If you or a loved one are looking for help and treatment for an addiction to alcohol, you have come to the right place! We understand that alcoholism and alcohol abuse is not a choice, but a life-threatening disease of the brain, that if left untreated, can tragically lead to an early death.
For many, alcohol is a way to relax and socialise, and if taken in moderation it is relatively harmless. But for an individual with alcohol addiction, it is anything but harmless.
Alcoholics lose the ability to control their drinking due to the disease of addiction hijacking their brain and compelling them to drink; regardless of negative consequences to their health, mental well being, finances, career and personal relationships.
Their only hope of a long term recovery is to achieve a complete change in thinking, perception, outlook and behaviour; we believe that our alcohol addiction treatment programme achieves just that.
What is Alcohol Addiction?
Alcohol addiction is a deadly and progressive disease of the brain. Defined by Public Health England (PHE) and The National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a “chronic relapsing brain disease”, it is much more than just drinking a bit too much.
As a life-threatening illness, alcoholism compels the individual to drink. This develops through substantial structural and chemical changes to the brain, that results from repeated exposure to alcohol.
Sadly, many die from alcohol addiction every year and the cost of alcohol to the UK’s NHS is around 21 billion a year!
Am I Drinking Too Much?
The UK’s Department of Health has recommended safe limits of drinking, which can be a useful tool to determine if you are drinking too much alcohol. However, just because you are drinking more than the recommended safe limits, does not necessarily mean you have an alcohol addiction; it just means you are drinking more than what is considered safe and that you should try to reduce your drinking.
The safe limits for men have now been reduced to the same as for women. For both men and women, the safe drinking limit over a 7 day period is 14 units of alcohol. It is also recommended that you spread the 14 units out, over the 7 days, and have a days break in between drinking. Drinking 14 units in any one day is binge drinking and can result in harmful consequences to your health through accidents or alcohol poisoning.
How Do I Reduce The Amount I Drink Safely?
This all depends on how much you are drinking, if you are dependent on alcohol, then a medical alcohol detox is strongly recommended. If you have tried to reduce your drinking but failed, then you may also need an alcohol detox or alcohol help.
If you are drinking heavily and regularly, quitting and going “cold turkey” is extremely dangerous for your health. We strongly advise that you contact us if you need help with alcohol detox so that it can be carried out safely and correctly within one of our CQC alcohol detox clinics.
Am I an Alcoholic?
Typically, alcohol addiction or the word alcoholic conjures up images of a person that needs to drink first thing in the morning, or who has lost everything and is drinking and living on the streets. Although this can apply, it is not the whole truth.
If you are an alcoholic, you will struggle to control your drinking once you start. Once you have managed to stop, even with the assistance of medical intervention and detox, you will struggle to stay sober.
Alcoholism will compel you to drink, despite perhaps swearing off drink the previous month, week, day or even that very same morning. There will be a distinct lack of control present when it comes to alcohol.
Who does Alcoholism Affect?
Alcoholism can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, upbringing, education or class. We have treated individuals for alcohol addiction from all walks of life.
Many alcoholics suffer negative consequences as a result of their continued drinking and the subsequent effect it has on them and their family. It is the consequences of alcohol addiction that eventually brings some individuals to a point where they can no longer continue as they are, and ask for help.
Do I Need an Alcohol Detox?
If you suffer from withdrawal symptoms that are relieved by taking another drink of alcohol, then yes you do need a medical alcohol detox to enable you to stop safely. This indicates alcohol dependence.
We can facilitate an alcohol detox for you within the safety of one of our many highly recommended rehabs located throughout the UK; please call us today for immediate help.
What are the Withdrawal Symptoms of Alcohol Dependence and Addiction?
If you have a dependence on alcohol, on stopping you will experience withdrawal symptoms that are debilitating. The more you are drinking, the more severe and dangerous these symptoms will be.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening if left untreated. This is why we recommend a full inpatient alcohol detox for anyone with alcohol dependence or addiction.
Symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol dependence and addiction include:
- Intense alcohol cravings
- Vomiting and diarrhoea
- Panic attacks and high levels of anxiety
- Palpitations or erratic heartbeat
- Insomnia and restlessness
- Delirium Tremens
- Alcoholic seizures
- Severe depression and suicidal ideation
Symptoms in bold above are extremely dangerous and can be life-threatening; emergency medical treatment is required if you develop them. Call 999 and ask for an ambulance.
What is an Alcohol Detox?
PCP offers a full medical alcohol detox for anyone with a dependence on alcohol. Clinically, medical alcohol detox is proven to be the safest way to withdraw from alcohol.
At our detox and rehab centres, our doctors comprehensively assess our clients on admission for alcohol or drug dependence.
In the case of an alcohol dependence being identified, we will prescribe medication that will help to alleviate the majority of alcohol withdrawal symptoms and drastically reduce the chances of life-threatening symptoms developing.
Whilst you are undergoing an alcohol detox with us, you will be supervised throughout by our dedicated team of Counsellors, therapists and medical staff.
By undergoing an inpatient medical detox, you are vastly increasing your chances of successfully stopping alcohol without endangering your life.
Will an Alcohol Detox be Enough to Stop me Drinking?
If you have an alcohol addiction, a detox will only serve to remove alcohol successfully and safely from your body. It will not address the psychological aspect of addiction, which is the crux of the problem. You will be highly likely to relapse, due to having the same mindset as before you underwent detox.
Alcohol detox is rarely enough to stop an individual with alcohol addiction from drinking again.
Alcohol relapse, where there is an addiction present, always invariably ends up being worse than before, due to the nature of this progressive disease.
For any individual undergoing alcohol detox, a full rehabilitation programme is strongly recommended in order to stay alcohol-free.
At PCP we offer a number of highly effective alcohol treatment programmes that are adapted to your individual circumstances and specific medical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and social treatment needs.
Alcohol Addiction Rehabilitation
Alcohol addiction requires comprehensive rehabilitation in order to overcome the addiction and stop drinking once and for all. PCP’s alcohol rehab programmes incorporate many evidence-based proven treatments for alcohol addiction, that treat you as a whole individual – assisting to heal the mind, body and spirit.
We offer short term and long term inpatient programmes, sober living accommodation and free aftercare.
No one need die from alcoholism, we are here to help you recover every step of the way.
Do I Need Alcohol Rehab?
Alcohol rehab is life-saving if you have lost the ability to control your drinking, and so is needed if you suffer from alcohol abuse (binge drinking), alcohol dependence or alcohol addiction.
Benefits of Alcohol Addiction Rehab Treatment
There are many benefits to undergoing a detox and rehabilitation programme for alcohol dependence, abuse or addiction at one of our established and exemplary alcohol rehabs, including:
- You will undergo a full medical alcohol detox for any dependence that is established
- You will be in a safe and healing environment, offering 24/7 support and care
- You will learn essential relapse prevention techniques
- You will undergo a comprehensive and bespoke rehabilitation treatment programme
- You will make a network of new like-minded, recovery focused and supportive friends
- You will leave rehab alcohol free and have to tools to stay alcohol free!
Alcohol Addiction Recovery
If you or a loved one need help with an alcohol problem, we can facilitate urgent or pre-booked admissions for an alcohol detox and recovery programme, today.
Don’t waste another day as a slave to alcohol; we can help you to break free and show you how to live an alcohol-free life. Call or contact us for more information on how we can help.