Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers alcohol addiction treatment options in Yorkshire. Treatment options offered range from residential rehab, outpatient treatment and home based detox. Treatment initially focuses on detox. Once detox is complete patients undertake therapy and counselling sessions. Therapy sessions aim to treat the underlying emotional causes of addiction.
Alcohol is a sedative. Prolonged alcohol consumption affects GABA receptors in the brain. Excess GABA activity interferes with the brain’s overall chemical balance. GABA slows down the body’s central nervous system. The brain increases the production of a hormone known as ‘norepinephrine’. Similar to adrenaline, norepinephrine is responsible for the lowering of inhibitions following alcohol use. Once addicts stop drinking alcohol the brain enters a state of hyperactivity. This gives rise to dangerous withdrawal symptoms requiring professional treatment.
Long-term alcoholism leads to cirrhosis, liver failure and death.
Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers a structured detox regime in Yorkshire. By far the most effective form of treatment is residential alcohol rehab. Here patients live in the centre whilst undergoing detox and therapy. Rehab typically lasts for around two to four weeks. Rehab is followed by a structured aftercare programme taking place on an outpatient basis.
Residential treatment means patients do not need to worry about making their own food or doing their own laundry. Support staff take care of everyday chores on patients’ behalf. This means patients are better able to focus on their recovery goals.
Before patients are admitted into rehab a pre-detox assessment takes place, typically over the telephone. Once patients are admitted to a Yorkshire rehab centre a comprehensive assessment is conducted by a consultant psychiatrist. The psychiatrist collects relevant facts pertaining to patients’ addiction. Then a highly structured and tailored rehabilitation plan is written up.
Yorkshire detox patients are subjected to a medicated detox regime. Drugs such as chlordiazepoxide are offered to patients. These drugs reduce painful withdrawal symptoms to manageable levels. Since treatment is residential patients receive 24/7 care and support. This care is provided by a team of medical professionals and support staff.
Withdrawal symptoms are both physical and psychological in nature. A list of alcohol-related withdrawal symptoms include:
The duration of detox is dictated by the duration of withdrawal symptoms. The above withdrawal symptoms typically last for around 5-10 days depending on the severity of addiction. Factors such as the patients’ age and health are also relevant factors in determining the length of detox. Patients with a history of heart problems require greater care during detox. This is because tremors experienced during detox could trigger heart failure.
During detox patients receive a course of vitamins and minerals. Glutamine powder is also provided since this powder is thought to reduce withdrawal symptoms.
Once patients’ withdrawal symptoms stabilise during detox a regime of counselling and therapy sessions are initiated. Rehab now aims to treat the emotional and psychological aspects of alcohol addiction. Therapy is conducted by qualified psychotherapists. Therapy techniques employed at Yorkshire rehabs include cognitive behavioural therapy, holistic therapy and a traditional 12-step approach. Patients receive therapy either one-to-one with a therapist or during ‘group therapy’ sessions. The latter allows patients to interact and learn from one another. Cognitive behavioural therapy helps patient’s identity triggers of addiction. Patients are then armed with coping strategies designed to defeat triggers in situations they face outside the rehab centre.
Once patients’ rehab programme concludes an aftercare and relapse prevention plan is drawn up. This plan is drawn up by a qualified therapist. Each plan is unique. Yorkshire rehabs offer aftercare sessions generally on a Saturday afternoon. These sessions provide patients with care and support required to remain in recovery. Rehabs also encourage patients to join local Alcoholics Anonymous groups taking place in their local area. Alcoholics’ Anonymous groups take place throughout Yorkshire.
Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers safe and secure alcohol detoxification 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 patients. Please call Rehab 4 Alcoholism today by dialling 0800 111 4108.