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Alcohol Addiction Rehab Treatment

Written By Brian Davis
Reviewed By Tiffany Green
Medically Reviewed By Dr David Barker
Updated January 12, 2023

Alcohol abuse, or alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a medical condition characterised by unhealthy drinking patterns as a result of the inability to control or cease consumption despite being aware of its negative impact on one’s health and life.

Globally, alcohol is the most abused substance, and in the UK, it’s the biggest risk factor for death, ill health, and disability among 15- to 49-year-olds. With roughly 1 in 4 adults in England regularly drinking more than the Chief Medical Officer’s low-risk guidelines, AUD poses a significant challenge to society and the thousands suffering from this affliction.

Gladstones Clinic offers a comprehensive, integrative, and non-12-step alcohol addiction rehab programme for treating AUD. Our structured alcohol rehab therapies and supportive environment provide the perfect setting to receive individualised therapies aimed at first breaking the body’s physical dependency on alcohol before moving on to intensive psychiatric treatment aimed at understanding the condition and developing strategies to deal with stress, triggers, and cravings.

Ongoing alcohol addiction is devastating to the mind and body. Gladstones Clinic is uniquely positioned to help you break the cycle of abuse.

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Gladstones Clinic has a proven track record and more than 20 years’ experience in helping people recover from alcohol addiction.

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Why do people abuse alcohol?

Alcohol abuse, a global health concern, arises from a complex interplay of individual, social, and environmental factors. While millions of people around the world drink from time to time without adverse effects, many develop a tolerance and eventually full-blown alcohol addiction. The allure of alcohol lies in its short-term effects: feelings of relaxation and carefreeness, as well as relief from stress and anxiety. The pursuit of these temporary effects can easily lead to a cycle of repeated abuse.

Psychological factors like seeking relief from anxiety, depression, or trauma; social and cultural influences that encourage alcohol consumption; genetic and biological factors such as the exact changes in brain chemistry when drinking; environmental factors like growing up in a drinking household; and economic factors such as poverty can all contribute to turning social drinking into alcohol abuse.

When to seek help for alcohol abuse

Understanding that there is no completely safe level of alcohol consumption is crucial for health awareness. Even moderate drinking, done infrequently, can have a cumulative negative impact on overall health. Recognising the signs of abuse and taking swift and decisive action to get into alcohol rehab when you recognise these symptoms in yourself or a loved one can have a significant effect on their long-term health and happiness.

What happens in alcohol addiction therapy?

Gladstones Clinic alcohol addiction rehab therapy follows a time-tested approach aimed at breaking the body’s physical addiction to ethanol (alcohol) and addressing the underlying roots of addiction. This approach has enabled us to help thousands of people permanently break the bonds of alcohol addiction and improve their quality of life.

1. Addiction Assessment & Consultation

A thorough addiction assessment allows us to understand the current state of your addiction, your physical and emotional health profile, and diagnose co-occurring mental health conditions to treat during therapy. Further, it allows us to identify any potential risks during detox and develop a personalised action plan based on your needs. This is also an opportunity for you to discuss any questions or concerns directly with your therapeutic team.

2. Detoxification (Detox)

Alcohol detox is the process of eliminating all traces of alcohol and its harmful by-products from the system over a period of 7 to 10 days and is typically the first step in alcohol addiction treatment. While most people will experience this process as uncomfortable and anxiety-inducing, for some, it might present life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. During detox, our team of addiction specialists will closely monitor your health, administering medication if necessary to ease withdrawal symptoms and discomfort.

During this period, you will also have access to a skilled and experienced support team to help guide you safely through detox and transition into primary care.

3. Primary Care

Primary care, the core of our intensive treatment programmes, encompasses all the treatments and therapies you will receive that are aimed directly at understanding your addiction and developing strategies for identifying and dealing with triggers and cravings. Our integrative and non-12-step approach to therapy means a variety of types of therapy, including CBT, DBT, group therapy, and holistic therapies are employed for whole-being healing. Depending on your needs, this could also include family therapy to help repair and strengthen damaged relationships with your spouse, children, or other family members.

4. Secondary Care, Tertiary Care, and Aftercare

After completing the 28-day primary care programme, you will be eligible to enter into our secondary and tertiary care programmes. These continue to provide access to Gladstones resources and therapy while living off-site and transitioning back into normal life. Our aftercare programme is open to all previous Gladstones patients for life, with both in-person and online therapy sessions hosted on a regular basis.

Get professional help in dealing with alcohol addiction

Alcohol addiction can very quickly spiral out of control and lead to devastating long-term effects.

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