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Alcohol Addiction Recovery
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Our advisers can provide specialist guidance on the best route forward for you...custom to your specific circumstances.
No-one asks for alcohol addiction....it develops as a coping mechanism to life's stressors.
Help is available. Recovery is possible.
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The key part of this is..."for you".
Addiction recovery is very specific, to each individual.
The issues that drove them into alcohol addiction initially, are usually, quite unique.
Likewise, the program you choose for recovery should be equally unique and is equally important.
For some, they have adequate support, post-detox, already arranged. Maybe you're already in long term recovery and had a recent blip.
Make sure sponsors are in place, supports are ready, and work on the trigger that caused the relapse.
For others, alcoholism has a been a longer term, chronic and recurring issue - a habitual coping mechanism they're unable to let go of.
In which case, a more foundational program, like 12 steps, or the Alcoholism Anti-Drug Coalition can help you admit powerlessness, embrace responsibility, and work to get well again from the ground up.
The big book approach is heavily based on the merits of mutual aid, both in local meetings and support groups, and also in it's underlying philosophy.
The step model doesn't set out to advocate or insist upon a certain approach. It doesn't demand certain beliefs, and it doesn't make statements about suitability or otherwise. While some struggling with the religious components or implications, there is an underlying truth behind the 12 step model that it's followers agree on and is hard to deny - it works.
Or maybe you've tried 12steps, and found it too overwhelming with religious rhetoric, or there's another reason, it didn't work for you.
Other options include the SMART program, based on a much more practical, pragmatic ethos and very well aligned with the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach. This gives options to those not so spiritually inclined and dovetails nicely with longer term therapeutic work that many in long term recovery need.
There are also programs available in a much smaller scale, that are more specific, or locally oriented, perhaps around a church or voluntary group, or a specialist addiction recovery network, partially funded by local healthcare programs.
Options are out there, even for voluntary, or donation-based counselling and therapeutic work, a crucial addition for those newly leaving treatment and readjusting still to the world outside a clinic.
But the important thing, is to look for these. To have the motivation to do so. And that can only be achieved by understanding, at a greater depth, what addiction means to you, what it is in your life, what it was replacing.
Once these understandings are in place, you're not only less likely to be triggered, you're less anxious about alcohol generally, and more able to see more clearly, how long term sobriety can be a true, realistic, possibility.
One of the most frequent questions we get asked every day is the distinction between an in-patient treatment for alcohol addiction, like Addiction Rehab Abbeycare, as opposed to one in an out-patient setting, and how that is likely to affect outcomes.
In Patient Stay
In most cases an inpatient stay involves first detoxing physically and chemically from the substance. In most clinics, prescription medication will be offered to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms, shake, tremor etc when detoxing for alcohol or substance misuse.
Following detox, most clinics offer a program of therapeutic help, to varying degrees.
A fully residential clinic will offer a structured, full scale package in which daily rehab activities run, and which clients are expected to take part in.
Of course the fully residential part means that you live, full time, in the clinic, on a day-to-day basis, until your treatment program time is complete.
This usually means therapeutic intervention, in either a group, or one-to-one individual setting, comprising (e.g.) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, REBT (Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy) or a similar behavioural therapeutic approach to tackle the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that result from addiction.
Other elements would normally include physical exercise program to keep both body and mind aligned, and to assist individuals in realising that other options for stress relief are available, beyond the old coping mechanisms that they're used to.
Complementary techniques are also commonplace, including massage, reflexology, reiki, homeopathy, and a range of alternative treatments that again give individuals more choice for long term recovery, and a menu of options from which to sample.
Quasi-residential clinic treatment usually means you attend the rehab clinic during the day for e..g. supervised detox medication administration, and light therapy work, before then either returning home or moving to a different location in the evening.
This can be productive for some individuals, yet counter-productive for others, depending on how many triggers an individual is working with in their addiction, and how much therapeutic work there is to do.
Quasi residential treatment carries with it the benefit of a lower price tag than fully residential, and many prefer this approach as opposed to being isolated away from triggers in a fully residential setting.
In the Quasi residential program you can expect to tackle your trigger situations on a daily basis, especially if the respite setting you retire to in the evening is your home environment, where many of the addiction triggers started.
Those in the fully residential setting are protected from such triggers but must ensure they are well prepared to re-integrate in to the world outside the clinic when their treatment period is complete.
Outpatient treatment could include supervised detox medication administration followed up by counselling or CBT sessions in the community.
The advantages here are that the outpatient setting is often funded publicly, although waiting lists are usually long and the approval process time and labor intensive.
One of the biggest disadvantages of the outpatient treatment setting is that all treatment is usually undertaken at or near to the individual's home environment and as such is at high risk of trigger situations, setting off the pattern of addiction once more.
Indeed, we speak with individuals who have attended counselling sessions, making excellent progress, only to find themselves triggered again into addictive behaviours either on the way home, or at home. There is usually less support provided for out patient counselling and it can take a long time (several months) to build up a full awareness of the reasons behind the addiction, and it's maintaining causes, and therefore how to deal effectively with it.
Those in an outpatient setting are likely to spend longer attempting to overcome addiction, with more opportunity for relapse, however it can of course be achieved with dedication, motivation, and disciplined follow-through.
Impact On Outcomes
We don't know of any studies or research completed comprehensively comparing the various residential statuses of drug and alcohol treatment available, however in many cases, regardless of setting, the outcome can depend on the individual themselves.
The essence of achieving long term addiction recovery is the idea of embracing responsibility once more. The typical alcohol or drug addict is locked in a pattern of avoiding responsibility, and maintaining denial in order to continue maintaining access to their coping mechanism.
What needs to be learned once again is that basic foundation in life - a basic day-to-day structure with functional boundaries, and an acceptance of responsibility- no matter how difficult the issue, or stressor that life throws at us.
No matter the setting someone has received addiction treatment in, if these basics are not addressed, or there is no follow-through to maintain these after treatment, then even the best treatment type in the world may struggle to assist someone who is undermotivated, lacks follow through, or easily finds excuses not to engage in good addiction recovery habits.
We offer treatment options provided by partner clinics, based on your needs. Long term alcoholism recovery depends on the individual's follow through on advice provided during treatment.