Anyone can be affected by alcoholism or alcohol abuse, regardless of age, sex, race or social standing. Many who suffer from alcohol addiction will ask themselves when and why it is that they became alcoholic. In many instances, it is a gradual progression of drinking more and more; in others there was a defining point, trauma or tragedy in their lives. Some individuals will even tell you that they drank alcoholically from the first time they picked up a drink. There is no one set of circumstances, or exclusive defining point that makes an individual an alcoholic. But all alcoholics have one thing in common; they all reach a point where they lose all control of their alcohol consumption or are unable to stop and stay stopped. What makes an alcoholic or an addict is the disease of addiction. Alcoholism and addiction are medically and psychologically recognised by Public England Health and addiction professionals as “a chronic relapsing brain disease”. This diagnosis, and our experience confirms, that comprehensive and specialist alcohol rehab treatment is necessary to overcome addiction in any form its presents itself.
Alcoholics drink essentially for the effect produced by alcohol. For someone with alcoholic tendencies, the brain and body react very differently to alcohol from others. The effect of alcohol on the brain’s receptors produces an intense euphoria and a craving for more. This does not happen with someone who does not suffer from alcoholism. The craving is so overpowering that it will override all common sense; to the point of the individual putting their own life and the lives of others at great risk. When it comes to alcohol, an alcoholic is powerless to make any rational or sane decisions with regards to their drinking. No one knows exactly why this is, but there is a distinct difference between an alcoholic and a non-alcoholic when it comes to their physical and psychological response to alcohol. Psychologically they are obsessed with alcohol, and the idea that one day, somehow, they will regain control of their drinking. This obsession preoccupies their every thought, plan and action. There is no “off” switch for this obsession; only complete abstinence and full rehabilitation to rewire the brain’s thinking process has proven to be successful in alcohol rehab treatment and achieving long term sobriety.
Oasis Bradford detox clinic offer specialist treatment of the highest calibre to those with an addiction to alcohol. We treat both the physical dependence with a medical detox and help to stabilize the psychological state that drives the need and desire for alcohol in those with an addiction. Medical alcohol detoxes can take anything from 7 to 14 days to safely complete.
*Our other rehabilitation clinics throughout the UK specialise in rehabilitation of alcoholism and addiction. We therefore strongly recommend that once you have completed your medical detox with us, that you then go on to complete a full rehab programme at one of our other exceptional CQC regulated centres. There you will receive a comprehensive bespoke alcohol rehab programme, to address the psychological aspect of the disease. This is essential to long term, permanent recovery from alcoholism.*
Oasis Bradford specialises in complex and standard medical detoxes with 24/7 high levels of medical care and support; we can help you to physically medically detox within a very secure and safe environment with medical care around the clock. Mentally we will assist with support, groups and key work sessions. Full psychological rehabilitation for alcoholism and addiction needs to be delivered at our other centres. Our addiction specialist Counsellors and Psychologists, whom have impressive credentials and are able to deliver a range of proven addiction treatment therapies, tailored specifically to meet your individual treatment requirements. Our other centres specialise in the following cutting edge, evidence based alcohol rehabilitation therapies:
We offer various treatment programmes to suit different needs. We understand that one size does not fit all when it comes to treating alcoholism. For alcohol addiction, we recommend a minimum of 6-8 weeks inpatient treatment, following a full medical detoxification for optimum results. We offer primary care treatment for up to 12 weeks and then the option of secondary care and tertiary care for those that need to stay longer and help with reintegrating back into society.
Our rehab clinics are purpose-built treatment facilities that provide exceptionally high standards of accommodation and security. No expense has been spared; yet the treatment we provide offers amazing value for money. We are dedicated to our patient’s wellbeing and permanent and ongoing recovery; this is evidenced through our tireless work with the still suffering alcoholic and addict.
Alcoholism, also commonly referred to as alcohol addiction and alcohol abuse. It is a mental health and physical disorder. The common misconception of an alcoholic is someone who drinks first thing in the morning, is constantly intoxicated and has lost everything except their will to drink. For some this is true, but alcoholism presents in varying forms. For example, there doesn’t have to be a physical dependency to alcohol for someone to be an alcoholic; they may binge on alcohol periodically but then have long or short periods of sobriety in between. Some will have a physical dependency, but don’t have to drink first thing in the morning or throughout the day. They will however need to drink a certain amount over a 24-hour period, as their body and brain have adjusted to having it. They may rationalise their drinking, in that it enables them to relax and sleep after a stressful or hard day at work. For others, they may only drink at weekends, but when they do drink they find themselves drinking to oblivion and committing acts that they would never consider whilst sober. They wake up full of shame and regret.
Most alcoholics can function to a point, but as a progressive illness, they eventually lose all control over their alcohol consumption. This comes with devastating consequences; they begin to lose everything they hold dear. Their physical health suffers and they start to lose a grip on reality. Their personal relationships and finances are heavily impacted on as a result. One thing all alcoholics have in common, is the repetitive behaviour that is harmful to themselves. They reach a point where they cannot stop and alcohol has become their master. No matter how great the necessity or desire, they are unable to leave alcohol alone for good.
It is important to understand that alcoholism is an illness. Medically recognised as a chronic relapsing brain disease, it is very unlikely to get better on its own or without the correct treatment. Like any other disease, alcoholism requires specific treatment. It is never “cured” as such, but it can be successfully arrested. Permanent sobriety can be maintained from there. Oasis Bradford have worked with many alcoholics who have been classed as hopeless cases and beyond help. We can arrest the condition with the help of a full medically managed detox. From there we can transfer the client for full rehabilitation, to one of our other specialist rehab centres. There, they will be shown exactly how to maintain permanent sobriety and provided with the tools to do so. We have found that no alcoholic has sunk too low in their addiction or is too far-progressed to make a full recovery. We witness many miracles of healing on a daily basis, and as a result, firmly believe in the medical and therapeutic programme that we use as a foundation for overcoming alcohol addiction.
Those who have experienced the darkest depths of alcoholism will know true loneliness. Self-destruction, harm to those that they love, their finances, career and health; eventually isolate the alcoholic, where their only companion and comfort is their next drink.
For their own sanity and wellbeing, family and loved ones end up pulling away, in order to avoid being pulled into the downward spiral of misery, depression and destruction. Much like a carousel that doesn’t stop, the alcoholic will feel powerless to stop drinking. The same mistakes, behaviours, thoughts and feelings are repeated over and over again, with the same results. They lose all perspective and still hang on to the warped belief that someday, somehow, they will regain control of their drinking and all is not lost.
To family members, loved ones and friends, alcoholism is a baffling illness; it makes no sense why someone would carry on drinking despite mounting consequences. The reality is, that the alcoholic is driven by a compulsion to drink that is beyond their mental control. They are extremely mentally and physically ill and require specialist professional help to intervene and to arrest alcohol consumption before it takes their life.
Another trait of alcoholism is denial; this is what sadly causes the most deaths. Many do not see the truth in their drinking. Even when it is plain for others to see, the alcoholic will THINK they have it under control – that everyone else is overreacting, that they can stop whenever they choose to and that they have control of their actions and behaviours. Denial is deadly; it can be very difficult to get someone who is delusional to see the truth and to accept professional help. Other times, the sufferer will know deep in their heart that they have a real problem, but false pride and fear will keep them from asking for help and therefore admitting they are not in control. By admitting they have a problem, they then know they have to address it. Most alcoholics cannot see a life without drink. When they reach the end of the line, they cannot see a life with drink anymore either. They feel hopeless and desperate for a way out, but don’t believe it is possible to attain it.
Remembering that the alcoholic is very sick, and therefore may not be of sound mind to make the correct decisions around their own wellbeing, it may be time for the family to intervene and discuss the options with regards to alcohol rehab. This can sometimes prove to be very challenging and a professional intervention might be considered the best way forward. We can provide a professional intervention in such cases; please call us to find out more.
At Oasis Bradford, we offer an inpatient medical detox programme for those that suffer with an alcohol dependency or addiction. Each patient is different and so we tailor each treatment plan and medical detox regime to each individual’s specific treatment requirements.
Our nurturing and highly supportive environment provides the individual with a sense of safety and trust; thus enabling them to work with our medical team and therapeutic staff to achieve the optimal results. This kind of intensive treatment is impossible to achieve in the community. Even if it were possible, it would not be safe, as the correct levels of support would not be viable outside of a hospital or clinical detox environment. Temptation would be all around, whilst they are in the very vulnerable stages of detoxification and early sobriety. Oasis Bradford provide around the clock, exceptionally high levels of medical care and support. We offer a unique treatment service that is not available in the community, on the NHS or in many rehabilitation centres; who are simply not equipped to provide the excellent high levels of medical support that we afford.
As well as providing a bespoke medical detox programme and family support, Oasis Bradford also offer 12 months complimentary aftercare to all those that complete their treatment with us. This means that the patient will benefit from continued key work and peer support for a year after they leave inpatient treatment. We feel that aftercare support is essential to ongoing sobriety and adapting to life back home. The early days of recovery can be a very vulnerable time, but is especially testing for those that live alone or who do not have a good and healthy support network that assists their recovery. We feel that aftercare is a vital part of rehabilitation, which is why we have factored it into our programme, at no additional cost to those that complete their treatment programme.
All patients that come to us with an alcohol dependency will need to undergo a medical detox first, before intensive rehabilitation can begin at one of our specialist rehab centres. The medical detox is usually completed within 7 to 14 days, using an approved and prescribed medication to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms. Clinically, this is proven to be the safest way to stop alcohol. Alcohol detox, if not carried out correctly, can prove fatal. Whilst undergoing a medical detox, patients will receive light therapy from our key workers and support workers and continual monitoring from medical and support staff. Once completed, the intensive rehabilitation can then begin. We can arrange for an immediate, stress free and seamless transfer to one of our many CQC regulated and outstanding rehab clinics, throughout the UK.
Alcohol rehab is a therapeutic and secure environment, where a bespoke programme is designed to help each individual to learn to live without relying on alcohol. The crux of the problem with any alcoholic centres in the mind i.e. their thinking. Our alcohol rehab clinics offer a specialist alcohol recovery programme adapted to each individual, within a distraction and temptation-free environment.
We aim, through our evidence based therapeutic treatments, to bring about a complete change in the individual’s thinking and cognitive thought process; which is sufficient for them to recover from alcoholism and sustain long term sobriety. We equip our clients with the tools and the knowledge to rebuild themselves and to go on to lead happy and productive lives.
Fully qualified and experienced professionals, most of whom have personal experience of addiction, deliver all of our cutting edge treatments – proven to be effective in treating alcoholism. Due to their own experiences of this illness, they are able to relate to our patients and win their trust and respect very quickly. This makes an ideal platform for a productive and very effective therapeutic relationship.
Our alcohol rehab programmes are tailored to the requirements of the individual, as no two patients are exactly the same. We understand how difficult it can be to recover from such an addiction; we want to make sure that each client undergoes a comprehensive treatment plan that will work effectively for him or her.
Our rehab programmes are intensive and clients are fully supported throughout. They will have constant access to medical and therapeutic care at all times of the day and night. Our alcohol rehabs unearth and treat the root causes of each individual’s addiction. We are fully committed and dedicated to the full and permanent recovery of each and every one of our clients.
If you are concerned about your drinking, it could be the case that you have an alcohol addiction. Depending on how severe your problem is, you may need the professional treatment of an alcohol detox and rehab centre. Consider the following symptoms; these would indicate you need immediate help:
If you do have a problem with alcohol and continue to abuse it, things will only get worse. You will be putting yourself at risk of developing a number of health issues including high blood pressure, diabetes, liver disease, heart disease, and some cancers. Your chances of developing a mental health illness are also drastically increased, as is death from risk taking behaviours and health complications. If you have an alcohol dependency, it is vital that you undergo a full medical detox with us first before rehabilitation.
We understand that asking for help can be difficult. You may not want to admit that you have a problem, as you are fearful of how others will react. Our experience is that everyone, including the alcoholic, is very much relieved once they admit they need help. Families and loved ones usually suspect there is a problem long before it is admitted. They are at a loss as to how they can help; they feel powerless, scared and frustrated and so are incredibly relieved when professional treatment is sought and undertaken by their loved one.
By calling and discussing your problem with us, you will receive completely free and confidential advice on how we can best help and support you to overcome your problem with alcohol. Alcohol addiction is an illness that will not go away by itself. We provide a compassionate and professional service that will help you to heal and recover. Alcohol addiction no longer needs to ruin your life, we can help set you free and place you firmly on the path of permanent recovery.