Alcohol Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one currently are suffering from an alcohol addiction Rehab 4 Alcoholism can help. At Rehab 4 Alcoholism we provide access to rehabilitation centres throughout the United Kingdom.

Our centres specialise in treating alcohol addiction, from initial detoxification to after-care and extended care.

Centres are typically residential in nature meaning you receive 24-hour day supervision from a team of medical experts specialising in addiction treatment.

Our alcohol addiction treatment is based on the principles of abstinence. We provide patients with the psychological strength required to beat addiction.

This is achieved through initial detoxification followed by therapy sessions. Alcohol addiction treatment is followed by extended after-care treatment.

What is Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol use disorder, also known as alcoholism and alcohol addiction, is a condition with both physical and psychological side effects.

Because of the nature of the disorder, a person that suffers from alcoholism may find themselves unable to stop drinking even if they want to and are experiencing several different problems with their health, mental health, and relationships.

There are two main sides to alcohol addiction. The first is the physical dependency. This encompasses all the adverse physical side effects and symptoms that occur, especially if the person goes without alcohol for any period of time.

These symptoms arise because the body has been physically altered to depend on the substance to function properly.

The second is psychological dependency. This form of dependency is often linked to other mental disorders, but it is, in short, the need to use alcohol to cope with life and emotional problems.

Types of treatment

Types of treatment we recommend include:

The dangers of alcohol withdrawal

During alcohol detoxification, potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms occur. Attempting rehabilitation at home is a potentially dangerous prospect indeed.

Withdrawal symptoms mean most addicts fail in attempting recovery. Worse still, withdrawal can result in death if not properly managed.

How is Alcohol Addiction Treated?

Alcohol addiction treatment should be a personalised process. When you first make an appointment with a doctor or check into a rehab facility, you will meet with a person, most likely a doctor, that will ask you a variety of questions to determine the best treatment path for you.

These questions will help them figure out things like your history of dependency, family and friend history, your personal commitment, and even your financial situation. Your doctor may also want to talk with influential people in your life to gauge your symptoms and addiction more accurately.

This process is often called the assessment. After the evaluation, your doctor or your team will come up with a treatment plan that is most suitable for you. Below are some of the critical components of treatment.

1. Detox

Detox is the very first step of treatment, no matter what the rest of your plan looks like. Detoxification is the process of all remnants of a substance leaving your system, and it helps end your body’s physical dependency.

It is during this process that a person deals with the brunt of the withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include things like shaking, confusion, hallucinations, convulsions, nausea, headaches, and more.

In order for detox to be safe, it has to be done under the supervision of a medical professional. Withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous and even fatal if not monitored and properly treated as they come up.

For this reason, even if you opt for out-patient treatment, detox should be completed, inpatient.

The length of time that detox takes depends a lot on the substance you are detoxing off of and how severe your addiction was.

Nevertheless, when the detox period is over, a person will be through the worse of the physical dependency and be able to start treating the psychological dependence and any co-occurring disorders.

2. Behavioural Modification

Behavioural modification is a form of treatment that focuses on the act of drinking itself. During behavioural modification, a person learns coping skills to help them avoid the act of drinking.

A lot of these coping mechanisms have to do with avoiding situations and environments that could trigger a person to want to drink.

However, it is not possible to completely avoid every situation that could provide a person with the opportunity to drink, so it is important to learn skills to avoid drinking even when tempted.

That is the point of behavioural modification: to replace habits of drinking with new, healthy habits. A number of different types of therapy have behavioural modification aspects.

3. Therapy sessions

Following alcohol detoxification your treatment shifts to therapy and counselling sessions. The aim of therapy is to address addiction’s psychological causes. A number of traditional and alternative therapies are employed.

Stress and strain are often key ‘triggers of addiction’. Thus a number of coping strategies are taught so addicts are able to defuse negative emotions without resorting to alcohol consumption.

Following detoxification, patients are permitted access to guests such as friends and family members.

Therapy and counselling sessions are conducted within groups or alternatively one-to-one with a therapist. We believe recovery must be rational, emotional and spiritual.

Our therapy is both holistic and human-centred giving patients the best possible chance of remaining in recovery for the rest of their life.

Our rehabilitation centres throughout the United Kingdom specialise in treating alcohol addiction.

Many centres prescribe different philosophies of treatment. Patients’ addiction facts are gathered during the initial assessment.

Such facts are considered when recommending an appropriate centre and course of treatment.

Our advice is entirely independent and unbiased towards any particular centre. This means you receive tailored and specialised help that’s right for your needs.

Once alcohol addiction treatment draws to a conclusion an extended after-care plan is drawn up. Aftercare promotes relapse prevention. A process is put in place should relapse occur after leaving the treatment centre.

Aftercare includes a 24-hour a day helpline patients can call if relapse occurs. Patients are educated on signs to look out for when relapse is likely to occur.

Our alcohol addiction treatment means patients enjoy some of the lowest relapse rates available.

We believe this is due to our insistence on referring patients to appropriately placed rehabilitation centres from the outset. Once patients leave the treatment centre we encourage them to engage local Alcoholics Anonymous groups.

4. Counselling

Counselling can be one-on-one group counselling or family counselling. During counselling, a person can work through personal problems, relational problems, receive important information, receive encouragement, and ask questions.

One key part of counselling is psychoeducation, where a person can learn more about their diagnoses.

Understanding one’s own diagnosis is key to being able to cope and recover fully.

Group counselling also provides a person with support from their peers, those who understand what each other are going through because they are all dealing with similar problems.

This can help a person not feel so alone, and people can learn coping skills from other people in the group. A common form of group therapy is support groups. One of the most popular support groups is the anonymous group AA, though there are a number of different organizations.

One other form of group therapy is family therapy. This kind of therapy is when multiple people have some form of relationship with each other, come to a therapy session together to work through conflict, deal with feelings, and repair their relationship.

5. Medications

Sometimes doctors will prescribe medications to help people deal with alcohol addiction.

Some medications are designed to deal with withdrawal symptoms, but there are also some designed to help people stay sober. These drugs include the following:

  • Acamprosate, which restores chemical balance and minimizes cravings
  • Disulfiram which is an alcohol-sensitizing drug that makes people sick when they drink alcohol; therefore, they are less likely to want to drink
  • Naltrexone, which prevents people from feeling the positive effects of alcohol

There are pros and cons to using medication during alcohol addiction treatment. Pros include the fact that it can make withdrawal easier, and they can help treat co-occurring mental health conditions.

On the other hand, some forms of medications can be dangerous when mixed with other substances or alcohol, and they can be addictive themselves. You have to both decide whether or not you want medication and whether or not you can receive it will depend on your doctor and treatment centre.

5. Aftercare

Aftercare is what comes after a person leaves rehab, inpatient treatment, or some other form of intensive care. Treatment and recovery from addiction do not end when the beginning forms of treatment do.

Relapse is quite common with addiction, but if someone continues with some form of treatment or aftercare, the chance is much less.

Aftercare can be a variety of different things. It can be the continuation of an out-patient programme after the completion of an inpatient.

It can be individual or group therapy. It can even be support groups like AA. When a person continues one or multiple forms of treatment, they are able to continue to recover and cope.

Call Rehab 4 Alcoholism for fast help

Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers safe and secure alcohol addiction treatment throughout the United Kingdom.

Centres are typically residential in nature and offer a diverse range of treatment plans depending on the severity of addiction and personal wishes of the patient.

Please call Rehab 4 Alcoholism today by dialling 0800 111 4108.