Monitoring, follow up & response after initial treatment.

Justin was mentally and physically unhealthy. He was drinking just to make it through the day. He was a mess and hospitalized three times for pancreatitis. There was a clear message for him that if he didn't stop that, he was not going to be on this earth for much longer.

He was stressed as he tried many things but anything did not last long enough. His wife also reached out to be aware. He lined up with some people that came to his house pretty much every day in the beginning. They guided him and they were kind of like his GPS for recovery.

He was in his comfort zone. They showed him that he can live a normal life, a happy fun-filled normal life without drinking and that's magic to him.

Role of Stress

Stress is considered as the main source for increasing risk of alcohol relapse (Sinha 2001). As per surveys, clinical observations and epidemiological studies, a close relationship has been proved between stressors and returning to drinking.

There are also relapse assessing studies after completion of treatment indicating the contribution of highly stressful events. It increases the risk of subsequent relapse (Brown et al. 1990).

Feelings after initial treatment

The first 24 hours are full of sweats and a little bit of discomfort. In the next 24 hours, there could be a lot of shaking, sweating, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. On the third day, the patient can start feeling psychotic with crazy thoughts.

We can find many drinkers who claim to quit drinking right from day one. It seems difficult to drink for months and suddenly stop drinking in a couple of days. It is great if someone can do it. Other people can take more time. It is not an easy task to completely get rid of alcoholism from our system. This process takes time.