What Is the Truth about Alcohol Addiction?

Bradford Oasis detox clinic offers a full medically managed detox for those suffering with a dependency to alcohol, addiction or an alcohol abuse problem. Alcoholism is now medically recognised by Public Health England as a chronic relapsing brain disease. A recent publication by Public Health England confirmed that as a nation we are now drinking more than ever with over 1 million alcohol related hospital admissions over the past year. Despite the increase in the price of alcohol, cheap supermarket own brands still make it affordable; its biggest impact is on the young and middle aged of society.

Professor Kevin Fenton, National Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, stated in a recent report:

“The harm alcohol causes is much wider than just on the individual drinker. Excessive alcohol consumption can harm children, wreck families, impact on workplace colleagues and can be a burden and drain on the NHS and economy. It hits poor communities the hardest.

As a nation we are drinking more alcohol than we did in the past and there are more than one million alcohol-related hospital admissions a year, half of which occur among the most deprived groups”

Our experience is that alcohol addiction can and does affect anyone, regardless of age, sex or social standing. We treat alcoholics from all walks of life, including the young and uneducated, students, the successful business professional, the stay at home mum or dad and the retired. Alcohol addiction is a chronic brain disease; therefore social standing becomes irrelevant. Money can be a problem for those who need to access treatment urgently. For those that cannot afford a private detox, NHS services are notoriously slow and lacking in government funding. Perhaps this is why it is hitting the poorest communities the hardest.

Oasis Bradford offers affordable detox treatment, which is accessible for most. We understand the nature of alcoholism and how it not only destroys the individual sufferers life, but also greatly impacts on children, families, loved ones and in the workplace.

Do You Suffer from Alcoholism?

Alcoholism presents in varying forms but has two common characteristics:

  1. Once the sufferer starts drinking, they invariably lose control over the amount they consume and their actions whilst intoxicated
  2. Despite wanting to stop, or attempting to stay stopped, they find themselves in a vicious circle of continuation or relapse.

Alcohol addiction is a very serious and life threatening illness. Left untreated it claims many lives on a daily basis. Due to the nature of the illness and the denial aspect present, most individuals suffering from alcohol addiction find it impossible to stop without medical and specialist therapeutic intervention. As an illness that affects the sufferer both physically and psychologically, it has an extremely high mortality rate with very few finding recovery without the correct treatment and support. It is imperative if you or a loved one is suffering from alcohol addiction, that you seek professional help immediately. Many die needlessly, as they do not understand that they are suffering from an illness of the mind that manifests in the compulsion to drink; regardless of the cost to their health or the damaged caused to loved ones and other areas of their life.

Helping Someone with an Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol is a social lubricant that is widely accepted, but for an individual with addictive tendencies, it will take over their whole life and destroy it bit by bit in most demoralising and merciless way.

The first thing to realise when trying to help someone with alcohol addiction, is that they are suffering from an illness of the mind that it beyond their own control. It is an illness that persuades the sufferer that they do not have an illness, that they are in control and that they can beat it alone. This is delusion that takes many alcoholics to their death.

Alcohol addiction and alcohol abuse is on the increase, as more and more seek an escape from the pressures of daily life. Alcohol addiction can run in families but can also skip generations. Usually there is a genetic link to a mental health disorder or an addiction within the family origin.

The biggest challenge with any alcoholic is getting them to see that they have a problem that is beyond their mental control. Most will know of at least one person or family member who shows the signs of having a problem with alcohol, but getting them to seek treatment can be a difficult task. Breaking the denial can be extremely difficult and challenging; it can take a lot of pain, tough love and consequences for them to reach a point where they are willing to seek and accept help. For anyone with an alcohol addiction, the first step has to be to safely remove the alcohol through a medical detoxification process. Once their system is clear of alcohol, psychological measures and treatment can then be of maximum benefit. Rehabilitation is a vital part of addiction treatment and helps to lay the foundations for a long and healthy recovery. Oasis Bradford specialise in medically managed detoxes, but we always recommend it is immediately followed up by a full rehabilitation programme at our rehabilitation clinic in Runcorn. Treating the mental aspect of the condition is essential to permanent recovery. If you want to help a loved one that you are concerned about, but not sure how to best approach the subject, please call us for guidance and support

Understanding Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction can present in many different ways; the stereotypical alcoholic is of the man or woman who has lost everything they hold dear in life; homeless and shunned by society, they live to drink and drink to live. The reality is that alcoholism can affect ANYONE. Research suggests that there are some individuals who have a complex set of genes that make them more predisposed to mental health illness and addiction. Addiction of any kind is a medical condition that requires the correct professional treatment.

NHS alcohol guidelines can be helpful in establishing if you or a loved one is drinking too much, but it does not necessarily mean you are an alcoholic or have an addiction. There are those that drink heavily, but given a sufficient reason, such as a health scare or break down of a relationship, they are able to stop or moderate their drinking. They may even need some medical help in stopping safely, but they do not suffer the overwhelming compulsion that drives an addict to repeatedly relapse despite mounting consequences.

Ask yourself this…. who in their right mind would choose to drink themselves to death, to hurt those that they love most, to lose everything they hold dear? Addiction is not a choice; the sufferer is driven to drink, regardless of the cost physically, mentally, emotionally and financially.

Alcohol addiction, like any other addiction is a disease of the mind. The crux of the problem centres in the individuals delusional and warped thought processes, their deep rooted belief systems and their unmanageability around feelings and emotions. It is also a progressive illness, which over time, left untreated, will only ever get worse. Alcoholics relapse as their thinking causes them so much pain that alcohol becomes a valid solution once again. It may have previously taken them to the brink of death, but their mind will persuade them that this time it will be different. Our experience is that it never is different, once an alcoholic always an alcoholic.

It is for this reason that those suffering from an alcohol addiction must undergo therapeutic treatment, to unearth and overcome the root causes of their illness and learn new healthier methods of managing their thoughts, behaviours and emotions.

Am I Addicted to Alcohol?

We suggest that you consider the following statements carefully to help you to decide for yourself if you have an alcohol addiction. Understand that if you do, that there is no shame and that you have a recognised illness that can be successfully treated and sobriety maintained from there.

  • Once you start drinking, you often lose control over the amount that you consume.
  • You may be able to stop for periods of time, but unable to stay stopped
  • You are preoccupied with the thought of alcohol
  • Whilst under the influence of alcohol your personality changes.
  • Alcohol often makes you feel powerful, confident and invincible
  • You often feel remorse, guilt and shame around your actions after a drinking bout
  • You drink essentially for the effect and often binge on alcohol to the point of blacking out
  • You continue to drink despite good reasons not to: health warnings, relationship breakdowns, loss of jobs, strained finances, depression or another recognised mental health illness.
  • You try to hide the true extent of your drinking from others in order to avoid being questioned or challenged
  • You regularly drink alone
  • When drinking with others, you often lose control of your behaviour and will break your own moral code of personal conduct, such as drink driving or embarrassing or violent behaviour
  • You need alcohol in order to be able to face life and function
  • You cannot imagine a life without alcohol
  • Without alcohol, you feel ill at ease, agitated, anxious, restless, uncomfortable in your own skin, without purpose and empty
  • You set yourself goals around controlling your drinking but are unable to stick to them
  • Alcohol is affecting other areas of your life and consequences are mounting
  • You want to quit drinking but find you cannot
  • If you go without a drink, you develop withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, anxiety, insomnia, sweating, nervousness, nausea or vomiting.

You do not have to suffer from all of these symptoms to be an alcoholic, but the above statements are typical of an individual in throes of alcoholism. If you are still unsure whether you or your loved one have an addiction to alcohol, please call and speak to one of our members of staff who will be happy to help and advise you.

 Medical Alcohol Detox

If you have an addiction to alcohol and want to stop, it is essential that you seek the correct professional and medical help before attempting to do so. Oasis Bradford offer a full medically managed alcohol detox of the highest standard with 24/7 nursing/medical care and support from experienced and trained recovery workers.

*Detoxing from alcohol is the first step; this should be immediately followed up by an intensive period of rehabilitation at our Runcorn rehabilitation clinic. This will help to safe guard against relapse and treat the mental aspect of the illness through receiving a number of evidence based therapeutic treatments, delivered by highly experienced and qualified counsellors.

Government Guidelines to Safe Alcohol Consumption

If you are suffering from alcohol addiction, there is no safe amount of alcohol. Complete abstinence is a must. Taking even once drink will lead to a craving and obsession for more. Over a short period of time you will invariably lose all control of your drinking and end up back in the same painful place as before…or worse!

Government guidelines can be useful in determining if you are drinking more than your body can safely process and can be a helpful indication if you need professional help. They can be a starting point to admitting you have a problem.

If you are drinking over and above the recommended government guidelines, yet are unable to reduce or stop completely, call us for further information on how we can help you.

The current government guidelines, issued by the UK’s Department of Health, for safe drinking are:

  • For men it is no more than 14 units a week, with a recommendation of no more than three units in any one-day and at least two alcohol-free days per week.
  • For women it is no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, with a recommended limit of no more than three units per day and, again, two alcohol-free days per week.
  • The guidelines for pregnant women are that they should drink no more than 1-2 units once or twice a week.

If you or your loved one need help for an addiction to alcohol, don’t delay life-saving treatment; Alcohol addiction kills! Call us now for a free assessment or informal chat. We can help you take the right steps towards a full and permanent recovery from alcohol addiction.

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