If you or someone you care about has been struggling with alcohol abuse, know that you’re not alone. It takes a lot of courage to seek help and make positive changes. Our team of compassionate experts understand first-hand the challenges of recovery and we’re here to support you every step of the way. With the right guidance and treatment, you can break free from the cycle of alcohol abuse and start living the life you deserve.
What is alcohol rehabilitation?
Alcohol rehabilitation is a process that helps people recover from problematic alcohol use and regain control over their lives. It involves various therapies and techniques aimed at helping individuals address the physical, psychological and social impacts of excessive alcohol consumption. The treatment may include counselling, medication, detoxification and support groups. The goal of alcohol rehabilitation is to enhance the ability of individuals to overcome alcohol-related problems and live a healthy and fulfilling life.
When is it time to consider alcohol rehab?
Self-reflecting and re-evaluating are two of the most important actions you can practise when you take part in any form of activity that has the potential to bring harm to you. Knowing when it’s time to self-reflect and re-evaluate on your alcohol use can be difficult. At Banbury Lodge, we feel it’s necessary to take time out to ask yourself the following questions;
- Have you ever felt that you should cut down on your drinking?
- Have you ever become annoyed when others have commented on your drinking?
- Have you ever felt guilty or ashamed about your drinking?
- Have you ever needed a drink after a stressful event or to calm your nerves?
- Have you ever missed work or school because of your drinking?
- Have you ever blacked out or forgotten what happened while drinking?
- Do you find yourself drinking more than you intended to, even after telling yourself you would stop?
- Do you find it difficult to go a day without drinking?
If the above questions are relatable to you, it could be a sign that you need further help with a potential alcohol addiction. It’s always worth reaching out to a professional at Banbury Lodge to get advice on the next steps.
What are the benefits of successfully completing alcohol rehab?
You can experience an array of health and social benefits by successfully completing an alcohol rehab treatment programme. By eliminating alcohol from your system, you can improve your overall health, including liver function and reducing the risk of long-term health problems. You may also experience better quality sleep, higher energy levels and a stronger immune system as your body recovers from the effects of alcohol abuse.
On an emotional level, you can feel a sense of control over your life that alcohol may have taken away. You could experience a reduction in stress, anxiety and depression, which may have led to your initial reliance on alcohol. Successfully completing an alcohol rehab programme can also build your self-esteem and self-worth as you learn to live a life without alcohol.
Socially, you can rebuild relationships with those who may have been negatively impacted by your actions. You can also form new, healthy relationships based on mutual respect and trust. Successfully completing an alcohol rehab programme can also provide you with a sense of purpose by helping you to identify goals and develop the necessary skills to achieve them.
How can Banbury Lodge’s alcohol rehab programme help you achieve sobriety?
Inpatient alcohol rehabilitation is often considered the better option for people looking to recover from alcohol-related problems due to its many benefits. At Banbury Lodge, we offer a fully residential inpatient alcohol rehab facility and below we highlight some of the main benefits of the programme:
- 24/7 medical supervision: Banbury Lodge offers 24/7 medical supervision and care, ensuring that you receive appropriate medical attention and support during your recovery journey. This is particularly important in cases where individuals have underlying medical conditions or require medication management.
- Structured environment: Inpatient rehabilitation provides a structured and supportive environment that fosters a sense of routine and discipline away from alcohol use. You can receive therapy and counselling sessions throughout the day, which helps you stay on track with your recovery goals.
- Intensive therapy and counselling: Inpatient alcohol rehabilitation centres provide intensive therapy and counselling sessions that are tailored to the specific needs of each patient.
- No distractions or triggers: We provide a safe space allowing the removal of any external triggers and distractions that might hinder your recovery. This setting enables you to focus solely on your recovery and develop new habits and behaviours that do not include alcohol.
- Strong peer support: You are provided with a supportive community of peers who are going through issues with alcohol. This social support can provide a sense of camaraderie, accountability and motivation.
- Additional services: Banbury Lodge offers a range of additional services, such as nutritional counselling, life-skills training and exercise programmes, which can help improve the overall quality of life of attendees. These additional services help individuals develop new healthy habits and strategies for maintaining alcohol sobriety in the long term.
What treatments are used in alcohol rehab at Banbury Lodge?
At Banbury Lodge, we’ll provide you with a detailed plan on how to tackle all aspects of your alcohol-related issues. Our programme includes detox, therapy and aftercare support to give you the best possible chance at making a full recovery.
Alcohol detoxification is a critical component of alcohol rehabilitation. It provides a safe and supervised environment for individuals to withdraw from alcohol dependency. Detox helps to manage withdrawal symptoms and mitigate the risk of potential complications. It sets the foundation for the individual to progress toward long-term recovery.
Different types of therapy approaches are important in alcohol rehabilitation because individuals have unique needs and experiences. A tailored treatment plan that includes various therapies can address underlying issues, teach coping skills and prevent relapse.
We offer the following therapeutic approaches during rehab:
- Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Motivational interviewing
- Family therapy
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Holistic therapies
- Group therapy
In alcohol recovery, aftercare and ongoing support are crucial and deserve just as much attention as the other two stages. Transitioning back to everyday life after residential treatment can be challenging and requires continued support to prevent relapse and boost confidence. Our aftercare programme offers up to a year of group therapy sessions, a valuable resource for weathering tough moments and alcohol cravings. Our unique alumni network extends supportive communities beyond rehabilitation centre walls, inviting participants to attend events, engage with message groups and receive phone calls.
How can I mentally prepare myself for alcohol rehab?
It can be challenging to mentally prepare yourself for alcohol rehab because it involves significant lifestyle changes and breaking established patterns of behaviour. You may be hesitant to confront the underlying issues that led to your excessive alcohol consumption or be worried about the impact on your social life or work. By following our guide below, you can try to put yourself in the right state of mind before and during your stay:
Develop a support system…
Having a supportive network can make a big difference when abstaining from alcohol. Reach out to friends and family members who you trust and let them know that you’re seeking help. You may also consider connecting with people who have gone through alcohol rehab themselves, as they can offer valuable insight and support.
Learn coping mechanisms…
During rehab, you’ll have access to a variety of coping mechanisms that will help you overcome triggers and cravings to alcohol. However, it can be helpful to start practising these techniques ahead of time to prepare yourself for the road ahead. Meditation, deep breathing exercises and mindfulness activities are all great ways to start building healthy coping mechanisms.
Stay focused on your goals…
Alcohol rehab can be a challenging process, but keeping your goals in mind can help you stay motivated. Write down your reasons for quitting alcohol and remind yourself of them regularly. It can also be helpful to set smaller, achievable goals throughout your recovery to help you stay focused and motivated.
Be open to change…
Finally, it’s important to be open to change as you go through alcohol rehab. Recovery is a process that requires flexibility and you may find that your goals and needs change over time. Embrace the journey and try to be open to new experiences and perspectives that may help you on your path to leading an alcohol free life.
Frequently asked questions
- Show the negative impact of alcohol on their life
- Emphasise the positive effects of rehab
- Highlight the risks of continuing to drink
- Be supportive and encouraging
- Share success stories from others who have attended rehab
- Educate yourself about alcohol abuse and the recovery process to better understand what your loved one is going through.
- Offer emotional support without judgement or blame. Let them know that you love and care for them and that you’re there to support them throughout their recovery journey.
- Encourage them to attend therapy sessions and participate in support groups. Offer to attend therapy with them or help them find a support group that fits their needs.
- Help them to stay positive and motivated. Celebrate their successes and milestones and gently encourage them through any setbacks.
- Avoid tempting them with alcohol or engaging in activities that may trigger their cravings.
- Take care of yourself as well. Supporting a loved one through alcohol rehab can be emotionally draining, so make sure to prioritise your own self-care needs.