Alcohol addiction treatment
We are still able to offer expert inpatient addiction treatment during this time and many of our addiction services, including our free addiction assessment, are now taking place online or over the phone. For more information on Priory’s approach to addiction treatment during the current COVID-19 outbreak, please access our dedicated page.
Adapting our addiction treatment programme during the coronavirus outbreak
The coronavirus outbreak has led to many of us having to adapt to a lifestyle that is completely unfamiliar. For people experiencing alcohol and substance abuse issues, this situation can be incredibly challenging.
If you are in active addiction or addiction recovery, you may be worried about being ‘high risk’ due to an underlying respiratory issue associated with smoking or inhaling substances, or you may be concerned about the impact that alcohol and drug use can have on the immune system. You may also be dealing with loneliness during self-isolation, which is known to have a profound impact on those with addiction issues. These fears can be overwhelming, and become negative catalysts for unhealthy behaviours.
In this video, Priory’s Pamela Roberts explains how our addiction treatment team have been working hard to quickly and effectively adapt our practices so that we are able to safely provide addiction support.
Lucia shares her experiences of addiction treatment during COVID-19 at Priory Hospital Chelmsford. She talks about how the treatment has been adapted, what she is looking forward to when she goes home, and her plans for recovery. She also provides advice to others who may be experiencing addiction issues, and who may feel that their behaviours are worsening due to the current COVID-19 situation.
For people who have battled addiction issues, connection and routine are key to recovery and maintaining sobriety. In this video, Pamela Roberts, provides practical and useful tips to help people to focus on their recovery during this time.
Alcohol addiction, also known as ‘alcoholism’, 'alcoholic' or ‘alcohol use disorder’, is a condition that is characterised by drinking alcohol in excess, to the extent that your body eventually becomes dependent on alcohol in order to function on a day-to-day basis. Whilst enjoying the occasional alcoholic drink can, for many people, be a harmless pleasure, it is when alcohol consumption becomes more frequent that it can result in the development of a harmful addiction.
At Priory, we recognise that without appropriate treatment, alcohol addiction can result in a whole host of long-term physical and psychological problems, and can even be fatal. However, it’s important to understand that you don’t’ have to struggle alone; alcohol addiction is treatable and our medically trained, expert addiction treatment team, consisting of psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists, are able to offer comprehensive and personalised alcohol addiction treatment at our alcohol rehab centres.
Free alcohol addiction assessment at your nearest Priory hospital
Priory offers a free alcohol addiction assessment with one of our addictions experts, to enable us to make recommendations for the most appropriate treatment for your unique concerns. You will also undergo a consultation with a consultant psychiatrist, who will gather information on your medical and psychiatric history and advise on future treatment. In addition, Priory also offers a comprehensive medically assisted withdrawal alcohol detoxification process, if this is required.
Our dedicated free assessment guide offers in depth information on what can be expected if you seek support for an addiction with Priory.
Highly skilled alcohol addiction treatment specialists
Our highly qualified treatment team possess extensive clinical experience in treating alcohol addiction, and are able to deliver a wide range of established techniques to help you to address your alcohol addiction symptoms, and resolve the underlying causes and triggers for your alcohol addiction. We ensure that each individual who seeks support with us is placed at the centre of their alcohol addiction treatment and rehabilitation journey and is involved in any decisions that are made about their care. This ensures that you benefit from a truly collaborative and personalised treatment experience and the most positive outcomes for you as an individual. Our non-judgemental, highly compassionate addiction treatment environments provide you with the ideal setting in which to address your challenges and achieve a full and sustainable recovery.
It is important to recognise that without expert help & support, your alcohol addiction has the potential to become increasingly worse over time, resulting in a detrimental impact on all areas of your life including your ability to function, your relationships with others, your performance at work, and your general health and wellbeing. Untreated alcohol addiction may also lead to the development of drug addictions and other behavioural addictions. This is why seeking expert alcohol addiction treatment is crucial in order to overcome your alcohol addiction and resume the healthy, fulfilling, addiction-free life that you deserve.
Alcohol addiction treatment at Priory
Alcohol addiction treatment at Priory is delivered as part of a comprehensive Addiction Treatment Programme. Our Addiction Treatment Programmes typically last for 28 days, and consist of you staying at one of our nationwide alcohol rehab centres on a residential basis, for the duration of this time. During treatment, you will have the opportunity to undergo a medically assisted withdrawal detoxification process if this is required, before undergoing intensive individual and group addiction therapy in order to address the source of your addictive behaviours, increase your self-awareness and take steps towards recovery. Whilst 28 days is the recommended treatment time for alcohol addiction, treatment lengths at Priory can be flexible according to your unique needs, requirements and commitments.
Addiction treatment at Priory is based on the world-renowned 12-Step approach, which is an abstinence-based addiction treatment model that was first pioneered by the organisation Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The 12-Step philosophy provides a set of guiding principles for the addiction treatment and rehabilitation process, and focuses on your motivation to change your unhealthy behaviours and thought patterns, whilst also drawing upon elements of spirituality within the treatment and recovery process.
The alcohol addiction treatment that we offer at Priory is evidence-based, tailored to individual needs and circumstances, and structured within NICE guidelines. Our leading alcohol Addiction Treatment Programmes consists of:
- Free, no obligation alcohol addiction assessment, allowing you to discuss your concerns in confidence, receive guidance on next steps and develop an understanding of your journey towards rehabilitation and recovery - book your appointment today
- 7 - 10 day medically assisted withdrawal detoxification for your alcohol addiction, if this is required
- Individual 1:1 therapy and structured group therapy programmes
- Family and couple’s therapy programmes
- Access to both on and off-site 12-Step support groups
- Free aftercare for 12 months following treatment (aftercare is provided for life following treatment at Priory Hospital Roehampton and The Manor Clinic)
- Free family support for 12 months following treatment (family support is provided for life following treatment at Priory Hospital Roehampton and The Manor Clinic)
In addition to our comprehensive inpatient offering, alcohol addiction treatment at Priory can also be delivered in an outpatient or day care capacity, depending on your individual needs and requirements. These treatment options can also be used as an entry-point to addiction treatment and therapy, or can also be used as a step-down in intensity for individuals who have completed a rigorous residential programme for their alcohol addiction, depending on the nature of your addiction and the intensity of the support that you require. For more information on Priory’s exceptional alcohol addiction treatment, as well as the type and format of the addiction therapy that we can offer, please visit our approach to addiction treatment page.
Outpatient therapy package for alcohol addiction
We are also able to offer a tailored outpatient therapy package at our wellbeing centres, which is specifically designed to tackle alcohol addiction. In order to allow peace of mind, our therapy package offers a set amount of one-to-one therapy sessions, discounted rates, certainty of price for initial treatment, a personalised treatment plan, and further discounts for any additional therapy sessions that you may require following your initial treatment package. Priory’s outpatient therapy package for alcohol addiction consists of 12 one-to-one therapy sessions with our alcohol addiction specialists, which is the number of sessions that are recommended according to national guidelines. More information on the treatment and package price can be found by accessing our alcohol use disorder outpatient therapy package leaflet.
The Priory has a network of alcohol rehab clinics in most major UK cities including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.
This page was clinically reviewed by Dr Niall Campbell (MBBS, MRCPsych) in June 2018, and is scheduled to be reviewed again in June 2020. To view all Priory alcohol addiction specialists, please click here.
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