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Overcoming Alcoholism with Alcohol Treatment

Lisa Taylor
Lisa TaylorAddiction Counsellor

Alcoholism continues to be a huge issue in the UK, with increasing numbers of alcohol-related deaths. Most experts now agree that anybody suffering from alcoholism should receive alcohol treatment to overcome.A recent report from Public Health Wales has highlighted that a vast number of those who died from alcoholism over a recent ten-year period had no access to alcohol treatment services even after being admitted to hospital repeatedly.

Avoiding Potential Risks

For the first time, the health records of 7,901 people who died from alcoholism between the years of 2005 and 2014 were analysed, and the subsequent findings were concerning. Fewer than 25% of the cases were subject to an assessment for specialist alcohol treatment while the rest had no contact with any substance misuse treatments. The vast majority of these alcohol-related deaths were due to the individual abusing alcohol heavily over several years and having been admitted to hospital and A&E on many occasions. Yet why were these people not given any support regarding assessment and alcohol treatment?

Barriers

Programme and national lead for substance misuse at Public Health Wales, Josie Smith, explained, “We knew anecdotally, and now from the findings of this report, that not enough people are seeking help for their problems with alcohol. This may be due to a range of cultural and service barriers. We know that often people do not think they have a problem with alcohol because they do not need to drink every day or ‘to have a drink first thing in the morning’. However, we know that alcohol affects different people in different ways and that for some people, even regular heavy drinking will be enough to damage their health.”

Stigma

Josie believes that many individuals will allow their addiction to carry on without ever receiving any alcohol treatment as they do not want to be classed as an alcoholic due to the stigma that surrounds addiction. The primary cause of the alcohol-related deaths discovered in the 2005-2014 report was alcoholic liver disease, which claimed the lives of 66% of the 7,901 individuals. One in five of the deaths was due to fibrosis and cirrhosis of the liver. Josie went on to say, “The truth is, if alcohol is affecting your life in negative ways, then that is the time to get support and work to more positive patterns of drinking – the earlier, the better. The results of this report are especially pertinent now as we come to the end of Dry January and some people return to their usual patterns of alcohol consumption. If you think that you need to talk to someone about your drinking, then now is a good time to find out where your local services are.”

Support

If you require assistance for trying to overcome alcoholism, contact us here at Alcohol Rescue. We specialise in assisting those dealing with alcohol addiction and offer effective alcohol treatment solutions for them. Should you require any further information on the treatments or clinics we recommend, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today and we will do everything we can to help you.

Source:

  1. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/health/thousands-people-who-died-alcohol-12531737
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