Noticing Signs of Alcohol Addiction

Everyone can be affected in different ways by alcohol depending on their body type, age, weight, build and metabolism. While some people may openly admit to having an addiction to alcohol, others may be more secretive and try to conceal the effects that their excessive drinking have on their behaviour and relationships with others. Noticing major signs of addiction is a first step into getting an alcoholic into rehab. Observe the following and note whether the person struggling with addiction has:

  • Become more aggressive
  • Is being more secretive/hiding alcohol
  • Has been increasingly withdrawn/isolated
  • Is underperforming at work or in their place of education
  • Demonstrated behaviour that is considered risky or incredibly dangerous, such as drinking under the influence of alcohol
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    If you are noticing one or more of the above symptoms on a regular basis, it may be time for breaking point and to consider rehab attendance and to speak to your relative or friend about how they feel about going to rehab. If they respond positively when you suggest it, you can begin the process of researching what to expect from a rehab programme and potential costs. If the person responds negatively or in a hostile manner, it may be worth trying to hire an interventionist who can help you persuade your loved one to enter a controlled rehab facility.

    Researching Alcohol Rehab Treatment Options

    It is important to thoroughly research different types of rehab facility to determine how they can help your loved one. You may decide to have treatment at home, or to choose a rehab facility with accommodation and round the clock care, counselling and activities. You should always look into costs, experience of staff, reviews, and how diverse their treatment options are, as one type of treatment will not work for every patient.

    Rehab can be expensive, and the length of stay can vary from person to person, so make sure to discuss your budget with the rehab centre to find ways they can work with you to meet your needs. You can also get insurance policies that enable you to pay for treatment. Many rehab facilities can make bespoke treatment programmes that are tailored for the patient and their financial arrangements. Also discuss aftercare options and what happens after your loved one has left the rehab facility – what kind of support can they offer to ensure that patients stay on track and avoid relapse?

    At Ocean Recovery, we pride ourselves on making the rehab process as smooth and painless as possible. Our relaxing retreat is found on Blackpool beach, where the sea and beachfront location is all part of the healing and recovery process. We encourage all our guests to have positive outlooks towards their treatments and treat all patients holistically, so they participate in health and fitness activities such as gym work, yoga, Tai Chi and meditation to heal both body and mind. Our unique and calming location helps you to feel relaxed and pampered while carrying out your treatment, with round-the-clock understanding and support from our professional team.

    Speaking To A Counsellor

    Alcoholism doesn’t just affect the person abusing alcohol – it also affects their family and friends. If you approached the subject of admitting an alcoholic into rehab and they have responded negatively, it is important to speak to a counsellor about your feelings and how this situation affects you, as well as the affected person. You can also speak about the process of how to get an alcoholic into rehab, and what you need to do to plan and execute an intervention. Things to consider are accommodation for the intended patient, travel and how they get to the rehab facility, and how you will afford treatment.

    Planning An Intervention To Get An Alcoholic Into Rehab

    Planning an intervention can be a difficult process. You need to be sympathetic to the patients’ needs, but also firm enough to insist that they focus on their alcohol abuse and seek help through rehab. Intervention can however be a very successful process, especially if a rehab centre is arranged for the alcoholic to go straight to after intervention. It is recommended that you seek a professional interventionist with experience in handling reactions to an intervention.

    Also try and get close family and friends to attend the intervention, as this places greater stress on the importance of the intended patient attending rehab. It will also be an opportunity for loved ones to clearly explain to the affected person how their addiction is taking a toll on others’ lives through their addiction-fuelled actions and behaviour. This process is about getting the alcoholic to see how their actions affect others, not to attribute blame. If you are worried about what to say or how you might conduct yourself in an intervention, speak to the interventionist, who can help you prepare notes or a speech to the alcoholic that will get your feelings across in a measured and calm way.

    The Road To Recovery

    When you organise an intervention, it is important to give your loved one who is facing rehab as much emotional support as possible, as this will aid in their recovery. Remind them that you are fully supportive of their journey to sobriety and that you are there for them. Rehab can be a very challenging and daunting time, and you need to ensure that your loved one will take the recovery process seriously and follow advice given by rehab staff. Talk to the rehab centre you choose about aftercare and how you can support your loved one when they leave rehab, so that together you can prevent relapse. There are also organisations you can join that can give ongoing support, as well as support groups with weekly meetings. If you need help to get an alcoholic into rehab, talk to us at Ocean Recovery today.

    John Gillen - Director at Ocean Recovery
    John Gillen

    John is one UK’s leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Pioneering new treatment techniques such as NAD+ and ongoing research into new therapy techniques such as systematic laser therapy, John is committed to providing the very best treatment for people throughout the UK and Europe. During his extremely busy schedule, John likes to regularly update our blog section with the latest news and trends in the industry to keep visitors to our site as well informed as possible on everything related to addiction treatment.