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Struggling with alcohol can be a painful and confusing place to be. If you or a loved one are affected by alcohol addiction, you’ll want to understand what is really happening and how you access alcohol treatment that really works.

For many that suffer with alcohol addiction alcohol rehab treatment really is the best way forward. Naturally, you may have questions relating to alcohol rehab such as – What does an alcohol rehab programme look like? Does it work? How long does alcohol addiction treatment take? Will you receive alcohol counselling that addresses your individual issues and how does the alcohol rehab process work?

We at Delamere specialise in treating alcohol use disorders (AUD) and their common cooccurring illnesses. We hope that by answering some of these questions we can offer reassurance and hope.

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What is alcohol addiction?

Alcohol addiction is a type of alcohol use disorder (AUD).

Alcohol addiction is characterised by the following behaviours:

  • The need to drink increasing amounts of alcohol (tolerance)
  • Inability to control the amount of alcohol consumed, with regular loss of control
  • A compulsion to drink alcohol despite negative consequences
  • Repeated relapses. Untreated alcoholism always results in relapse when the sufferer attempts to stop drinking 1

It is important to understand that alcohol use disorders are an illness, not a choice. Alcohol addiction is a chronic and progressive disorder of the brain. Left untreated it is often fatal 1

Whilst alcohol addiction cannot be cured or reversed, it can be successfully arrested, treated and recovery can be maintained.

A new kind of hope and healing

You may be wondering if you have become addicted to alcohol, if you need a detox or whether there’s any chance whatsoever of repairing what often feels like a hopeless situation. If you’re considering residential treatment, the chances are alcohol has become a serious problem and you may wish to speak immediately with someone who understands and can help.

Signs of alcohol abuse

  • Associating with other drinkers over family and friends
  • Setting aside responsibilities to drink
  • Drinking alone regularly
  • Increased isolation from loved ones
  • Other areas of your life start to suffer, such as physical health, mental health, social life, relationships and finances
  • You spend more time drinking and recovering than you do sober

The short term and long term effects of alcohol abuse

Alcohol abuse and alcoholism carry both short term and long term physical and emotional effects to your wellbeing. If you suffer from an alcohol use disorder (AUD), these effects will only become progressively worse, never better, unless you undergo professional alcohol addiction treatment.

The short term effects of alcohol abuse include...

  • Binge drinking. This carries immediate risk of harm to your physical health, kidneys, liver, stomach and heart
  • Doing or saying things whilst intoxicated that you regret when sober
  • Frequent hangovers. These can impact on your work, relationships and responsibilities
  • Higher risk of accidents and engaging in risky behaviours whilst intoxicated
  • Poor cognitive ability due to intoxication and hangovers
  • You start to drink more or mix alcohol with prescription drugs or other drugs for greater effect
  • You drink as a way of coping with emotions and day to day life
  • You frequently lose control over the amount your drink, drinking more than intended
  • You drink alcohol despite swearing that you would never drink again or have made promises to stop drinking
  • Family and friends have expressed concern over the amount, frequency or behaviours associated with your drinking
  • When not drinking, you often think abut drinking
  • You are unable to moderate or reduce your alcohol intake despite trying various methods

The long term effects of alcohol abuse include...

  • Alcohol tolerance. You require larger amounts of alcohol in order to gain the same effect
  • Alcohol dependence. You drink alcohol to avoid alcohol withdrawal symptoms
  • Alcohol Addiction. You develop alcohol addiction through repeated abuse of alcohol
  • Your mental and physical health suffers as a direct result of your alcohol use
  • Negative consequences caused by your drinking start to overwhelm you, you drink more in order to cope
  • Relationships with significant others become very unhealthy and strained as a result of your drinking
  • You suffer long term damage to your memory, cognitive ability and ability to learn
  • You neglect work responsibilities, finances, your appearance and own wellbeing as alcohol becomes more and more important
  • You become more depressed and more anxious as a result of drinking, you drink more to medicate these symptoms
  • You feel trapped, hopeless and perhaps even suicidal as cannot envisage a life with or without alcohol in it

Alcohol abuse, when continued over a long period of time can be just as life threatening as alcohol addiction. Many that frequently abuse alcohol become addicted if they do not seek professional help quickly.

The longer an alcohol problem prevails, the more damage is caused and the more complex the condition is to treat. You can learn more about how to access alcohol support for yourself here.

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How to get alcohol treatment for someone I know

If you know or love someone who has a problem with alcohol, getting them to accept professional help can be very challenging.

Most that suffer from a problem with alcohol are not prepared to admit it, let alone actually do something about it!

If you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned over someones drinking, it is important to be honest with them about how you feel. Choose a time when they are not too intoxicated or recovering after a binge; they are more likely to be receptive when they are suffering. Keep the conversation calm and factual. Give them examples of why you think they need help.

Explain to them that they are suffering from an illness, which without treatment will only get progressively worse. It could even cost them their life. Try to keep an open mind and not judge them for their drinking. If they understand that they have an illness that is treatable this may give them the hope that is missing.

If the person is not prepared to accept professional alcohol counselling or undergo alcohol rehab for their problem and you have real concerns for their welfare, then a professional addiction intervention is recommended.

As well as treating patients who suffer from alcohol misuse disorders, we at Delamere also offer help and support for family and friends. We believe that this is an integral part of healing the whole person.

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Our approach with alcohol rehab

At Delamere we offer proven, effective ways to help you move your lifestyle beyond alcohol addiction. As a private residential alcohol clinic, we offer bespoke treatment programmes designed to help you break the cycle of problem drinking and undergo a profound personal transformation.

Our alcohol treatment process is deliberately intensive and immersive, in order that you can start to work through the reasons alcohol became a problem in the first place. At Delamere we believe that addiction affects all aspects of the sufferer, as such, it follows that successful treatment needs to attend to your body, mind and spirit. We have learned over the years that it is important to address things in a certain order.

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Stage 1 : Stop
Stop concentrates on helping you to physically recover. If your problem drinking has resulted in a physical dependence to alcohol, our doctor and team of qualified nurses will help you to safely withdrawal from alcohol using an approved pharmaceutical medical detox.

Alcohol detoxes are facilitated within our medical centre, where you will be cared for by experienced medical professionals 24/7

You can read more about what to expect during your detox at Delamere here.

Stage 2 : Start
Once your alcohol detox has been safely completed and your body is free from alcohol, we then apply our second phase of treatment which focuses on healing your mind.

Alcohol addiction is a disorder of the brain, as such, it manifests in a number of unhealthy behaviours and belief systems. Once the fog of alcohol has been lifted, our professional counsellors and therapists apply a number of evidence based treatments to help heal you psychologically.

“A problem with alcohol always comes from somewhere and successful treatment is about addressing these underpinnings.”

Unlike conventional alcohol rehab programmes, we don’t believe in formulaic or prescriptive treatment programmes. At Delamere we recognise that whist the symptoms of alcohol addiction are similar, the reasons why people struggle are all different. As such by staying with us you can expect a varied and interesting process that helps you really get to know yourself and make peace with some of the areas of life that have been causing problems.

During ‘rehab’ or start, as we prefer to call it, you can expect a combination of workshops, interactive groups, one to one therapy and somatic release work. Processing the work that you will be doing is important and we call on traditional and innovative evidence -based therapies such as dynamic meditation, body scanning, forest bathing, breath work, drama and ritual. Each and every activity we offer is hardwired to an evidence base and everything we do is anchored to outcomes.

AIM: Insight: Identify , address and heal the issues underpinning your alcohol problem.
FACILITATED BY: Delamere Therapy Team, Workshop facilitators, Holistic Team
DURATION: 4 – 6 weeks
WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE: The healing process is now truly underway. You will be able to better manage your emotions, understand the nature of your illness and start to apply strategies and tools to future proof your ongoing recovery from alcohol.

Stage 3 : Grow
Once your stay at Delamere is complete, it is time to return home and start rebuilding your life and repairing relationships. For many this means going back home to family, returning back to work and living a full and busy life, without alcohol getting in the way.

During your time at Delamere you will have gained tools that will help you to maintain and protect your sobriety. It’s important however that you are able to stay anchored to recovery and the people that have helped you along the way.

Delamere’s growth stage is about future proofing your investment. By staying in touch and connecting regularly with the continued support we offer at Delamere, you can really begin to blossom

AIM: Leave residential treatment and start living your life sober using the tools of sobriety we have taught you. Future proof your sobriety by staying connected and supported with our Delamere team.
FACILITATED BY: Delamere Therapy Team
DURATION: 12 months (included in all Start packages)
WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE: You came to Delamere to deal with your alcohol problem. We show you not only how to stay sober but also to how live your life to the best of your ability. With alcohol firmly out of the picture you can now realise your true potential. Life takes on a new meaning as you continue to apply the tools of recovery in your journey of personal development and recovery.

What to expect at Delamere?

Residential alcohol rehab has shown to be a highly effective way to bring about lasting changes in addictive behaviour. Location and environment are important factors in making guests feel relaxed and receptive to change, which is why Delamere is situated in rural Cheshire close to wide open spaces and extensive tracts of forest. The ambience is friendly and reassuring, and the comprehensive spectrum of treatments available are delivered by skilled and experienced professionals.

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Frequently asked questions

We have some ‘house rules’ to ensure the safety of our environment yet we believe that participants in treatment should be treated like adults; with dignity, respect and common sense. We refuse to instil onerous rules and regulations and have found that most of our guests embrace and enjoy the process at Delamere.

A sense of humour and the ability to have healthy fun are much needed when addiction has taken its toll. The nature of the work you’ll do with us is intense and at times challenging yet it is balanced with lots of fun. Movie nights, dance, games and more light hearted workshops are part of the process. All work and no play doesn’t work in the long term and we don’t get sober to be miserable.

We offer flexible programmes to work around your needs. 4 – 6 weeks is recommended.