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Beating Alcoholism - Help From People Who have Succeeded

Lisa Taylor
Lisa TaylorAddiction Counsellor

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Imagine being faced every day with the thought that there is something drastically wrong in your life, something you cannot do anything about. This is just one of the many traumatic thoughts alcoholics experience on a regular basis. You already know what we are talking about if you are struggling with a drinking problem. You know there is something wrong, yet you feel utterly powerless to fix the problem.

We want you to know that beating alcoholism is possible with the right kind of treatment and support. Thousands of people enter rehab programmes every year, rehab offered by private clinics and other service providers. Many of them come out the other end sober and ready to learn how to live the rest of their lives without alcohol. You can be among them.

Overcoming alcoholism starts with a choice to accept that you have a problem. Once you come to terms with that, you are in a much better position to receive the help and support from people who want to come alongside you. We will address that help and support in this guide, but here's a little secret you might want to know before we get started: many of the people who work in the field of alcohol recovery do what they do because they have gone through the same things themselves. As former alcoholics, they want to help their clients succeed in the same way they succeeded with the assistance of others.

Residential Rehab for Alcoholism

Anyone looking at the possibility of beating alcoholism has a number of treatment options to choose from. The first choice and the one we prefer is residential rehab at a private clinic. You should know that the NHS no longer provides residential treatment despite having done so in the past. All residential alcohol programmes are now the domain of private clinics.

We prefer residential rehab for the following reasons:

  • Concentrated Treatment – Where the NHS has to deal with every imaginable illness and injury, private clinics are able to concentrate all of their efforts on alcohol recovery. Such concentrated treatments tend to be more thorough as a result. They can also be customised in relation to each client's individual needs.
  • Treatment Length – Completing treatment in a residential programme tends to be faster than treatment through the NHS. Residential programmes can last anywhere from 3 to 12 weeks depending on need. Imagine being completely alcohol-free and prepared to live a life of sobriety just three months from now.
  • Recovery Environment – One of the ways residential treatment succeeds so quickly is by providing an environment that is very conducive to recovery. Clients are separated from their daily routines and placed in an environment that encourages introspection, openness, and the freedom to find recovery in whatever ways work best.
  • Medical Supervision – Residential rehab is accompanied by medical supervision 24/7. By contrast, the medical supervision supplied by an outpatient programme is only available during daily sessions. It ceases at the end of the day when the client goes home.
  • Experienced Providers – The doctors, nurses, and therapists that work for private clinics have a tremendous amount of experience in the field of recovery. GPs and other NHS workers may lack that specialised experience.

We mean no disrespect to the NHS and the hard-working men and women who provide healthcare to UK residents. But the fact remains that the NHS system is overwhelmed by demand to such a degree that it cannot focus adequate attention and resources on alcohol recovery. This is why we prefer residential rehab.

If residential rehab at a private clinic is not right for your situation, we will not hesitate to refer you to an NHS programme or services provided by independent counsellors, alcohol charities, and support groups. As far as we are concerned, the goal of beating alcoholism is more important than worrying about where you actually receive treatment.

3 Things That Will Be Required of You

You can conquer your drinking problems with the help and support of others who have succeeded in doing so. No drinking problem is so severe that it cannot be addressed with proper treatment and support. But understand this: medical and psychotherapeutic treatments can only go so far toward beating alcoholism. There are a few things that will be required of you if you want treatment and support to succeed.

First and foremost is a willingness to undergo a treatment programme. Studies have proven that alcoholics who voluntarily enter treatment are more likely to succeed than those who are forced. It makes sense. A person who willingly undergoes treatment is likely to have a genuine desire to beat alcoholism as opposed to someone who has been forced into a programme. Forcing treatment on someone only engenders bitterness and resistance.

The second thing that will be required of you is a 100% commitment. Why? Because the only true cure for alcoholism is abstinence. Only you can commit to abstinence and then follow through on it. No one else can do it for you.

Going into rehab with a 100% commitment also involves a readiness to do everything you are asked to do. Some of the treatments your therapists choose might seem foolish to you, but they know what they are doing. Follow all the instructions given and do not an attempt to undermine your therapists. They know how to treat you in a way that will achieve the best results.

The third and final thing that will be required of you is a commitment to continue with aftercare once your residential programme is done. Aftercare picks up where the residential facility has left off, providing additional support and treatment services designed to prevent relapse.

Please understand that beating alcoholism is a process that may continue for months after treatment is complete. Statistically speaking, recovering alcoholics who relapse generally do so within 12 months of residential treatment. Therefore, it is imperative that you take advantage of aftercare services during that first year. Aftercare includes ongoing counselling, support group participation, and other therapies as deemed necessary by the professionals who treated you at the clinic.

You Can Beat Alcoholism

We have provided you with a significant amount of information about beating alcoholism. Now, what will you do with it? Alcoholism is a condition that affects both the body and mind, but it is not a condition that you have to live with for the rest of your life. Alcoholism can be permanently overcome if you want it badly enough.

Your journey to recovery can begin right away if you are willing to contact us. We are an independent organisation offering alcoholics and their families free assessments, sound advice, and referrals to treatment providers. We do what we do because we are genuinely concerned about the health and welfare of those struggling with drinking problems.

Beating alcoholism is possible. If you are ready to admit you have a problem, willingly enrol in a treatment programme, and give recovery a 100% commitment, we can connect you with a private rehab clinic or another service provider capable of treating you. What's more, you don't have to wait. Contacting us today could mean beginning your treatment within 24 to 48 hours.

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