Alcohol Use Disorder | Signs and Symptoms of Abuse, Dependency and Alcoholism

Banbury Lodge is pleased to provide Care Quality Commission (CQC) endorsed alcohol use disorder help and support along with treatment services for alcohol abuse, dependency and full-blown alcoholism in Banbury, a market town, in the Cherwell Valley, located in Oxfordshire in South East England.

Formally granted a royal charter, Banbury Municipal Borough, the broader Banburyshire and Banbury Rural District areas retained independent council status until 1972 when it fell under the Cherwell District Council, an unparished area with Charter Trustees under the umbrella of Oxfordshire County Council. Unfortunately, there is little in terms of local or county-wide provision of free alcohol addiction treatment services

Banbury Lodge, Banbury, is one of the few private and fully residential alcohol addiction treatment facilities in the county of Oxfordshire. Our fully in-house alcoholism treatment and support is well known in the local community and county-wide and has become the default private alcohol detoxification unit for residents of wards, districts and neighbourhoods in Banbury, such as Grimsbury, Neitrop, Duns Tew and Middle Aston.

While private detox is the beginning of many of our client’s recovery from alcoholism, it is not the end as we offer an integrated alcohol detox, counselling, rehab and aftercare programme. Most inhabitants of Banbury, whether they are living in Great Bourton Drayton, Wardington, Claydon or Calthorpe also avail of our CQC approved 7, 14 or 28-day detoxification, therapeutic rehab and lifetime aftercare package, offered at our best-in-class CQC approved treatment facility.

While we are a local specialist, Banbury Lodge is not limited to treating those living and suffering from alcohol abuse, dependency or alcohol addiction, who live in the town of Banbury. We are well placed geographically and by Oxfordshire’s modern transport infrastructure to cater for those living in nearby, Oxford, Bicester, Witney, Didcot, Abingdon-on-Thames, Kidlington and all others areas in north, south, east and west Oxfordshire along with residents of the home counties and south-east of England in general.

If you are looking for private alcohol treatment for alcohol misuse disorder, dependency or alcoholism then call us now for a free addiction assessment. If you live outside of Oxfordshire, we can provide free sober transport to our clinic or we can treat you at one of our 8 detox and rehab clinics spread across the UK – Call now on 0203 553 3757 and start your recovery journey!

What is alcohol use disorder?

There is a cultural rejection of the term alcoholism, in favour of the more modern and less offensive alcohol use disorder (AUD), which is a wide-ranging term for any level of drinking alcohol that results in persistent, long-term problems.

Formally, divided into two core types: alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. The approved medical context is that alcoholism exists when two or more of the following symptoms are present:

  • Consumes large amounts of alcohol over a long period of time
  • Has difficulty cutting down
  • Acquiring and drinking alcohol takes up a great deal of time
  • Alcohol is strongly desired
  • Usage results in not fulfilling responsibilities
  • Social problems, Health problems,
  • Usage results in risky situations,
  • Withdrawal symptoms occur when stopping drinking

If you or a loved are showing one or more of the above symptoms give us a call so we can discuss your situation and options further!

Abuse, dependence or alcoholism?

The terminology alcohol abuse, dependence and alcohol addiction or alcoholism have become misunderstood and loosely interchangeable but all terms are housed under the bracket of alcohol use disorder. Below we explain the main differences between the core terms, what they mean and how we can treat you.

Alcohol Abuse

When someone is abusing alcohol, it means they are starting to experience negative consequences due to their alcohol consumption. Binge drinking, drink driving and drinking to the point of a blackout are all signs of someone who is abusing alcohol and therefore making poor decisions.

Abusing alcohol does not necessarily mean you are an alcoholic but it is often a sign of the beginning stages of the disorder. If you are abusing alcohol you may not need an alcohol detox but a course of intensive, fully-residential therapy in order to retrain your brain to cope with stressors, triggers and detrimental thought patterns that lead to you abusing alcohol

Alcohol Dependence

Dependence refers to the physical aspect of alcohol consumption and is characterised by an increased tolerance to alcohol, meaning you consume more in order to produce the same effect and also that if you stop or significantly decrease your alcohol consumption you will experience alcohol withdrawal syndrome.

When alcohol dependent, heavy drinkers stop drinking drastically they will experience Alcohol withdrawal syndrome which can be life-threatening.. Symptoms range from experiencing the shakes, seizures, delirium tremens and also milder symptoms like anxiety and depression which can last for days or weeks at a time.

If you are alcohol-dependent you will require an alcohol detox but necessarily a course of intensive alcohol addiction therapy. This will be assessed during your free consultation

Alcohol Addiction (alcoholism)

An alcoholic does not necessarily consume vast quantities of alcohol, nor does he/she necessarily have a physical dependence (although both are common). The addiction may be purely or largely psychological meaning the body is not addicted to alcohol but the brain is truly convinced that more alcohol is the answer to living life on life’s terms and will often stop at nothing in order to consume more.

Alcoholics generally need a detox, therapeutic rehabilitation course and lifelong aftercare in order to treat the physical and mental illness that is an addiction, otherwise, they will simply substitute one drug for another or one process for another such as sex, food or gambling abuse.

If you or a loved one are suffering from some level of alcohol use disorder then please call us today and we can discuss your options!

Do I have a drinking problem: Signs and Symptoms?

When assessing your own/loved one’s alcohol intoxication levels it is important to remove the emotion and answer honestly and without hesitation. Answer the following questions:

  • After the first drink do you find it difficult to say no to another?
  • Do you drink secretly before meeting with people are drinking to ease anxiety or double drinks when friends/family are not watching
  • Do you often plan to cut down drinking but it never happens or you can only manage to do so temporarily?
  • Do you regularly cancel or have to re-arrange appointments due to being hungover? Or do you suffer through the event and/or drink more to get through it…
  • Is drinking affecting your relationships, work or social life?
  • Do you spend less time pursuing hobbies, activities, pastimes or being with family and friends in a non-drinking capacity?
  • Does your alcohol consumption result in fights, fallouts, arguments?
  • Has over drinking resulted in injuries to you or others?
  • Do you drink to start your day or experience withdrawal symptoms if you don’t drink every day?
  • Do you feel it becoming difficult to live life without alcohol?

If you answer yes to 2 or more of the questions then call us now and speak to a trained addiction counsellor!

Effects of alcohol use disorder

Effects of detrimental drinking are both physical, emotional and spiritual. Physical symptoms are the problems that someone with an alcohol condition can identify with quickly as even if you or a loved one are in denial about the severity of your drinking you/they are still likely to acknowledge that your/their current alcohol consumption is having a physical effect:

Alcohol intoxication: Common short-term signs and symptoms:

  • Memory lapses
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Slowed breathing
  • Vision impairment
  • Extreme shifts in mood
  • Risky behaviour
  • Drink driving
  • Passing out and vomiting
  • Unprotected sex

The longer-term effects associated with alcohol use disorder are:

  • Nerve Damage
  • Alcoholic liver cirrhosis
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Heart, pancreas, brain disease
  • Respiratory infections
  • Ulcers and stomach breakdown

Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline and Symptoms

Going Cold Turkey is not advisable under any circumstance but if you do, you are likely to experience the following:

  • Stage 1

6-12 hours after last drink: the patient will experience anxiety, headaches, nausea and stomach pains

  • Stage 2:

12-48 hours after last drink the client will experience an escalation of withdrawal such as increased heart rate, blood pressure and confusion

  • Stage 3

48-72 hours after last drink the addict will experience severe symptoms such as shakes and seizures, delirium tremens, hallucinations and possibly death

It is advisable to undergo a CQC approved medical detox for alcohol. Call us to discuss pricing, location and your overall treatment needs

Care Quality Commission Alcoholism Detox and Rehab Clinic

Our specialist residential alcohol intoxication unit, Banbury Lodge, treats alcohol use disorder including abuse, dependence and full-blown alcoholism through an intensive course of medically managed detox with CQC alcohol-replacement medications, therapeutic counselling and rehab treatment along with relapse prevention workshops and lifelong aftercare, delivered through our industry-leading sober support programme called UKAT connections.

Patient Centred Alcohol Hospital

Our alcohol treatment facility is patient-focused from the outset on proven counselling and psychotherapy treatment models that help our clients become alcohol free in the body first, mind second and finally in the soul third! That is the process at our alcoholism hospital that helps deliver freedom from addiction. Remove the alcohol toxins (detox), then remove the mental obsession and compulsion to drink (intensive holistic therapy) and finally relapse prevention workshops and lifelong aftercare encourage the soul to breath.

Medical Alcohol Detoxification

Our inhouse private medical alcohol detox is the safest and most comfortable way to rid alcohol from your body. Our clinical medical detox team consists of doctors, nurses, therapists and support workers meaning that every aspect of your physical, emotional and spiritual detox and recovery is monitored and treatment tailored accordingly.

You will receive a prescribed, CQC approved substitutes such as Baclofen, Clonidine and/or Antabuse which will taper you off alcohol while we also can prescribe medication to help with anxiety, stress and sleeping difficulties.

At Banbury Lodge, withdrawal symptoms are virtually nil in comparison to going “cold turkey”. Going cold turkey endangers your life whereas a detox for alcohol in our CQC regulated alcohol detox clinic ensures safety and comfort at all times

Long-term Alcoholism Rehabilitation

Detoxing from alcohol is the first step in being able to live life on life’s terms. In order to acquire the life skills that are required to function in society without the needs for a drink we strongly recommend a minimum of 28 days of residential alcohol rehabilitation. In this time, you will be treated psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. Our specialist programmes include:

  • One-to-one Counselling
  • Music & Art therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Mindfulness and Acupuncture
  • Fitness and Massage
  • Yoga & Meditation
  • Cross Addiction Workshops
  • Holistic Programme
  • Group Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention Workshops

Alcoholism rarely affects just the individual, and we appreciate that this can be a stressful time for all those concerned. We specialise in providing tailored detox & rehab programmes to the client with dedicated family support. If you have any questions regarding our alcohol use disorder treatment, locations and cost – we can answer them!

Lifetime Alcohol Relapse Prevention Aftercare

Lifelong Alcoholism Support, Aftercare, Family & Social Connection Programme

Post-rehab challenges are inevitable and having to face the reality of day-to-day life can be an extremely daunting thought. While you may be determined to continue living a sober life, external triggers and temptations exist and dealing with these alone can leave you feeling isolated. To support you during this vital time, we have created a two-tier approach to long-term sobriety.

Short-term aftercare:

We provide one year’s free aftercare support sessions every week in the rehab you attended (or nearest clinic). Here you will engage with a group based therapeutic approach, with family/loved ones in attendance (if you so wish) and you will also have the opportunity to speak with your therapist one-to-one.

Long-term sober network:

We have built the UK’s first sober recovery network for all those who have attended a UKAT treatment facility. This lifelong recovery network is called UKAT Connections – a gateway to lifelong sober companionship. Events include Christmas parties, dinners, adventure days out and, of course, summer BBQs.

This is the future of permanent recovery, and we are proud to be the first rehab family in the UK to offer it. Many people fear that putting down alcohol means losing their social life. At UKAT we say it’s only just begun! Please call to hear more about rehab, recovery and lifelong happiness.

If you have any questions regarding our private detox clinic, treatment needs, locations and/or cost – call us today!

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