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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.
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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 .
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: https://www.alcoholrescue.co.uk/ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are a lot of signs to look for but the best ones revolve around the little signals, here are a few:
- Lying about drinking
- Drinking in order to relax
- Blacking out regularly
- Being unable to stop once they start drinking
- Neglecting your responsibilities
- Troubled relationships
- Being able to drink more than anybody else
- Experiencing withdrawal – a reaction to a lack of alcohol
- Trying to quit, but being unable to because they need it too badly
- Avoiding social gatherings and isolating
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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