For those dealing with an alcohol addiction, life can be very challenging. If you are one of these individuals, it may seem as if you will never overcome this problem as you struggle every day with a compulsion to drink, despite knowing that doing so will cause harm in many areas of your life.
If you have realised that alcohol is causing major problems in your life, then you are already in a good place. You know that you need help and now is the time to take the next tentative steps towards getting better.
Unfortunately, many people with alcohol problems do not know where to turn for help. They continue with their destructive behaviour because they are unaware that alcohol help is available.
Here at Addiction Helper, we have already helped many individuals to overcome their addictions, even those convinced that they were beyond help. While it may be harder to overcome a severe alcohol problem, it is by no means impossible. We want you to know that if you want to change, and if you are prepared to work hard on your recovery, you could be on the way to a sober life sooner than you think.
What We Do
Addiction Helper is a free referral service with a team of fully trained and highly experienced counsellors, therapists and support staff working hard to help people from all walks of life beat their addictive and compulsive behaviours.
While we do not provide treatment for addiction ourselves, we do work closely with many providers both in the private and public sectors. Our aim is to help as many individuals as possible access the services they need to get better.
We understand that addiction is an illness and, as many of our staff have been through a recovery journey, they know exactly what you are going through at this time. They have been where you are now and they are living proof that recovery is possible.
By calling Addiction Helper today, you will be able to talk to someone who understands your situation. Our service is free and confidential so anything you say will never be divulged to anyone else without your permission. Our advisors will talk to you about your situation and, if you wish, they will provide you with a fully comprehensive assessment of your requirements insofar as treatment is concerned. This assessment is extremely helpful when it comes to identifying the type of addiction you have as well as its severity. It will then be used to refer you to a suitable treatment provider should you wish to take the next step towards recovery.
Know that Addiction Helper’s team of professional staff will never pressure you to do anything you are not ready for and you are under no obligation to begin a programme of rehabilitation by calling us.
Types of Alcohol Help
Alcohol addiction is treated in a number of ways. Firstly, you may be advised to attend a detox programme. Most people with an alcohol addiction will need to detox to get rid of all the alcohol from their body. It is necessary for patients to be free from alcohol before beginning a programme of rehabilitation as they will need a clear mind to allow them to focus on their recovery. Below are a few options in terms of alcohol help available:
- Alcoholics Anonymous – Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship meeting based on the principle that those who want to overcome an alcohol addiction can do so by sharing stories and motivating each other to get sober and stay sober. Many treatment providers incorporate the teachings of AA into their programmes and encourage patients to attend regular meetings.
- Outpatient Programmes – Outpatient programmes are provided by doctors, counsellors, therapists, psychologists and addiction specialists and allow patients to be treated for their addiction without staying in a clinic. Outpatient programmes are less intensive than residential programmes and are less expensive because the patient does not stay overnight. These are usually recommended for those with less severe addictions or for those who are unable to remain for any length of time in a residential clinic.
- Inpatient Programmes – Most alcoholics are advised to attend a residential programme because it offers a structured and intensive approach to treating alcoholism. Patients are generally advised to stay for a period of between six and eight weeks, but some programmes run for as little as four weeks while others for as long as twelve.
Types of Treatment
The treatments provided for alcohol addiction will vary depending on the provider, but common treatments include 12-step work, cognitive behavioural therapy, one-to-one counselling sessions, and group therapy. Some residential clinics also offer holistic and complementary therapies such as Indian head massages, Yoga, equine therapy, art therapy, and gardening.
Exercise and nutrition are essential for recovery, as is the development of life skills. Many addicts have been struggling with alcohol for so long that they lack the skills for independent sober living. The clinics we work with believe that a person-centred approach is the most effective way of treating those who suffer from alcohol addiction. For that reason, they tend to offer a combination of treatments designed to heal the mind, body, and spirit.
In addition, as addiction is an illness that affects the entire family, many of the providers we work with use family-based therapy to help the whole family deal with the effects of this destructive illness.
Accessing Help for Addiction
If you are concerned about your drinking habits and believe that you need help, contact Addiction Helper today. We can put you in touch with a suitable provider where you will be given a tailored treatment plan designed to work effectively with your individual requirements and circumstances.
There is no need to continue struggling with your illness when alcohol help is available. Let Addiction Helper help you to access the treatments you need to get better and begin a clean and healthy sober life today.