an addiction that is not easily kicked and the significant reason that so many relapses from their progress are because they haven’t discarded the vice that consistently taunts them. In recovery, temptations will become more and more daunting, and the urges will become much harder to ignore. Therefore, when you decide you want to cleanse yourself from alcohol, you must get rid of every bottle of alcohol in your home.
First and Foremost, Focus on Yourself
Alcoholism is a sickness, and much like any other sickness, time and rest are needed to recover fully. Unfortunately, many external influences (i.e. full-time jobs, volunteer positions, education) can make it difficult for addicted persons to find time to focus on themselves and their recovery. Every attempt to recover is one that needs to be taken seriously, and if an individual is stressing themselves out to make appointments and finish tasks at work, they may end up worsening their condition. Take a bit of time off from your daily routine and focus on you and your mental and physical health.
Withdrawing from alcohol can cause a series of unsettling side effects, including intensive nausea and powerful headaches. An alcoholic refraining from alcohol may also experience lethargy and increased feelings of anxiety and depression. These feelings may result in a loss of appetite, which is why staying hydrated to assist your body in getting rid of harmful toxins is important to your overall recovery.
Eat Healthy in Recovery
As previously mentioned, alcohol withdrawal may result in a loss of appetite initially. However, as the healing process evolves and you get hungrier, ensure you eat foods that are highly nutritious and rich in vitamins. Be sure to eat fruits and vegetables, as well as lean proteins, for the healthiest results in recovery.
Build A Support System
Detoxing can be scary and difficult if you only have yourself to rely on. In recovery, having a support system of family and friends, that will be there to comfort you in difficult moments will only aid the healing process. Reach out to your closest friends and family and ask them to visit and sit with you for periods of time as you endure one of the most challenging moments of your life.
For more information on detoxing from alcohol, contact Aurora Recovery Centre today!