Without specialist alcohol addiction rehab facilities, giving up alcohol can be a challenge too far for many alcoholics. Even recognising the scale of the problem – or acknowledging that there's a drinking problem in the first place – is often impossible without help. At UK Rehab Helper we can help you recognise that alcoholism treatment within a recognised and reputable treatment programme is a vital first step. Where you are the family or friend of an alcoholic, we can help the person you care about to take that first step and get addiction help through what's known as a family intervention.
The importance of addiction help
It's important for everyone involved in seeking alcohol addiction treatment to recognise that alcoholism is a disease, not just a state of mind. But state of mind is a hugely influential factor in excessive drinking and overcoming the challenge of complete alcohol addiction recovery. Addiction help – both professional and from friends and family – will make the difference between completing an alcoholism treatment programme or relapse.
Whether we're contacted to set up a family intervention or directly by someone with an alcohol addiction, rehab is undoubtedly our recommended course of action. The first step of any alcoholism treatment will of course be to stop drinking and undergo alcohol detox. But depending on the level of each individual's physical dependency on alcohol, as opposed to the habitual and psychological alcohol addiction, treatment shouldn't being with an abrupt ending to alcohol intake. When the body is physically addicted, a sudden cessation of alcohol can actually be life-threatening. So all alcohol detox should be taken under the advisement of a medical professional, and ideally within the closely supervised setting of a dedicated alcohol addiction rehab treatment centre. There will probably be medication prescribed to lessen the side effects of alcohol withdrawal, and most alcoholism rehab centres have in-house pharmacies.
Alcohol detox in an alcoholism treatment centre means you're never left to rely on your own willpower alone. Alcohol addiction rehab facilities vary according to each treatment centre, but whether you register with one of the UK's many private alcohol rehab clinics, you'll be far more likely to complete alcohol detox safely and go on to successfully complete an alcohol addiction treatment programme than by attempting to give up drinking alone and unaided. Addiction help is no more than a phone call away, and complete alcohol addiction recovery can be achieved in the right setting, and with the right mindset. Residential rehab programmes are usually only available at private alcohol rehab clinics, although overnight detox is sometimes made available in an NHS setting.
One advantage of undergoing treatment at a dedicated alcohol rehab centre is that everyone you're sharing treatment with is facing exactly the same challenge; alcohol rehab at a generic treatment centre can still be every bit as successful, but just as with attending a specific drug rehab centre, there's the assurance that everyone's in the same boat, and that all the staff are fully trained in helping you make that very specific journey towards alcohol addiction recovery.
Perhaps the greatest advantage of attending private alcohol rehab clinics is their immediacy. Rehab programmes will be available within travelling distance of most major urban areas, offering real choice in where you undergo your addiction treatment. We work with a large and widespread network of private alcohol rehab clinics, all of which are members of the Care Quality Commission, which has responsibility for overseeing addiction treatment centres among its many healthcare-related duties. Residential alcoholism rehab centres will most often recommend a 12-week stay in order to complete the detoxification process safely, follow the alcoholism treatment programme precisely, and manage complete alcohol addiction recovery. The idea behind the residential alcohol addiction rehab treatment centre is that the entire environment is conducive to remaining alcohol-free. Not only is medically-supported detox available with 24-hour supervision for any severity of alcoholism, rehab centres offering long-term residential treatment can ensure that there's no direct access to alcohol and temptation. What's more, as well as the rest of the alcoholism treatment taking place in a controlled environment, including any group therapy and counselling, but there'll be additional facilities there to provide the kind of all-round mental and emotional health and wellbeing treatment that really ought to be considered as part of overcoming addiction to alcohol. Rehab centres like these often provide uplifting interiors and exteriors far removed from the imagery understandably associated with alcoholic addiction rehab clinics. It's a holistic approach designed to make alcohol addiction rehabilitation more about the individual becoming whole again, rather than simply treating the disease.
All rehab programmes will consist of extensive addiction counselling. Once the initial, and strongest, effects of drink's powerful pull on the drinker have been overcome, the addiction treatment programme will centre on two things: teaching the drinker how to resist temptation and situations where the temptation to drink is stronger, and how to improve the way they feel about themselves. The sad truth is that without alcoholism treatment, the damage to a drinker's self-esteem can be absolutely crippling. Shame, guilt and a feeling of inadequacy threaten to derail alcohol rehab unless they're dealt with. Addiction counselling allows drinkers an outlet for those feelings, the chance to find out that their pain and emotional state are actually symptoms of a disease rather than a true reflection of themselves. Any form of counselling can combat such problems, but specific addiction counselling recognises the seemingly inextricable relationship between alcoholism and psyche. Most of the alcohol addiction rehab centres we work with have a number of qualified counsellors and therapists with a proven track record in helping drinkers to quit for the long term.
Many alcoholics, long after they've checked out of their alcohol addiction clinic clean and positive about the future, will still class themselves as alcoholics. The temptation will always be there – although to varying degrees of course. For many, there can be no such thing as ‘just one drink', and having completed alcohol addiction recovery it's simply not worth the risk of that one drink. So addiction help goes long beyond a spell at an alcohol addiction rehab clinic – it's something which will require mental strength and, for some people, ongoing membership to a support network which fosters mutual encouragement and acknowledgement of the difficulties of alcoholism. Treatment is an investment in the long term.
So if you think you may have a drink problem, please don't struggle alone. Contact UK Rehab Helper now for an immediate and free assessment, and to get our advice not just on the best alcoholism rehab centres in the UK, but on the right alcoholism treatment programme for you. If on the other hand you know someone who is an alcoholic or drinking at dangerous levels, and they have so far refused your attempts to help, contact us now to arrange a family intervention. We can help your loved one recognise their problem and want to take the initiative in enrolling in an alcohol addiction rehabilitation centre.