Alcohol Addiction Treatment - What are the options?

Alcohol Addiction Treatment - What are the options?

Content Overview

Concluding, that you or a loved one may have an alcohol problem can be scary, you may be wondering what options are available to you, for treatment and support. Admitting that you have a problem with alcohol is not shameful, and recovery is very possible if treatment is sought. This guide will explain the process of treatment and the different options available in the UK.

Identifying Alcoholism (AUD)

Unlike cocaine or heroin, recognising alcohol use disorder (AUD) or alcoholism can be difficult, drinking alcohol is a widely accepted part of life for many people and is socially acceptable, so when is one more drink not enough? and how can you identify this disease in yourself or a loved one?

Alcohol addiction symptoms may include the following:

  • High tolerance to alcohol – being able to ‘hold your liquor’ or ‘drink another person under the table’
  • Drinking at socially inappropriate times or places – in the morning, at work,
  • Inability to function without a drink
  • Hiding alcohol use from friends and loved ones who may disapprove
  • Increased depression
  • Aggression
  • Problems at work or with the law related to drinking
  • Breakdown of relationships

If you are concerned about your or a loved ones drinking habits, please contact us so we can assist you in finding a treatment option that is best suited for your needs.

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Why Alcohol Addiction Treatment is Important

While people with alcohol abuse tendencies may be able to carry on their lives with an appearance of normality, once dependence or addiction kicks in, alcohol takes over your life.
Along with the risks to your relationships, employment, and financial situation, alcoholism can lead to a wide range of health concerns:

    • Hypertension
    • Liver disease
    • Heart disease
    • Ulcers
    • Diabetes complications
    • Suppressed immunity

    As well as mental health deterioration:

      If you have noticed a change in your mental and physical health due to your drinking habits, you may need to ask for professional help.

      Talking to your GP is a good place to start, as they can give you advice on quitting or reducing your alcohol intake(unless addiction has started, then you will need to stop drinking) they will also be able to give you treatment options and referrals if needed.

Choosing a treatment option:

Your GP will start with a medical assessment, and may ask you some questions from the CAGE questionnaire to determine your dependence:

  1. Have you ever felt you should Cut down on your drinking?
  2. Have people Annoyed you by criticising your drinking?
  3. Have you ever felt bad or Guilty about your drinking?
  4. Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover (Eye-opener)?
    https://patient.info/doctor/cage-questionnaire

Since quitting alcohol ‘cold-turkey with no medical supervision or help can be harmful, a GP may recommend the following options for you:

Home Detox Service

We have developed an affordable, safe, and confidential Home Detox Programme which includes

  • Medically assisted detox
  • Telephonic assessment and support
  • Medications to ease your withdrawal symptoms delivered to your door
  • Same day start

As well as the options for a Sober Coach to provide you with one-on-one assistance and home-based therapy to treat the addiction not just the alcohol.
For more information on or Home Detox Service visit our webpage or give us a call.

Outpatient Services

You can also receive treatment as an outpatient, this involves contacting your GP who will assess your dependence on alcohol and offer suggestions of support options available to you such as:

Outpatient services have some drawbacks though:

  • You will be trying to focus on your recovery whilst dealing with everyday stressors
  • You may not have enough support at home
  • Risk of dehydration as well as inadequate nutrition as you may forget to eat and drink during withdrawal
  • high risk of relapse

Residential Alcohol Rehab Programmes

Residential treatment involves a 28 day stay in a private rehabilitation treatment centre where your treatment is delivered in a supportive and holistic environment.

Upon arrival, you will be assessed by a nurse, a trained counsellor, and a doctor. These assessments are to gauge your physical and mental health after detox. At this point your treatment team will construct a tailored plan to best facilitate your rehab:

  • Medications needed to ease your withdrawal or to prevent cravings will be prescribed
  • Therapy schedule – including one on one therapy sessions and group sessions
  • Additional therapies such as creative therapy (music and art) and exercise therapies (Yoga)
  • In cases of a dual diagnosis (mix of mental health issues and substance abuse) supportive medications and additional therapy may be provided

A private residential rehab enables you to focus and reflect on your recovery, allowing you a structured and supportive environment away from triggers and stress.

Pros

  • 24/7 medical supervision, assistance, and support provided
  • New environment
  • Better focus on your recovery
  • Removal of environmental triggers
  • Experienced medical care for extreme physical dependency

Cons

  • Cost
  • Being away from home, work, or school
  • Can be restrictive with what you can or can’t do – TV times, smoke breaks
  • Shared accommodation

Another added benefit of residential rehab in a private facility is that you will be able to continue with therapy as an outpatient once your 28-day stay is over, and since your family is also involved in your recovery they are often offered support for up to a year after you leave.

Support Groups

Support groups for the continuation and maintenance of your sobriety are beneficial for the treatment of alcoholism:

Alcoholics Anonymous(AA) – undoubtedly the most well-known and very respected recovery programme worldwide. Their 12 step programme is mostly spiritual in nature, the belief in a Higher Power providing hope of recovery. https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/About-AA/The-12-Steps-of-AA

SMART Recovery Programme – (https://smartrecovery.org.uk/)
The SMART Recovery helps you to decide whether you have an alcohol use problem, then offers help to build up your motivation to change and offers a set of proven tools and techniques to support recovery.

Alcohol Change – UK Information and support options for people worried about how much alcohol they are drinking, in both English and Welsh. (https://alcoholchange.org.uk/)

Support for Families Affected by Alcoholism

Support for Families Affected by Alcoholism

Adfam is a national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs and alcohol. It aims to empower family members and carers, support frontline workers, and influence decision-makers to prevent alcohol and drugs from destroying families. The charity informs, supports, and empowers both people affected by a loved one’s substance use and the workers who support them using compassion and evidence. (https://adfam.org.uk/help-for-families)

Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. The organisation is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experiences to solve their common problems. It has over 800 support groups in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. (www.al-anonuk.org.uk)

Families Anonymous (http://famanon.org.uk/) is a self-help service based on the 12-steps plan and is aimed at helping families affected by drug use and behavioral problems.

Bottled Up offers information and advice for family members living with someone who is alcohol dependent. The two founders of the organisation are a therapist and a psychologist who have direct experience of alcoholism. (www.bottled-up.com)

The Children Society’s Stars initiative provides information, guidance, and resources on parental alcohol use, and the impact it has on children and families. (www.childrenssociety.org.uk)

Grandparents Plus is the national charity for grandparents and the wider family in children’s lives offering them professional advice, information, and support. (www.grandparentsplus.org.uk)

Support for families and loved ones of alcohol abusers is very important in the sufferer’s ongoing recovery and continued sobriety. One of the victims of alcoholism is the breakdown of trust within families as well as the added risk of alcohol use disorder continuing through the family line from parent to child.

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