Recovering From Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction is pervasive, and destroys the life not only of the individual in addiction, but the lives of their family and loved ones around them too.
Abbeycare understand the fingerprint of addiction and have helped hundreds (if not thousands) to recover. This means:
- Detoxing physically and chemically
- Addressing the underlying psychological issues driving the addiction, and
- Setting up strong aftercare supports to ensure future sobriety.
Abbeycare operate an abstinence based alcohol rehab recovery programme. We know from experience, that the only way an alcoholic will have a realistic chance of maintaining sobriety, is if (s)he makes a life-long commitment, never to consume alcohol again.
Accordingly, this is what we expect from our clients. Abstinence from alcohol is a big decision…a lifestyle choice – it is a commitment to change, and to re-organise much of life around this. From the outset, most alcoholics are not yet ready to make this commitment, which is why our program is structured in a specific sequence and order, for best results.
Rather than simply taking the coping mechanism of alcohol away, with no means to cope with the issues that surface, our alcohol addiction treatment programme helps alcoholics detox safely and comfortably, and get help and support to identify and address the underlying, causal issues.
We can then help set up supports for future, that can be turned to, instead of using alcohol as the only coping mechanism in life. With this greater understanding of addiction, and an array of supports to turn to, re-structuring life, and recovering from alcoholism becomes not only easier, but more realistic.
Why Alcohol Rehab?
Why choose alcohol rehab in a clinic, as opposed to other methods?
Alcohol rehab treatment in a clinic offers the most comprehensive, structured support, available. It is delivered by professionals in the field – many of them recovering from addiction personally – who know addiction inside out, and can provide the greatest personal insight possible, on your condition.
The specialist medical and care staff in an alcohol rehab clinic know the path, symptoms, and signs extremely well – they have the specialist knowledge that sadly public health care is often unable to deliver in a joined up approach.
Specialist addiction treatment therapists can recognise the alcoholic’s denial, excuses, and rationalisations almost immediately, for what they really are, and assist the person, in breaking them down.
One-to-one interventions and care in a supervised environment offer the kind of insights into your individual pattern of addiction, that simply are not possible, in wider community settings. One insight here, as to *why* you’re addicted to alcohol – or what it’s doing for you (the benefits) – can be worth the cost of treatment alone.
An alcohol rehab programme in a dedicated clinic takes you away from the triggers, and associations, you normally encounter in daily life, and can give you the ’emotional breathing space’ to make therapeutic gains, and hold on to them, without being quickly triggered by something else in daily life.
The truth is, local Mental Health teams struggle to deal with the specialist nature of alcohol addiction. Of course, in our opinion, the positive intention of public health services is to be applauded – sadly it is simply an issue of resources, as opposed to expertise or positive intention.
While practical plans to cut down alcohol intake, or taper in a managed way, sound positive in theory, it’s rarely this easy in practice.
Is Residential Rehab The Right Choice?
If you recognise the pain and negative consequences alcohol addiction is inflicting on you and those around you, and you want a better life but don’t know how – then alcohol rehab may be an appropriate choice.
If you feel you need more specialist help than is available locally, or you need help from professionals who assist others like you every day – then rehab may be an appropriate treatment choice.
Many who choose to admit to rehab, have already tried other avenues of help, with no success, or perhaps were missing one vital insight in to their own personal pattern of alcohol addiction, that simply couldn’t be uncovered in mutual aid settings, or by a sponsor. In this case, alcohol rehab is an appropriate option to consider.
Choose rehab if you’re ready. Most importantly, alcohol rehab is an appropriate option for those who are truly ready for help.
What Is Alcohol Rehab?
Alcohol rehab usually means staying residentially in a clinic, to overcome alcohol misuse via physical detox, therapeutic help, and planning support for the future. You’d normally have your own room in the clinic, and participate in a daily agenda of recovery activities that help change thinking and behaviour around alcohol.
Detox .v. Rehab Treatment Options
All our residential treatment programs at Abbeycare include Detox, if necessary. However, detoxing is not rehabilitation. A full physical and chemical withdrawal and detox form alcohol is essential, however, detoxing alone does not address the mind, and the underlying issues behind the addiction in your life. Only rehab can achieve this.
Residential rehab .v. detoxing at home
Detoxing in a residential rehab offers a controlled, supervised approach that minimises risk and tailors treatment to your needs. A reputable rehab clinic will also offer therapeutic intervention, and appropriate aftercare planning as part of a standard program. Whereas, undertaking home detox, addresses only the physical and chemical withdrawal and symptoms from this, without resolving underlying psychological drivers behind the addiction, or avoiding day-to-day emotional triggers, whilst doing so.
Fully residential .v. Quasi-residential
Quasi residential addiction treatment means a semi-supervised environment, where clients will occupy a sober living accommodation during daytime hours, then return home in the evening. This approach often means costs are substantially lower. However, the standard of care, and long term outcomes, achieved by this approach are usually lower than a fully residential rehab centre setting.
Alcohol Treatment At Abbeycare
Rehab Program Overview
- Complimentary initial telephone assessment, advising on stay duration, detox options, costs, and next steps
- Custom care plan mapping out your personalised treatment strategy, and goals
- Detox – Medically supervised detox medication, administered over a period of days or weeks, that helps resolve cravings and withdrawal symptoms, making treatment comfortable
- Structured group therapy using a combined approach of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and the 12 step model.
- One-to-one addiction keywork sessions, with your individually assigned case manager, providing goal setting, motivation, and 12 step work support throughout your stay.
- Holistic and alternative therapy program such as reiki, reflexology, and massage
- Personalised aftercare planning support, including access to ongoing support groups.
- Dedicated family support groups, run weekly
- Optional CBT aftercare outpatient therapy
How long does alcohol rehab treatment in Abbeycare last?
Your time in the alcohol rehab programme can vary, for anything from 7-28 days or longer. This will depend on a number of elements, such as your previous relationship with alcohol, current intake level, physical health issues, mental health issues, and other specifics.
We can assess these with you individually, when you call, to arrive at a duration of stay, and associated cost.
How Rehab Works
All Abbeycare residential treatment options include detox, if you require it. You’ll meet with our medical team, shortly after admission to the clinic, and our consultant will decide upon the duration and nature of your detox.
This is usually simple prescribed medication, taken orally, at specific intervals. You’ll get help to take medication, as required, from our clinic team.
You’ll receive a personally assigned case manager – a member of our addiction team assigned to look after you, throughout your stay. Together you’ll agree upon the details of your treatment plan, and the goals you want to achieve from treatment, and beyond.
This is based in your needs. We use your treatment plan as an ongoing benchmark, throughout your stay, to help measure progress, and adjust it, as new insights and progress occur.
Our specialist rehabilitation therapists are Masters Qualified in Addiction and know it’s fingerprint.
Small group therapy sessions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy around 2-3 times per week will help you identify core beliefs, values, and underlying drivers associated with alcohol addiction in your life, and help you begin to address them.
Previous clients, who have attended other clinics, tell us our therapy is “at another level”.
At Abbeycare we deliver therapy in a small group setting. Do not underestimate the power of the group. Often, it is only with the contrast of others’ experience, that you’re able to place your own in context, and truly understand it.
You’re unlikely to get this kind of perspective in any outpatient setting, or attending meetings.
Who better to give you the context and perspective on life that you need, than your peers in the clinic, who have shared similar experiences themselves.
Additionally, the shared experience of your peers in treatment, who are further along the treatment program, is powerful. It acts as a mirror, to help you understand yourself better, where you hope to be soon, and what that will be like – this can be a huge motivator.
More than anything in addiction therapy, we want to help you:
- Understand the impact alcohol addiction has had on your life
- Make sense of events that led to your addiction
- Identify reasons and supports that kept your addiction in place
- Recognise and address trigger scenarios that led to alcoholism episodes, and how to prevent them in future
12 Step Program
At Abbeycare the alcohol rehab programme utilises CBT in combination with the 12 step model of treatment. We’ve found this a particularly effective approach to cover thoughts, behaviours, feelings, and the spirituality, of recovery, together.
No need to be concerned if you’re not religious, or haven’t found it useful before, as we take the best, most practical elements of the 12 step process, and apply in a practical way, to your recovery.
Meditation and Holistic Therapies
Once a week you’ll have your choice of complementary therapy like massage, reiki, or reflexology, to augment your emotional recovery and give you a taste of supports that could contribute to long term recovery in future.
Post treatment follow up and support (aftercare plan)
Around 75% of the way through your stay, for those staying with us 10 days or longer, we’ll begin planning aftercare with you.
- A practical plan for relapse prevention, taking account of your needs, and progress so far, in treatment
- A very down-to-earth daily plan for abstinence – what will my first day/week/month in recovery look like? What will I be doing? seeing? feeling?
- A look ahead to support the psychological elements of ongoing sobriety such as coaching from a sponsor, or attending specialist local recovery groups
- In some cases, signposting to secondary agencies for more specialist help, for those with complex mental health conditions, alongside other supports to turn to, if stressors arise in daily life.
Importantly, all of this is personalised to the individual, their location, their needs, and their insights in treatment, to provide the maximum security of long term progress.
What You Should Know
It should be made clear – that rehab is NOT a hospital setting, and is NOT a substitute for appropriate medical care.
Should you have concerns or questions re your health or the decision to admit to rehab, always consult your GP or qualified medical professional in the first instance.
How long will treatment take?
The length of stay needed for you personally will vary, depending on a number of factors, including your history with alcohol addiction, history of treatment, alcohol dependency level, and other health issues. We can advise on the duration of stay you need when you call us direct. Typically, a stay for alcohol help will be around 7-28 days or longer.
What will a clinic stay cost?
The costs of addiction treatment depend on the duration of stay, what you’re seeking help with, and your needs. Abbeybot can give you guideline personalised pricing, below. This will be subject to agreement from our admissions and medical teams, and is dependent on individual factors we account for during your initial call with us.
What’s the difference between alcohol rehab, and AA?
Addiction treatment in an alcohol rehab clinic is structured, personalised help, by medical and care professionals, in a supervised setting, away from triggers. AA and mutual aid meetings are no-cost support in the local community to help maintain abstinence through a fellowship, but without the structured elements of rehab care. Both are appropriate for different individuals, and at different points during alcohol treatment.
What’s the success rate of alcohol rehab?
Success rates of rehab vary, like many things in life, upon the effort and follow through you put in. A rehab clinic can provide the best therapeutic input and aftercare support imaginable, but if the individual doesn’t follow through, results may be lacking.
How quickly can my alcohol rehab treatment begin? When can I start?
For those with no complications, we can usually arrange admission for addiction treatment in 24hrs or less, if desired. For this, please contact us .
Where are your centres?
I have anxiety and depression, is rehab suitable for me?
The vast majority of our clients are struggling with anxiety and/or depression, in conjunction with alcoholism, it’s unusual not to see this! Rehab can normally help.
I have concerns about therapy in treatment – will I be asked personal questions?
Rehab and therapy mean being prepared for significant self-insight and a willingness to use this toward long term personal change. If you are not prepared to do this, rehab treatment may not be for you.
I’ve tried 12 steps treatment before and it didn’t work
Many of our clients have come from a background of life-long mutual aid attendance, but were missing an element of long term recovery, that was unique to them, and their pattern of alcohol addiction. Our hope is that you can experience both unique personal insights, and how this works together with the 12 steps, in treatment.
I have concerns about confidentiality, can I still get help?
In most cases, yes. Please ring us to discuss your concerns, and how we can work together to help you access treatment in confidence.
Can the cost of my treatment be covered by insurance?
In some cases, an appropriate private health insurance policy provider may choose to pay for your treatment, if applicable. A list of the providers we work with, is shown in the footer of the site. The first step is to call the insurer directly and ask if your personal policy covers alcohol addiction treatment. After completing some initial paperwork with the insurer, they can then contact Abbeycare with the required information. From there, we complete a normal brief assessment with you over the phone. Treatment can usually begin within 48hrs of authorisation from your insurer.
How many clients are in the clinic at any one time?
The maximum occupancies are as follows, however these are maximums and may not represent current occupancy levels – Abbeycare Scotland (21), Abbeycare Newmarket (14), Abbeycare Gloucester (31).
I have a family member or loved one who needs rehab but is in denial, how do I get help for them?
Sadly the denial that comes with alcoholism can be overwhelming, despite the obvious negative consequences in an alcoholics’ life being very obvious. We can’t force a loved one to get help against their will, however there are some ways to work with someone in denial. (Opens in a new window.)
Can I get funding for alcohol rehab from the NHS?
In most cases, local authority health care bodies are overrun with alcohol addiction cases requesting treatment, and demand outstrips resources, unfortunately.
Abbeycare work with only a few very select local authorities, who select clients based on their own criteria. Sadly the vast majority will not be eligible for NHS funding unless in the most extreme position, either physically or emotionally, and have exhausted all other avenues of treatment.
Should you wish to pursue NHS funding the first step would be to approach your GP, requesting a referral to your local addiction team. From there you would normally be assigned a keyworker with them, and attend their sessions as required.
Can I go back to drinking socially after rehab?
No. At Abbeycare we advocate a full abstinence-based approach to maximise the chances of long term sobriety.
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