It seems there is never any shortage of celebrity headlines concerning substance abuse, overindulgence, or rehab. True to form, the headlines are once again reporting on one of the biggest screen actors of this era and his struggles with alcohol addiction. This latest celebrity to emerge from addiction treatment, however, has a message of hope and humility.
Following a stint in a rehabilitation centre for alcohol addiction, 44-year old Affleck stated through his official Facebook page in mid-March (2017): “I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step.”
No stranger to battling addiction, this was his second formal stay in rehab for alcohol addiction, the first coming in 2001. Affleck received an outpouring of support from his family and fans, but no doubt the pressures of his life in the spotlight contributed to his drinking compulsion. But unlike many other alcoholics, he is fortunate to have the second-chance support from his circle.
Many other addicts, however, are not as fortunate. They do not have the large show of support once they have hit rock bottom or the means to seek to a full addiction treatment programme. Sadly, many an alcoholic is left to wallow in his or her drink after family and friends have given up on him/her.
Perhaps the spotlight afforded to celebrities is the perfect platform for raising awareness to the plight of those struggling with alcohol addiction. Ben Affleck’s public statement denouncing the stigma so often associated with seeking help is a beacon of hope for those who he acknowledges as “need help but [are] afraid to take the first step.”
While the numbers are still out for 2016, in 2014-2015, there were 1.1 million estimated hospital admissions where the primary reason for admission was an alcohol-related disease, injury, or condition – 3% more than 2013-2014. Further, the total Net Ingredient Cost for items prescribed for alcohol dependence in 2015 was £3.93 million which is 15% higher than in 2014.
It would not be unfair to state that there is an alcohol abuse epidemic occurring in the UK.
Rehab via residential treatment is the most comprehensive form of alcohol treatment available and often proves to be literally life-changing. With round-the-clock medical assistance and a customised treatment plan tailored to meet individual needs, private residential rehab offers a safe environment where addicts can work toward recovery. Rehab in residential treatment facilities is based entirely on a strict abstinence approach from alcohol.
Once patients are admitted into treatment in a residential facility, the length of their stay will depend on the severity of their dependence. Stays often range from one to six months, with ideal results achieved when addicts remain in treatment for at least three months. The initial detox process can either take place before admission or upon arrival to the facility in conjunction with other therapies.
Following entry into a residential facility, alcohol addiction treatment programmes are highly structured and follow carefully outlined schedules. This is to keep the addict’s mind engaged in positive activities rather than allowing him or her to dwell upon their cravings and desires for alcohol. A holistic approach is taken with patient recovery and emphasis is placed on exercise, diet, and nutrition.
Patients live, eat, and sleep at their residential treatment facility, and all therapy sessions and medical care are conducted on site. A medical staff of doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, trained therapists, and fitness experts provide a robust suite of treatment services to each patient.
Therapies provided complement one another and include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), group therapy, individual therapy, informational lectures, and family counselling.
Some residential rehab clinics specialise in a specific model of treatment such as the 12-Step treatment model (also called the Minnesota model), and some cater to either males or females, children and teens, or adults.
Many facilities provide additional services for other addictions such as sex addiction, gaming, gambling, and other issues in addition to the treatments provided for drugs or alcohol addiction. Still others offer treatment services for even more niche specialities including eating disorders, executive burnout, stress, and anxiety. Aftercare is almost always provided after treatment, regardless of the facilities speciality.
For most people with a dependence on alcohol, a residential treatment programme will be necessary to overcome both the physical and emotional effects of addiction. If you require assistance with your addiction, please contact UKAT today. Once we have an idea of what your needs are, we can better discuss what treatment options are available to you.