Alcohol rehab at Sanctuary Lodge

Finding a treatment programme that suits your individual needs

At Sanctuary Lodge, we understand that deciding to enter an alcohol abuse treatment centre can be a little daunting. As you take this first step to free yourself from alcoholism and start your recovery journey, our specialist team of medical professionals will provide support and guidance during each stage of your treatment.

This page will discuss why you should seek help, what alcohol rehab is, how it works, and our methods of alcohol addiction rehabilitation at Sanctuary Lodge.

Why should I seek help for alcohol abuse?

At Sanctuary Lodge, we know all too well just how quickly alcohol dependency can change an individual’s priorities, behaviour and choices. In the table below, we have highlighted how alcohol addiction can significantly impact many areas of your life.

Attribute Risk Factor
Health Long-term alcohol addiction can lead to chronic health conditions such as liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, oral cancer (throat, pharynx, larynx, etc.) and cirrhosis. Additionally, feelings of guilt and shame caused by alcohol abuse often result in mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Co-occurring conditions can be challenging to cope with in the long term.
Relationships Unfortunately, dependency on any substance often leads people to prioritise their cravings over those closest to them. Hiding your struggle and lying to your loved one can cause isolation and mistrust, damaging the bonds with friends and family.
Education and career Living as a functioning alcoholic and maintaining your studies or work life is not sustainable. Addiction is a progressive condition that inevitably becomes a detriment to your productivity and work ethic.
Financial wellbeing Regardless of how cheaply you buy alcohol, addiction compels you to increase alcohol intake to satisfy your cravings consistently. Furthermore, the cost of drinking can lead to debt and loans that you might struggle to pay back, continuing the cycle of addiction.

What is alcohol rehab and how does it work?

You may decide to complete an inpatient treatment programme at a residential rehab centre such as UKAT’s Sanctuary Lodge clinic, allowing you to overcome alcohol abuse in a safe and comfortable space. We create a holistic therapy programme that accommodates your individual needs, providing medical assistance, therapeutic guidance and emotional support. To give you the best chance at making a successful addiction recovery, we combine the three vital stages of alcohol rehabilitation into your treatment programme: detox, therapy and aftercare.

Alcohol detox

Alcohol detoxification involves administering detox medication to safely wean you off of alcohol. Letting your body heal from the damage caused by alcohol dependence in slow stages avoids painful and uncomfortable withdrawal systems that would occur if you suddenly stopped drinking. At Sanctuary Lodge, our methods of alcohol detoxification aim to remove alcohol from your system in a safe and structured manner.

Why you should detox at an alcohol rehab centre

The body’s alcohol detox begins between six and twelve hours after your last drink. Just three days after you stop drinking alcohol, the neural pathways in your brain begin to heal. However, it can be very dangerous to attempt alcohol detoxification alone.

Long-term chronic drinking alters your brain chemistry, causing the brain to produce an excessive amount of chemical stimulants. If your body has become dependent on alcohol, stopping your consumption all at once can send your body into shock. Severe withdrawal can result in the development of delirium tremens, a potentially life-threatening condition with alcohol withdrawal symptoms. These include:

  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Shaking hands
  • Auditory and visual hallucinations
  • Seizures

We always recommend that you detox under medical supervision in a controlled environment. Our compassionate healthcare staff are dedicated to monitoring your heart rate and blood pressure as you detox, identifying any early warning symptoms of alcohol withdrawal and providing treatment throughout the process.

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Assessment and medication for alcohol withdrawal

Upon arrival at Sanctuary Lodge, you will undergo a full assessment conducted by our medical team to review your current substance use, medication and underlying physical or mental health problems. This enables us to form a clearer picture of your condition and form a detox treatment plan which accounts for your individual needs.

During the initial stage of your detox, you may benefit from anti-anxiety medications such as chlordiazepoxide. Also known as Librium, this benzodiazepine medication aids your nervous system with anti-convulsive properties. Librium reduces the likelihood of seizures and produces hypnotic effects that reduce insomnia and anxiety as you experience alcohol withdrawal.

However, chlordiazepoxide can be addictive if not administered correctly. At an alcohol detox clinic such as Sanctuary Lodge, our medical staff can give you the correct quantity of medication to gradually reduce your body’s dependence on alcohol.

Alcohol rehab therapies

To make a full recovery from your alcohol abuse, attempting to achieve sobriety through alcohol detox alone is not enough. Restructuring your brain’s addictive thought patterns is paramount to successful alcohol rehabilitation. At Sanctuary Lodge, we combine alcohol detox with various alcohol rehab therapies to form a person-centred inpatient treatment programme that aligns with your needs.

Our brilliant team of psychodynamic psychotherapists will help you to identify the root causes of your alcoholism. You will learn how to respond to your triggers, cravings and addictive impulses as our therapists teach you healthy coping mechanisms to utilise once you leave the rehab centre.

The alcohol rehab therapies offered at Sanctuary Lodge include group therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and the 12-step programme, alongside other holistic treatments and workshops.

Group therapy

A form of psychotherapy which permits you to express your innermost emotions in a safe space which is free from the possible conflict of your home environment. Sharing your story with people who are also struggling with alcohol abuse helps you understand your own emotions in greater depth.

Sessions are supervised by a trained addiction counsellor who will teach you how to process feelings of guilt and shame, learning that there are healthy ways to cope and that you are not alone in your struggle.

Bonding with your peers during group therapy allows you to form long-lasting friendships with other clients. This will help you to build a support network with those who understand what you are going through.

Our family programme allows our therapists to work with your family members separately, providing insight into the treatment process and advising them on how they can best help you to maintain a happy and sober life once you leave rehab.

My eyes were opened up to a few things in one-to-one that I hadn’t even considered and my therapist taught me life lessons.

Sarah
Alcohol addiction

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

A highly structured and personalised form of psychotherapy which helps you to understand how your thoughts, feelings and behaviour are connected. You will participate in the first few sessions of the recommended ten to twelve weekly sessions of CBT therapy.

CBT is part of the group process, teaching you healthy tools and practical strategies to manage your cravings once you leave rehab. Understanding addictive thought patterns in others helps you recognise the warning signs of your own addictive lifestyle.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

A workshop-oriented type of psychotherapy that addresses how your substance abuse may coexist with a mental health condition such as depression, anxiety, PTSD or an eating disorder. During one-to-one hourly sessions with a specialist therapist, DBT examines how your mental health condition affects your alcoholism.

In your skill training group, you will learn techniques such as emotional regulation, mindfulness, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. Accepting the reality of your alcohol abuse empowers you to achieve your goals and build a better relationship with your life.

12 step programme

An immersive therapy founded on the ‘12 steps’, designed help you access your inner reserves of spiritual strength and determination. Our therapists introduce you to clear guidelines that will help you leave the negative emotions of your alcohol abuse behind.

The goal of 12 step therapy is to refocus your energy towards honesty, compassion, open-mindedness and altruism. Originating from the early practices of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), at Sanctuary Lodge we combine 12-step therapy with CBT and trauma resolution therapy.

You don’t deal with the substance in the 12-step programme – you deal with your head. It’s all about how to change your way of thinking. I’m so grateful that Sanctuary Lodge helped me realise I had a disease and do this.

Daniel
Alcohol and drug abuse

You can find more information on alcohol rehab and what happens during the treatment process by reading our client stories.

Aftercare for alcohol rehabilitation

Relapse prevention plays a critical part in your ongoing alcohol addiction recovery. At Sanctuary Lodge, we will offer you one year’s free rehab aftercare to encourage and support you as you readjust your daily routine with the new tools and techniques you have learnt during treatment; we invite our clients to further group therapy sessions once a week. These sessions will provide you with the support and strength you need to overcome the difficult moments of your recovery.

Who are Sanctuary Lodge and where are we based?

Expertise and core values

Sanctuary Lodge is a residential rehab centre based in the peaceful market town of Halstead, Essex, offering high-quality inpatient treatment delivered by trained medical professionals. Alcohol addiction treatment is one of our specialist areas. We are dedicated to creating a holistic therapy programme that focuses on all aspects of your struggle, from the physical symptoms to the underlying psychological problems that fuel your addictive lifestyle.

Building a community of mutual support

During your inpatient addiction treatment at Sanctuary Lodge, you will connect with other staff and clients. The friendships you make during treatment are crucial, as these people understand the complex emotional journey of addiction recovery. Our clients often maintain communication with each other after inpatient treatment. We recommend that you attend regular group meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous to stay in touch with others during periods where you feel alone in your journey.

It takes just one person who has been in rehab longer than you to ask you how you’re doing, and you realise you are not alone.

Sarah
Alcohol addiction

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you force someone to go to alcohol rehab?
In very rare cases, the courts may commit someone to alcohol treatment. However, since much of the success of treatment comes from within, these individuals may relapse once leaving the program. You may choose to appeal to your loved one or spouse to enter treatment, but it’s rare to be able to force someone into a rehabilitation centre.
Do you accept insurance?
Sanctuary Lodge accepts payment from many different insurance companies. Each policy is different, so we urge you to speak with a case manager at your company to determine your level of coverage.
Do you treat alcohol and drug problems?
Yes, we treat both alcohol and drug addictions. Often, someone suffering from alcohol addiction may also be using or abusing drugs, either street drugs or prescription medications. Because the interactions of drugs and alcohol can have severe health effects, it’s important to have medical supervision when quitting both simultaneously.
Do you treat mental health conditions?
Often, alcohol is used to self-medicate underlying mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and PTSD. Many of our clients discover that they have clinical depression or anxiety and that even after they’ve completed the alcohol detox and rehabilitation therapy, they’re still suffering from feelings of stress, hopelessness and anxiety.
At Sanctuary Lodge, we have a dual diagnosis program intended to help those with a mental illness find relief. (7) Medication where needed and therapies personalized to treat both alcohol addiction and mental conditions are part of the program.
Does the NHS offer free alcohol rehab?
In very rare cases the NHS may fund alcohol addiction treatment for certain individuals. The process of doing so takes time and your case will be assessed for eligibility. The NHS does however have free outpatient services, alongside a number of charities throughout the UK.
What happens after alcohol rehab?
Once you leave alcohol rehabilitation, it’s important that you develop a strong support network, especially in the early days. Many of our clients speak of the benefits of attending alumni group sessions and events, building connections with others like you.

Having family and friends who can help you through the rougher times is critical to success. Many families benefit from therapy as a family unit or from Al-Anon groups, intended to help those related to the addicted person work through the effects addiction has had on them and understand the struggles their loved one is going through.

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