Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers alcohol addiction treatment options in the Republic of Ireland. We maintain relationships with treatment centres throughout the Republic of Ireland. Many of these centres have earned international recognition for their work in the substance abuse rehabilitation field. For this reason, patients travel from all over the world in order to receive treatment here. Irish rehab centres treat all manner of alcoholism, alcohol addiction and alcohol dependency.
Treatment options in the Republic of Ireland vary. At one end of the spectrum is a simple home-detox regime. Here a doctor travels to the patient’s home and prescribes medication designed to reduce alcohol-related withdrawal symptoms. Patients receive no professional medical support during the acute withdrawal phase of detox. Patients neither receive structured therapy nor counselling sessions following your detox. Therefore a home detox is only advisable for patients suffering mild or short-term alcoholism.
By far the most popular and effective form of treatment available in the Republic of Ireland is residential rehabilitation. Residential rehabs are located throughout Ireland in Dublin, Cork, Waterford and Galway. Patients move into the centre for the duration of treatment. This means patients are removed from bad influences and temptations existing in everyday life. For this reason, residential treatment is much more effective than both outpatient and home-based treatment options. Ireland’s residential treatment centres offer patients 24/7 medical observation during the acute detox period.
Residential centres treat both the physical and psychological aspects of alcoholism. As soon as patients arrive at an Irish rehab centre a consultant psychiatrist is on hand to carry out a full pre-admissions assessment. A note of patients’ medical history is taken. The psychiatrist makes a note of all relevant facts pertaining to patients’ health and addiction. A fully tailored rehabilitation plan is then drawn up reflecting the patients’ unique set of circumstances. Patients’ initial fears and concerned are addressed and medications designed to reduce withdrawal symptoms prescribed. These drugs generally include chlordiazepoxide and other benzodiazepine-type drugs.
Typical withdrawal symptoms occurring as a result of patients’ alcohol detoxification include:
Withdrawal symptoms last for around 4-10 days. Each patients’ withdrawal timeline is unique. Chronic alcoholics may require up to 15 days in order to fully detox. This is because of the long-term damage alcohol has afflicted on patients’ brain. Alcohol stimulates GABA receptors in the brain thus slowing down the central nervous system. When alcohol is withdrawn GABA receptors revert to normal levels of functionality. This change in brain activity shunts the rest of the body into a state of hyperactivity. This hyperactivity causes many of the above withdrawal symptoms occurring during alcohol detox. Some patients with a history of heart problems are put at significant health risks during the acute detox period. Such pre-existing health issues are documented during the initial assessment. Therefore patients receive a level of care fitting their unique needs during detox.
Once patients complete the detox portion of rehab the focus of treatment swings toward therapy and counselling sessions. Now the aim of rehab is to treat the underlying psychological ‘triggers’ of addiction. Patients must first identify these emotional triggers. Patients are subsequently armed with coping mechanisms designed to help them cope with and/or avoid these triggers. Sophisticated counselling techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy are employed throughout. These forms of therapy help alter thoughts and emotions fuelling addictive tendencies.
Irish rehab centres generally employ holistic therapy techniques. Holistic means ‘all-encompassing’. These therapies attempt to improve patients’ overall sense of well-being. Effective holistic therapies include acupuncture, mindfulness, yoga and Reiki.
Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers safe and secure alcohol detoxification treatment throughout the Republic of Ireland. Centres are typically residential in nature and offer a diverse range of treatment plans depending on the severity of addiction and personal wishes of patients. Please call Rehab 4 Alcoholism today by dialling 0800 111 4108.
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