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Are you concerned either your own or your loved one’s drinking has crossed the line into alcohol dependence or addiction? Do you wish to learn more about alcohol rehab clinics in your local area?

Alcohol is, in essence, a poison which can lead to life-threatening illnesses. These include alcohol-related liver disease, physical functional problems and heart disease. A quarter of the population admits they drink more than the recommended daily amount on a regular basis.

Alcoholism can set in when you least expect it. Seeking help is essential to reduce the damage of alcohol abuse on your family, career, social life and personal health.

Alcoholism is also capable of leaving lasting psychological and emotional damage on those it touches. Reversing alcoholism’s negative effects takes an entire year of abstinence, according to estimations.

There are more than 2.5 million deaths across the entire globe every year due to alcoholism. And it is estimated that over 140 million people suffer from alcoholism worldwide. Attending an alcohol rehab clinic is perhaps the most effective way of ensuring you or your loved one do not fall victim to this fate.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions relating to alcohol rehab clinics:

What is Alcoholism?

Much like alcohol dependence and alcohol addiction, alcoholism is signified by a loss of control over drinking. It is also referred to as alcohol use disorder, which has three categories: mild, moderate, and severe. Side-effects occur if the sufferer goes without treatment, it is easy for a mild dependence to spiral downhill.

Alcoholism can be considered an illness in its own right, a fact which is accepted by medical professionals throughout the world. Alcoholism is progressive in its development and means the sufferer has little power over the illness’s growth.

Alcohol addiction is also defined by the sufferer being unable to function properly without alcohol in their system. This alone leads to a variety of negative implications.

Painful and even life-threatening withdrawal symptoms is what characterises alcoholism. Professional intervention is always recommended to ensure success. Those who are battling alcoholism often attempt to quit drinking or cut down alone, but cannot do so.

Chronic alcoholism usually takes many years to develop and usually has its origins in the sufferer’s youth.

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What is Alcohol Rehab?

A residential alcohol rehab centre is somewhere that a person with substance addiction can go to receive treatment. For substance addictions, such as alcohol and drugs, medicated detox is often required.

Alcohol rehab refers to a specialised rehabilitation facility that caters to addiction treatment. Treatment within alcohol rehab clinics may include a medicated detox if there is physical dependence.

This should be an important factor in your consideration. Psychological programmes will then address the behavioural and habitual patterns of addiction.

Group therapy, one to one counselling, anxiety and anger management classes will address these issues.

We also offer holistic therapies such as acupuncture, art therapy, reflexology, equine therapy, and yoga. Psychological and medical care within our clinics offers a safe and supportive environment.

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Common Symptoms of Alcoholism

The nature of addiction means that lying and secrecy come naturally to those who are battling with it. Sometimes there are clues and signs that could indicate an issue with alcohol. Below we have listed some of the most common signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction and alcohol abuse to look out for:

  • Failure to control their drinking
  • Experiencing unpleasant shakes
  • Lying about their drinking
  • Denying that they have a problem
  • Craving the first drink of the day
  • Attempting to quit but failing
  • Being unable to function without alcohol
  • Regular blackouts and memory loss as a result of their drinking
  • A decline in their physical health
  • Showing signs of anxiety or depression

Financial problems may arise due to the excessive usage of substances. Normal lifestyle patterns and behaviour are affected and the person will begin to ‘miss out’ on things in order to satisfy their addiction. You may be concerned about someone’s health and psychological well-being as a result of addiction.

For more information on what to look out for if you are worried about someone’s alcohol use, visit our signs of alcohol addiction page.

Do I Need To Go To Rehab?

There is often a thin line between social drinking and alcohol drinking addiction. Knowing when to go to alcohol rehab can change your and your family’s lives for the better. If your social and professional lives have been suffering as a result of your alcohol drinking, then it might be time to consider rehab.

Establish a form of self-assessment test where you ask yourself a set of questions that determine whether you need rehab or not. Be honest and answer frankly.

  • Do you drink alcohol whenever and wherever you are?
  • Do you suffer from withdrawal symptoms when you don’t drink for a few days?
  • Do these symptoms go away when you start drinking again?
  • Are you hiding your alcohol consumption from your loved ones and friends?
  • Is your professional career suffering as a result? Have you recently lost your job or gotten into financial trouble?
  • Do you think you have no control over your consumption?
  • Do your friends and family keep telling you that you drink too much?
  • Have you done alcohol rehab before but it was ineffective?

If you have answered yes to most of those questions, then you should consider going to rehab. For more information, fill in this questionnaire and a member of our referrals team will be in touch to assist you.

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Understanding The Alcohol Rehab Process

When you come to the clinic, you’ll go through a process called the rehab process. There are several stages to this procedure, and there are usually only minor differences from clinic to clinic. But this is what you can expect from alcohol rehab in general:

When you come to the facility, you'll get assessed by professional medical staff - they will make checks on your physical and mental condition.

Upon that, they will determine the course of your rehab, which is different for every individual and tailored from case to case.

Arguably the toughest part of the rehab process is detoxification. Here, the patient will receive medication that will help them detoxify their bodies from alcohol. In the meantime, the patient will experience withdrawal symptoms that will range from severity.

How long you've been drinking and how much can be factors in the severity of these symptoms. We'll help you get through the symptoms, either with care or with medications.

Staying clean for a prolonged period is tough, but a crucial part of having a quality life. You will have to face the real world and the challenges that come with it. We'll provide ongoing treatment options and support if you need them.

At the same time, joining various support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, can be beneficial.

What To Expect From an Alcohol Rehab Programme?

If you enter our alcohol rehab centre, you will receive world-class alcoholism treatment. You will initially be subject to detox, where alcohol will be purged from your body over a 5-10 day period. You will be subject to 24 hours a day medical observation during this time and a range of prescription drugs will be offered to you.

You’ll also have the option to choose between complete alcohol rehab and detox. The main difference between the two is that with alcohol rehab, you’ll have access to therapies and sessions that will address your physical and mental state, in addition to the detox. It will last longer, but it will also be more successful, from our experience.

These drugs ease otherwise painful withdrawal symptoms during your alcohol rehab programme. Once alcohol detox is completed, alcohol rehab becomes more about overcoming mental causes of alcoholism. This entails a number of therapies and counselling sessions where new positive coping strategies are taught.

At Rehab 4 Addiction, you receive alcohol rehab treatment in a respectful and understanding manner. The bond of trust between the patient and our team is of the utmost importance. The main goal of our alcohol rehab programme is to ensure alcohol addiction is kept at bay for the remainder of your life.

A solid support system will be put in place for when you leave our centre in the form of your personalised relapse prevention plan.

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Are There Benefits to Inpatient Treatment?

A residential alcohol rehab clinic is generally considered the best place to receive treatment and detox for alcohol-related issues. This is because there are medical and professional staff available around the clock to supervise a safe detox, ensure the individual is as comfortable as possible and provide appropriate support during what can be an uncomfortable and unsafe experience without the right treatment and care.

Some alcohol withdrawal symptoms are unmanageable alone. Undergoing detox without medical supervision increases the chance of an unsuccessful detox. It’s also risky that these symptoms can be harmful and even deadly.

With medical supervision, you’ll get the proper support and care that’s needed during detox, and medications that are needed to alleviate the severity of the symptoms.

Residential alcohol rehab centres also offer a comprehensive and structured therapeutic programme to help address the psychological dependence on a substance or behavioural pattern. A residential alcohol rehab clinic will focus on both physical and psychological dependence.

A residential alcohol rehab centre is often the preferred option for treating addictions. Community or out-patient treatments provide therapeutic support; however, an intensive period of time spent living with peers and having constant access to professional help is likely to lead to a better outcome long term.

The National Treatment Outcomes Research Study (NTORS) demonstrates the benefits of residential alcohol rehab centres. Residential alcohol rehabilitation centre tended to address individuals with much more serious patterns of addiction, despite proof that residential rehab and community-based treatments had comparable outcomes.

This indicates that residential alcohol rehab may have a higher level of effectiveness when addressing cases beyond mild dependence.

Goals of Rehab

Each type of rehab will have its own goals. For alcohol rehab, there are three main goals to go with it:

  • Goal 1: Reduce and control your alcohol intake. This is a hard goal to achieve, but know that many people have done it before. It’s a necessary step to stop the addiction, and it will prevent you from slumping to addiction in the future. Living an alcohol-free life means living a quality type of life
  • Goal 2: Increase the quality of life. At the start of the rehab, the quality of life for individuals with addiction is seriously compromised. Many of them have lost their jobs, friends, and have financial problems. In addition, they have underlying mental disorders. This is everything that rehab seeks to improve
  • Goal 3: Reduce the risk of relapse. The real challenge after leaving rehab is staying sober and clean for longer. Ongoing treatment is recommended for the best results possible. Staying clean is a challenge when in the real world, as there are temptations all around you

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When Should Someone Seek Help For Alcoholism? 

Alcohol rehab treatment can be accessed by anyone who suffers from alcohol addiction. For some individuals, they may recognise when their alcohol use has become uncontrollable and understand that they need help.

For others, it may take a nudge in the right direction for them to recognise and become agreeable to help.

Rehab 4 Addiction has a wealth of experience with situations such as this and can help you to support your loved one in making the right decisions.

There are a number of warning signs that suggest someone would benefit from alcohol rehab. Their alcohol use may be affecting their social life and relationships in a negative manner. They may be irritable, secretive and dishonest to those around them. Their alcohol use may begin to have a negative impact on their work.

In severe and well-established cases of alcohol addiction, the person may begin to take part in criminal activities to fund their addiction. This includes stealing from family members.

You should find out about residential alcohol rehab clinics when you suspect you or your loved one is addicted to alcohol. You should also give a residential alcohol rehab clinic serious consideration when previous community treatment methods have been unsuccessful.

There are a number of ways for you to decide whether your loved one has an alcohol addiction. There may be noticeable behavioural or mood changes, such as agitation, secrecy and deception. Their behaviour may become very unpredictable.

Withdrawal symptoms are also a good indicator of alcohol dependence. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include sweating, increased heart rate, tremors, difficulty sleeping, feeling nauseous and vomiting, hallucinations, agitation, anxiety and seizures.

What Are My Treatment Options?

There are various treatment types and options to choose from. When you call a member of our team, we will complete an assessment to discover the nature and severity of your addiction. We will then discuss the following options with you:

We have listed some of your treatment options below:

Residential clinics can provide the most immediate access to alcohol addiction treatment. Residential alcohol rehab addiction treatment aims to break the habit and behaviours around an addiction. A fully medicated and supported detox will also be given where required.

When considering alcohol rehab treatment, it is important to choose a clinic that is most likely to offer suitable treatment and cater to the needs of the individual. Residential alcohol rehab can vary in terms of accommodation, treatment programme, activities and approach.
It is vital to choose the most appropriate treatment centre for you or your loved one.

This type of treatment is less intensive than inpatient treatment, but the patients still undergo detox - either in medical attention or at home. They also have access to various therapies and sessions at the clinic.

The main difference is that they will commute to the clinic, usually on a daily basis or several times a week. It can last from 8 weeks to several months, and it's an ongoing type of treatment.

These are relatively similar to outpatient treatments. The patients come to the clinic throughout the day for either one day a week, or for several days a week when they need support.

It's helpful for patients that come out of inpatient treatment and are struggling to cope with the real world. Strong support from the family is required. Daycare is appropriate for those who live near the clinic.

It is also possible to access private residential alcohol rehab overseas. This option can be particularly appealing to those individuals who have already accessed alcohol rehab with limited success.

By travelling overseas to access treatment, the person is completely removed from their problematic surroundings. Overseas treatment can also represent better value for money in some cases.

Types of Residential Alcohol Rehab Clinics

We work with a number of high-standard residential alcohol rehab clinics throughout the UK. It is important that you recognise what to look out for when searching for the most suitable treatment facility. It is a legal requirement that all rehab residential alcohol rehabilitation centres are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

This allows individuals to see whether residential alcohol rehabilitation centres meet the standards set out by the CQC. Rehab 4 Addiction only works with private residential alcohol rehabs which abide by CQC regulations.

You or your loved one can also access a private residential alcohol rehabilitation centre overseas. This option can be particularly appealing to those individuals who have already accessed treatment in the UK with limited success. By travelling overseas, the person is completely removed from their problematic surroundings.

What Are the Ongoing Aspects of Rehab?

These are all things that you can expect to experience frequently and on an ongoing basis during rehab.

  • Ongoing screening and monitoring for toxins: No matter the type of therapy, you’ll be tested for alcohol levels in blood or urine to determine how the therapy is going for you
  • Ongoing vocational rehab: Slow re-integration to the society is crucial with rehab. Patients will work with vocational specialists that will help them with getting their professional careers back on track – resume writing, getting work experience, education, and finding employment
  • Ongoing medical service: You can expect to be monitored constantly for your mental and physical health
  • Ongoing family support: As the families concerned can also suffer as a result of your addiction, you’ll get the chance to reconnect and be honest with your family. This includes family counselling, childcare, parenting education, and other services
  • Ongoing management of the case: Each and every patient responds differently to rehab, which is why we’ll manage your case individually

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Therapies Available During Alcohol Rehab

With inpatient and outpatient treatment, you’ll have access to these therapies. They will be more intensive with inpatient treatment.

The therapies we offer are listed below:

CBT it helps the patient change the negative beliefs and transform them into positive ones. This ultimately changes the behavioural patterns of a patient.

DBT similar to CBT, but it focuses slightly more on the behavioural side of things.

During group therapy, you'll listen to stories of other people and connect with them. Meaningful relationships and support are often a part of this therapy.

At any time you'll need support, our medical staff will be there for you. You can take part in one-on-one sessions where you can express your thoughts and concerns.
With meditation, you can relax your body and mind and start thinking positively. Additionally, you can achieve a form of mindfulness, where you get aware of your thoughts.

What Happens in a Typical Day of Alcohol Rehab?

In the morning, you’ll have a healthy breakfast. You can start the day with yoga or meditations to get you prepared for the day. After breakfast, you’ll participate in a group therapy session or individual sessions with a therapist.

After lunch, the sessions will continue. This is where the sessions will usually be the most intensive. There will be various types of therapies: CBT, DBT, group therapies, and one-on-one sessions. Of course, every patient will undergo the treatment that’s designed especially for their case. Some other forms of therapies might also happen during the afternoon, such as art therapies, dance, music therapies, or various workouts.

During your free time, you’ll have access to various free-time activities, which include various sports, reading, journaling, or meditation. In the evening, there might be 12 step sessions. After that, sleep is one of the most important aspects of therapy.

Understanding Withdrawal Symptoms

The first part of your treatment will involve an intensive detox, where all traces of alcohol are eliminated from your body. Your body is void of the substance it once relied on during this period. This can lead to unpleasant alcohol withdrawal symptoms. You can find out more about these symptoms by visiting this page.

The symptoms can range in severity, and usually achieve their peak after 48-72 hours of detox. It’s crucial that detox is controlled by the medical staff, as the symptoms can get rough. In some, but rare, cases, the symptoms may be fatal for a person. That’s why it’s important to keep a close eye on the patient during detox.

Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Tremors and shaking
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating

Severe withdrawal symptoms are:

  • Extreme confusion
  • Racing heart, high blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Fever
  • Excessive sweating

What is the Average Duration of Alcohol Rehab? 

Programme length can vary depending on the severity of the dependence, the situation, and the substance being taken. A minimum of a 6-week programme is recommended, although the longer the better. In cases where this is not feasible, a minimum detox period of 14 days can be arranged if suitable.

Detox programmes offer psychological and therapeutic support and are to be accessed as part of a full treatment plan. The National Treatment Outcome Research Study (NTORS) supports this aspect. Those who completed a minimum of 28 days in a treatment centre were four times more likely to maintain abstinence than some others, according to a 1996 study.

Detox in a residential alcohol rehab centre UK for an alcohol dependence typically takes around two weeks. However, the longer you can stay in a residential alcohol rehabilitation Centre, the better. Residential rehabilitation clinics typically recommend a minimum of four weeks for alcohol dependence.

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How Much Does a Private Alcohol Rehab Programme Cost?

The cost of private treatment programmes can vary depending on the duration, clinic and the amount of aftercare on offer.

Rehab 4 Addiction recognises that there is a deficit in the provision of affordable private rehabilitation alcohol addiction treatment in the UK. In order to find out the treatment that represents the best chance of success for all concerned, call one of our experienced advisors. Our advice is completely free and confidential.

We can offer guidance towards the best treatment options based on your individual circumstances, budget and needs. Our advisors are ethically bound to give you advice according to the latest evidence of what works.

Rehab 4 Addiction provides immediate access to rehab, alcohol treatment programmes and detoxification at a wide range of specialist treatment centres around the UK and abroad. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) fully regulates our services and we work with a number of UK clinics that offer comprehensive rehabilitation alcohol addiction treatment.

Call us today on 0800 140 4690 to speak with one of our advisors who have in-depth knowledge of the full range of treatment services and alcohol rehab clinics.

We understand that there may be concerns regarding treatment, particularly in terms of cost, location and success. That is why we are here. Our aim is to provide you with confidential and reliable advice regarding all areas of addiction.

Each advisor has a personal interest in working with addiction and receives an initial one-year additional training, plus intensive ongoing education and skills development to ensure that you are provided with the most reliable service possible.

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Ways to Help a Loved One To Rehab?

Alcohol addiction can have severe consequences, not just for the addicted person, but for everyone around them. Loved ones or friends can also experience suffering in their lives as a result of the addiction. That’s why these people are often at the forefront of helping the addicted person is going to rehab.

Of course, in the end, only the addicted person can decide for themselves to go to rehab. But there are things we can do to help them make that decision. The most important thing is that you don’t force them. This will only make matters worse, and their denial even stronger.

Don’t try to make excuses for their addiction. Do not attempt to confront them when they are intoxicated. Feeling responsible is also the wrong thing to do. Also, refrain from drinking alcohol in front of the addicted person. Instead, convey to them gently and with some care that you’re only trying to help them.

Don’t be overly aggressive about it; respect their privacy, and talk to them about this when you have the chance, and when they’re sober. Consider going to family counselling sessions where all the concerned parties will have the chance to express their thoughts and feelings.

For more information on how to help intervene when you think a loved one needs help in beating their addiction, click here. If the person you are concerned about is a young adult or teenager, we have a wealth of advice readily available on hosting an intervention for adolescents.


What Happens After Rehab?

After you complete your rehab, you’ll have the option to take part in ongoing treatment. Staying clean is an important part of life after rehab, but it will be challenging to do so at times. There will be temptations, so trying to stay strong and abstain is crucial.

  • Aftercare programmes – most rehabs will offer support and care for at least 12 months after rehab
  • Therapies – as a part of that aftercare, you’ll have access to individual, group, and family therapies that will help you on your path
  • 12 step meetings – a structured programme with the intention of shifting your mindset towards recovery
  • Support groups – join various support groups to receive support from peers
  • Follow up checks – from time to time, our centres will check-up on you to see how you are progressing

For more information on how we can help after your rehab programme has been completed, visit our aftercare page.

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In the end, choosing the best rehab centre is up to you, but there are some considerations that will make your decision easier. First, you should make sure that the centre offers sufficient and adequate facilities for rehab.

Consider what types of therapies and treatments they offer and whether they offer aftercare for you. Experienced and skilled medical staff should be a must.

We are a specialist healthcare service dedicated to treating addictive illnesses. There is no “one-size-fits-all solution”. To find out the treatment that represents the best chance of success for all concerned, call one of our experienced advisors.

If you are ready to enter alcohol rehab treatment then give Rehab 4 Addiction a call today. Alcohol rehab treatment could save your life and the cost of the treatment is usually minuscule in comparison to the cost associated with the continuation of addiction.

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This article was reviewed by Boris MacKay.  Boris is our editor-in-chief at Rehab 4 Addiction. He also covers a variety of topics relating to addiction and recovery. Boris is an addiction therapist and assists in the alcohol detox process.