Alcoholism can affect anyone from any background and if left untreated, can lead to a wide range of issues, impacting relationships, professional ambitions, physical and psychological wellbeing. Alcohol addiction is treatable and with the help of our medically trained clinicians, therapists and psychologists, we are able to offer personalised treatment and professional care online and at our Alcohol Rehab centres.


What is Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol addiction, otherwise referred to as alcoholism or alcohol use disorder, is a condition described when an individual has a physical or mental need to consume alcohol regardless of the potential detrimental effects it has on their life.

There are several factors that could be the cause of alcohol addiction including

  • Social factors
  • Genetics/biological factors
  • Environmental factors
  • Physiological factors

Alcohol addiction is a real disease and alters the working of the brain, blocking signals between brain cells. It is important to recognise that alcohol addiction can affect anyone at any stage of their lives. Over the past 10 years alone, hospital admissions due to alcoholic liver disease, have increased by 61% in England. However, reports show that only 18% of dependent drinkers are currently receiving treatment.

Without the help of a professional, alcohol addiction can spiral out of control and lead to further health problems and can even be fatal. It is important you don’t suffer on your own and realise that alcohol addiction is treatable.

Here at Ocean recovery, our addiction experts can help you with your addiction treatment journey at our private addiction rehab centres.

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Alcohol Addiction effects on health

Many parts of your body can be affected by alcohol but the short-term effects are mainly caused by the way alcohol affects your brain. The more alcohol you drink, the stronger the short-term effects of alcohol will be. These include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Unsteadiness and lack of coordination
  • Being sick reduced ability to react quickly to situations – for example, when driving –
  • Feeling sleepy and even passing out

Over time, alcohol addiction use can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems including:

  • High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems
  • Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, oesophagus, voice box, liver, colon, and rectum.
  • Weakening of the immune system, increasing the chances of getting sick
  • Learning and memory problems, including dementia and poor school performance
  • Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety
  • Social problems, including family problems, job-related problems, and unemployment
  • Alcohol use disorders, or alcohol dependence


Alcohol Addiction and Mental Health 

Drinking heavily over a long time can affect your mental health. If you have mental health problems such as stress, anxiety or depression, you may turn to alcohol to relieve your symptoms. But alcohol also alters the chemistry in your brain and can increase your risk of getting anxiety and depression, and feeling suicidal.

If you have depression or anxiety, stopping regular drinking can help to improve your symptoms. If you drink regularly, in time you may become dependent on alcohol. You may experience cravings and find it difficult to go without a drink, even when you can see it’s affecting your life.

Extreme levels of drinking can sometimes cause a mental health condition called alcohol-related psychosis. This is where the person experiences hallucinations and delusions when they’re intoxicated or when they suddenly stop drinking.

Signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction

It can be difficult to spot alcohol addiction symptoms as they vary from each individual depending on factors such as the amount of alcohol they are drinking along with the frequency. In addition to this, alcoholics can be secretive about the addiction and so manage to hide their addiction well.

There are however psychological and physical signs to look out for that may suggest a loved one is suffering with an alcohol addiction and is in need of addiction treatment. Addiction symptoms include:

Psychological signs of addiction

• Mood swings
• Agitation
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Memory loss
• Lack of concentration
• Cravings for alcohol

Behavioural & physical signs of addiction

• Loss of interest in previous hobbies
• Headaches
• Restlessness/insomnia
• Weight loss or weight gain
• Drinking alone regularly
• Dishonesty
• Secretive
• Withdrawal from social aspects
• Avoidance with friends and family
• Poor attendance at work

If you are concerned you are a loved one may be drinking too much, or alcohol is having a negative impact on your life, it is important you speak to an addiction specialist to get the addiction treatment help you need. At Ocean recovery, we offer a free telephone assessment to help you understand how alcohol rehab can help you.


What is Alcohol Rehab?

Alcohol Rehab is the treatment process of removing alcohol consumptions from an individuals life and help break the cycle of addiction when they have failed to do so on their own. Rehab is necessary when an addiction has taken over your life and should be carried out with professional help.

There are different options available for Alcohol rehab treatment depending on your personal needs and requirements and does not always involve residential rehab. However, success rates are higher in individuals who choose to attend inpatient rehab.

At Ocean recovery, our team of addiction experts are here to support you in fining the best possible treatment options for your needs.

Types of addiction treatment

When considering alcohol addiction treatment, it is important to establish your needs and realise what type of treatment will give you the best chances of recovery. Addiction rehab centres usually offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment options depending on the individual’s requirements.

Inpatient rehab treatment

Inpatient rehab, otherwise known as residential rehab, requires that you receive treatment while staying at a rehab clinic. This means that you will have access to benefits such as around the clock care, regular therapy sessions, and one to one counselling. In patient rehab treatment offers the highest level of care meaning it is the most effective form of treatment

Whilst staying at a rehab clinic as part of inpatient rehab, the stresses and distractions of day-to-day life will be eliminated giving you more time and focus to concentrate on your addiction recovery.

The average duration for inpatient treatment is around 30 days, however depending on the severity of addiction, longer programmes may be needed.

Outpatient rehab treatment

With outpatient rehab treatment, you still receive high quality professional addiction treatment as you do with inpatient treatment, only you do not live at the rehab centre. Instead, you go into the dedicated rehab centre as and when you require treatments such as therapy and medications.

This is a cheaper rehab treatment option and is sometimes preferred as it allows the individual to continue with their day-to-day routine such as work.

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. However, if your addiction is particularly severe, or you have a bad home situation, inpatient treatment would be more beneficial to your recovery, and will reduce the chances of you relapsing.

Advantages to Inpatient Rehab

Residential-based treatment programmes in Merseyside allow for our medically trained clinicians, therapists and psychologists to spend more time in person with recovering addicts and work towards long term recovery goals. Here are the key advantages of choosing the residential rehab route:

Having disconnected from their usual everyday lives and personal situations, addicts can have valuable time and space to reconnect with themselves and come to terms with their addictive behaviour. The intensive residential care provided allows patients to rediscover themselves physically and emotionally. Our high quality residential centre can provide a relaxing and attractive environment which also helps recovery.

Residential rehab brings sustained contact with people who understand why you are there and who are all there to help addicts recover and work towards long-term recovery. Our residential rehabilitation centre has on-hand integrated medical and counselling staff who can offer many types of support.

Residents who need it can take advantage of a medically supervised stabilisation or detoxification programme that removes physical dependence on harmful substances or behaviours. We also provide medical detoxification and CBT treatment as an integral part of the rehabilitation programme.

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Stages of alcohol addiction treatment

Alcohol addiction is hard to beat and likely be a lot more difficult if you attempt to do it yourself. However, if you are addicted to alcohol, and you feel like you need help to beat it: there is help for you. The first step in treating alcohol addiction is realising there is a problem. Once you acknowledge you have a dependency to alcohol, you can then start your recover journey with the help of a professional.

Alcohol Rehab is an alcohol 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. It 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.

Alcohol detox

The detoxification phase of addiction rehab treatment, is dedicated to safely removing all harmful substances from your system. It is important this is done in a controlled and safe environment as withdrawal can cause shock to the body and can be unsafe to carry out without a trained professional.


Due to the potential side effects of an alcohol withdrawal, you will first need to undergo a full medical examination by a doctor as there may be a requirement to use medications to help wean your body off alcohol. The time it takes to complete detox is fully dependant on how severe your addiction is.

During detox, you will 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.

Alcohol rehab

Private Drug and Alcohol RehabThe alcohol rehab phase of your treatment focuses on a wide range of therapies and treatments used to help you manage your addiction triggers. It is during the rehab stage of addiction treatment that you will learn how to cope with and manage everyday situations you may have to face once you leave the rehab centre.

Alcohol Withdrawal symptoms

The withdrawal symptoms individuals experience when they stop drinking alcohol vary depending on factors such as the severity and length of their addiction. In some cases, individuals can experience serious symptoms such as delirium tremens. However the most common common physical and psychological symptoms include

Physical symptoms of alcohol withdrawal:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Shaking
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • High temperature and/or chills
  • Excessive sweating

Psychological symptoms of alcohol withdrawal:

  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Confusion
  • Irritability and agitation
  • Intense cravings for alcohol

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How Ocean Recovery can help with your addiction treatment

Ocean Recovery is a leading drug and alcohol rehab clinic offering a comprehensive alcohol addiction treatment programme along with a free 1-year aftercare service.

Operated by the Step One Recovery; a company dedicated to providing a collection of excellent treatment and rehabilitation centres across the UK, Ocean can best place you in an addiction rehab centre that best caters to your needs.

Each rehabilitation programme is tailor made for the client to ensure that maximum chances of recovery and our team bring a range of skills and experience to assist all aspects of an individual’s life.

As well as having some of the best therapists in the industry, our clients work closely with those who have previously suffered from addiction themselves and are able to explore in detail the issues behind their addiction with people that understand.

Addiction Treatment aftercare with Ocean recovery

Alcoholism is a lifelong condition, and you will be faced with challenging situations during the course of your life after rehab. While attending residential treatment, you will create a long-term recovery plan, along with learning healthy coping mechanisms to overcome any alcohol relapses.

Aftercare is an essential part of your addiction treatment journey and in keeping you on track to a sober life. At Ocean recovery, access to 1-year free aftercare support is provided to all our clients. This will also help your family for the methods to help you transition back into your home environment.

During your aftercare programme, you will have access to a number of treatments such as

• Group therapy sessions
• Counselling
• Holistic therapy

No matter how long the rehab process takes, we are here to guide the way. See this period as an investment in yourself and your future, helping you lead the life you deserve. This is your time to work on yourself, returning home armed with lifesaving and changing tools. Whether you require a listening ear or advice on future steps, our team is here for you.

Finding Alcohol Rehab near me?

As a leading UK-based drug and alcohol addiction rehab provider, we have successfully provided effective addiction treatment programmes that 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.

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.

Our admissions team will give you no obligation to choose the best treatment options for your current circumstance in one of the many rehab centres across the UK. Call them today on 01253 847 553 or fill in our online contact form.


Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing the right rehab treatment provider can be a life-changing decision; here are some of the most common questions we are asked pre-admission.

What are the Signs of an Alcohol Addiction?

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.

Why Should I Consider Residential Rehab?

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.

How Long Does Alcohol Rehab Typically Take?

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.

How Much Does Alcohol Rehab Cost?

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.

Will I Still Receive Help After I Receive Treatment?

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.

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: March 16, 2022

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.

Dr Alexander Lapa - Clinical Reviewer at Ocean Recovery

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Clinical Reviewer - Last reviewed: February 24, 2022

MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
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