If your use of alcohol has spiralled out of control, you may have a developed a physical dependence that causes you to crave it whenever the effects wear off. If your alcohol consumption is affecting your day-to-day life, then you may already have an addiction. If this is the case, alcohol rehab might be the only thing that can help you get your life back on track. Banbury Lodge offers excellent programmes of rehabilitation, one of which could give you to the chance to achieve permanent sobriety.
Once an addiction to alcohol has developed, it is almost impossible to break free without help. Most affected people will require professional help to overcome their illness, and this typically involves a three-stage process. The first stage is alcohol detox, which will help you to break the physical cycle of addiction. This should then be followed by alcohol rehab, which will give you the tools to overcome the emotional and psychological issues that caused your addiction. With alcohol rehab, you will get the help you need to live an alcohol-free life. The last stage is aftercare support, which will be discussed toward the end of this article.
The issue of whether you might actually need alcohol rehab has probably been causing you concern for a while now. Most people struggle to accept that their use of mood-altering chemicals is no longer something they can control.
In the case of alcohol, it can be even harder to accept, and this is usually because alcohol is a legal substance and one that most people assume to be safe. However, you should be aware that despite being legal, alcohol is highly addictive and can be as dangerous, if not more so, than many illegal drugs. If alcohol is abused, it can result in dire consequences for yourself and those around you.
You should think carefully about your use of alcohol to determine what level of misuse you are dealing with. Maybe you believe that you do not have a problem because you have your own idea of what an alcoholic is.
This is a common obstacle to recovery in the case of those with alcoholism. Since most people believe that all alcoholics drink cheap spirits all day long and are unkempt and unemployed, those that do become affected themselves then cannot accept that they could be classed as having this illness, particularly if they are managing to keep things together.
If you are working, have a nice home, a family that loves you, and are taking care of your hygiene and grooming, you are not exempt from addiction. Just because you are functioning well does not mean you cannot have a problem with alcohol.
If you are unable to control your use of alcohol, then you could already have an addiction that requires help. Not every alcoholic drinks cheap spirits and not all alcoholics are unemployed. In fact, most alcoholics are just like everyone else and to the outside world, everything looks fine. It is only those closest to the individual who can see there is an issue.
If your loved ones are worried about your drinking, you should listen to what they have to say. You should also bear in mind that most family members and friends would not raise these concerns without having a very good reason.
The issue of addiction is one that is still considered to be taboo by the majority, and most people would not want to wrongly accuse someone of having this illness. It can take a great deal of courage to even broach the subject, particularly when it is likely to be met with anger or defensiveness.
If you require more alcohol to make you feel a certain way than you perhaps did, you may have developed a tolerance for it. An increased tolerance often leads to increased consumption, and this can then lead to a physical dependence. If you have developed an addiction to alcohol, you may experience withdrawal symptoms whenever the effects wear off. These symptoms can include nausea, shaking, vomiting, sweating, mood swings and headaches.
Below are some of the signs of alcoholism that could indicate you have a need for alcohol rehab:
Alcoholism is a complex illness and for most people, it will involve a physical and a psychological addiction. If you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms whenever the effects of alcohol wear off, you are said to have a physical addiction.
You will need to tackle both the physical and the psychological addiction to recover fully. A detox is required to deal with the physical cycle of addiction while alcohol rehab will help you to overcome the emotional issues that may have caused the illness in the first place.
The type of alcohol rehab programme that is right for you will depend on your individual needs and circumstances. For example, if your addiction is not considered to be serious, you may find that a programme of detoxification followed by outpatient care is sufficient to get your life back on the right track.
However, if you have a severe addiction but would find it impossible to stay sober while recovering in the real world, you may want to consider an inpatient programme in a private clinic.
While the severity of your illness is a crucial factor in terms of finding the right rehab programme, it is not the only one. It is important that your health, age, any previous attempts at recovery and your personal commitments are taken into consideration before choosing a particular programme or provider.
You should also think about what you want from recovery. If you are hoping to get started on recovery immediately and if you want to have the best possible chance of permanent recovery in the shortest space of time, a residential programme provided by a private clinic is likely to be your best option.
Private clinics do not have the same financial constraints that the NHS or charity organisations have and can, therefore, admit patients in a matter of hours for the most part. Immediate access to treatment is one of the biggest benefits that private clinics can offer. But there are many more.
The staff who work in private clinics are some of the best in their field, and having access to the best minds can help with your recovery. You will have the support of fully trained counsellors, therapists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and doctors throughout your stay.
Getting treatment in a private clinic also means recovering in an environment that is free from distractions and that has state-of-the-art facilities. You will usually have a private or semi-private room, and with a structured and concentrated programme of care that has been designed with just you in mind, you can focus on nothing but getting well again.
Whatever type of rehab programme you choose though, the aim will be the same; to help you get to the cause of your illness and show you how to live an alcohol-free life going forward. The approach will vary depending on whether you choose an inpatient or outpatient programme.
If you choose an outpatient programme, you will be expected to attend regular counselling sessions, but you will not stay in the clinic. The basic approach to recovery is far less intensive than inpatient programmes and you will need to have a strong support network in place at home to help you stay sober.
Things are different with an inpatient programme. With this type of rehab, you will be removed from everyday life and placed in a tranquil and therapeutic environment where there will be little or no distractions. You will have no access to temptations or triggers from the outside world and will, therefore, have little choice but to focus on your recovery.
Life in a residential facility will vary from one provider to the next. Nevertheless, most follow the same basic pattern. Once you have been given time to settle in and have been provided with your plan of care, work will begin on helping you overcome your addiction.
You can expect your daily routine to include mealtimes, a schedule of treatment, and time to familiarise yourself with recovery materials. You may have some free time in the evening where you will probably be encouraged to interact with other patients.
Your treatment will include counselling sessions, lectures, and meetings. You will be taught all about your particular addiction and will be encouraged to work on getting to the root cause of the illness. One-to-one sessions with a counsellor or therapist will be used to help you explore your personal issues, whereas group sessions will give you a chance to learn from others.
Your rehab programme will probably include an element of 12-step work and you will be introduced to the idea of fellowship support groups. It is likely that you will learn more about the importance of including the 12-steps in your recovery programme and you will be encouraged to get involved.
Most of the treatments you have will involve counselling or therapy sessions that are designed to help you change your thought patterns and addictive behaviours. Examples of these treatments are:
Most inpatient rehab programmes run for between six and twelve weeks. Most people will have a programme that runs for between six and eight weeks. If your needs are more complex, you may require a longer programme.
If you are progressing well on the programme, you may feel that you are ready to leave earlier, but it is important to remember that addiction recovery is not a quick fix. Despite feeling fantastic after a week or two, you should be prepared for these feelings to subside. During addiction recovery, you are likely to experience ups and downs and so cutting your programme short could prove to be very risky in terms of relapse.
Just as you would be expected to finish a full course of antibiotics for an infection despite your symptoms improving dramatically after a couple of days, you will be expected to finish your rehabilitation for addiction too.
The staff at your recovery clinic will advise you on the length of the programme you are likely to need, so take your cues from them and not how you are feeling. Mood swings can be quite intense during addiction recovery and while you may be feeling euphoric one day, you could find yourself miserable the next.
Sticking with treatment is the best way to ensure you have the best chance of getting sober and staying that way.
Addiction is not known as a family illness for nothing and Banbury Lodge is fully aware of the impact that this illness can have on family members. This is why we include family therapy as part of our rehabilitation programmes.
We actively encourage your family to get involved with your recovery programme and ask that they take advantage of the therapy sessions we provide. We also understand that being away from your family members during recovery could be detrimental to your progress.
Your close family members and friends will have the opportunity to visit you during your treatment to see you and to learn about addiction and how it has affected you. We will also explain how they can benefit from services such as Al-Anon.
It is common to feel apprehensive about rehab before it begins, particularly if this is the first time you have ever tried to overcome your addiction with a programme of rehabilitation. The idea of having to enter a rehab clinic for several weeks might be something you are struggling with.
To ease your fears, you should consider visiting the clinic before you are admitted. At Banbury Lodge, we would be only too happy to give you a tour of the clinic to help allay your fears. One of our staff members will show you around and will discuss what day-to-day life is like here.
We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, which will hopefully help to put your mind at rest.
One of the more frequent questions we are asked is what will happen when rehab finishes. It is natural to worry about how you are going to cope when you are no longer living in the treatment clinic and when you do not have access to twenty-four-hour care and support.
The good news is that we will still be here for you when your rehab programme ends. We offer free aftercare support for up to a year after the conclusion of the treatment programme. This means that you can visit the clinic on a regular basis to meet with your counsellor to discuss various issues that you are facing in sobriety. You can also access phone support as and when necessary.
In addition to aftercare support provided by Banbury Lodge, you should know that you can access support within your local community, which is something that we always recommend. We will provide an introduction to fellowship support programmes and the twelve steps as part of your programme and we encourage you to get involved with your local group.
The first twelve months after completing the inpatient rehabilitation programme are a time when you will still be finding your feet in recovery. Studies have shown that this is a time when your risk of relapse will be highest. It is vital, therefore, that you have sufficient support to help you stay on track; a fellowship support group can provide that necessary support.
For more information on alcohol rehab, please contact us today. You can speak to one of our friendly advisors for advice and information about our treatment programmes and how to access them.