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Lisa Taylor
Lisa TaylorAddiction Counsellor

Were you aware that alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the UK? Alcohol is such a problem that some estimates suggest that as many as 7% of the adult population exhibits some signs of dependence. Such astonishing numbers lead many of us to wonder how many more show signs of problem drinking or alcohol abuse. And how many of them will go on to dependence after failing to get help?

The realities of alcohol abuse are that which drive us to provide the free and confidential services we offer to clients. We work hard to connect people with alcohol rehab centres because we know how dangerous alcohol abuse is to both drinkers and their families. Like you, we do not want to see any more lives damaged by alcohol addiction or misuse.

Whether you are looking for help for yourself or someone else, you need to understand that alcohol abuse and dependence are problems that are almost impossible to overcome without professional intervention. That is why alcohol rehab centres exist. They provide both the medical and psychotherapeutic treatments that alcoholics need to conquer their addictions. Without such treatments, even those with the best intentions are likely to eventually return to drinking.

Speed Is of the Essence

A person wanting to get connected with an alcohol rehab programme can spend several weeks or months researching all of the options by him/herself. There is plenty of information on the internet to do just that. But why take that much time to research when we have done all of the research for you? You can get access to all the information you need simply by contacting our 24-hour helpline. In just minutes, you could be prepared and equipped to make a treatment decision.

What you need to know is that speed is of the essence insofar as alcohol treatment is concerned. We say this for a number of reasons. First, untreated problem drinking almost always develops into alcohol abuse. Likewise, untreated alcohol abuse almost always becomes alcoholism. The longer a person waits to seek treatment for an alcohol problem, the more likely it is that person will eventually develop full dependence on the drug. Alcohol dependence is far more difficult to overcome than problem drinking.

Second, alcohol consumption has a measurable negative impact on the human body. By the time a person has developed a clinical drinking problem, damage to the body has already started. Some of that damage may be irreparable if drinking continues long enough. Therefore, preventing as much damage as possible is a matter of stopping drinking as soon as one can. The sooner, the better.

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Lastly, clinical alcoholics who have persisted in their drinking habits over an extended amount of time gradually get closer and closer to the point when drinking will create a potentially fatal medical emergency. Simply put, persistent alcoholism damages the liver to the point where it no longer functions properly. Making matters worse is the fact that the damage is irreparable. The only hope for survival in such cases is a liver transplant.

Do you now understand why speed is of the essence where alcohol rehab is concerned? No good can come from you continuing to drink in the midst of a known drinking problem. The longer you persist in doing what you do, the greater the chances are that drinking will steal from you everything that is important. It will take from you and your finances, your family, your health, and eventually your life.

Start Treatment Right Away

You do have options if you are ready to seek treatment for a drinking problem. For example, you can utilise NHS services or choose one of the many privately run alcohol rehab centres located throughout the UK. We recommend private treatment.

Almost all of the private clinics we work with have ample bed space for new clients. It is quite likely that your contact today can lead to beginning treatment within 24 to 48 hours. In essence, your road to recovery begins the minute you make the decision to speak to one of our counsellors. Should you decide to go through the NHS instead, your treatment is likely to be delayed.

First of all, you will have to wait some time just to be able to see your GP. Once you eventually get a diagnosis from your doctor, you will then be referred to an outpatient detox and rehab programme operated through a local clinic. But the chances are high that you will have to wait for that as well. The problem with NHS services is that they are terribly oversubscribed. The NHS just does not have the resources to address all of those in need.

Private treatment gives you fast access to a local rehab clinic capable of beginning your treatment right away. Seeing that time is of the essence, does it not make sense to seek out private treatment rather than waiting on the NHS? That is why we focus our efforts primarily on helping people find private treatment as a first choice.

The Cost of Private Treatment

The one downside to private alcohol treatment is that clients must pay for it themselves. This sometimes means that the alcohol rehab cost we quote is out of reach for the person we are trying to help. In such cases, there is still hope. Consider the following possibilities:

  • Credit Card Payments – Virtually all the major alcohol rehab centres accept payment via credit card. Using a credit card to cover may not be optimal, but it is a way to obtain treatment if you do not have the cash on hand.
  • Pension Cash – Pension reforms now allow those who are at least 55 years old to access cash from their pension funds with limited tax liabilities. Making a modest withdrawal from your pension fund is another way to pay for private treatment.
  • Secured Loans – If you own property with equity, you may be able to get a secured loan that would enable you to pay for private alcohol rehab. Secured loans are available for amounts of up to £35,000; private rehab only costs a few thousand pounds on average.
  • Family Contributions – If you are genuinely serious about solving an alcohol problem, you may find your family is willing to donate to the cause. Within a large circle of extended family members and friends, you may be able to raise enough money to pay for treatment.

Time and money are both important factors that play into getting professional treatment for an alcohol problem. If you or a loved one is in need of help, remember this: undergoing treatment as quickly as possible is key to preventing any additional damage drinking might cause. We urge you to contact us so that we can help you find an affordable rehab clinic with available bed space in your local area.

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