Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers alcohol treatment options in the Bristol area. Treatment options typically centre on detox and full residential rehabilitation. An alcohol detox in the Bristol area requires patients to attend a rehab centre for around 7-10 days. Alternatively, patients may undergo a ‘home detox’ and receive counselling sessions on an ‘outpatient’ basis. However, Rehab 4 Alcoholism recommends patients attend a full residential rehab centre, particularly when detox must be tackled. Residential treatment ensures patients receive the care and attention required when withdrawal symptoms are at their peak.
When you call Rehab 4 Alcoholism our admissions counsellor conducts a short 10-minute assessment. This assessment allows our counsellor to better determine your needs. We determine the duration and severity of your addiction to alcohol. In turn, this allows us to match your needs with an appropriately matched Bristol rehab centre. This assessment is held in utter confidence and any information we hold is encrypted.
Once the assessment is complete an advisor recommends a detox programme suiting your particular needs. Alcohol addiction interferes with hormones in the brain. These hormones slow down nerve signals in the brain by increasing the activity of inhibitory neurotransmitter known as GABA-A. When alcohol is withdrawn GABA-A activity reduces to normal levels. However, the brain takes time to re-adjust and chemical alterations may jolt the brain into a state of hyperactivity. This state is responsible for many of the classic alcohol-related withdrawal symptoms such as delirium seizures and violent tremors patients experience during detox. Many of the rehab centres in Bristol offer a medicated detox regime. Medications such as Librium significantly reduce the onset of withdrawal symptoms by slowing GABA-A activity gradually over time. Since alcoholism is a progressive disease, long-term chronic alcoholics take much longer to detox when compared to those suffer shorter-term alcoholism.
A list of common alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:
When patients first enter a Bristol alcohol rehab centre an initial assessment is conducted by a consultant psychiatrist. A personalised rehabilitation programme emerges from this assessment. Patients’ medical history and the facts surrounding their addiction are noted. A prescription of chlordiazepoxide is typically written out, thus significantly reducing the above withdrawal symptoms during detox.
Once detox concludes, Bristol rehab centres offer a structured counselling and therapy regime. Here patients attend a mixture of group and individual therapy sessions designed to help patients become aware of common addiction triggers. Modern forms of psychotherapy such as Cognitive Behavioural therapy help patients identify and tackle thoughts and emotions giving risk to their alcoholic tendencies. Psychotherapy is combined with modern and ancient holistic therapy techniques such as Reiki, meditation, reflexology and yoga. Patients also take part in family therapy where family members are invited in to the Bristol rehab centre to participate in their loved one’s therapy sessions. All therapy sessions are conducted by a state licenced therapist or counsellor.
Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers a helpline for those affected by addiction. This includes the friends and family members of addicts. Click here to contact a counsellor for free, or call today on 0800 111 4108.