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Alcohol Dependence

WHAT WE TREAT

Alcohol Dependence

What is Alcohol Dependence?

Alcohol is one of the most popular and destructive dependence prone substances in the world. It works on manipulating the nervous system, driving users to repeat behaviors that they enjoy.

When an individual becomes alcohol dependent sometimes known as alcoholism, their brains become chemically wired to an uncontrollable desire for alcohol. As an individual starts drinking more, over time they build a tolerance to alcohol, eventually requiring more and more to get the same effect leading to dependence.

Using alcohol to cope with stressful events, such as losing a job or bereavement can trigger heavy drinking, which can then lead to alcohol dependence. In the long run, becoming alcohol dependent can cause many crises in one’s life as it can lead to serious psychological as well as physical health problems such as chronic liver disease, heart disease, stroke, cancers and even death.

Alcohol abuse also causes high risk behaviour in users due to raised testosterone levels increasing sexual drive and aggression.

Despite it being legal, alcohol misuse and addiction in the UK is one of the greatest substance abuse issues faced by the country. Year on year there are thousands of casualties recorded from domestic violence and drunk driving leading to many fatalities. There is an estimated number of 595,131 people suffering from alcoholism in the UK, yet less than one fifth receive help.

Anyone who experiences severe withdrawal symptoms if they stop drinking should seek urgent medical attention. It is advised to drink small amounts of alcohol if experiencing withdrawals whilst awaiting professional help.

If you are concerned about a loved one’s alcohol use, please call us at Ciconia Recovery for a friendly and confidential chat about the best ways you can support your loved one.

Symptoms of Alcohol Dependence

  • Experiencing temporary blackouts or short-term memory loss
  • Exhibiting signs of irritation and extreme mood swings
  • Making excuses for drinking such as to relax, deal with stress or feel normal
  • Choosing drinking over other responsibilities and obligations
  • Becoming isolated and distant from friends and family members
  • Drinking alone or in secrecy
  • You have a compulsive urge to drink and find it hard to stop once you start
  • Drinking as soon as you wake up – or feeling the need to have a drink first thing in the morning
  • Start suffering with physical withdrawal symptoms, such as shakes, nausea and sweating which stops when you drink alcohol.
  • Weight Loss
  • Changing group of acquaintances you hang out with.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who will I speak to when I call?

Experienced recovery workers who are compassionate, experienced and knowledgeable about substance misuse and mental health issues, they will be happy to take your call and discuss all your queries in a discreet and confidential manner. And if needed they will offer you a free video consultation with a psychiatrist.

How much does treatment cost?

At CRL we endeavour to keep our costs as low as possible whilst at the same time continuing to  provide high quality care. The cost of treatment varies depending on the level of care needed and the length of the treatment plan required. The best way to ascertain this cost would be to speak to one of our experienced recovery workers to determine what treatment plan will be the most effective for you in achieving your desired goals.

Does insurance cover mental health or addictive treatment?

Some private health insurance companies cover the treatment, you will have to check your policy to see if you qualify.

Does insurance cover adult ADHD assessment or treatment?

Yes, most private health insurance companies cover the treatment, you will have to check your policy to see if you qualify.

Do you only treat substance misuse?

No, in addition to our drug and alcohol treatment packages, we also treat a wide range of mental health disorders, some of which may be associated with the individual’s substance misuse and dependency, these include treatment for personality disorders, anxiety, depression, adult ADHD and PTSD amongst other disorders.

What if I need a detox?

We offer a wide range of options for smooth and painless detox thanks to our new provided medications (i.e. long-acting buprenorphine monthly injections). If this is something you are interested in, please call us to discuss which is more suitable for you.

The main emphasis in our detox programs is to provide as much comfort and support while doing our best to minimise any withdrawal symptoms the individual may experience throughout their recovery. Many users recognise they need help and support to get clean but fear the consequences of withdrawals, we have created detox plans to greatly reduce the unpleasant effects of withdrawals.

Do your programs offer aftercare?

Yes, we will continue to support clients after they have completed treatment either by us or elsewhere by offering a wide range of aftercare programs, studies have shown that people have a much better chance of avoiding relapse if they are engaged in aftercare programs. Please get in touch to discuss the best aftercare options for yourself.

Is smoking permitted?

No, this is a medical facility and smoking is not permitted at all.

Do you treat trauma?

Yes, our staff are specially trained in trauma, grief/loss and attachment, we know very well the negative impact these can have on someone’s mental health which can then trigger alcohol/drug misuse and other negative behavioural health challenges. Among our treatment approaches to trauma is EMDR therapy which is very effective in easing and treating PTSD.

What is outpatient care?

Outpatient care is less intensive than inpatient care. The patient will usually attend regular meetings with a consultant psychiatrist, counsellor, therapist or key-worker where they will be given similar treatments to those in an inpatient clinic. However, as the patient does not stay overnight, the cost of this care is less expensive.

Outpatient programmes consist of daily, weekly or monthly sessions. Because outpatient treatment requires less time in-attendance, the entire recovery programme generally lasts longer than inpatient care. While inpatient treatment typically lasts for a period of six to eight weeks, an outpatient programme can last many months.

Who is outpatient treatment suitable for?

Outpatient treatment is suitable for individuals who have been struggling with addiction but may benefit from a less intensive approach to recovery than inpatient care.

CRL staff are available to offer helpful advice and information on all types of addiction and the most suitable treatment options. If you would like a referral to a counsellor, therapist or consultant psychiatrist for outpatient treatment, call us today. We can also provide support and advice to the loved ones of those struggling with addiction, as well as information on the treatments we provide and how these can be accessed.

Our staff are compassionate and caring and will treat anything you discuss in the strictest of confidence. If you need advice on addiction, or simply need someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to call us.

Are your staff qualified?

All CRL staff are qualified for their specific roles with many years of experience in working in the addiction and mental health fields. In addition all our staff are always up to date with all their relevant training and registrations.

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