Millions of people consume Alcohol in the UK everyday but for some people alcohol becomes a real problem as they become dependent on it to function day by day. You may know someone who fits this description whether it’s a family member, friend or a celebrity in the media spotlight – according to the NHS, approximately 9% of men and 4% of female UK adults are dependent on alcohol.
The signs of being dependent on alcohol
To understand if you or someone you know may have a problem with alcohol it is important to identify the signs. Many may use alcohol as a coping mechanism for their problems rather than directing them head-on.
- Signs of irritability and extreme mood swings.
- Drinking alone or in secret.
- Excusing their alcohol abuse as a source of stress-relief or relaxation.
- May have experienced short-term memory loss or blackouts.
- Experience withdrawal symptoms such as increased anxiety, depression, sweating, shakiness and insomnia.
- High tolerance to alcohol
According to Alcohol Concern, approximately 7.5 million people are unaware of the damage alcohol can cause to their bodies. NHS guidelines state that anyone who drinks more than 15 drinks for men and 12 drinks for women in the course of a week, have a high risk of developing dependency on alcohol. Dependency can lead to personal and family break ups, problems at work and damage your physical and mental health.
What happens within treatment?
The first stage is described as detoxification – overcoming the physical dependency on alcohol with a medically assisted treatment, either at home, in rehab or in hospital, depending on how you are. The next stage is to engage in a recovery programme where the client has the opportunity to develop an understanding of how and why they have developed this relationship with alcohol, to change habits and behaviours which have become embedded and to develop a tool kit to help prevent relapse. At Brynawel we believe that “only you can do it, but you can’t do it alone”. Our qualified and experienced Therapists, Support Workers and Nurse Prescriber are on hand to give you that support.
How to get treatment
We know that for many people taking the first step is difficult but at Brynawel Rehab can provide you with all the guidance and treatment you need to recover. We provide a standard treatment plan of 16 weeks but we are able to create tailored treatment plans for individual needs. We also have an intensive four week residential programme Kick-start to Recovery aimed at people who are in employment or who have caring responsibilities. Clients have their own single rooms which all have en-suite facilities; there are daily therapy sessions and visitors are welcome at the weekend. Please contact us for more information on 01443 226 864.