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Alcohol Rehab - Do You Need It?

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Alcohol is so socially acceptable it can be hard for people to know if they have a drink problem or not. Furthermore how do you really know if you need rehab? When discussing Alcohol Rehabilitation no picture would be complete without first discussing the different types of drinkers. At the forefront of everyone's mind may be the 'Alcoholic', the very mention of the word is likely to conjure up a different image for each one of us. One person might say 'An alcoholic is someone that has a drink first thing in the morning'. Another might be of the opinion that anyone that drinks everyday is an alcoholic. Whilst there are some obvious symptoms of alcoholism, such as pancreatitis, wet brain, liver damage etc there is no definitive test for alcoholism. So how do you know if you are an alcoholic and need rehab?

The Binge Drinker

The TV Booze Britain will tell you that we live in a country where binge drinking is an epidemic, according to their statistics 1 in 3 people in the UK are binge drinkers! Most frighteningly, this means that binge drinking is normal in the UK. This proves that public attitude says that its ok to go out at the weekend and get paralytic. The scary truth about problematic drinking is (according to government figures) in 2008 alone, there were 12,000 premature deaths in England.

The Drinking Crutch

Many people that turn to alcohol as a way of coping with underlying issues such as anxiety, depression, OCD, sexual dysfunction, social anxiety, break down of a relationship, redundancy, bereavement, the list is endless. People develop dependency as a result of drinking to numb the pain. Sadly alcohol tends to amplify the pain and continue to do so until the emotional issues are resolved. The emotions will not go away no matter how much alcohol is consumed. For many change will normally be initiated by a small window of opportunity such as a chaotic event. Things like illness, accident, relationship difficulties, social services etc. can motivate a client to do something about their alcohol problem. However, these windows of opportunity are limited and can close as quickly as they open. It is vital to seek help quickly before the opportunity is lost. If you have a drinking problem or have a relative that has experienced difficulties with alcohol it's likely that you will have seen these opportunities come and go.

How Will You Know If You Need Help?

Alcoholics Anonymous have a check list of 20 questions that apparently determine if you need help. You can download that list by clicking here. They say that if you answer four or more questions with a yes then you are in imminent danger of being an alcoholic, though they do state that the individual must make their own mind up.

What is alcoholism? Is it not just a label to inform someone that they have an alcohol problem? By far the simplest way to tackle this problem is to ask yourself two questions.

  1. Is alcohol causing a problem in your life?
  2. Do you want to do something about it?

If you answered yes to both of these questions then you are well on your way to dealing with your problem. The next step is about choosing the right rehab programme to suit your needs.

Alcoholic or Alcohol Dependent?

We will refer to three terms throughout this website:

  1. Addict / Addiction
  2. Dependent / Dependency
  3. Problematic Alcohol and Drug User

The difference is of course just semantics, addiction will generally be the favoured terminology of a 12 step rehab, whist 'dependent / problematic' will often be the preferred terminology of medical staff and one to one counsellors. You may be interested to know the difference between the two, quite frankly, there isn't a great deal of difference.

From one standpoint It simply boils down to a locus of control and how you attribute your thoughts, from another whether you have an allergic reaction to drugs. There are as many view points as there are theories. This is an age old debate which has been in motion for generations, and it's likely continue for further generations. Again I would draw your attention back to the two questions mentioned in the previous paragraph.

Rehab Programme's

As with all rehab programme's, alcohol rehab breaks down into three areas:

  1. Primary Care
  2. Secondary Care
  3. Aftercare
Primary Care

Primary Care will show you how to stop drinking once and for all, and help you resolve the underlying issues that led to the problematic alcohol use. Primary Care will often include an alcohol detox which will generally take about 10 days. Depending on the physical condition of the individual, a stay in a private hospital may be required. However, the majority of alcohol detoxes can often be handled by the rehab clinic. Primary care programme's generally range from 4 to 12 weeks.

Secondary Care

Secondary Care focuses on rebuilding your life post rehab. It will look at all of the areas of concern to you and your counsellor and create a bespoke treatment programme to help you to tackle them. Secondary Care is goal driven, so every plan is individually tailored to suit personal needs.

After Care

After Care is a period of group counselling provided by the rehab clinic for up to one year after you graduate from the rehab clinic. Depending on the clinic, sessions vary in frequency and occur at intervals of anything between twice per week and once per month.

Getting help from an alcohol rehabilitation centre

If you’re looking for help to stop drinking, then you may be thinking about going into an alcohol rehabilitation centre. Alcohol rehab, like drug rehab, usually involves going to stay in a residential setting for a period, to allow you to work on all the issues around your drinking. At Drug and Alcohol Rehab we have private alcohol rehab clinics to give you the support you need.


What happens in an alcohol detox clinic?

Alcohol detox may be something you need if you’re physically dependent on alcohol. This means you cannot safely stop drinking without getting withdrawal symptoms. In an alcohol detox clinic, you can expect a safe medical detox.

What else happens in alcohol rehab clinics?

The support in alcohol rehab clinics is tailored to each person. Support usually begins with a support plan, which gives you the chance to identify the issues you want to work on. As with drug rehab, alcohol rehab centres offer a mix of group work, different therapies, access to specialist services and support when you need it.

In our private alcohol rehab clinics, you can expect to have a period of intensive help with stopping drinking and with setting goals. People often find that alcohol rehab centres give them the chance to do a lot of work in a safe and supportive environment. This usually involves looking at all the reasons behind your drinking pattern and learning new ways to cope and to move on.

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