Inpatient Alcohol Treatment – a Cause for Solution
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.
How Does Alcohol Addiction Develop?
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.
Why is Alcohol Treatment So Important?
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.
What is Inpatient Alcohol Treatment Like?
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.
Who Should Consider Inpatient Treatment
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:
You have been drinking heavily for many years and have experienced severe withdrawal symptoms when in need of a drink. This would include severe shaking, sweating, or hallucinations.
You have already tried to quit with a detox and outpatient programme but have relapsed.
You have tried to quit with the help of a local fellowship programme such as Alcoholics Anonymous but have found it impossible to stay sober.
You have any underlying medical health problems such as liver disease, heart disease, or another illness that could make your recovery more complicated.
You have a mental health problem such as chronic depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.
You have a chaotic home life that would make it almost impossible to stay sober.
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.
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08 Jul 2020
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08 Jul 2020
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07 Jul 2020
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06 Jul 2020
I’m hugely fortunate and very grateful to have landed in Liberty House Rehab Clinic. The staff, bar none have been incredibly supportive and honest with me throughout. Tough love at times, but always delivered in a productive way. I’ve learned so much about addiction and myself thanks to them. This is a deeply empathetic and spiritual unit, to which i owe my life. Thank you Rosie and team xx
06 Jul 2020
This service from Liberty house was a very good idea, I would tell other people who suffer from the any issues with alcohol/Drugs to come to liberty house for the best treatment as they make it possible and are always there for you.
06 Jul 2020
I came to get well, and I leave 28 days sober, with a new mind set of my life with my illness.. thank to all at SL, food, hose keepers, support team and therapist all had a part on my recovery.
05 Jul 2020
I felt low when I arrived but started to feel positive within a short space of time. I’m ready to get to runcorn and get going.
04 Jul 2020
This detox has gone better than any of my others, I have enjoyed my time here and I would definitely recommend this to someone else. The isolation has been difficult not being able to exercise but I just got on with it. Staff have been good and supportive .
04 Jul 2020
This was my first detox, I found it to be comfortable, I did not struggle. I got a wake up call yesterday when I saw somebody who was really I’ll, I now understand the effects that alcohol can do to you.
04 Jul 2020
When I came to Recovery Lighthouse I was in a bad way (to put it politely). I am actually sad to be leaving here tomorrow as it has been such a positive experience for me. The house is very homely and comfortable, the food is amazing but more importantly I have learned so much during my time here. I feel that I have sufficient enough knowledge and tools to help maintain my sobriety when I go onto secondary treatment, knowing that also it is only me who can make it work for myself, and for my family! the staff here are very supportive & friendly…. Love to you all and a massive thank you! Except for Daisy who kicked my sorry butt at Cluedo one night! I’ll forgive but I shall not forget 😀 … Jokes aside ALL of the staff are wonderful! I hope to see each of you in the future with some added sobriety time under my belt… They have just informed me that Chris always gets mentioned on these so here is to you guys lol…. Mehdi, DAISY!!!!, Paula, Marcia, Mark, Debbie, Cameron, Dave, Lewes, Brooke, Linzi, Lee and Nicky – All of you are amazing! Thank you so much for everything during my stay here and best wishes for the future! …
03 Jul 2020
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03 Jul 2020
The care and support I have received has been excellent. I have started a journey of recovery from my addiction which I can continue when I return home.
03 Jul 2020
Thank you to the recovery lighthouse for the past 28 days. All the staff are really lovely but they will really push you to open up and get the most out of you and tackle your addiction. It is obvious they genuinely care about your well being and making sure you understand the importance of sobriety as a recovering addict. It can be tough at times but if you put the work in it is worth it and you will leave feeling you have the tools to implement them in real life! Food is really good too, thanks Chris! Highly recommend.
02 Jul 2020
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02 Jul 2020
I am very pleased at myself for having the heart to come to terms with my addiction and take the step to change my life by going into rehab it was the best move i did in starting new life, the program help not just with detoxing but it help by getting to route of the problem the staff are extremely sportive and highly experienced and professional. not forgetting the food also amazing i will always be grateful to the team of liberty house thank you for letting express myself and being there to listen
02 Jul 2020
I couldn’t of ended up in a better place the staff are awesome, they are more than attentive and will bend over backwards to make sure the care you receive is provided to the best of there ability. The food was great, which is always a plus especially when kicking a habit. It has been the best decision of my life coming here i cant thank them enough for all the help and support. Id highly recommend Liberty House to anyone trying to tern there lives around . Many thanks
02 Jul 2020
i entered here a very broken and scared individual. the staff bend over backwards for you here nothing is to much trouble. the chef also caters to your personal needs. i leave here with a great understanding of what i suffer with and direction of the right paths to take. im still fearful but lernt there is nothing wrong with a healthy dose of fear. cos rosie sharron dave pablo tony hsve given me a gift i will never be able to show my true gratitude for. thanks to qall at liberty house
01 Jul 2020
I have been very happy with my treatment, I didnt want to go home. However I feel ready to go home. I have learned to manage my stress levels. Fantastic team.
01 Jul 2020
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01 Jul 2020
I am overall extremely pleased with the treatment I’ve had here at Recovery Lighthouse. The staff have been absolutely wonderful, so kind and easy to approach. All the workshops I found engaging and enjoyed thoroughly. I am thankful for all the help I’ve been given and I feel confident I can succeed in my recovery journey.
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