Alcohol is by far the most consumed addictive substance in the world – around 2 billion people worldwide consume alcohol each year. In many cultures, drinking is often a social event. Many people drink in order to celebrate the good news with friends and family. The view of alcohol in most people’s eyes is mostly positive, but the dark side of the worlds alcohol consumption is still not as well documented as you would have hoped.
A large part of the world’s population that consumes alcohol is running the risk of becoming addicted to alcohol. Alcohol does not only lead to a larger risk of diseases – it can kill you directly through alcohol poisoning. Not only does alcohol kill, but psychologically it can cause pain for you and those around you – your family and friends suffer too.
To add to that, alcohol addiction is hard to beat, and likely be a lot more difficult if you attempt to do it yourself. However, if you are indeed addicted to alcohol, and you feel like you need help to beat it: there is help for you. At Ocean Recovery Centre, we attempt to explain to how alcohol rehab works, and how you too can escape the depths of alcohol addiction.
What Is Alcohol Rehab?
Alcohol rehab is an addiction treatment program in order to rehabilitate you from excessive alcohol intake and alcohol abuse. As alcohol addiction often brings out severe personality changes – it becomes nearly impossible in order to do it yourself as your brain will often manipulate your thoughts and actions. Everything will become second fiddle to alcohol – including giving up drinking in order to improve your health.
The way alcohol addiction works, it changes the chemicals that allow you to inhibit and control yourself where needed. Alcohol stimulates your dopamine receptors in your brain – the chemical that allows you to feel good and euphoric. Similar to many other drugs. However, after repeated use of the drug, your brain will struggle with the overdoses of neurotransmitter stimulation, which Is pushing out the feel good and healthy chemical that your brain automatically produces. Therefore, it will automatically limit the amount it makes with each sip you take from your drink. This is how addiction starts: you are not feeling right until you had a drink.
Ocean Recovery offers a range of alcohol treatment plans that will give you the best possible chance of overcoming addiction whether related to alcohol abuse or drug and alcohol addiction we can provide residential treatment with the long term plan of you living a healthy and free life without an alcohol or drug addiction.
What Does Alcohol Rehab Consist of?
Once you stop drinking for a short period of time, your brain will be able to reverse most of the damage done to the neurotransmitters and your brain cells. On the other hand, there will be withdrawal symptoms in that time it takes to reverse the damage done to your brain. If your neurotransmitters start lacking the stimulation from alcohol, your nervous system will crash, and it could lead to serious and lasting damage.
Withdrawal symptoms come in various forms, some are severe depending on the longevity and the severity of your addiction. Severe Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms are Delirium Tremens for example. These severe tremors could lead to death if not handled properly. Other issues such as hallucinations and seizures could be hard to experience during withdrawal. That is why it is of extreme importance you do not attempt to do the withdrawal from home and withdraw from alcohol in a setting that allows you to have medical professionals around you at all times.
There are other withdrawal symptoms of note – not directly life-threatening ones, yet necessary to mention as many alcohol addicts live to challenging moments psychologically during the period of withdrawal. Often cited as an issue are depression and anxiety.
At Ocean Recovery Centre, we can help you alleviate the pain during withdrawal as we offer a Detox program. We have round-the-clock medical care available for you during detox in case you need medical intervention during Detox.
The detox stage of residential rehab is viewed to be the toughest stage you will experience during rehab but is absolutely essential in treating your alcohol addiction.
Therapy & Aftercare
Once you have gotten through detox, we attempt to find the source of your alcohol struggles. Therapy is an effective way in order to get to the bottom of what has lead to your alcohol abuse. For many people, there could be an issue in their environment and that has led to alcohol abuse – a loss of a parent for example, or early exposure to alcohol addiction and abuse.
Once you get to the bottom of all the questions you have been asking yourself, we can help you find a way to arm yourself against the urge to start drinking again. We offer various types of therapy – whether that will be one-to-one sessions, group therapy sessions, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions or even a holistic therapy session: all of our therapists are licensed, and many of our therapists have been in a similar situation to you previously. They can offer full understanding without passing any type of judgement during your alcohol rehab.
Upon leaving the centre you may find the return to everyday life quite daunting while others may be very excited by the prospect. Whatever your mindset is when leaving the centre you will still have access to our ongoing aftercare plan which will help ensure that you do not relapse back into your addictive behaviours. The aftercare plan keeps you in contact with our team long after you leave the centre, this is in case you start feeling the urges taking over and need the support and help which our medical professionals provided you during your stay with us.
The aftercare team is available 24 hours of the day and will help you every step of the way to ensure that you do not relapse.
Alcohol Rehab at Ocean Recovery Centre
The signs that you are suffering from an alcohol addiction include:
- Binge drinking on your own
- Drinking until you black out
- Being in denial or lying about how much you drink
- Drinking as soon as you get up in the morning
- Using drink as a way of treating mental health problems such as anxiety, depression or stress.
- Increasing the frequency of your drink in order to feel drunk after developing a tolerance to alcohol.
These are the more common signs but we have found there to be more deep routed problems causing an addiction that can only be solved by speaking to specialist treatment centres such as ourselves. If you recognise any of the above signs or if you think you might have an addiction due to another reason then please get in touch with our team now.
As addictions can be directly linked to mental health conditions, we offer dual treatment packages which look at treating your mental health condition with the aim of also treating your alcohol addiction. When you are able to control your mind you will have a better chance at controlling your addiction, contact our team to find out more.
When considering treatment options for your alcohol addiction, you may be considering outpatient treatment for example but this is not a treatment method that is designed for those suffering from long term addiction.
With residential alcohol rehabilitation treatment, you will be receiving treatment from rehab clinics which have 24/7 medical support to help you through a successful detoxification where you may experience several uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. It is due to these symptoms that we would strongly recommend that a detoxification is not attempted at home or without qualified medical professionals as the withdrawal symptoms may get to the stage where medical attention is required.
At Ocean Recovery Centre, we offer a full 28 days of rehab. During your recovery journey, you will spend a certain amount of time detoxifying, and the rest of the time will be inpatient care. However, we also offer a year long aftercare programme specifically tailored to you.
Finding a rehab centre that can provide you with good quality treatment tailored to your needs can be a tough task. We offer a range of packages that are specifically tailored to you. You can read more here about the pricing and the options available here.
Once you have successfully gone through alcohol rehabilitation, that is just the start of your journey. Included in all rehabilitation packages with Ocean Recovery is a FREE 12-month aftercare plan, this will give you access to regular meetings with our addiction experts every month to see how you are progressing and how well you are dealing with the temptations.
The likelihood of a relapse is unfortunately high after receiving treatment this is why we have aftercare plans to help reduce the likelihood of a relapse by providing constant support in the way of dedicated helplines which can be contacted 24/7, so whenever you are feeling like the urge of the drink is getting the better of you simply pick up the phone and speak to our aftercare team who can help and support you through this difficult period.