Alcohol Addiction

About Sanctuary Lodge Rehab

Alcohol addiction is becoming increasingly common in today’s society.  Many use alcohol as a way of unwinding from the daily pressures of life; and when used responsibly, it is perfectly safe. You may be wondering how you know if you have an alcohol addiction or how much is too much.  These are important questions to answer, as alcohol, being a toxin, can cause irreparable damage to the body if used to excess.

Who suffers from alcohol addiction?

Guidelines can be helpful in establishing if perhaps you or a loved one are drinking too much, but it does not necessarily mean that you are an alcoholic.  Someone suffering from an alcohol addiction does not necessarily drink every day.  The common misconception of what an alcoholic is stops or delays many individuals from seeking professional help when it is desperately needed.  An alcoholic is not necessarily a homeless person who spends their days on a park bench, drinking neat spirits from a paper bag.  Alcohol addiction can affect anyone, no matter what age, sex, race, religious beliefs, social standing, upbringing, or profession.

Alcohol addiction is an illness

If you or a loved one is suffering from alcohol addiction, it is important to remember that you are suffering from an illness that will require professional help, alcohol rehab being the quickest and most comprehensive start to recovery.  There is no shame in admitting that you have a problem with alcohol, that is beyond your mental control; paradoxically, it takes great strength and courage to admit that you need help and cannot do it alone. If you were suffering from an illness such as diabetes, you would have no hesitation in seeking medical assistance and taking daily action to help manage your condition.  We urge you to take the same approach towards your alcohol problem.  Here at Sanctuary Lodge, we are able to successfully treat and rehabilitate individuals suffering from addiction to alcohol. We are passionate about helping individuals with an addiction problem and have great confidence in our treatment programme and the staff that deliver it.

Our treatment

Sanctuary Lodge treats each individual as a whole person, which means our treatment programme has medical, psychological, and holistic aspects. We also provide a full aftercare programme to ensure on-going support and care.

Not all clients with alcohol addiction come to us with a physical dependence on the substance but, if they do, they are medically and clinically assessed before being provided with a full medical detox if required.  The detox is fully supervised by our staff.

The rehabilitation programme consists of a full and varied programme, concentrating upon treating the individual’s thinking and challenging their beliefs.  The crux of the problem with alcohol addiction is in the individual’s mind.  Their thinking needs to change if they are to remain sober and live a happy in life.  Our team deliver an intensive programme specifically designed to treat each client’s individual needs.  No two individuals are the same, so our care plans are carefully tailored to take this into account.

Alcohol addiction can kill, so if you or a loved one is suffering, it is important to seek help as soon as possible.  Sanctuary Lodge provides a safe and healing environment; we understand how hopeless alcohol addiction can feel.  We know that recovery is possible, no matter how low an individual has gone -it is never too late to turn things around, and we can show you how.

Government guidelines recommend that there is a maximum safe amount of alcohol that can be consumed:

  • For Men it is no more than 21 units a week, with a recommendation of no more than four units in any one day and at least two alcohol-free days per week.
  • For women it is no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, with a recommended limit of no more than three units per day and, again, two alcohol-free days per week.
  • The guidelines for pregnant women are that they should drink no more than 1-2 units once or twice a week.

What is alcohol addiction?

If you are worried that you or a loved one may be suffering from addiction to alcohol, we recommend that you take a look at the following symptoms that often accompany alcoholism. You do not need to be suffering all of these symptoms to be an alcoholic. Any one of these symptoms indicates that there is a problem that requires professional help:

  • When you take any alcohol you regularly lose control over the amount you consume
  • If when you really want to, you are unable to stop or moderate your drinking
  • You are unable to reduce the amount of alcohol to keep within the recommended government limits
  • You find yourself, lying, justifying or hiding the amount your drink from others
  • You are often preoccupied as to when and where you will get your next drink
  • Your alcohol intake is costing you your relationship, your job or your self-esteem?
  • When you drink your personality changes, you become angry, tearful or violent
  • You find yourself having to drink an increasing amount to gain the same effect (tolerance)
  • You find yourself struggling to remember events that took place whilst you were drinking
  • You struggle to function without having first consumed alcohol (dependence)
  • You suffer from uncontrollable shaking or tremors after a period without a drink (dependence)
  • Your family, friends or a health professional have expressed a concern over your drinking
  • You feel you can no longer carry on as you are drinking, but cannot see your future without alcohol
  • You often feel shame and guilt around your drinking and your behaviour whilst intoxicated