Alcohol Addiction Treatment Options
If you or a loved one are suffering from alcohol addiction and need help in giving it up, Addiction Helper can help. We have a range of alcohol rehab treatment programs that can help overcome addiction to alcohol. For someone with a long standing or heavy use alcohol addiction, or an individual who is experiencing symptoms of withdrawal or displaying destructive behaviours, an inpatient period of detoxification and to gain abstinence is suggested. In addition, in order to remain abstinent and help prevent relapse, an intensive therapy program is also strongly recommended with an aftercare package to follow. It is important to deal with the issues that are underpinning the addiction if you or a loved one wants to stay free of Alcohol in the long term.
Alcohol Addiction Centres
Alcohol rehab centres are essential for anyone suffering from alcohol addiction. Because alcohol affects every part of the body, it is important to treat the addiction sooner rather than later in order to lessen long-term damage.
The best alcohol rehab centres provide a well-balanced detoxification at the beginning, then a long-term recovery programme. Alcohol rehab centres should treat both the psychological and the physical aspects of addition.At the same time, they should offer flexible programmes that aid in meeting the individual requirements of their patients.
Some alcohol rehab centres are drop-in centres that provide a structured schedule of out-patient counselling sessions and professional help. Other alcohol rehab centres are in-patient facilities where patients take up residence for a prescribed period while they undergo treatment. This cuts the patient off from cues that may commence their alcohol addiction once again. Because the majority of relapses occur outside of an in-patient facility, these residential alcohol rehab centres are preferred by many patients.
Detox & Therapy for Alcohol
It is essential for an individual to choose an alcohol rehab centre that is in close proximity to relatives and friends. This is because support will be required during the rehabilitation process. Furthermore, relatives and friends may be invited to join in on some of the counselling sessions.
Alcohol rehab centre support staff should include trained counsellors, in addition to specialist doctors and nurses. A patient in alcohol rehab should not expect to be looked after by one staff member, but by a whole team of knowledgeable individuals.
The services offered by an alcohol rehab centre will be at their most effective when an individual has a desire to cease using alcohol. Furthermore, on entering into a rehabilitation programme, individuals must be prepared to commit to the programme and be honest with rehab center staff.
Alcoholism is a condition that can quickly take over a person’s life and cause a great deal of damage and hurt within the home and family unit. Once a person has admitted that they need help the next move is often to contact one of the many alcohol rehab clinics, which are based all over the country.
One of the first steps in the treatment is for the patient to undergo alcohol detox to remove all traces of the substance from their system. The process of alcohol detox is normally carried out under medical supervision, after which counsellors will examine the patient’s behaviour and the circumstances that led to his or her reliance on alcohol.
Alcoholism is one of the world’s biggest killers although evidence does not show this due to GP’s unwillingness to document cause of death; this has been highlighted at many alcohol and drug addictions conferences. When someone has crossed the invisible line between a heavy drinker and a full-blown alcoholic there is only a few options to recovery from the illness.
Alcohol Rehab Clinics are recognised as one of the most effective means of alcohol treatment because they have formulated a program over many years which includes group therapy, step work from alcoholics anonymous , holistic therapy’s and lectures. The clients are also introduced to alcoholics anonymous meetings. There is no cure for alcoholism but there is a treatment and an on-going program for when the client leaves the alcohol rehab.
‘Alcohol rehab’ in its purest sense of the phrase can be distinct from alcohol rehab clinics as a rehab is usually a larger therapeutic setting and can have over 30 clients at any one time, there will also be government funded clients whereas alcohol clinics are usually smaller having around 10-15 clients who are all private paying. The quality of accommodation is usually better in this type of clinic and there will be a slightly different type of program such as going to spa gym for a holistic stance. There will be no government-funded clients in this type of facility as well.
So what type of facility is better? The reality is each different type of rehab or clinic has its attributes and downfalls for a particular client. Treatment providers such as Addiction Helper will take a detailed assessment a offer various rehabs based on mental health, age, sex, drug of choice and various other important factors.
Rehab Helps Change
The second stage of treatment at alcohol rehab clinics is to start making changes. Any of the negative behaviour or thought processes that led to the alcoholism has to be addressed and changed. Often there are other addictions involved, which also need to be treated; they can include anything from overspending to gambling or drug taking.
In order for this process to be successful the patient has to want to be cured and be willing to make the changes that have been suggested. The length of each alcohol rehab programme will vary, depending on the clinic and the type of treatment that is required.However, the patient should be prepared to spend several weeks undergoing treatment at the clinic and then to continue with counselling for a sometimes extended period of time after returning home.
Alcohol Rehab NHS
The NHS do offer help and we can give advice on where your local drug and alcohol team is located. Contrary to popular belief, the NHS have no alcohol rehabs in the UK, they tend to privately fund patients who need alcohol rehab, but only as a last resort, once all other cheaper treatment methods have been exhausted. Most NHS treatment for alcoholism is in the form out of outpatient detox plus abstinence drugs such as disulfiram. It is a postcode lottery in the UK in terms of what treatment you’ll get through the NHS and how quickly you’ll get it and is often a lengthy process and resources are often scarce. Recently though, Public Health in England have started to embrace peer-led therapies such as Alcoholics Anonymous and this can only mean good news for those wanting recovery. More on NHS treatment options.
Alcohol Detox and Drug Detox
At Addiction Helper, we’re committed to finding you the right detox program for your specific addiction, whether it be alcohol, illegal drug or prescription medication abuse.
Detoxification is the first step towards recovery for alcohol and drug addiction. The drug detox and alcohol detox process, also known as withdrawal, removes alcohol or drugs from the system and should be undertaken in a medically-monitored environment. We would never recommend that anyone tried to withdraw from alcohol or drugs without professional help. Detoxing without close medical supervision can be painful and physically dangerous. Remember that alcohol or drug use is more than a habit. It’s an addiction. The individual doesn’t just feel compelled psychologically to use; he or she develops a physical dependence. When use is stopped abruptly, the body goes into shock. The individual will experience symptoms of withdrawal, which vary depending on the substance used and for how long it’s been used. It’s important to manage this withdrawal properly in a safe environment.
Detox alone is unlikely to result in the long-term recovery of an alcohol or drug-addicted individual. It’s just the beginning of the recovery process. Once an individual has successfully undergone detox, he or she will be ready to start the real rehabilitation program, either in a residential treatment centre or as an outpatient. They’ll get the psychological support they require to address the real issues behind their addiction and to help them develop strategies to avoid relapse.
Detox is most effectively carried out as part of a rehabilitation program in a residential treatment centre. Experienced staff will develop an individual program for every client to ensure that they receive the very best physical and psychological care during detox. At Addiction Helper, we work with some of the most successful private rehab clinics in the UK and internationally. All are certified by the Care Quality Commission and we visit them regularly to make sure that they comply with our own stringent regulations. You can be assured that we’ll find the most appropriate detox facility for your circumstances or those of your loved one.
We know that a residential alcohol detox isn’t suitable or practical for everyone. The addict might have family commitments or a real worry about losing their job. Or they may not be able to afford to go into a rehabilitation clinic. But we don’t want anyone with alcohol or drug issues to struggle on alone and that’s why we offer home detox programs as an alternative to residential detox. We have a team of fully qualified medical staff who will help individuals withdraw from drugs or alcohol safely, comfortably and in the familiar environment of their own home.
So what does this involve? After an initial assessment, we’ll devise a detox program tailored to the individual. We’ll arrange for a doctor to be on hand and for a mental health nurse to visit or stay through the entire detox process, as necessary. We’ll organise counselling support for the addict and their family members and will advise on post-detox rehabilitation.
We’re here to guide you all the way – you don’t have to go through it alone.