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ALCOHOL IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON ADDICTIONS IN THE UKMany people do not realise how addictive and harmful it can be as it is easily obtained and often a part of socialising.
However, alcohol consumption can easily spiral out of control. Here at Acquiesce, we have helped many individuals in different circumstances overcome alcohol addiction for good, using our effective and sensitive recovery programme.ENQUIRE
THE SIGNS OF AN ALCOHOL ADDICTION
Signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction can vary for each individual and can be both physical and/or psychological.
Some common symptoms include - worrying about where your next drink is coming from, planning social, family and work events around alcohol, isolated drinking, and finding you have a compulsive need to drink. Others include:
Drinking too much. Drinkers in control of their habit can set a limit to what they consider is too much for them. Alcoholics, on the other hand, do not have control of their drinking and are incapable of sticking to their limits.
Blacking out.Drinking too much equates to giving yourself temporary amnesia. Blackout results to temporary memory loss to an extent where you do not remember what happened.
Alcohol tolerance.For the alcoholics, their brains have become tolerant to alcohol, meaning they need more alcohol to achieve the same “high” feeling.
Hangover without drinking.For the regular drinkers, hangovers often come after night-out drinking. Conversely, for alcoholics, the effects of a hangover are reversed.
They tend to feel slummy, achy, and over-tired even without working. Interestingly, drinking does magic and helps in overcoming the feeling.
Lying or hiding their drinking.Denial is a common issue with alcoholics. Lying or secretly drinking becomes a norm, and they think their drinking might seem less of an issue.
Irritability and mood swings.If you are regularly experiencing emotional imbalance with bursts of temper, or anger, then you need immediate help.
Shame. Like all substance abuse, alcoholism comes with guilt and shame, in knowing that you’re addicted and do not have the power over alcohol.ENQUIRE
3.3 Million related deaths have been recorded world wide each year.
Our private, single occupancy rooms with en-suite bathrooms make the treatment process as comfortable as possible. We also guarantee complete anonymity and discretion. Our urban recovery model offers a softer transition back into society following the residential rehab.
THE FIRST STEP TO RECOVERY
Through the continued use of alcohol, the body builds a tolerance which can lead to physical dependence. At Acquiesce we do a full assessment of your needs, and if detoxification is required, we will arrange the the detox placement including transportation.
Because it is so readily available, alcohol is often one of the most difficult addictions to overcome permanently. As part of your rehabilitation programme, our team will offer intervention, alternative therapies and activities to reduce the likelihood of relapse. Our experts are specially trained to identify the first signs of a relapse and offer support and intervention, to keep you on the road to recovery.
THE EFFECTS OF AN ALCOHOL ADDICTION
The effects of alcohol addiction can vary for each individual for some they can be subtle but for others they can be devastating, life changing and even fatal.
The effects can impact the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social areas of an individuals well being and can result in negative consequences in many aspects of their lives.
These can include issues with relationships, finance, career and health. Addiction not only affects the individual themselves but also anyone close to them such as family, friends and loved ones.
It is recognised that addiction is progressive and so too are its effects so individuals who seek help and support at the earliest possible stage suffer less impact to their lives.
Withdrawal symptoms. Long-term alcohol use can put you at risk of serious medical consequences. Typical withdrawal symptoms of alcoholism include;
- Profuse sweating, even during the cold condition
- Anxiety, depression and mental health issues
- Unreliable and untrustworthy
- Neglecting family and friends
Other physical signs include:
- Weight loss due to the neglect of food over alcohol
- A bloated and swollen face
- Yellow skin and eyes due to liver damage
- Broken capillaries on the face
- Cuts, bruises, and dents on the face
- General uncleanliness
- Dry and cracked skin due to the dehydrating effects of alcohol
- Frequent and malodorous alcohol breath
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What is alcohol addiction?Alcohol addiction , sometimes known as ‘alcoholism’ or "alcohol dependence" , these are terms to describe a problematic relationship with alcohol where individuals have a strong, often uncontrollable, desire to drink despite known negative consequences this can be physical ,psychological or both. Society generally holds a stereotypical view of what someone suffering with alcohol dependence looks like and this tends to be an individual who is very unwell, unkempt, homeless and drinking alcohol from morning till night. Now while of course these individuals do exist and this is the harsh reality of where alcohol dependence can lead, for many this is not the case. Addiction does not discriminate and effects people from all walks of life regardless of background and status. Many individuals suffering with alcohol dependence are productive members of society and often very successful and highly functioning in other areas of their lives such as business or sport. Some are able to have time periods both short and longer where they do not consume alcohol but once they do the unhealthy relationship returns. There are varying degrees of alcohol dependence and Acquiesce work with individuals from all aspects of this spectrum. If you feel that alcohol is having a negative impact on you and your loved ones then maybe it’s time to take action.
What are the symptoms of alcohol addiction?Signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction can vary for each individual and can be both physical and/or psychological. Some common symptoms include - worrying about where your next drink is coming from, planning social, family and work events around alcohol, isolated drinking, Finding you have a compulsive need to drink and finding it hard to stop once you start, drinking alcohol despite the known negative consequences, Waking up and drinking – or feeling the need to have a drink in the morning, Suffering from physical withdrawal symptoms, such as sweating, shaking and nausea, which stop once you drink alcohol.
What are the effects of alcohol addiction?The effects of alcohol addiction can vary for each individual for some they can be subtle but for others they can be devastating, life changing and even fatal. The effects can impact the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social areas of an individuals well being and can result in negative consequences in a many of aspects in their lives. These can include issues with relationships, finance, career and health. Addiction not only effects the individual themselves but also anyone close to them such as family, friends and loved ones. It is recognised that addiction is progressive and so too are its effects so individuals who seek help and support any the earliest possible stage suffer less impact to their lives.
Is alcohol addiction genetic?This is a tricky question to answer as there Is no definite answer some research concludes that individuals may have a genetic predisposure to addiction however other factors can influence this such as your social environment or lack of coping skills.
Is alcohol addiction an illness?Addiction of various forms including alcohol and other physical, psychological and behavioural addictions are widely accepted and defined as an illness or disease by most medical associations, including the World health organisation's (WHO) International classification of disease and the american medicle assosiation. Like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, addiction is caused by a combination of behavioral, environmental and biological factors. So while addiction itself can be considered an illness or disease there can be many symptomatic health problems as a result of excessive alcohol consumption.
Can alcohol addiction be cured?As alcohol addiction is widely accepted and defined as an illness or disease by most medical associations. Then like other chronic diseases such as heart disease or asthma, treatment for alcohol addiction usually isn't a cure, but addiction can be managed successfully. Treatment enables people to counteract addiction's disruptive effects on their brain and behaviour and regain control of their lives. The Acquiesce treatment programme allows Individuals to learn about and understand their addiction and gain the knowledge and tools for an ongoing sustainable solution and recovery.
How can alcohol addiction be treated?Treatment for alcohol addiction at Acquiesce begins with a free confidential consultation with a Recovery Practitioner in order to establish the individual needs and suitability for safe treatment with the service, this can be done either by phone call or by booking an appointment at the centre. Once the correct treatment pathway has been established all arrangements for a smooth and hassle free admission, including transportation would be made and agreed. Acquiesce then provides a safe and therapeutic environment which is conducive to the recovery from alcohol addiction. A combination programme of evidence based therapies are then delivered by a team of experienced professionals. The therapies address the physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of alcohol addiction. The programme also utilises holistic therapies, social activities and regular gym and exercise. Individuals will learn to understand their addiction and gain the knowledge and tools for an ongoing sustainable solution and recovery. Upon completion of rehab treatment individuals will have a personal and comprehensive relapse prevention plan and on-going support and aftercare that is provided as standard.
How does alcohol addiction start?The starting point for Alcohol addiction or "Alcoholism" can differ for each individual. It can often begin innocently in ones younger years (late teens) as casual or social drinking, or someone may drink to relieve stress or relax after a hard day or maybe drink as a way to manage trauma or pain, physical or emotional. Whatever the reasons for the initial alcohol consumption people don’t begin drinking and wake up the following day alcohol dependent, alcoholism is progressive. In the early stages of alcohol dependence the negative effects are more subtle but as this progresses they become more severe. Alcohol addiction can be psychological, physical or both and can have consequences in many areas of an individuals life.
How does alcohol addiction affect the brain?Alcohol addiction can lead individuals to experience short term issues with brain function such as memory loss but it can also cause more serious and long term or permanent damage to the brain. When alcohol is consumed it has a profound effect on the complex structures of the brain. Alcohol disrupts the brains delicate chemical balance which effects an individuals thoughts, feelings and actions. Alcohol is a depressant and that when consumed blocks chemical signals between the brain cells which are called "neurons" this results in short term symptoms and effects such as slurred speech, impulsive behaviour, heightened confidence, lowered inhibitions and feeling relaxed. With continued alcohol use over time the brains neuro receptors are effected and the brain adapts so that when alcohol is not present the brains reactions cause physical withdrawal symptoms and further damage to the brain can result in cognitive deficits. Alcohol addiction can also cause or be related to stress, depression and anxiety.
How does alcohol addiction affect the body?Alcohol effects the body in a number of ways and can result in both short and long term health issues. Alcohol consumption effects the bodies major organs including the heart by shrinking arteries making it more difficult for blood to pass through causing high blood pressure and potentially blood clots or strokes. The liver can become fatty or scared as it struggles to break down alcohol and this may lead to cirrhosis. Alcohol can negatively affect the stomach causing the natural acids to begin attacking the lining of the gut and the muscles that surround it. It can cause weight gain due to the high level of calories that it contains leading to obesity, cardio vascular disease and diabetes. Alcohol also affects mental health and can cause issues such as anxiety, depression and stress and can have symptomatic effects upon things such as sleep and diet. Alcohol addiction also affects many other parts of the body and the effects can become devastating and life threatening.
How does alcohol addiction affect relationships?Alcohol can affect relationships in many ways. The effects of alcohol on the brain change the way that an individual thinks, feels and behaves which can result in people making poor decisions, saying or doing things while intoxicated that they wouldn’t do normally - which can result in issues within their relationships. Some study's link alcohol consumption with anger and aggression which can lead to arguments and even domestic violence. Alcohol dependence is often accompanied with denial and dishonesty which can cause a breakdown of trust within relationships and also the financial and social implications can have a negative impact on them.
How does alcohol addiction affect families?Alcohol addiction is often referred to as a "family illness" due to its outreaching painful effects on those closest to the individual who is dependent. Living where alcohol dependence is present can be difficult for all concerned as it often creates an environment of dishonesty, tension, strained relationships and unreliability. Within couples, a partners alcohol dependence can trigger a host of emotions such as feelings of , guilt, shame, anger and even self blame. They can often be left to tend to the family responsibilities alone such as parenting and finances which can lead to increased stress and feelings of loneliness or abandonment. The partner sometimes makes adjustments in order to provide support but this can lead to them enabling their loved ones drinking and developing the role of a carer. Although all family members are affected by their loved ones addiction often it is the children who are impacted the greatest. The effects of living with a parent in addiction can cause many issues from poor self image, feelings of helplessness, abandonment, guilt, depression and often the effects can be felt long after childhood and into adulthood. Some studies show that individuals that have grown up in an environment where addiction is present are more likely to suffer with emotional and behavioural problems and there is also strong links to intergenerational issues of addiction. The impacts of alcohol addiction upon the family unit can have both short and long term effects in all areas including emotional, psychological, social and financial which can often be long lasting and devastating.
Can alcohol addiction cause depression?For many individuals alcohol addiction is often accompanied by depression. Some individuals consume alcohol to manage or cope with their depression. This is due to alcohols effects and that they can temporarily relieve some of the symptoms of depression, but over time this will only exacerbate depression. In other circumstances alcohol addiction can be the catalyst for depression due to both its effects upon the brains chemistry and also the subsequent consequences in wider areas of an individuals life and well being such as careers, finances, relationships and health.
What is alcohol withdrawal?Through continued excessive consumption of alcohol the body can form a dependency which can be psychological, physical or both. Alcohol withdrawal is the bodies reaction to the absence of alcohol once dependency has been formed . The symptoms of psychological withdrawal might include anxiety, emotional issues and irritability which can be very uncomfortable for the individual. Physical dependence to alcohol is caused by the chemical changes that take place in the in the brain resulting in physical symptoms if alcohol is abruptly removed from the system. The acute physical symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can include nausea, sweating, shaking, vomiting, delirium tremens, hallucinations and seizures which can be severe and even fatal. Following the initial withdrawal symptoms some people experience post acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) which can vary for each individual but its symptoms are generally more mild in form and can include irritability, disturbed sleep patterns, changeable emotions and mood.Due to the dangers of alcohol withdrawal symptoms Acquiesce would recommend seeking professional advice to establish whether an inpatient detox programme is required to safely remove alcohol from the system. Acquiesce offer a free consultation to discuss your treatment needs.
How successful is alcohol rehab?There have been many studies undertaken that display different results in regards to the success rates of addiction treatment in rehabs. This could be due to the many complexities to be taken into consideration and also variations in both rehabs themselves and the definition of "success". For example some may measure success rates in regards to completion of a treatment programmes, others, at how many remain abstinent in the immediate period following treatment and others at the one or five year points. As it is widely accepted that addiction is a condition that requires an ongoing solution (often considered to be life long) At what point should success be qualified?
While we begin to understand the complexities of the question there are some commonalities that suggest improved outcomes for individuals in addiction treatment.
Environment - It is important to have a safe, confidential and therapeutic environment conducive to the recovery process. At Acquiesce our facilities are finished to a high standard throughout offering a sleek modern finish while retaining a therapeutic and homely ambience, providing a truly inspiring and practical space to begin your recovery journey. All of our bedrooms are large single occupancy rooms offering a personal space allowing for dignity and privacy.
Treatment programme - There is no one fits all approach to addiction so it is important that treatment is bespoke and individualised. Acquiesce offer a multi approach therapy programme tailored to meet individual needs providing a truly comprehensive treatment programme.
Support - The level of support that individuals receive can have a big impact on the success of their treatment. At Acquiesce we work with only six residential clients at any one time which allows us to provide a high level of focused, individual support and treatment.
Aftercare - Statistics show that aftercare is an important component in achieving long-term abstinence. Acquiesce offer comprehensive aftercare plan as standard with on-going support for as long as the individual feels necessary.
Commitment - It is often said that no one suffering with issues of addiction can truly be helped unless they want to be. Regardless of the quality of the rehab facilities and programme, commitment from the individual is a necessary ingredient if a successful outcome is to be achieved.
Acquiesce are an all private facility so those who access treatment with us do so from their own initiative and as self investment in their own future. A study published by the NHS’ National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse UK in 2012 looked at the rates of every private clinic across the UK. It found that the best performing facilities achieve success rates of between 60% and 80% of individuals receiving residential treatment remained abstinent five years after completing their programmes. What’s more, the success rates enjoyed by the best private rehab clinics are many times better than the rates achieved through NHS and community-based services. The 2012 report demonstrates as much. Over the years, drug rehab experts have affirmed, repeatedly, that residential treatment at a private clinic works better than any other treatment option available. http://www.nta.nhs.uk/uploads/roleofresi-rehab.pdf .