Getting Help for an Alcohol Addiction

Getting Help for your Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol is an addiction, whether its alcohol, drugs, social media, porn or eating it is caused by suppression of feelings.

When we are feeling low, many of us turn to distractions that start out as comforts and quickly escalate to become addictions to the point where we can’t live without that craving.

The first step for the addicted person is recognising that you have a problem (addiction problem). The next step is to get help by calling a self-help number or visiting your GP and talking to them about your problems.

Treatment options for addiction depend on several factors, including what type of substance, it is and how it affects the patients. Typically, treatment includes a combination of inpatient and outpatient programs, counselling (psychotherapy), self-help groups, pairing with individual sponsors, and medication.

Treatment Programs

There are treatment programmes available for people with alcohol addictions which focus on getting sober and preventing relapses. Individual, group or family sessions may form part of the programme. Depending on the level of addiction, patient behaviours, and type of substance this may be in outpatient or residential settings.

Psychotherapy

This can often be a good starting point, when you first realise you have a problem. The first point of call is your GP who will refer you if he feels this is necessary. Although be prepared to endure a long wait when going through the NHS as there is often a long wait for an appointment and when you finally get an appointment they only offer 6 sessions.

Self-Help Groups

These groups can be extremely effective for the patient to open up and meet with people who suffer from the same problem. Self-help groups can be a useful source of education and information too.

Private alcohol addiction rehabs can help end addiction, and rebuild a person’s life when they hit rock bottom. Educating, facilitating and support is a process that’s crucial to ending the pain, suffering and self destructive path that a loved one going through an alcohol addiction or any other addiction.

We do recover have the largest network of private alcohol addiction treatment centres in South Africa, the UK and Thailand. Please call 0800 955 4357 from the UK or 082 747 3422 from SA.

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