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Here Are Five Amazing Things That Changed My Life When I Stopped Drinking

I used to think that there was no way I could live without alcohol. I believed in my reasons for drinking and using, and that I wouldn't be able to go through life without drugs and alcohol. I never thought life would be any fun without being drunk or high. As it turns out, I was actually missing out on a truly fulfilling life by clinging to my addiction. I'm here to share the story of how my life changed after I went through a solid treatment program.


What Is It like to Go to a Treatment Center for the First Time?

It takes real courage to admit that you can’t stop drinking or using on your own. It requires us to overcome a lot of fear to pick up the phone and call someone who can help. Every step of the way is unknown and surrounded by anxiety.

While we may never know quite what we’re walking into when we go to recovery for the first time, many others know it well and have so many positive outcomes from taking that first, huge step. Below is one person’s anonymous account of what her 30-day program was like.


How Long Is Long Enough for a Treatment Program?

One of the many questions asked of treatment centers is about the overall effectiveness of the programs offered. Treatment programs vary in scope and length, but scientific studies have overwhelmingly indicated that longer treatment stays correlate with lower relapse rates. The traditional length of time used to be 28-30 days. This period of time would allow the patient to detox physically, receive the medical attention they needed, attend some 12-step meetings, and then return back to their lives in successful recovery.

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