The prevalent drinking culture in the UK can make it challenging to take a break from alcohol without feeling pressured to partake. This situation becomes even more difficult if you recognise that you have personal issues with alcohol.
If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol, remember that you are not alone in this journey. Taking the brave step to seek help with alcohol and pursue positive changes is a fantastic starting point. At Oasis Runcorn, our alcohol rehab programme offers a pathway to a healthier and more fulfilling life.
What is alcohol rehab?
Following your successful completion of alcohol detox, you will seamlessly enrol into the alcohol rehab programme. Alcohol rehab is a structured alcohol treatment programme designed to help you to overcome your dependency and achieve sobriety.
The programme involves a combination of medical and therapeutic interventions to address the physical, psychological and social aspects of alcohol addiction.
An alcohol rehab centre provides a supportive environment for you to break free from alcohol dependence and rebuild your life.
When is it time to consider alcohol rehab?
If you find yourself questioning your alcohol consumption, it may be time to consider alcohol rehabilitation. Evaluating your drinking habits can be a beneficial step towards understanding the impact of alcohol in your life and determining if professional help is needed. Here are six questions to self-evaluate your alcohol consumption:
- Do you find it difficult to control or limit the amount of alcohol you consume?
- Have you experienced negative consequences, such as health problems or relationship difficulties, due to your drinking?
- Do you need to drink more to achieve the desired effect or to cope with daily life?
- Have you tried to cut down or stop drinking but found it challenging or unsuccessful?
- Do you spend significant time thinking about alcohol, obtaining it or recovering from its effects?
- Have friends, family, or loved ones expressed concerns about your drinking habits?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, it could indicate that you are struggling with alcohol and perhaps need to consider alcohol rehab.
But why should you choose residential alcohol rehabilitation to address your issues?
What are the benefits of completing inpatient alcohol rehab?
Completing an inpatient alcohol rehab programme offers numerous benefits in the journey towards recovery and maintaining sobriety. Here are some key advantages of participating in alcohol rehab:
- Professional guidance: An alcohol rehab centre provides access to experienced healthcare professionals who specialise in the treatment of alcoholism. They offer expert guidance whilst always considering your specific needs.
- Safe and supportive environment: Residential alcohol rehab programmes create a safe and supportive environment where you can focus solely on your alcohol recovery. Not only this, but you also have the opportunity to learn or fall back into a structured way of life.
- Therapy and counselling: You will have access to a variety of different rehab therapies and counselling options. These aim to explore the root causes of your issues with alcohol and show you ways of dealing with triggers.
- Relapse prevention strategies: Alcohol rehab equips you with effective relapse prevention tools and techniques. Through education and skills training, you will learn how to develop healthier coping mechanisms that can be used for many years after rehab has ended.
What treatments are used in alcohol rehab at Oasis Runcorn?
At Oasis Runcorn, we prioritise providing a comprehensive approach to address your alcohol-related issues. Our residential alcohol rehab programme includes detox, therapy and aftercare support, all designed to give you the best chance at a successful recovery.
Alcohol detox is a crucial part of our rehab process. It takes place in a safe and supervised environment, ensuring a comfortable withdrawal from alcohol.
In therapy, we understand that each individual has unique needs, which is why we offer a variety of therapy approaches. Our treatment plans incorporate different therapies, such as:
- 12 Step approaches
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Mindfulness-based therapies
These approaches address underlying issues, teach coping skills and reduce the risk of relapse.
Aftercare support is a crucial part of alcohol recovery. We provide ongoing support to help you navigate life after residential treatment. Our aftercare programme includes up to a year of group therapy sessions, offering a valuable resource for handling challenging moments and alcohol cravings.
Additionally, our exclusive alumni network extends supportive communities beyond the walls of our residential rehab centre, providing opportunities to attend events, engage in message groups and receive ongoing phone support.
If I finish alcohol rehab, does that mean I’ve beaten my troubles?
Completing alcohol rehab is a significant milestone in your journey towards overcoming issues with alcohol, but it does not guarantee that you have permanently beaten addiction. Recovery from alcohol is a lifelong process that requires ongoing commitment and effort.
Alcohol rehab equips you with the tools necessary to maintain sobriety, but it is essential to remain vigilant and continue practising the skills learned during rehab.
Alcoholism is a complex condition, and there is always a risk of relapse, especially during challenging times or when facing triggers. Remember that setbacks can occur, but how you deal with them defines whether or not you’re coping with the situation.
What tips can I follow to prevent relapse?
Preventing relapse after completing alcohol rehabilitation requires ongoing effort and utilising the coping methods and tools learned during the treatment of alcoholism. Here are some strategies to help you in your relapse-prevention journey:
- Utilise coping methods: Put into practice the coping strategies and skills you learned during alcohol rehab. Regularly use these tools to navigate challenging situations and emotions.
- Attend support groups: Continue participating in support groups or aftercare programmes that provide ongoing support and a sense of community. Share your experiences, listen to others and draw strength from the collective wisdom and understanding of those facing similar challenges.
- Identify and manage triggers: Be aware of the triggers that could lead to relapse. While in rehab, you may have identified certain people, places or emotions associated with drinking. Stay mindful of these triggers and develop strategies to cope with them effectively. Additionally, be cautious of new triggers that may arise in everyday life and adapt your relapse prevention plan accordingly.
- Establish a support network: Surround yourself with supportive individuals who understand your journey and encourage your sobriety. This can include friends, family, mentors or sober peers. Communicate your needs and seek their support when facing difficult times or temptations.
- Prioritise self-care: Make self-care a priority in your daily life. Focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating well, exercising regularly, getting sufficient rest and managing stress effectively. Taking care of your physical and mental health helps build resilience and reduces the risk of relapse.
- Set realistic goals: Set achievable goals for yourself and acknowledge your progress. Celebrate milestones and achievements, both big and small. Recognising your efforts and accomplishments boosts self-confidence and reinforces your commitment to sobriety.
Advice for loved ones
Supporting a loved one entering an alcohol rehabilitation centre is crucial in their alcohol recovery journey. Here are some tips to help you provide meaningful support:
- Educate yourself: Learn about alcoholism, the rehab process, and the available treatment approaches. Understanding the challenges and steps involved can help you offer informed support.
- Respect their privacy: Understand that rehab is a personal journey, and your loved one may need privacy and space. Respect their boundaries and avoid prying or demanding information about their progress unless they willingly share.
- Be a reliable support system: Let your loved one know that you are there for them, offering support and assistance whenever needed. Attend family therapy sessions if invited, participate in support groups and actively engage in their alcohol recovery process.
- Avoid enabling behaviours: While providing support, be cautious not to enable their problems. Avoid enabling behaviours such as covering up their actions, making excuses or providing access to alcohol. Encourage accountability and healthy decision-making.
- Educate yourself about triggers: Learn about the common triggers for relapse and help your loved one identify and manage them. Work together to create a supportive environment that minimises exposure to triggers and encourages healthier alternatives.
- Take care of yourself: Supporting a loved one through rehab can be emotionally demanding. Ensure that you prioritise your own self-care and well-being. Seek support from friends, family or support groups for yourself if needed.
- Celebrate alcohol recovery: Celebrate your loved one’s recovery milestones and successes. Show them you are proud of their efforts and reinforce their commitment to sobriety. Encourage them to engage in sober activities and enjoy a substance-free lifestyle.
We understand the challenges you may face as you navigate your alcohol issues, and we want you to know that you don’t have to face them alone. Oasis Runcorn is here to offer you the compassionate support and effective treatment you deserve.
Take a brave step towards healing by reaching out to us today. Our dedicated team is ready to provide you with the information and guidance you need to begin your journey to recovery. Remember, it’s never too late to seek help and reclaim your life from the grip of alcohol.