Frequent alcohol use can easily lead to dependence although many people see it as a harmless activity. Alcohol dependence can have severe consequences later in life and can even kill if the proper treatment isn't provided at the right time.
Getting on the road to recovery may undoubtedly seem like a daunting challenge to you. We understand this and that's why we start by first talking to you about your addiction confidentially and we can carry out an assessment of your alcohol dependence for you to ascertain your level of addiction. This ensures that we put your mind at ease and help you to understand that the journey will be taking you towards a positive way of life.
You will be given your existence back with the support of Priory, the main goal of which is to guarantee help and information in a laid back, safe and curative surrounding and give the therapy that better works for you.
When you drink frequently to the point where your body physically depends on alcohol to function as it normally should, you're said to be suffering from alcoholism.
Addiction to alcohol can inhabit your physical and mental state, it can cause drastic problems to relationships and bring about serious issues at home, work and in your social life.
The damage done by addiction to alcohol can be reduced with the help of rehabilitation and counselling.
All the characteristics of a progressive illness are found in alcoholism, and they include having a cause, symptoms and a treatment. What are its Causes? The escalation of alcoholism happen when some of the functions of the brain are altered because of excessive alcohol intake and this in turn increases the urge to drink more by complementing the pleasurable feeling gotten when you drink alcohol. Initially these variations can seem enjoyable but that actually vanishes after time. In order to run away from the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and unfavourable feelings, alcohol dependent people consume more.
There are numerous misconceptions about being dependent on alcohol, and it is these that lead to a delay in obtaining the help which is necessary.
You might wrongly think that your alcohol addiction is not an issue because there are no removal symptoms or problems. If a person becomes tolerant to alcohol to the point where the withdrawal symptoms are kept minimal then they could develop liver failure or cirrhosis and women in particular are susceptible to this condition.
If you believe that you may be abusing alcohol, please take a read over our alcoholism symptoms section.
The most significant step to take towards alcohol abuse recovery is to start searching for assistance for alcoholism, because it means you have accepted that you are sick. The nationwide network of specialist consultants and therapists we have, have treated thousands of people to overcome their dependence on alcohol with a great degree of success.
Our customised programmes provide individuals with a free assessment and a 12 month aftercare program to help support you and your family. We have shown that therapy can be effective with the adoption of a 12-step model of alcohol retrieval and an understanding support network, although abstinence can be a lasting and harsh journey.
We have three kinds of treatment, and it depends on the patient and their situation to which one we use. They are abstinence, detoxifying and rehab.
Once abstinence is required, therapy is organised and usually includes different steps close to those applied in self-help or support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous. Reducing your drinking is not the main goal, supporting you in giving it up totally is.
The initial step of the process is a medically supported removal or alcohol detoxification if your addiction is physical (experiencing physical symptoms when you are not drinking). The treatment is usually conducted in a medical environment where the alcohol is first replaced by other drugs whose dosages are gradually lowered over a certain number of days. If the treatment is non-residential, the detoxification may go on for a slightly longer time. The goal is to decrease the uncomfortable side effects that arise when you stop drinking alcohol. Obviously the symptoms are commonly worse through the first day or two, but gradually get better over the course of treatment.
Rehabilitation from alcohol addiction will take place in many forms depending on the requirements of the individual. Treatment in a rehab facility, support groups, counselling etc. are all different forms of rehab. The aim of the therapy is to get you to live a life that's free from alcohol and it starts by getting to the root cause of the addiction and helps you to find alternatives to the drinking. Many people undergo mood swings, while you can also face some other difficult problems during therapy.
The CAGE test is a frequent test to understand if you are an alcoholic in alcoholism aftercare and addiction therapy.