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How to Assess Alcohol Recovery Needs

It’s a significant accomplishment to be in recovery for alcohol addiction, but it’s also a time to consider long-term goals for sobriety.

Individualized Recovery Services

There is no one-size-fits-all addiction treatment plan, and the same is true for recovery from alcohol addiction. Addiction treatment counselors have good information about effective strategies, either gained from experience or evidence-based techniques. The best coping skills take a general approach and make the information work for a person’s day-to-day life.

Definition of Recovery

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued new guidelines defining recovery in late 2011. As part of the discussion to create the principles, the agency noted that addiction is a personal disease and the steps toward recovery can vary widely by the individual.

While a person creates a unique way to live in recovery, the following four guiding principles ensure greater success, according to SAMHSA:

  • Health: the physical aspects of addiction, including abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications, and making choices that promote physical and emotional wellbeing
  • Home: a stable and safe place to live
  • Purpose:  meaningful daily activities, including a job, school, volunteer work, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, as well as the ability to be independent with the income and resources to be involved in society
  • Community:  relationships that offer support, friendship, love, and hope

Principles of Alcohol Recovery

Research on recovery programs suggests a person’s needs are tied to the problems he experienced in the throes of addiction. Alcohol abuse may cause a person to physically endanger themselves or others, experience legal troubles and have problems at home, work, and school, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Alcoholism also leads to binge drinking, the inability to stop drinking, physical dependence, and the need to drink greater and greater amounts of alcohol to feel the same effect.

A person who feels he needs better communication skills should focus on programs to enhance these skills, while a person who needs mood management might want to see a therapist and consider medication therapy, according to a 1999 article on coping skills in Alcohol Research & Health.

It may be beneficial for a person to get feedback about ways alcohol use affected his personal life as well as family and other social and work relationships. Once he determines the most damaging issues, he knows which areas deserve the highest priority.

Need Help Finding Alcohol Addiction Treatment?

A person has unique needs when it comes to addiction treatment and recovery. If you or a loved one is suffering with an alcohol addiction, do not wait to get help. Our addiction coordinators are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to offer help and advice. Call us today and get started on the path to a better life.