Overcoming an alcohol addiction is never going to be easy, particularly for those who have been abusing alcohol for a long time. However, with the right programme of care and support, it is possible to put substance abuse behind you for good. With that in mind, you might be wondering ‘what is inpatient alcohol treatment?’.
Most experts agree that inpatient treatment is the best option for those with severe addictions to substances such as alcohol. An inpatient treatment programme is perhaps the most time-consuming and concentrated approach to alcohol addiction recovery and is ideal for those who would find it difficult to stay away from alcohol in the real world. But before we go into inpatient alcohol rehab in more detail, it is important to look at who might need such treatment and why it is so important.
The issue of alcohol addiction exists for many people in the UK. In fact, around seven per cent of adults in England alone drink more than the Government’s recommended guideline amounts of fourteen units per week for safe consumption.
Those who drink over and above these guideline amounts are classed as alcohol abusers; according to stats from alcohol charity Alcohol Concern, around 2.5 million people drink more than their full week’s allowance in one day. This puts them at risk of developing a crippling addiction and is putting their health in jeopardy.
That being said, it must be mentioned here that not everyone who abuses alcohol is going to end up struggling with alcoholism. There are factors that make it more likely for one person to develop this illness than the next, but even these factors are no guarantee. The reality is that there is just no way to pinpoint exactly who will develop addiction.
What is clearer is how this illness occurs. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can change the structure of the brain and can lead to an increased tolerance. Those who have built up a tolerance to alcohol will usually find that they need to drink more to get the effects they desire. They may have started off drinking one glass of wine with dinner or a beer or two at the weekend, but soon find that this is not enough to achieve the feelings they want.
It can be quite common for people to increase their alcohol consumption without even realising. It is only when these individuals look at their drinking habits that they realise they are drinking more than before. Some only realise that this has happened when they have already developed a physical dependence. When they try to quit and realise it is difficult, they may stop to consider how their drinking habits have changed.
There is no doubting the impact that an alcohol addiction can have on the affected individual, but it also has negative consequences for the family members and friends of the person with the addiction as well. Alcoholism is directly linked to poor mental and physical health, problems with finances, relationship struggles, crime, homelessness, and unemployment. Those who fail to get treatment for their illness could even end up with life-threatening illnesses that can even result in their premature death.
Alcohol is responsible for many illnesses. As a central nervous system depressant, it affects almost every cell in the body and can cause problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. It is also linked to mental health problems such as anxiety disorder, chronic depression, and dementia.
It is easy to see why alcohol treatment is so important. Failure to seek help can often mean that problems worsen. Alcoholism is a progressive illness that does not pass without treatment.
Almost everyone with an addiction to alcohol will have both a physical and a psychological addiction. A physical addiction is typically treated with a programme of detoxification that aims to break the cycle of substance abuse and addiction.
During a detox, the patient quits alcohol and waits for the body to eliminate any remaining toxins. Over the course of around one to two weeks, various withdrawal symptoms are likely to occur. These could include mild symptoms such as sweating, shaking or nausea, or more severe symptoms like seizures or convulsions.
Once the detox has finished and the bond between user and substance has been broken, rehab can begin. For many individuals, this will take place in an inpatient clinic, but what is inpatient alcohol treatment like?
A programme of inpatient treatment for alcohol addiction is one that takes place in a residential clinic. These programmes tend to be the remit of private clinics, but there are some charities who do offer residential beds for those who are in most need.
When it comes to those with a severe alcohol addiction, an inpatient programme is typically the best choice because it offers the most structured, most intensive and most immediate approach to getting better.
If you are considering an inpatient treatment programme, you will probably want to know a little bit more about it. While it is not possible to go into exact detail without knowing the specific clinic in question, there are many similarities with all inpatient programmes.
For example, the basic premise of the inpatient programme is that the patient will stay in the clinic, in a quiet, peaceful, and distraction-free environment. This allows the patient to focus on his or her recovery without any interruptions from the outside world.
Patients live in the clinic for the duration of their treatment programme and, for most people, this is between six and eight weeks. However, for those with more complex needs, a longer stay may be necessary. A group of recovering addicts will be staying in the clinic at any one time and although they will usually have their own private or semi-private room, they will be encouraged to interact with each other at various times. It may be during group therapy sessions or at meal times.
Inpatient treatment is not appropriate for everyone but there are certain conditions that would make it a sensible choice. You should consider a programme of inpatient alcohol treatment if:
If you want to get started with recovery as soon as possible, then an inpatient programme with a private clinic is also the best option. This is because outpatient programmes provided by charities or the NHS tend to have long waiting lists.
These free programmes are usually over-subscribed and are often unable to meet the demands placed upon them. Of course, you can wait until a place becomes available but you may find that by the time the clinic can accept you for treatment, you may have lost all motivation to get better. This is something that often happens when those with addiction are forced to wait before accessing a treatment programme.
If you would like to know more about our inpatient treatment programmes please call us today. We have a number of clinics around the country that are staffed by a team of dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to help patients overcome their addictions to a host of mood-altering substances.
Our clinics are decorated to a high standard with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities to ensure your comfort. We have an excellent record of success and patient wellbeing is our number one priority. Please call us to speak to one of our advisors about the next steps on the road to sobriety.
If you successfully complete our 90-day inpatient treatment program, we guarantee you'll stay clean and sober, or you can return for a complimentary 30 days of treatment.