At Acquiesce, our strategy to help alcohol addiction includes a combination of therapies and approaches tailored to the individual’s unique circumstances and needs. These include psychological, spiritual, physical, social and holistic therapies as well as family support.
In this guide, we’ll be taking a look at each one in more detail and explaining how they facilitate effective, long-term recovery.
Psychological therapy addresses the mental side of alcohol addiction and recovery, relating to an individual’s mind and emotional state. It is widely recognised that addressing this area is absolutely paramount in order to begin a successful recovery journey.
The psychological cause and triggers behind an addiction varies for each individual, however, they most commonly include stress, depression, anxiety, pain and low self esteem.
Obsessive thoughts or feelings around these triggers can result in taking part in compulsive behaviours, such as drinking alcohol, despite the negative consequences they may face as a result of doing so.
The Acquiesce rehab programme in Bolton helps individuals to recognise, understand and find healthy coping solutions to the psychological aspect of alcohol addiction. This is done through a combination of evidence based therapies, approaches and activities including:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Approaches
- Motivational Interviewing
- Psychosocial Interventions
- 1-1 Counselling
- 12 Step Approaches
- Institutional Treatment Effectiveness Project (ITEP) talking therapies
- Behavioural Activation
- Art Therapy Approaches
- Music Therapy Approaches
These approaches and activities are delivered by our highly trained and experienced team in both group and one to one settings, tailored to the individual’s specific needs.
This provides them with all of the necessary tools and techniques to put an end to the negative psychological patterns which lead to alcohol relapse, resulting in a healthy and sustainable recovery journey.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy based approaches support an individual to gain skills, tools and resources to manage their alcohol addiction practically day to day.
They allow an individual to look at the psychological reasons behind their actions and behaviours, and at the relationship between the way they think and their problems with alcohol.
This aims to support the individual to break the cycle of destructive behaviours and actions and to form new healthier habits so that they can respond to challenges in a more effective, healthier way.
The 12 step programme originates from the 1930s, where the first Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step was created to help those affected with alcohol addictions.
As the name suggests, the programme uses 12 ‘steps’ which help the individual to live by a new code of behaviour to aid their recovery.
The 12 steps support the individual to accept that they have a problem and to recognise there is a solution by looking at mistakes they made in the past and how to make amends for them.
At Acquiesce, we understand that spirituality is a wide spectrum and that it can mean different things to different people. However, we do know that it is often considered to aid a sense of peace, purpose and connection.
Our approach supports the diversity surrounding spirituality, allowing for all individual interpretations.
Spiritual practices come in many forms and can offer a great number or benefits to an individual’s life and wellbeing, helping to ground them and provide a sense of clarity and acceptance from a greater thing or being.
Spiritual therapy helps to relieve inner discontent and create capacity for positive emotions, providing an ongoing resource for coping with alcohol addiction triggers in the future.
Spiritual therapy at Acquiesce in Bolton includes:
The Acquiesce residential rehab programme helps individuals to gain or build up an existing understanding of spirituality and how it can support their recovery journey. This is achieved through a combination of therapies, worships and practices including:
- 12 Step Approaches
- Spiritual Principles
- Healing Therapies
Physical Therapy at Acquiesce aims to address the physical side of alcohol addiction and recovery. Sometimes, an individual can become both addicted and physically dependent on alcohol, making it difficult to function without it, paired with uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
Following detox at Acquiesce, our residential rehab programme helps individuals to build the skills and knowledge necessary to live a life outside of physical dependence. This includes:
- Supporting the journey to non-physical dependence
- Facilitating access to medically assisted detox programmes and services
- Physical activities and exercise
- Nutritional education
- Health and wellbeing support
- Sleep hygiene practices
- Rest and relaxation
- Responsibility for secondary illness
Socialising can be a daunting prospect during the early stages of alcohol addiction recovery, however Acquiesce is here to provide the opportunity to participate in regular social and leisure activity to help individuals build confidence and communication skills in a safe and supportive environment.
We also provide education and advice on how to get the individual’s life back on track once they leave our rehab, such as getting a place to live and how to manage finances.
As part of our social therapy, we provide:
- Mutual aid
- Educational advice and access
- Employment support, advice and guidance
- Family Therapies
- Housing advice and guidance
- Budgeting advice and support.
Holistic therapies have been used for centuries, playing a significant role in maintaining good health and wellbeing. It looks at addressing underlying causes by considering the physical psychological, social and spiritual states of health. Practices include:
- Nutritional therapy
- Reiki (a Japanese technique for stress reduction and healing energies)
Addiction can have a widespread impact on those close to the individual with an addiction, causing issues such as financial strain, emotional pain, feelings of betrayal, anger and anxiety and stress.
As part of our programme at Acquiesce, we offer a range of family support that includes family psychoeducation and calls with updates to loved ones. Evidence shows that including family as part of addiction treatment can be a contributing factor to the success.
Family support offers a number of benefits, providing all concerned with a better understanding of addiction and their role in aiding recovery. It also provides emotional support and guidance for those struggling to deal with their loved one’s addiction.
If you or a loved one are struggling with an alcohol addiction, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at Acquiesce for a free, confidential consultation to discuss how our rehab centre can help.