Alcohol rehab

Alcohol rehab is a crucial step for individuals struggling with the harmful effects of drinking on their health, relationships, and daily lives. Alcohol rehab typically involves a combination of detox, behavioural therapies and workshops to help individuals overcome alcohol-related hurdles and achieve lasting recovery. While the impact of alcohol abuse is long-lasting, recovery is always possible with the right support and resources, and committing to alcohol rehab can lead to a brighter future.

Alcohol rehab - group therapy

Why is Alcohol Rehab Necessary?

While alcohol abuse can take many forms, it often results in significant physical and psychological harm, making rehab an essential aspect of recovery.

  • Removing alcohol from your system is not a complete treatment: While this is an essential step in alcohol recovery, it is not a complete treatment as it doesn’t address the psychological and social problems that commonly accompany excessive drinking.
  • It’s a safe environment to recover: Alcohol rehab provides a safe environment for individuals to address the underlying causes of their harmful alcohol use. Through therapy and counselling, individuals can explore the complex interplay between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours and develop strategies for making positive changes in their lives.
  • Relapse prevention: Alcohol rehab provides tools and resources to help individuals stay sober.
  • Family involvement: Alcohol Rehab can involve family members in the recovery process, helping to repair and strengthen relationships.

Do I Need Alcohol Rehab?

Knowing when to seek help is half the battle won. Regrettably, many individuals struggle to recognise when their drinking has become problematic. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the following, it may be time to consider seeking professional help at an alcohol rehab centre:

  • Increased tolerance to alcohol
  • Difficulty controlling the amount or frequency of alcohol consumption
  • Continuing to drink despite negative consequences, such as strained relationships or legal problems
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit or cut down on drinking
  • Spending a huge amount of time drinking or recovering from the effects of alcohol
  • Neglecting responsibilities or activities due to too much drinking

Choosing the Right Path to Recovery: Outpatient and Inpatient Treatment

Outpatient and inpatient alcohol treatment are the two main types of alcohol rehab options available. While outpatient treatment can be effective in some cases, it may not provide the intensive support needed for those with more severe alcohol problems or co-occurring mental health conditions.

Inpatient treatment programmes, on the other hand, provide individuals with a safe, supportive, and structured environment to focus on their recovery. With 24/7 care and access to medical and psychiatric support, inpatient treatment can be particularly beneficial for those experiencing severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

At Recovery Lighthouse, we offer inpatient treatment as we believe it provides the best chance for long-term recovery.

What Do We Offer at Recovery Lighthouse?

At our alcohol rehab clinic, we offer a comprehensive range of services to help individuals overcome alcohol use problems and achieve long-term recovery. Here’s what we offer:

  • Detoxification: Our safe and comfortable alcohol detox programme is designed to help individuals safely and effectively manage alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
  • Treatment: Our alcohol treatment programme includes counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), workshops, and a range of other therapies like yoga, meditation, and music therapy. We believe a holistic treatment approach is key to lasting alcohol recovery.
  • Ongoing Support: We understand that recovery from alcohol is a lifelong journey, which is why we offer ongoing support to all our clients. Our group therapy sessions provide a supportive and safe space for individuals to share their experiences and challenges with others who have been through similar experiences. Additionally, our alumni programme provides opportunities for clients to stay connected and engage in social activities that support their recovery.

Our goal is to provide a supportive and healing environment that empowers individuals to achieve long-term recovery and live fulfilling lives.

Alcohol rehab - group therapy

The Importance of Aftercare in Alcohol Recovery

While completing alcohol rehab is a huge achievement, the risk of relapse after leaving the clinic is high. The transition from a structured and supportive environment to daily life can be challenging as individuals may encounter triggers and temptations that make them susceptible to alcohol consumption. Aftercare involves ongoing support and care after completing an alcohol rehab programme to prevent relapse.

These services can help individuals develop healthy coping mechanisms, identify triggers and manage stress and other life challenges while recovering from long-term alcohol abuse.

What to Expect in Alcohol Rehab?

What happens behind the doors of an alcohol rehab centre may be different to what you’ve heard. Unfortunately, TV shows and movies give a misleading portrayal of what to expect when entering a rehab facility. From the luxurious spa-like centres, where patients lounge around in comfort, to the ‘boot camp’ style facilities, where harsh, military-like discipline is the norm, the depictions on screen often fail to capture the holistic nature of care that is offered in real-life rehab centres.

Here’s a glimpse of what a typical day in our alcohol rehab centre might look like:

  • Breakfast
  • Mindfulness session: Our day starts with a mindfulness session that helps our clients to clear their minds and manage stress and anxiety.
  • Coffee break
  • Steps therapy: Our clients attend Steps therapy or DBT sessions that help individuals with addiction to understand their triggers and develop coping strategies to manage them.
  • Lunch
  • Therapeutic activities: Music therapy, art therapy, and group walks help our clients express themselves creatively and build healthy relationships with others.
  • Coffee break
  • Workshops: Workshops on various topics like anxiety, anger management, and self-esteem are conducted to provide our clients with practical tools to manage their emotions.
  • Dinner
  • Recreational activities: In the evenings, our clients can participate in self-study sessions or engage in recreational activities like games nights or movie nights to relax and unwind.

Tips for Helping a Loved One in Need

Encouraging your loved one to seek help for alcohol and supporting them throughout their recovery can be a challenging task, but it is essential to ensure their long-term health and wellbeing. Here are a few things that should be kept in mind:

  • Don’t play the blame game. Instead, approach them with compassion and understanding, avoiding any judgement or criticism.
  • Have an open and honest conversation with your loved one and explain why you believe alcohol rehab is the best course of action.
  • Stay in touch with your loved one as they are in alcohol rehab, offer encouragement, and remind them of their progress.
  • Respect their privacy and boundaries, but also let them know that you are there for them.
  • Create a supportive environment at home and remove any alcohol relapse triggers or temptations.

Debunking Alcohol Rehab Myths

Myth: Alcohol rehab is only for people who have hit rock bottom.

Fact: Rehab can be helpful at any stage of alcohol addiction, and it’s better to seek help sooner rather than later.

Myth: Alcohol rehab is a lonely and isolating experience.

Fact: Rehab can provide opportunities for socialising and connecting with others going through similar struggles.

Myth: Alcohol rehab is expensive and only for the wealthy.

Fact: While some rehab programmes can be costly, many affordable options are available. The cost of rehab can vary depending on the type of treatment programme, the length of stay, and the level of care needed. There may also be insurance options available.

Myth: Alcohol rehab is not effective.

Fact: Alcohol rehab has proven effective in helping individuals stay sober. Studies have found that individuals who participate in alcohol rehab programmes have higher rates of abstinence and are less likely to relapse.

Start your Journey with Us

When it comes to recovering from alcohol use, the first step is often the most difficult one. A timely, sensitive intervention can make a huge difference between successful alcohol recovery and continued abuse. At the same time, it is important to remember that staying sober requires ongoing effort, commitment and support. At Recovery Lighthouse, we understand the complexity of what our clients are battling.

We provide ongoing support at our alcohol rehab, including aftercare programmes, counselling services, and an Alumni community, to help them stay on track. Contact us today to learn more about our programmes and how we can support you on your journey to recovery.

Frequently asked questions

What happens after the rehab programme?
After completing a rehab programme, individuals are provided with ongoing support to help them maintain their recovery. This may include attending support group meetings, continuing therapy or counselling sessions and making lifestyle changes to avoid triggers that could lead to relapse.
Can I visit someone in alcohol rehab?
Yes, you can visit loved ones in alcohol rehab at Recovery Lighthouse on Sundays. However, visits are currently not available due to Covid regulations.
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