April is Alcohol Awareness Month and this provides the opportunity to educate individuals about alcohol abuse and to discuss the treatment and recovery options for alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse can negatively impact your health and relationships, and it is important to set limits for consumption and to provide education about the negative impacts of drinking too much alcohol.
If you are considering seeking treatment for alcohol abuse, now is the time to learn more about the path to recovery. There are a variety of programs available for treatment created to meet your needs. In addition to this, there are recommended activities to participate in after seeking treatment to help with maintaining sobriety.
What Types of Programs Are Available?
At High Focus Centers we offer outpatient programs with a blend of methods for treatment including therapy, holistic services, and education. When choosing the best treatment to fit your needs consider an option that is suited for your lifestyle. Many organizations offer therapy with a twelve-step model to ensure individuals are able to have the best recovery possible. In addition to this, it is important to evaluate whether inpatient or outpatient treatment is the best option for your needs. Inpatient treatment programs involve an individual staying at a facility in a residential manner while outpatient treatment programs allow individuals to complete treatment while working or attending school.
Activities to Participate in After Treatment
After completing treatment for alcohol abuse it is important to participate in new activities and hobbies that do not revolve around drinking. This will help you to maintain sobriety and will also keep you busy in the months following treatment so you can resist the temptation to consume alcohol.
Spend time after treatment connecting with family and friends to establish a support system during recovery. If the friends you had prior to entering treatment want to attend events where there is alcohol consumption, offer to spend time on a sober activity. Spring and summer are an ideal for spending time outside with sports, festivals, and community events.
Invest in your physical health by developing an exercise routine to relive stress such as taking a daily walk, hike, or swim. In addition to this, there are many community recreational leagues where you can play sports such as soccer, softball, and kickball. Participating in a team activity will help to provide you with a support system during this time. Spend time researching local community events and festivals and consider spending your time learning about new businesses, cultures, and organizations in your neighborhood.
For more information about Alcohol Awareness Month consult one of the resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Guide to Alcohol Awareness Month.