What is an alcohol addiction?
If you have been drinking alcohol heavily or for an extended period of time, it is likely that you’ll have withdrawal symptoms if you stop suddenly. That’s because over time, your brain adjusts to the depressive effects of alcohol by working harder to transmit signals and keep itself alert. When alcohol is taken out of the equation, this state of restlessness remains, causing you to feel extremely irritable, anxious and confused. Intense cravings coupled with these unpleasant effects of alcohol withdrawal cause many people to continue drinking, even when they sincerely want to quit.
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People suffering from alcohol addiction become physically and psychologically dependent on alcohol and need to consume alcohol to function on a daily basis. Without a regular intake they do not feel balanced or able to cope emotionally, socially or professionally. But stopping suddenly will give rise to unpleasant withdrawal symptoms-so most people carry on drinking and try to ‘negotiate’ with their addiction,sometimes drinking a bit less than usual and other times going overboard,
This is where we can help for our treatments address both the detox phase- which is stopping alcohol intake and minimising the withdrawal phase together with a medical rehab that address the brain biochemistry with medication, the mind with counselling, and the body with physical therapies that rewire the mind-body connection. At the same time, allowing the individual to rediscover his true self and regain his inner balance and purpose.
Have you found yourself experiencing the following phenomena?
Regularly losing control over the amount you consume.
An inability to refrain from drinking when you have started and want to stop.
You find yourself lying, justifying or hiding the amount you drink from others
Friends and Family
Your consumption results in an alienation of friends and family.
You struggle daily to function without a first drink
Your mind becomes pre-occupied as to when and where you will get your next drink
Why it’s difficult to stop on your own?
If you have been drinking heavily, your body and brain have been altered in such as a way that stopping suddenly will trigger a chain of physiological events in you that makes giving up become really difficult. Hence after a few days of abstinence most drinkers give up and go back to taking another drink- alcohol has become their own magic medicine! Otherwise they will face a range of unpleasant symptoms such as shakiness, Insomnia and irritability, headaches, nausea, vomiting, no appetite, to more severe and dangerous symptoms like hallucinations, fits and delirium tremens.
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Our highly skilled alcohol addiction treatment specialists possess clinical experience and deliver various therapies and treatments to address the addiction and underlying causes and triggers related to alcohol.
We take satisfaction and pride on our unique methodology that gives high success rates with each of our client. From the alcohol rehab intake process to multiple follow ups on your return home, we will ensure your complete success.
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Detoxing on site under 24/7 medical supervision
This is when you require a medical detox upon admission- our experienced medical team will supervise this detox on site and using the right medications will neutralize most of these unpleasant symptoms and make detoxing a more smooth process for you. This will last one week on average , you will feel sleepy, but our 24 hour medical/nursing staff on site will make sure you get the right medications on time ,and that you are well hydrated and comfortable.
Not all clients need detoxing- at admission we shall do a full evaluation with all blood tests to see if detox is required and workout the best therapeutic protocol for each client profile.
Our wellness and rehab recovery program
During the alcohol addiction treatment, you will also benefit from our holistic programs. Once stabilized, you will feel ready to participate in our wellness activities-yoga, meditation, mindfulness, mild fitness classes-this will rebuild your strength, tone up your muscles, make you feel hungry and help to coordinate your mind and body. You will have daily massage sessions which will release the tensions and knots in your body and some gentle stretching will increase your flexibility. Sauna and hammam sessions will help you sweat out the toxins. If you wish to be more active, we have fitness trainers, nature trekking, swimming activities.
But most importantly are the sessions run by our psychologists and counselors- these will help you to come to terms with unresolved emotional traumas- for this is the time bomb buried in most addictions: the pain that is locked up inside our mind and that makes us look for a “magic potion’ that will numb our feelings , make us forget , run away and enjoy some moments of a temporary ‘blissful’ moment .
Most of our counselling is done on a one to one basis-to give full privacy to each client, and also to build on the connection between the therapist and the client.
We do also run group therapies-small groups of maximum 8 clients- which will bring benefits of sharing, some degree of bonding , and the confidence to know that you are not alone on this journey.
You will have busy days- enjoyable, you will have your own space, you will be comfortable- well looked after, your bedroom cleaned, your laundry done, your meals well prepared. But most importantly you will feel part of a big family, caring and supportive and friendly. You will feel connected.
What is an alcohol addiction?
Alcohol addiction is the result of excessive alcohol consumption. People suffering from alcohol addiction become physically and psychologically dependent on alcohol and need to consume alcohol to function on a daily basis. The effects of alcohol addiction cause a range of physical and psychological problems.
What are the common signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction?
Alcohol addiction is related to various symptoms which is unique to each individual. The most common signs and symptoms are:
- You need to drink higher amount of alcohol
- Drinking heavily alone
- Drinking alcohol in the morning
- Consuming alcohol to the point of passing out
What causes and alcohol addiction to develop?
An addiction develops due to a psychological process known as ‘positive reinforcement’. Positive reinforcement encourages a pattern of behaviour to form by offering a reward for that behaviour. In the context of alcohol addiction, drinking alcohol causes people to experience positive outcomes such as confidence, relaxation and pleasure, which make it more likely that they will seek out these feelings again by drinking more alcohol. This continuous exposure can gradually develop into a harmful addiction as opposed to ‘one-off’ behaviour.
In addition to the impact of positive reinforcement, research suggests that there are a number of key factors that have been found to increase the likelihood of developing an addiction to alcohol. These include:
- Existing mental health problems
- Experiencing stressful or traumatic events
What is the maximum weekly alcohol intake?
Experts advise that the recommended maximum weekly intake of alcohol is 14 units. This equates to:
- 6 pints of beer
- 6 glasses of wine
- 14 25ml measures of spirits (also known as ‘shots’)
However, individuals who are struggling with an alcohol addiction regularly consume much more than this each week. If you find that you are regularly exceeding this amount, it may be that you have developed an addiction to alcohol and require specialist treatment.
How to do you you have an alcohol addiction?
In alcohol treatment and rehabilitation, a commonly-used method to check whether you could be addicted to alcohol, is known as the CAGE test. This consists of four questions, which can be remembered by using the acronym ‘CAGE’:
- Have you ever felt that you should Cut down on your drinking?
- Have people ever Annoyed you by criticising your drinking habits?
- Have you ever felt bad or Guilty about your drinking habits?
- Have you ever had an Eye-opener e.g. a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves, or to get rid of a hangover?