Pop quiz: what is the most difficult and dangerous time of any alcohol recovery? Don’t sweat it. Here’s the answer: the detoxification process. Many times, this is also the most important part of recovery. Before beginning to focus on not drinking anymore, after all, you have to first make sure there is no alcohol in your system, right? Unfortunately, this process is also the most dangerous, and should never be attempted without medical professionals standing by to help. Most often, this is done at detox centers. Alcohol detox is best done with the supervision of the medical professionals whose only job is making sure that detox from alcohol is done safely. But how do you know where to go?
The first kind of place you might want to consider could be a luxury alcohol detox center. These centers are ones designed specifically for detoxifying all alcohol from your system. However, they are not only designed for practicality but also with style, luxury, and comfort in mind. At these centers, comfort, as well as your medical health, are the most important things on their minds.
There are several things to look for when looking for a center for alcohol detox. Here are a few of the major things you should be aware of:
- Licenses. Is your center licensed, medically and in any other way, to provide this kind of care? An unlicensed medical center is no medical center at all, and if it has no licenses, you may as well stop looking at it immediately.
- Treatment types. There are hundreds of different ways to treat alcohol addiction. Which one does this facility use? Does it use therapy? If so, what kind of therapy? Does it offer the 12-step program? What about if it offers the SMART recovery program? Which treatment type would you like? Does it offer that type? You should look into that and make sure you aren’t getting into something you don’t want.
- What do people have to say about this center? Do more patients than not come out with good results and stay on the wagon, or do more of them fall off the wagon soon after being discharged? This is not a tell-tale way to look at alcohol centers, but rather a good place to start. After all, if people coming out of this center say it isn’t effective, it might be worth a second glance–and possibly a reconsidered choice.
- Location. Where is this center located? Is it in an accessible place? Is the weather going to be too difficult, too depressing, too something to work with? Is the location going to be too distracting, with either weather or noise or any other factors?
- Commitment level. What kind of commitment level are you looking for? Are you looking for a simple detox, with a plan to handle it on your own afterward? Are you looking for a detox center with therapy and other treatment options afterward? Whatever you are looking for, just make sure it is offered at the center you are looking at.
Recovery begins with one thing: a choice. This choice is possibly the most important choice you could ever make, and it can’t be put off. It will affect your future and the future of everyone you love. It will affect your long-term health and happiness. It will affect every single aspect of your life for the better, and it comes with a single choice. That single choice leads to a single step, which leads to another step, which leads to another–and before you know it you’ve climbed the mountain, and you’re on the other side.