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Recovery can come in many different forms and there are multiple different paths that can lead to recovery for an alcoholic.  Some people are forced into recovery and others make the decision for themselves.  Regardless of the motivating factor that gets an alcoholic to take that first step towards getting help, the important thing to remember is that the person decided they wanted or needed it in the first place.

How An Alcoholic Would Take The First Step

Some may say that an alcoholic’s first step towards recovery is making an admission that they are an alcoholic.  This would mean that the person who is seeking recovery recognizes that they have a problem.  Whether the person decides to go to a treatment center or attend their first 12-step meeting or maybe simply tells someone they need help with their addiction to alcohol.  The key piece to this idea is that the alcoholic has decided at this point that they need to do something about their problem.

Why an Alcoholic Would Take The First Step

Another way to look at an alcoholic’s first step toward recovery is not by looking at how the person has decided they need help, but why they decided they needed it.  Maybe a person tested positive on a drug urinalysis test at their job or maybe they received a DUI after leaving a party and it was recommended that they get help for substance abuse.  If the next step after a consequence related to drinking or drugging is that the person decides to get help for their problem, then the end result is the same, a decision was made to get help.

It doesn’t necessarily matter if someone thinks they have a problem or not.  If they are willing to take the first steps to recovery and put down the drink, then they have a chance to change and hopefully stop drinking forever.

The First Step To Recovery Can Change

Many time’s in an alcoholic’s life, their motivation for change will come and go.  This also means that why they stay motivated to stop drinking and recover can also change frequently as well.  For example, a person could be court ordered to start living a life of recovery with maintaining abstinence that is monitored by regular drug testing and also having to make a certain number of 12-step meetings per week.  In the beginning, this could seem like a burden to the person and they may adhere to the structure of sobriety from the courts only out of fear of further consequences, but later on their motivation could change.  Maybe, a few months go by and they have decided for themselves that they like the life they are currently living and want to continue recovery even after their legal issues are over.  This is an all too common scenario for a lot of people that start recovery as a court ordered process and end up staying in recovery long after they were court ordered to.