Alcohol rehab is first focused on the complete removal of the substance through a medically assisted detox. Once this stage is completed, the treatment is then shifted towards counselling and therapy. Continue reading to find out more.
Weighing up the decision on whether to commit to treatment for your addiction is very common. That life-changing step to admitting you or a loved one has a problem that needs addressing through rehab can be very tough.
This page will aim to address any questions you may have about alcohol rehab in order to help inform you on the best step to take when dealing with alcoholism so you can feel confident in whatever decision you make.
If You are Addicted To Alcohol, Why Should You Consider Alcohol Rehab?
When addicted to alcohol the process of giving it up can be incredibly tough as you will most likely have developed both a physical and psychological dependence to the substance.
How does this dependence on alcohol develop?
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.
What are alcohol withdrawal symptoms?
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.
This is why it is of extreme importance you do not attempt withdrawal from home and withdraw from alcohol in a setting that allows you to have medical professionals around you at all times.
Other withdrawal symptoms of note – not directly life-threatening ones, yet necessary to mention as many alcoholics experience challenging moments during the period of withdrawal.
Increased symptoms of depression and anxiety are some of the psychological effects that withdrawals can have on individuals.
How do we safely remove alcohol from your system?
This is done through the alcohol detox stage of residential rehab is the toughest stage you will experience during rehab but is essential in treating your alcohol addiction.
At Ocean Recovery, 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.
What Is Alcohol Rehab and How Does It Work?
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.
Our team of medical professionals will attempt to explain how alcohol rehab works, and how you too can escape the depths of alcohol addiction.
Rehab is an addiction treatment programme that looks to rehabilitate you from excessive alcohol intake and alcohol abuse by healing your physical and mental state through detox and therapy.
As alcohol addiction often brings out severe personality changes – it becomes nearly impossible 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.
Alcohol Rehab is designed to get you fully clean through detox and show you how to manage best any mental health issues or physiological problems that may occur when suffering from addiction through specially designed therapy and counselling sessions.
Support is also available from fellow addicts when undertaking rehab with regular group therapy sessions throughout the programme’s duration.
The three stages of alcohol rehab:
Stage 1 – Detoxification
As briefly explained above, the detoxification phase of rehab treatment is dedicated to safely removing all harmful substances from your system so you can continue treatment in a clean state.
Due to the potential side effects that come from an alcohol withdrawal, you will first need to undergo a full medical examination by one of our doctors.
Upon completion of your medical examination, you will then start the detox phase of your treatment.
The actual time it takes to complete detox is fully dependant on how severe your addiction is.
Withdrawal symptoms can start to be experienced as soon as 6 to 12 hours from your last drink, see below timeline:
6 – 12 Hours – Symptoms experienced are likely to be mild ones such as vomiting and nausea.
12 – 24 Hours – This period after your last drink can result in more uncomfortable symptoms such as tremors in the hands and feelings of disorientation.
48 Hours+ – This is the typical stage were any severe symptoms are picked up by our health professionals who are on hand 24/7. Symptoms developed during this stage can include delirium tremens, insomnia, hallucinations and high blood pressure.
Some chronic alcoholics who are suffering from long term addiction may develop post-acute-withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) during detox. Symptoms of this can include depression, memory loss, increased stress, fatigue, insomnia and mood swings.
If any of the above symptoms are experienced during detox then our team of medical professionals can prescribe medications to help your withdrawal by alleviating the symptoms.
It is also during detox that you will first start your personalised nutrition programme that is designed to help aid your recovery by enriching your diet with the vitamins and minerals needed to support a healthier body and mind.
Stage 2 – Therapy & Aftercare
After completing successful detoxification, you will move onto the therapy side of treatment where effective sessions such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) will occur.
Therapies such as CBT help our team understand more about the cause of your addiction and the best ways that you as an individual can deal with it after successful treatment.
Addictions develop because of various reasons and can solely depend on the individual. For some individuals, it could be due to an issue with the environment they have surrounded themselves with, loss of a parent or early exposure to alcohol addiction and abuse during childhood.
It is by getting a clear understanding of an individual’s upbringing and life before admission that enables us to properly tailor treatment plans to suit including the best therapy treatment.
We offer various therapy types – whether that will be one-to-one counselling, group therapy sessions, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions or even a holistic therapy session: all of our therapists are licensed and well qualified.
Our team will fully understand your situation and carry out treatment without passing any judgment during your alcohol rehab programme.
Stage 3 – Aftercare
Upon leaving our clinic, 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 free 12-month aftercare plan, ensuring that you do not relapse back into your addictive behaviours.
Our aftercare plan keeps you in contact with our team long after you leave.
This is when you start feeling the urges taking over and need access to the support and help which our dedicated team provided you during your stay with us.
The aftercare team at our clinic are available 24 hours of the day and will help you every step of the way to ensure that you do not relapse.
Inpatient vs Outpatient Alcohol Rehab
A question we are asked a lot is which form of treatment is more effective between inpatient and outpatient.
In order to answer this question, we will first add some background to both sets of treatment.
Inpatient rehab treatment
Inpatient rehab, otherwise known as residential rehab is what we offer at Ocean Recovery, and it requires that you receive treatment while staying at our clinic.
This means that you will have access to benefits such as around the clock care, regular therapy sessions and one to one counselling among many other benefits.
However, perhaps the biggest advantage of inpatient treatment is the environment that you become a part of with addicts who are on the same path to recovery, helping you every step of the way.
This supportive atmosphere and the fact that you are away from home is what makes inpatient treatment so appealing as you are away from any triggers that may cause a potential relapse.
Outpatient rehab treatment
Outpatient rehab is where you can either receive treatment at home or visit an addiction treatment centre for a day to receive treatment and then go home.
This is usually a cheaper option as the demands and level of care that comes with inpatient treatment is mostly absent from this form of treatment.
Although this form of treatment is not seen to be as effective as inpatient treatment, it can still go a long way in helping individuals overcome addiction.
What is recommended?
We think that both forms of treatment are great options, but in terms of the overall effect on an addict, the most recommended option by a health professional is that you receive inpatient treatment over outpatient treatment.
This is whether you are receiving treatment from our team at Ocean Recovery or any other addiction treatment centre in the UK.
The reason for this is down to the around the clock care you receive at residential clinics that can be extremely helpful when going through a detox.
Also, the fact that you will be surrounded by addicted individuals going through similar experiences gives that extra bit of motivation.
Alcohol Rehab Programme Or Just Detox?
When deciding on how long to receive treatment, we get many individuals requesting the quickest programme available which is 14 days but out of those days up to 10 of them are mostly devoted to the detox part of your treatment.
This means that you will not experience the full effects of therapy and counselling in shorter length programmes.
This leads many to ask us, why can’t I do the detox? Addiction is not something that can go away after you get clean; it is a psychological problem that needs to be addressed.
By simply getting rid of alcohol’s physical effects, you will just be replacing it with all the phycological issues that will most likely result in a relapse.
To prevent this, we would usually recommend that individuals go through our full 28-day alcohol rehab programme to give themselves the best possible chance of achieving long term recovery.
If you are suffering from alcohol use disorder, our addiction recovery team is here to help. Whether you need an alcohol detox or need full rehabilitation, our residential treatment programmes have helped thousands of residents beat alcoholism and drug addiction. Call us today on 01253 847 553 or request a call back from one of our friendly team members.
How Can Ocean Recovery Help You?
As a leading UK-based alcohol rehab provider, we have successfully provided effective addiction treatment programmes which have helped thousands of individuals successfully start their journey towards long-term and sustained recovery from addiction.
All treatment options developed by our team of experienced addiction recovery specialists are strictly evidence-based and have been created to help people recover long term from alcohol addiction.
If you seek effective alcohol addiction treatment for yourself or a loved one, you have come to the right place.
Our CQC alcohol rehab clinic offers a range of residential alcohol addiction treatment plans that will give you the best possible chance of overcoming addiction.
The residential alcohol rehab treatment we offer typically lasts up 28 days and is perfect for individuals that want to give themselves the best chance of achieving long term recovery.
Our admissions team will give you no obligation to choose the best treatment options for your current circumstance. Call them today on 01253 847 553, or fill in our online contact form.
Frequently Asked Questions
The signs that you are suffering from alcohol addiction include:
- Binge drinking on your own
- Drinking until you blackout
- Being in denial or lying about how much you drink to your family members and friends
- 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 to feel drunk after developing a tolerance to alcohol
These are the more common signs, but we have found more deep-rooted 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 think you might have an addiction due to another reason, please get in touch with our team.
As addictions can be directly linked to mental health conditions, we offer dual treatment packages that treat your mental health condition and your alcohol addiction.
When you can control your mind, you will have a better chance of controlling your addiction, contact our team to find out more.
When considering treatment options for alcohol rehab, you may be considering outpatient treatment, for example, but this is not a treatment method designed for those suffering from long term addiction.
With residential alcohol rehabilitation treatment, you will be receiving treatment from rehab clinics with 24/7 medical support to help you through successful detoxification where you may experience several uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
Due to these symptoms, we would strongly recommend that 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, we strongly recommend undertaking our full rehab programme, which is 28 days. 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 rehab centres 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 find more about the pricing and the options available by using our online contact form at the bottom of this page.
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.
Aftercare will give you access to regular meetings with our addiction experts every month to see how you are progressing and how well you deal 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 relapse by providing constant support in dedicated helplines that can be contacted 24/7.
Whenever you feel 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.