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How to Get Fast and Effective Help with Drinking Problems

Lisa Taylor
Lisa TaylorAddiction Counsellor

How much do you know about alcoholism and alcohol abuse? Do you know how to tell how severe a drinking problem is? If nothing else, you hopefully know that someone who is drinking more than he or she should need to seek professional help. Professionals are in the best position to figure out what's going on and devise a solution. If you require help with drinking, we hope you will consider professional treatment.

As an independent referral and advice organisation, we assist alcoholics and their families who are ready to get help. We do so by counselling with them to figure out the severity of the problem and then recommending a private clinic or another service provider capable of offering treatment. Our referrals depend heavily on whether the person in question is a problem drinker, alcohol abuser, or alcoholic.

Please understand that not all drinking problems qualify as alcoholism. Some problems are relatively minor and easily overcome with medication and counselling. Others are severe enough as to require a residential treatment programme complete with medically supervised detox and rehab therapy. If you need help with drinking, the first step is to figure out how severe your problem is. Then we can work on getting you fast and effective help.

Stage 1 – Problem Drinking

It will be easier for you to understand how we determine the best course of treatment for our clients if you understand the three stages of alcohol misuse. The first stage is classified as problem drinking. It is typified by the drinker regularly exceeding generally recommended levels of safe alcohol abuse. At the current time, those levels are 3 to 4 units of alcohol per day for men and 2 to 3 units per day for women.

The problem drinker may exceed these levels a couple of times every few weeks without thinking much of it. He or she might also go right up to the limit by consuming alcohol every day of the week. The problem drinker has not yet reached the point of abuse, but he or she may be well on the way.

Stage 2 – Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse is often the diagnosis for someone who exceeds safe levels of drinking on a frequent basis. The abuser may be a person who spends every evening in the pub or uses free time on the weekends to binge drink. Abusers also tend to be the kinds of people who believe alcohol has to be part of every social situation.

There is a fine line between advanced alcohol abuse and alcoholism. It is a line generally defined by tolerance or the lack thereof. The abuser may drink enough to routinely exceed safe levels but still have yet to develop the condition of tolerance that eventually becomes addiction.

Stage 3 – Alcoholism

The final stage of alcohol misuse is alcoholism. Sometimes we refer to this stage as one of dependence or addiction. The term used to describe it is immaterial; what is important is the fact that the alcoholic has developed tolerance and complete dependence. The person now has a genuine medical condition that affects the mind, body, and spirit.

The alcoholic is easily identified due to the fact that alcohol controls every aspect of his or her life. Drinking is part of work, home life, recreation, and just about everything else. Should the individual decide to stop drinking alcohol for any length of time, physical withdrawal symptoms begin manifesting themselves.

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Getting the Right Kind of Help

In light of the three stages of alcohol misuse, it should be apparent that getting the right help with drinking is a matter of matching up the severity of a person's problem with the right kind of treatment provider. That is what we do. We speak directly with clients for the purposes of assessing where they now stand. We look at how much they drink, how often they drink, how drinking affects their lives, and anything in their past that might be relevant. This comprehensive assessment helps us to determine which stage we are dealing with.

We are happy to say that we have access to a tremendous amount of resources that can help all sorts of people struggling with alcohol regardless of the stage they are in. Below is a short sampling of what we might discuss when you contact us:

  • Problem Drinkers – Problem drinkers still in the earliest stages of a drinking problem rarely need long-term medical treatment. We might suggest counselling with a private provider or a visit to the GP where medications to control cravings can be obtained. Participation in an alcohol abuse group might also be recommended.
  • Alcohol Abusers – Alcohol abusers are often the most difficult to channel into treatment because they are right in the middle stage. Some do very well with doctor-prescribed medications and participation in a local support group; others might need more aggressive therapy that could include an outpatient rehab programme.
  • Alcoholics – Clients suffering from full-blown alcoholism are most often referred to private residential clinics. We have found that residential rehab is the most effective tool because it provides medical supervision, rehabilitative therapy, individual help and support, and a controlled environment that is conducive to recovery.

The fastest and most effective way to get help with drinking is to get in touch with us. We are experts in the field of recovery services because it is all we do. Rather than spending weeks or months trying to research treatment options by yourself, we can have you started on the road to recovery with just one phone call. We have already done the research for you. We know what services are available in your local area.

Recovery Takes Time, Get Started Now

We speak of fast and effective help with drinking for one very good reason: recovery takes time. People do not develop drinking problems overnight; they develop them over a prolonged period of drinking. This applies especially to the alcoholic. It may have taken that person months or years to progress from problem drinking to alcoholism. Recovery will certainly not be completed with one counselling session.

The key to a fast and effective recovery is to get started right away. The sooner you make the decision to seek treatment, the sooner you will have access to the professionals and the proven treatments they offer. Delaying your treatment only prolongs your problem and increases the chances that it will continue to get worse.

We can help you find a treatment programme and clinic in your local area. Because we work with service providers all over the UK, getting help with drinking is not confined to just one or two clinics that could be on the other side of the country. Get in touch with us now so we can talk about your drinking problem in a professional and medically appropriate way. If you do need help, we can get you connected.

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