I Didn't Know It Was Time to Stop Until I Couldn't Stop

I thought I could tolerate just about every kind of physical pain there was. I'd been through two motorcycle accidents, major back surgery and an armed assault, but trying to detox from alcohol on my own was like nothing I'd ever experienced. It was this sort of unrelenting sickness and constant dull pain that permeated my entire body. I didn't understand what was happening to me, and that was the scariest part of all. I lasted for about two weeks before breaking down and relapsing. The only positive factor of the experience was that I'd learned just how physically dependent I'd grown on alcohol. 

In the back of my mind, I always knew that I enjoyed drinking a bit more than I should; but when I couldn't give it up on my own, I knew the problem was far more serious than I realized. After I relapsed, I started replaying the last eight years of my life in my head, and I remembered drinking was a dominant part of them. Eventually I came to the realization that I was a functioning alcoholic…and this wasn't OK with me. My job made it hard for me to start a family, so thankfully the only person I'd been hurting up to this point was myself.  But I knew that my drinking would just get worse, and it would wind up costing me everything. 
I'd attempted twice more to quit drinking on my own, but it never lasted long. I didn't know what I was doing wrong and wasn't sure anybody else could help me either. It took almost a year for me to finally go to a professional medical detox facility.  After searching online I found your detox referral site and you're recommendation for a place in South Florida that had a very good reputation. This facility provided quality alcoholism detox and alcohol rehab so I decided right then and there to go and two days later, I was on a plane down to their treatment center in Florida. 
When I checked in, I had no idea what to expect. The entire medical staff there helped me to calm down when they began explaining the entire process to me and ensured me that their professional medical detox would be a lot easier than what I'd previously put myself through. They provided me with a small amount of medication to help ease my withdrawal period and offered invaluable morale support and encouragement as my body slowly purified itself until I was finally clean and sober. I don't want to make the process sound like a walk in the park because its not. But it was certainly a lot easier having very experienced, supportive professionals they're with me every step of the way to guide me through the entire detoxification process. 
The only thing I can say to people who can't seem to do anything without a drink in their hand is to get help now and not later, because later may never come. I didn't know I was addicted until my body told me in a violently painful and sickening way. Although I haven't drank in over a year since I successfully graduated from their alcohol detox and treatment center, the physical reminders are still pretty fresh in my mind even now.

Contact the The National Center for Alcohol and Drug Detox anytime toll-free at (888) 243-3869 or through our online form, for our recommendations of the best medically licensed detox centers for you or your loved one!

Detox should never be attempted in your home or without medical supervision at a licensed detox treatment facility. For your safety we do not recommend any rapid or ultra rapid detox centers.