The Steps In Alcohol Addiction
Discussion around alcohol addiction shouldn't just focus on levels of drinking and the health issues associated with over-consumption; it can also be a life-threatening addiction.
According to various groups including Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK, it is estimated that about one quarter of all adults in the United Kingdom have an alcohol consumption above the low-risk guidelines provided by the Chief Medical Officer. This includes about 30% of drinkers reporting binge drinking, which is defined as over 6 drinks for a woman and 8 for a man on any given day.
In 2016, there were 9241 alcohol-related deaths in the UK, with the largest group being those between 55 and 69 years of age. Combining alcohol with drugs increases the mortality rate and decreases the typical age for treatment or death.
There are also those who are addicted to alcohol and are not actively treated or hospitalised due to the addiction. It's estimated that there are almost 600,000 adults falling into this category, with as many as 82% never seeking medical treatment or using addiction recovery services. However, the link between alcohol abuse and health issues such as high blood pressure, breast cancer, liver cancer, throat and mouth cancers, cirrhosis and depression is clearly established in medical research literature.
The Road to Recovery
It is important to realise that anyone can seek help from a counsellor or psychotherapist if they are struggling with alcohol addiction. For some people this may occur early in the addiction, while for others the need to seek help may be prompted by some life-changing event, such as the loss of a partner or loved one due to drinking, or through a court-ordered intervention.
The first step in the road to alcohol addiction recovery is to acknowledge there is a problem, and to seek assistance. Many people assume this means in-patient types of treatment programmes, but at Addiction Specialist London we offer outpatient treatment, customised to the needs of our clients. All of our alcohol addiction treatment is completely confidential, providing privacy throughout the treatment process.
Recovery tailored to the individual
At Addiction Specialist London we take a customised, holistic approach to addiction recovery. This allows our highly trained and experienced psychotherapists and counsellors to tailor each treatment plan to the individual needs of the client. We focus on talking therapy methods but also integrate other treatment options, helping clients express their thoughts in a way that is comfortable for them and expands their ability to understand the underlying causes of the addictive behaviour.
With this flexible and personalised approach to treatment our clients are able to continue to work, live in their homes, and interact with their family and support network; also an important part of the recovery process. Each therapy session builds on the last one, creating a framework of knowledge, understanding and a set of effective methods to deal with real-world challenges and help us create effective, positive coping strategies.
If you are interested in finding out more about recovery from alcohol addiction or would like to speak to one of our specialists, call us today or contact us through our secure online form.