Alcohol Addiction Treatments

For many, enjoying a drink is a harmless pleasure, however, when alcohol use becomes more frequent it can lead to dependency. Without alcohol treatment and rehabilitation this dependency can cause serious long-term problems and may even be fatal.

Treatment for alcohol addiction - Getting you back on track-

When you are dependent on alcohol to function in daily life, this can have a negative impact on the relationships with those people closest to you, and lead to problems in your work and social life. Alcohol rehab and counselling can help to reduce the impact of alcohol dependency.

However, there are common misconceptions about alcoholism, which can lead to a delay in seeking help. You might believe that a lack of withdrawal symptoms or social problems means that your alcohol dependence is not a problem. However, many heavy drinkers, particularly women, can develop cirrhosis and liver failure caused by a tolerance to alcohol that has minimised their withdrawal symptoms.

Free initial addiction assessment for alcoholism treatment-

We understand embarking upon recovery can be an emotionally turbulent time for you. With this in mind, the Priory offers a free initial assessment with an experienced therapist at all of our addiction treatment hospitals and clinics to help you discuss your addiction in confidence.

Continuous heavy drinking can lead to a greater risk of physical illness, intermittent heavy drinking (benders or binges) may also cause severe problems, especially from a social perspective. Even if you are abstinent most of the time, a marked dependence means that when you start drinking, you can quickly revert to your previous degree of dependence and lose control. 

Help when you need it most 

If you are already thinking about seeking help for your alcohol addiction, then you have admitted that you have a problem and need help, which is a significant first step. Our nationwide network of specialist consultants and therapists has treated thousands of people to overcome their addiction successfully.

Our personalised programmes include a free initial assessment as well as 12 months of aftercare and family support. Abstinence can be a long and difficult journey, but by using the 12-step model of recovery and a comprehensive support network, we have demonstrated that treatment can work.

In addition, we provide specialist programmes to tackle any emotional issues which are hindering your recovery process, such as the trauma reduction programme. As the UK’s largest provider of mental healthcare, we also provide comprehensive treatment for psychological illnesses such as stress, depression and anxiety. 

Where necessary, such as for individuals who experience significant withdrawal symptoms, we also provide medically assisted detoxification programmes.

Information on the symptoms of alcoholism can be found in our symptoms information section.

For further details on how Priory can provide you with further assistance regarding Alcohol Addiction Treatments, please call 0800 840 3219. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here

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Is alcohol dependency a disease?

It has a cause, a symptom and is treatable, so it has all the characteristics of a progressive disease. People who are dependent on alcohol lose control of how much and how often they drink. The only effective remedy is to stop drinking completely.

What are the trends of drinking alcohol among women?

Recent research shows that the number of women drinking above recommended levels in the UK has risen by 50% between 1988 and 1998. There is also a trend among young women to regularly binge drink 23% of women aged 16 to 24 often drink twice the recommended daily limit.

Why does alcohol affect women more than men?

For a number of reasons, alcohol affects women sooner, more intensely and over a longer period than men.

Alcohol tends to be diluted by water, and because women tend to weigh less, they've less water to dilute the alcohol. Women also absorb more alcohol than men due to their higher body fat. Women produce fewer of the enzymes that break down and remove alcohol.

These factors contribute to women developing alcohol problems and physical complications far quicker than men.

What is the CAGE test, and what will it show?

In alcoholism rehabilitation and alcohol dependency treatment, a commonly used test to work out if you could be alcohol dependent is the CAGE test.

The CAGE questions:

  • Have you ever felt you should Cut down on your drinking?
  • Have people ever Annoyed you by criticising your drinking?
  • Have you ever felt bad or Guilty about your drinking?
  • Have you ever had an Eye opener; a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?

If you answer 'Yes' to two or more questions, you may be experiencing problems with drinking too much alcohol and you should get help.

How does abstinence work?

Where abstinence is needed, treatment is structured and often involves several stages similar to those used in self help organisations such as Alcoholics Anonymous. The main aim is to help you give up alcohol completely, rather than simply cut down your drinking.

How does detoxification work?

If you are physically dependent on alcohol (suffering withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking), the first step in treatment is medically assisted withdrawal or detoxification. This involves replacing alcohol with other drugs then reducing the dose over five to seven days in hospital. This may be longer if this alcoholic detox process is carried out at home or as an outpatient. The aim is to reduce the unpleasant symptoms that result from stopping drinking. These symptoms are generally worse during the first day of treatment, but quickly improve over the following days.

How does rehabilitation work?

Alcohol rehab can take many forms depending on your needs. It can vary from support through self help groups to intensive treatment in a rehabilitation facility. Therapy is aimed at helping you to find out why you drink and to develop alternatives to drinking, eventually leading to a fulfilled life without alcohol. During rehabilitation, you will face up to a variety of difficult issues and may experience intense mood swings. 

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