Helping you take steps to stop drinking.
While alcohol is often associated with social events and unwinding at the end of the day, regular drinking can lead to alcohol addiction. This can have detrimental effects on your physical and mental health. Being dependent on alcohol to function can also prevent you from living your life the way you want.
At Steps Together, we understand that deciding to tackle your addiction takes great courage and strength. Our qualified staff and counsellors are here to support you at every stage of your journey, as you work towards a happier and healthier life without alcohol.
What is alcohol addiction?
Alcohol addiction is repeated drinking to the extent that you are periodically or chronically intoxicated. You may show the compulsion to drink and find it difficult to stop or modify your drinking patterns. It’s also commonly referred to as ‘alcohol dependence’ and ‘alcoholism’.
Alcoholism is not as straightforward as you might think. You don’t have to drink excessively all the time to be addicted: the extent of dependence sits on a spectrum. You might be 15 or 65 and may or may not have a stable job. You might drink in isolation or be incredibly social. Maybe you have a family history of alcoholism, or maybe you don’t. Alcohol addiction is different for everyone.
However, the significance of the side effects that alcohol dependence presents is very clear. Alcoholism puts you at a higher risk of liver damage, cancer, heart disease and other debilitating conditions. It can also put pressure on your relationships, your career and your finances.
Alcohol addiction treatment
When it comes to recovering from alcohol addiction, there are two possible goals: to control your drinking or to stop drinking completely.
The aim of our alcohol detox programmeis for you to remove alcohol from your life altogether, which is more commonly known as abstinence. While this may sound daunting, our experience tells us that you will have a better chance of continued success if you say ‘no’ to alcohol.
How to stop alcohol addiction
At Steps Together, we know that recovering from an alcohol addiction is not easy. We also know that it is possible, and it is worth every second. It might sound like a cliché but recognising that you have a problem is the first step that you should be proud of taking. Deciding to make a positive change is half the battle.
Seeking professional help offers the only long-term solution to any addiction. Your GP can offer advice and refer you to support groups in your area. Having someone to encourage and support you during the hard times will be invaluable to your recovery. Ask a friend or relative to come with you to your appointments with your GP or counsellor.
Counselling services are a part of our holistic approach, which also includes regular exercise, a balanced nutrition plan and other activities that improve your wellbeing.
Our philosophy is ‘Stronger Together’ and our therapists facilitate regular group discussions. These discussions provide you with the opportunity to share stories with others who are also recovering from addiction, all in a safe and confidential environment.
Through cognitive behavioural therapy, you will be guided by a trained therapist to identify thoughts and behaviours that are unhelpful to your road to recovery. They will then help you to work out how to replace these thoughts and behaviours with positive ones.
Our alcohol detox programme is focused on helping you build new habits that will build the foundations of your future: a sober and happy life. During the initial detox period, the absence of alcohol will cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Our experienced staff will monitor you during this process and provide medical treatment if necessary.
Our multi-faceted approach includes one-on-one counselling, educational workshops and group sessions. We will work together to:
- Explore tactics that you can use to reduce stress
- Help you understand addiction
- Explore resources that are useful for ongoing recovery
- Identify your thoughts, personal values and progress through daily diary groups, assignments and gratitude groups
Signs of alcoholism
There are many signs that indicate whether you or a loved one have become dependent on alcohol. Like with any health condition, if your ‘gut feeling’ is telling you that something isn’t right, it is always best to seek medical advice.
In the late 1960s, the CAGE questionnaire was developed in the USA to detect problem drinking behaviours, and it is still recognised as a valid screening technique today.
- Have you ever felt you needed to cut down on your drinking?
- Have people annoyed you by criticising your drinking?
- Guilty: Have you ever felt guilty about drinking?
- Eye-opener: Have you ever felt you needed a drink first thing in the morning (eye-opener) to steady your nerves, or to get rid of a hangover?
If you answered ‘yes’ to two or more of these questions, then it is recommended that you seek medical assistance.
Causes of alcohol addiction
You might be wondering what made you or your loved one go from being able to have an occasional drink to having a full-blown addiction. Essentially, alcoholism results from a combination of risk factors, which vary between individuals. Here are a few common risk factors:
- Some people choose to use alcohol to relax as a means of escaping stressful environments
- Certain genes are associated with a higher chance of alcoholism
- Spending time with people who think that regular drinking is normal
- Drinking on a regular basis from a young age
- Having low self-esteem
The more risk factors you have, the higher your chance of becoming alcohol dependent.
Alcohol rehab cost
At Steps Together, we believe that everyone should have access to the help that they need. Our modern facilities are designed to provide you or your relative with the rest, nourishment and support needed to make a full recovery. We are here to help you. Get in touch if you would like to discuss your options.
Get help now
Take the first step towards a healthier future. Contact a member of our friendly Steps Together team by calling 0800 038 5585 or by filling out our contact form. Let’s beat addiction together.