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Alcohol Rescue Frequently Asked Questions

Alcohol Rescue have created this list of Frequently Asked Questions to assist in answering the most common questions people have regarding Alcohol Addiction Abuse, Treatment and Recovery.

We hope you will find these frequently asked questions and their answers useful in your search for information. However, it is important to point out that the answers we provide here are not meant to replace dedicated medical advice, but are here to provide simple information enabling you to have a reasonable understanding of the health consequences of alcohol abuse and dependence.

Please call our Free 24 hour Helpline and talk to our trained counsellors if you or a loved one has a problem with Alcohol.

All your Alcholism Treatment Frequently Asked Questions answered by our experts.
Questions about my Kids

We would say it’s almost impossible without outside help especially if he live away from the family home. The root of the problem needs to be identified before the road to a new life without alcohol can be achieved. We would recommend that he is given the support and love he needs as well as information in regards to help that is available, this is where intervention may also provide a useful route to your child identifying and addressing the problem.

Even if you think you might be wasting our time or you’re not sure if your loved one is abusing alcohol – please call us anyway. Our counsellors can speak to you for free. They can advise you on spotting the tell-tails signs of abuse and explain useful strategies on how to talk to her. When and if needed they can also advise you on the next steps.

Explaining they are normal and are just a party animal is actually a very typical way of trying to explain the signs of alcoholism. Another useful way is to listen the way your son talks about alcohol. Listen for things like the way they may get excited about the next planned drinking session or how they always go for the social occasion that will involve drinking. These are just a couple of examples, but it’s important to know that not all alcoholics drink 4 bottles of wine before breakfasts it more to do with their attitude towards drink and how the behave around it.

Yes, there are specialist rehab clinics that cater specifically for young adults. This is typically for those aged between 18 to 30. For those who are younger there is government youth agencies that deal with this age group. If rehab is the option you are considering for your child there are facilities outside the country that have the capacity to work with adolescents, these options are sometimes the best option to consider if the situation cannot be resolved by youth services .

Questions about mum and dad

It sounds like she has slipped into a more advanced stage of alcoholism. The best thing to do in this situation is to get her help before she gets into some serious trouble. Please call us on: and we can advise you on the next steps.

a. There are 10 or so signs to look for: i. Lying about drinking ii. Drinking in order to relax iii. Blacking out regularly iv. Being unable to stop once they start drinking v. Neglecting your responsibilities vi. Troubled relationships vii. Being able to drink more than anybody else viii. Experiencing withdrawal – a reaction to a lack of alcohol ix. Trying to quit, but being unable to because they need it too badly

No, getting the alcohol out of her system will not address often deep seated issues that need rooting out to help her to get over her addiction.

This sounds pretty bad, people usually drink for a reason and that reason could be being stuck at home with the kids and lonely. We recommend you give us a ring for a chat with one of our counsellors and they will advise you on what to do next.

When someone loves someone who is abusing alcohol it is very easy for them to become what it termed an “enabler”. This means that they try to take care of them, but this also frequently means the loved one with the addiction can continue drinking.

Relationship Questions

This is the ideal situation for a professional interventionist. Sometimes you need the kind of external help that has the right amount of confidence, persistence and empathy to get someone into treatment. Alcoholics will typically deflect the blame onto someone they love in order to avoid addressing the real reason they drink. This is the easy option for them, so yes, intervention in this instance would be the best course of action.

Again the quickest and best way to get help for your family is to get employ a professional interventionist.

Questions About Alcoholism

Most people that are having problems with alcohol are experts at hiding the signs. That said there are a lot of tell-tail signs you can look for depending the level of addiction they are struggling with. Some of the biggest signs are:

  1. They show massive tolerance (find that they have to drink more to get their desired effect from alcohol) This isn’t always the case, some individuals that suffer from alcoholism can have a low physical tolerance to alcohol. They can drink small amounts to have the desired effect. It is more about the thoughts and behaviours that are triggered once the physical craving is set off.
  2. They give up important work or personal activities in favour of drinking. In our experience this is very rare, yes in some cases this may be true, but on a whole the experience we have with alcoholism is that individuals who suffer with it are high achieving, highly functioning driven people. This may be used as a diversion from the issue at hand, but it is common amongst addicts and alcoholics.
  3. They spend a great deal of time getting alcohol, drinking it, and recovering from its effects. Again, this is not always the case with alcoholism, due to the social nature of alcohol. An alcoholic can go under the radar for months and years without the issue being brought to anyones attention. They may maintain their drinking by topping up in the mornings to hide the signs of withdrawal in order to get on with their day. Of course in some cases where the issue has become unmanageable, and if someone who, for example relies on driving to earn a living is prosecuted for drink-driving and loses his job as a result, it may create a downward spiral and their lives can be become very quickly unmanageable and they may feel like they have nothing left to lose.
  1. The first thing to know is that heavy drinkers build up a tolerance to the alcohol they drink. This means that what feels like a small amount because you don’t feel particularly drunk doesn’t mean it actually a harmful level of consumption. Any amount of alcohol an be harmful to an alcoholic. In a lot of cases with individuals who suffer from alcoholism there is an element of denial, this can come in the form of not acknowledging there is a problem, which can result in the neglect of self care, this may include not speaking to anyone about the issue or avoiding health care professionals which may result in concerns and illnesses going unnoticed and untreated. There are many diseases and illnesses linked to alcoholism and if the individual does not have these consultations and there is underlying problems then even 1 alcoholic drink could be fatal.
  2. iously everyone is different – but a good rule of them is approximately 14 units per week for men and woman (a glass of wine is 1.5 units to 3 depending on the type of wine and the size of the measure, a pint of beer is approximately 2 units per pint and a 25ml measure of spirits is approximately 1.5 units.) These measures are set out by WHO and they are subject to change. It was recently reported that any amount of alcohol is not good for you, and then the contradictory advice goes that a glass of red wine a day can be good for you.

If you drink more than 3 – 4 units per day then you’re sure to develop fatty a liver. If you are drinking more than 5 -6 units a day you almost certainly have a fatty liver. This is exceptionally bad news as the liver is the largest organ in the body and it carries out allot of the bodies major functions. After liver failure you will die with 3 – 4 days unless a transplant organ can be found. There are 3 types of damage that can happen to your liver if you drink over the recommended amount of alcohol everyday. Fatty Liver, hepatitis and cirrhosis. Fatty liver can be reversed in a short period of time if the individual maintains abstinence, Hepatitis is also reversible if caught in time and again abstinence is maintained for a time. If left too late it is riskier and can lead to death. Cirrhosis can also be reversed, this disease is caused by liver scaring and can overtime be healed, but again the individual must commit to abstinence from alcohol to increase their chances of survival.

  1. Don’t keep any alcohol in the house If an alcoholic wants to drink, unless they are in a secure controlled environment, they will find a way to obtain alcohol in some way. Yes it is a good idea to not keep alcohol in the house in order to support the alcoholic maintain sobriety and avoid the temptation but it is not always successful.
  2. Drink slowly Drinking slowly is not something that would be a recommendation. Once alcoholics have the 1st drink inside them it sets off a physical craving, so drinking slowly will have just the same effect as drinking quickly.

Don’t do “rounds” with friends at the pub – Rounds build peer pressure : yes it is a good idea not to get into rounds if you are trying to cut back, but as with the answer above it doesn’t matter how much you try to cut back, the craving will have been triggered and all logical thought goes to pot once this has been set off.

Have designated alcohol free days and stick to them Yes this is a good idea to do this, as I stated earlier the liver is an organ that is resilient until put under pressure. If you choose to drink it is advised to take time between sessions to give your liver time to rest and repair itself.

Put it down in writing – a list of reasons to cut down is very powerful This sis also a good idea, if you are not at the point where you are in too much denial this may be a useful tool, also keeping a diary of your alcohol intake may be quite useful if you feel that your drinking may be becoming problematic.

Absolutely yes! Going cold turkey is a very bad idea. Your body has built a dependency on alcohol so suddenly quitting can be disastrous and should only be attempted with detox drugs and a doctor’s supervision in a suitable environment. The most dangerous form of alcohol withdrawal is DTs (delirium tremens) not everybody experiences these. As alcohol has the ability to depress the brains activity, if sudden detox takes place, the brain accelerates and ceases to regulate the bodies circulation and breathing and there is a high risk of death if not monitored and carried out in a safe controlled environment.

There are two types of black-outs related to over consumption of alcohol. “Fragmentary” and “en-bloc”. Most people get some sort of fragmentary memory lost during a binge drinking session. En-bloc which means virtually the whole night cannot be recalled. These are a lot more serious and is a symptom of alcoholism. Blackout, both types can happen to anyone who gets to a point of inebriation , it is a reaction that occurs where you may be able to perform and act cognitively but have no recollection of your actions and behaviours. As alcohol slows the brain down it is possible that it can be possible for alcoholics to have enhanced symptoms, as the brain is under so much pressure.

Intervention Questions

An intervention is the process of using fact baring and persuasion with a distinct treatment plan in mind to get a loved one struggling with addiction to realise they have a problem and get them into treatment.

Interventionist are specialists at speaking to your loved one in a way that they can be heard. A professional interventionist has an extremely high rate of success. In some cases the members of the family are sometimes too close to the individual and can be easily manipulated and thus end up getting frustrated. Intervention is a way of getting the individual to address the issue without the family to be too emotive.

This a very risky strategy as it is often too late when a person reaches rock bottom. People think a person has to realise what’s wrong before they can change for the better. A professional interventionist can save a person before they get dangerously low.

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Access to Treatment
  1. Your GP is a good place to start. They will be able to discuss the options available to you and help you to identify people abusing alcohol In some cases the GP will be a good point of contact. In a lot of situations this is not always the case, they will have very limited information and resources and more often or not will pass the client to specific alcohol services or mutual aid support groups.
  2. Unfortunately beyond this initial guidance and identification the NHS is rather limited in what it can offer. Any services that are available frequently have long waiting times

Absolutely not – our counsellors can advise you solutions and get you or your loved one booked into a rehab clinic immediately. Most clinics have the capacity to accept self referrals or supported referrals.

Our friendly team of addiction counsellors are available on 0808 274 4095 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our advice and guidance is absolutely free, so don’t worry about being charged to talk to us. Our telephone counsellors will listen to the issues you are facing occasionally asking questions and then advise you on the best way to get treatment.

Speaking to our team of counsellors is absolutely free – so call now for a no obligation chat on: 0808 274 4095.

Rehab Clinic Questions

This is quite a difficult question to answer because there are so many factors that affect the cost of rehab treatment. These factors are things like the length of stay, addictions being treated, the type of establishment you attend and even which country you go to. If you give us a call we’ll be able to run through the best options for you circumstances. In terms of the work we do admission to rehab is quite simple and straightforward. We take a 1st tier assessments to identify the issues and clients needs, ascertain the budget and then source the most convenient and suitable location and facility fotr the client.

  1. If you need help getting to the clinic – just ask, we are able to provide whatever is needed to make travel as painless as possible.
  2. When you arrive at a clinic you will be welcomed in by the admissions team, they will get you booked in and comfortable. They will then take you to see the doctor.

The doctor will sit you down for a chat and take a complete assessment of your physical and mental needs. After a few more questions the doctor will decide if a medicated detox is right for you. The rest of the day is spent getting into the treatments and organised sessions.

Most residential rehab clinics insist on an abstinence during every phase of the treatment. However not all are like this, it depends on the clinics approach. Most clinics have an in-house monitored detox and where needed a medicated technique is also used. If you are having rehabilitation period provided by statutory services this may sometimes be the case, but if you are in a position to fund treatment this isn’t necessary.

The length of residential treatment depends on the approach used and the clinic you decide to attend. Treatment is generally between 7 days to 3 weeks. Residential treatment does not have a specified time limit. If the healthcare and therapeutic staff feel that the client is benefiting from their stay and progress is being made they may suggest a longer stay. Extensions are not uncommon and generally recommended.

Almost all the major health insurance companies cover rehab treatment. As ever the devil is in the detail. We recommend you call your insurance company and find out exactly what your policy covers. Most insurance providers take the need for rehab into account. Some clinics will work not be set up to work with specific insurers. It is recommended to also check with the rehab to ascertain whether this is the case.

Yes, going to a rehab abroad is often a great idea as it’s an opportunity to break away from the daily grind of normal life. Alcohol Rescue can provide access to top rehabs all around the world.

All our treatments are offered with full after support that often includes additional lower-key support.

Often addictions go hand-in-hand with one another. So Alcohol Rescue offers treatment for all addictions.

Detox Questions

a. Home alcohol detox is often used by people hoping to get a loved one clear of alcohol from their system so that they can be made to realise they have a problem. However this rarely works and is often dangerous. We recommend to everyone that they go through alcohol detox in a monitored environment where a doctor can make sure they are not in danger. As we stated earlier there are potential risks involved in self detox. The medication can be complicated and the side effects can be awful. There are organisations that can provide specialised alcohol nurses to assist the individual if this is the route that they want to go down, which is very advisable. The other risk involved is that the individual feels so awful that they abandon the attempt to detox and revert to drinking in order to avoid the side effects.

Detox clinics are a lot cheaper, but they only deal with the physical problems and not the psychological issues in any way. This makes it particularly ineffective when you remember that people drink to excess for psychological reasons. Yes there is an element of a detox being like putting a plaster over the problem and hoping it goes away. With any programme of recovery it is recommended that sobriety is maintained by addressing the underlying reasons the client drinks and identifying the triggers in order to give them the tools to support their recovery and lead a life free of alcoholism.

Absolutely yes. Coming off alcohol can cause dangerous side effects and this is something that may need medicating if not monitoring by a doctor. Please refer to previous answers in this section.

Getting Help for a Friend

Everyone reacts to alcohol differently. Your weight and gender play a massive part in how much you can drink. Also if you are abusing alcohol your tolerance can be dramatically raised. A good rule of thumb is try to avoid regularly drinking more than 3 to 4 units a day. As I mentioned earlier, the WHO have guidelines which change regularly due to renewed research. In some cases weight and gender can play significant parts in the consumption levels, but ultimately it is the thoughts and behaviours that will identify whether you drink alcoholically.

It sounds like you may have problems stopping drinking once you get started. Call us on: 0808 274 4095 to get free advice from one of our team of counsellors.

It’s hard to say for sure – but this is definitely one of the ways people try to cope with feelings they are having. Call us on: 0808 274 4095 to get free help and advice from our team.

Socialising problems

This not an easy thing to undertake as it may cause a break down in your friendship. If you call us on 0808 274 4095 one of trained counsellors can advise you on precisely what strategy to use for your circumstances.

This not an easy thing to try and do alone as it may cause a rift in your relationship. If you call us on 0808 274 4095 one of trained counsellors can advise you on precisely what strategy to use for your circumstances.

How to spot alcoholism

There are a lot of signs to look for but the best ones revolve around the little signals, here are a few:

  1. Lying about drinking
  2. Drinking in order to relax
  3. Blacking out regularly
  4. Being unable to stop once they start drinking
  5. Neglecting your responsibilities
  6. Troubled relationships
  7. Being able to drink more than anybody else
  8. Experiencing withdrawal – a reaction to a lack of alcohol
  9. Trying to quit, but being unable to because they need it too badly
  10. Avoiding social gatherings and isolating
Getting Help for a Friend

Anyone can call us to get someone booked in to a rehab clinic. The problem comes when the friend has to attend the treatment. Also there may be issues about who will be paying for the treatment.

This is not a good idea as you will run the risk of becoming their enabler. That said letting them live on the street is worst as you can lose track of them very easily. Ring our counsellors now to get advice for your circumstances.

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