It could be very misleading to suggest that going to rehab would cure your alcoholism. Of course, a lot would depend on what you meant by ‘cured’. This type of program can provide you with all the tools you need to build a great life without alcohol, but it cannot teach you to drink safely. If your version of cured does not involve complete abstinence, you are likely to end up disappointed.
Recovering Alcoholic or Recovered Alcoholic
Most people who have given up alcohol with the help of a 12-step program will refer to themselves as ‘recovering alcoholics’. This is not because they still occasionally have a few drinks but because they will never be fully cured of their condition. The 12-step program is based on the idea that the best people can hope for is a daily reprieve based on doing the right things; this is summed up with the motto ‘one day at a time’.
Even those who do not belong to a 12-step program may still refer to themselves as ‘recovering alcoholics’. They choose to think of themselves this way as a reminder that they will never be able to drink safely again. It is not the case that these individuals are always focused on their status as ‘recovering alcoholics’, but it is always in the back of their mind to help them keep sobriety as their priority in life.
Many gave up alcohol and refer to themselves as ‘recovered alcoholics’. Such people will argue that alcohol is no longer a problem in their life so why should they carry the label of alcoholic. The recovered alcoholic knows they cannot ever drink again, but they prefer to look forward rather than backwards.
The difference between ‘recovering alcoholic’ and ‘recovered alcoholic’ is largely one of semantics – it is certainly not something to get into an argument about. The main thing is that people accept that they will never be able to drink again and are willing to make recovery a priority.
How to Cure Your Alcohol Problems in Rehab
Building a happy life away from alcohol abuse is the closest thing you are going to find to a cure in rehab. The great news is that this is going to give you a new start and a chance to begin living your dreams. Here are a few suggestions for how you can cure your alcoholism in rehab.
- Make sure you are fully committed to this new life away from addiction; do not enter this type of program with the hope that you can learn how to drink socially.
- You need to be clear about your reasons for getting sober – write these down and keep them in easy reach.
- Try to be as honest as you possibly can with the addiction counsellors and therapists. Keep in mind the old saying ‘you are only as sick as your secrets’.
- It is important that you keep on open mind in rehab. It is likely that many of your old ideas are holding you back in life, and you are going to need to change them.
- You need to be willing to do whatever it takes to make your recovery a reality. If you have this type of attitude, you really cannot fail.
- Understand that the goal is progress and not perfection. The main thing is you are moving in the right direction; it is unrealistic to expect everything to be perfect right away.
- Make sure you have adequate aftercare arrangements because the transition from rehab to home is when you are most likely to relapse. It is better to have too much than too little aftercare.