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Alcoholism is a severe case of alcohol abuse where you lose the ability to control your drinking habits.
It’s more commonly known as alcohol use disorder and has three severity levels: mild, moderate or severe.
Each level involves various symptoms, can cause harm to the body and, if left untreated, can spiral exponentially.
People suffering from alcoholism find themselves unable to function without the substance.
This can lead to multiple problems spanning across:
However, you don’t have to suffer alone, and alcoholism is entirely possible to treat.
There is a wide variety of treatment options available to help you achieve long-term sobriety.
Some of the warning signs that you may be addicted to alcohol are:
Unfortunately, British society encourages drinking within its culture.
This leads to high amounts of people becoming alcohol abusers without really stepping back to recognise the problem.
It’s estimated that over 600,000 people in England depend on alcohol, with only 18% seeking help.
Each year, thousands of people die from alcohol-related reasons and it’s the causal factor for more than 60 medical conditions.
It affects not only you but the people you’re living with and those you surround yourself with.
In England and Wales, over 200,000 children are living with alcohol-dependent parents. It may be time for change.
To understand if your drinking habits are a problem to be treated, the World Health Organisation has an Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) which you can take from home.
It comprises ten questions that cover your intake, dependency and any consequences which may have arisen.
This test will give you a clear indication of whether your alcohol use is out of hand.
If you score above 8 you should seek help and anything above 13 indicates dangerous alcoholism.
Rehab 4 Alcoholism is here to help you find the right drug & alcohol rehab in Hampshire.
When suffering from a substance use disorder, it’s helpful to understand any underlying causes.
Some people may suffer from depression or anxiety, which fuels their substance use in order to overcome tricky or anxious situations.
Some may drink to distract themselves, whereas others find alcohol calms their nerves in social environments.
Reaching a dual diagnosis of any existing mental health problems alongside your addiction is key to a successful recovery.
That’s because treating the substance use problem without treating the mental health condition, which may be perpetuating the problem, could lead to relapse.
Our assessment team are here to help you recognise if a mental health problem is present and advise you on how it may be affecting your addiction.
To help us understand this need, we will assess you against the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
Not only can this criterion help us reach an understanding of any present mental health conditions, but it can also help us diagnose the severity of your substance use disorder.
Symptoms are split into four categories: Impaired Control, Social Problems, Risky Use and Physical Dependence.
For example, continuing to use a substance despite knowing the detrimental and harmful impacts it can cause is highlighted as risky use.
Two or three exhibiting symptoms can indicate a mild substance use disorder, whereas six or more shows a severe case, also known as addiction.
Understanding the severity level of your substance use disorder can help our doctors determine the level of treatment necessary to your recovery.
The higher the severity, the more intense treatment is needed. This is then monitored and adjusted along your recovery journey.
More severe mental health conditions which may have previously gone undiagnosed can also be treated with evidence-based treatments through proper diagnosis using the DSM-5 criterion.
It’s important to understand why addiction is a disease of the brain and not a moral failure.
Substances change the way our cognition works. Addiction can occur in different people for several reasons.
There are four main sources of addiction:
A person’s physiology can contribute to a substance disorder.
Some people can find it more difficult to quit than others, whereas some people do not experience enjoyment from the substance in the first place.
Studies of neuroscience suggest people have different levels of brain function.
Some find they can control impulses and urges simply with rational thinking, whereas others find this harder to do alone.
Environmental factors such as high-stress levels, peer pressure from those around you, low parental involvement during childhood or trauma sustained in childhood can all influence the way we deal with addiction.
Genetic factors also have a role to play in our likelihood to develop addictions.
Some people are simply more prone to the disease of addiction.
All these factors can seriously affect how your body deals with substances and in turn, can differ the way we experience detoxification.
Detoxing can be a very different experience for everyone.
There are several factors that come into play, including the substance of choice, level of consumption and the length of time using or drinking.
The detox process can be uncomfortable due to the range of withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal is not easy, which is why Rehab 4 Alcoholism will always recommend the right detox method based on your severity.
The average length of detox is around 7 days, with symptoms starting around 24 and 72 hours. This period can vary depending on your substance of choice and other factors.
Medically assisted detoxes are designed to help sufferers of addiction safely withdraw until the substance is eradicated from the body.
Having a physical dependency means this process will be much harder than those with acute problems.
Having extra on-hand care means you can be guided through the experience safely and professionally.
Opting to detox at a private drug & alcohol rehab in Hampshire means you’ll have on-hand care around the clock whilst you go through the process.
Medications can be prescribed to ease the withdrawal symptoms and you’ll be supported along the way.
This option has a lower rate of relapse and can give you peace of mind when choosing a life-long recovery.
Librium is a common medication issued to those withdrawing from alcohol abuse.
It is a type of benzodiazepine used to calm symptoms of anxiety. The medicine works over several days in decreasing doses.
It can be particularly useful when going through the first phase of detox, one of the hardest hurdles when it comes to withdrawal.
Librium tackles typical withdrawal symptoms such as:
It can also be used in the weeks following detox to tackle the emotional aspects of addiction in a calming manner.
Therapies can be used to address several mental health problems.
With the benefit of dual diagnosis, finding the right therapy for you can ensure a better understanding of your addiction and lead to a stronger, life-long recovery.
There are a wide range of therapies to choose from, and our assessment team can help you come to a decision of which method works best for you.
These therapies include:
Most of these options can be experienced both in one-to-one settings and group therapy sessions.
Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapies (TSF) such as HALT (Hunger, Anger, Loneliness and Tiredness) or Alcoholics Anonymous can help sufferers formulate relapse prevention plans through strategic planning.
It’s important to understand that rehabs focus on abstinence, rather than harm reduction or moderation management.
They are there to release you from the control of your substance problems and lead you into life-long recovery.
There are several rehab programmes you can choose from. While some rehabs use a 12-step approach, others use a therapeutic approach.
There is not a one-size-fits-all method when it comes to recovery and the key is to find the best one for you. However, there are some factors that apply to all choices:
Rehab is not for everyone.
But for those drinking high levels of units per day or suffering from co-occurring mental health issues as mentioned above, it is highly important you seek the right drug & alcohol rehab in Hampshire.
There are many alternative options for people suffering from milder cases.
A popular choice is to find the nearest Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) group.
These group sessions follow a 12-step programme to accept, reject, and make amends for the way alcohol or narcotics have controlled a person’s life.
Attending these sessions creates a community bond between people struggling with similar circumstances, helping them to overcome the strains together.
SMART recovery is a similar programme that helps people recognise if a problem is present and builds on their motivation to make change through tools and techniques that support lifelong recovery.
Al-Anon is another group therapy available for families who are worried about a loved one’s path.
This option allows family members to explore the possibilities of recovery and communicate with each other in order to overcome the affliction together.
Home detox can be less disruptive to your daily life in comparison to residential rehab.
This is an option to explore if you feel your drug or alcohol problem is in its early days.
Intervention counselling is another way you can reach out to a loved one with the help of a trained professional.
An intervention is a chance to reach out to a loved one or friend, to talk about how their affliction is negatively impacting their life and to resolve to seek treatment with the help of an interventionist.
This method is also highly recommended for those who may have discussed and refused to attend rehab in the past.
Having that professional there means that all of their questions can be answered and a smooth transition into admissions can happen there and then.
The CRAFT approach is a way to steer loved ones away from their substance abuse with science-based methodology.
When you recognise that a friend or family member who is dealing with substance abuse may be at risk of hurting themselves or others, it’s time for the CRAFT approach.
The price of drug & alcohol rehab in Hampshire can vary depending on the programmes you opt for, the amount of time you stay at the rehab and whether you choose to sleep in a single or multiple occupancy room.
There are a wide range of options available, and the following can give you a rough understanding of how much each option could cost.
If you choose a 10-day detox programme with a single occupancy room, the prices can range from between £3,000-£6,000.
Prices for a multi-occupancy room could vary from £2,000-£4,000.
If you prefer to stay at our drug & alcohol rehab in Hampshire for the full 28-days programme then you can expect to pay between £8,000-£12,000 for a single occupancy room, or roughly £6,000 for a multi-occupancy room.
It is possible to undergo a home detox that can save you money, but you will be closer to temptations and will need to factor this into your decision.
Home detoxes do work for many people and if you choose this option you can expect to pay around £1,500.
The length of time needed for a residential or outpatient treatment programme depends entirely on the circumstances at hand.
For an alcohol detox you would expect a 7-day minimum.
However, if you have a severe alcohol problem it’s recommended you take the full 28-day treatment to aid recovery and rehabilitation through therapy plans.
Some substances don’t come with physical dependencies, like cannabis or cocaine.
Therefore, treatment will focus more on the psychological side of the addiction to reach recovery and put steps in place to prevent relapse in the future.
Whereas other substances can be highly physically addictive, this would require a referral for medically assisted detox.
These types of addictions and substances, such as alcohol and opioids can take a lot longer than those previously mentioned.
What’s important is that you commit to the recovery and not just several days.
Rehabilitation is about eradicating the substance from your life for the better and not just about management.
You need to commit to full abstinence for lifelong recovery.
As mentioned previously, cocaine is not physically addictive and this can make recognising a problem very blurry.
Many people can tell themselves it’s a bit of fun or that they’re not addicted without truly realising the impacts.
You may feel excited or confident, but cocaine can have dangerous short-term and long-term effects on the body.
During use, your body’s temperature can rise and you’ll have a faster heart rate.
Although these may sound minimal, they can lead to panic attacks and heart attacks if you take too much.
Regular cocaine use can also lead to depression when not using due to its significant high.
Oftentimes, regular users will continue to use cocaine just to overcome the negative effects that come after.
This creates binge patterns and increases the chances of dependency.
Since cocaine is not physically addictive, the detox process is a lot easier than other substance as there can be minimal withdrawal symptoms.
Our drug & alcohol rehabs in Hampshire can treat cocaine addictions through the many therapy options available.
Release yourself from the control of cocaine by speaking to one of our assessment team members today.
Like cocaine, cannabis is not a physically addictive substance.
Therefore, if you quit cold turkey, you won’t get physical withdrawals like heroin and alcohol. And it certainly won’t kill you like alcohol can.
Cannabis is a psychologically addictive drug, impacting mental health primarily.
Through extensive therapies, you can break cycles of use and live a life of abstinence from cannabis.
Our drug & alcohol rehab in Hampshire is here to help you break free from these cycles one step at a time.
Unlike cocaine and cannabis, heroin is an opioid, which can be very physically addictive.
You can expect to be referred for medically assisted detox plans if you are addicted to heroin.
Once you have detoxified the body of the substance, you will work on understanding the reasons behind your addiction, the impacts of addictive behaviours and how to break free from the cycle.
Our drug & alcohol rehab in Hampshire can treat severe cases of heroin addiction through science-based detox strategies and therapies that break the links between the mind and the substance.
Rehab 4 Alcoholism is able to match you to any alcohol or substance rehab in Hampshire.
We offer a free and comprehensive assessment to ensure your needs are best met throughout the process.
We are here to get you headed in the right direction, and we’ll be there for you every step of the way.
You’re only one step away from a new beginning. Call our team today to get whatever help you might need.
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