Alcohol addiction

Giving patients a way out from destructive drinking habits

Alcohol addiction can cause serious damage to not just the body of the addict, but the entire family unit. As a specialised alcohol treatment facility, The Hader Clinic is equipped to treat all facets of alcohol addiction.

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How The Hader Clinic treats alcohol addiction

Alcohol addiction is a common and pervasive illness. As a substance, alcohol is so intertwined within modern society that addiction can often go unnoticed and untreated. In truth, alcohol can be highly addictive, and extremely destructive to addicts and their families.

We understand that an all-encompassing addiction requires a holistic model of care. As a specialised private hospital, The Hader Clinic begins by helping patient detox and manage withdrawal. Then, we offer treatment plans for patients, made up of different therapies and costs. This model of care gives patients the best possible chance at long term recovery.

The Hader Clinic’s Jackson Oppy explains how addicts are not able to predict how much they are going to use once they start using or control their use.

The effects of alcohol addiction

The effects of alcohol addiction can have serious consequences for many facets of life. When social drinking or a glass of wine with dinner turns into something more problematic, drinkers can spiral. Fortunately, like many illnesses, addiction to alcohol can be treated.

Physical

  • Damage to liver, kidneys, and heart
  • Permanent brain damage
  • Ataxia and loss of coordination
  • Having intense cravings to drink
  • Developing tolerance and having to drink more
  • Physical withdrawal symptom
  • Higher risk for alcohol poisoning, coma, and death

Psychological

  • Trying unsuccessfully to cut back on drinking only to find you cannot
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Decreased cognitive function

Emotional

  • Being preoccupied with the next drink
  • Problems controlling the use of alcohol
  • Anger and abrasiveness when sobering up
  • Drinking to release stress
  • Rapid, noticeable changes in personality and mood when drinking

Social

  • Loss of inhibition in social settings
  • Complete withdrawal from society
  • Loss of interest in pastimes
  • Problems at work, home, and study

Spiritual

  • Damaged relationship with self
  • Damaged to self esteem and self worth
  • Inability to function without alcohol
  • Continuing to drink despite consequences

Alcohol addiction and withdrawal

Withdrawing from ongoing alcohol abuse can be extremely dangerous to patients. Alcohol withdrawal varies from patient to patient, but is never as straightforward as simply 'drying out'.

After just one day without alcohol, patients can experience serious side effects like:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Shaking and tremors
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Excessive sweating

In severe cases, patients are at risk of seizures and hallucinations in the first few days after treatment. Some patients may even experience delirium tremens, a rapid onset of confusion and sympathetic overdrive that can lead to cardiac arrest.

As a specialised medical treatment facility, The Hader Clinic treats alcoholism with the medical support of doctors, nurses, and medication. We begin by treating the physical symptoms, and addressing the underlying psychological causes of addiction. This multi-faceted approach allows patients to move on to the next stage of recovery.

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How do you determine what "problem drinking" is?

There are many different statistics and parameters used to determine whether someone is an alcoholic or not. At The Hader Clinic, we know that every patient is different. Instead of compartmentalising people by how much they drink, we look at their drinking behaviour.

Drinking can be a problem if it affects many facets of life. A patient can have a bad relationship with alcohol when they:

  • Try to hide their drinking habits from others
  • Drink early in the day, or before stressful situations
  • Black out from drinking, having not remembered what they said or did
  • Drink heavily while they are alone
  • Seemingly struggle with work, study, or family life without any apparent reason

There are many other signs associated with problem drinking. Treatment will largely depend on the addict and the scope of their addiction.

We identify alcoholics as those who have:

  • A dangerous preoccupation with the substance
  • Tried several times to quit and have been unsuccessful
  • Continued to use, despite the negative consequences

Can I be a functioning alcoholic?

Some people may not display all the traditional hallmarks of an alcoholic. However, when it comes to alcoholism, The Hader Clinic identifies that there is usually some facet of life that is affected.

  • Addicts can spend too much money on alcohol, affecting their finances.
  • Addicts can value alcohol over their personal relationships, leading to strain.
  • Addicts can struggle to handle drinking at events, leading to social problems.

In reality, the 'functioning alcohol' myth is a dangerous misconception. Referring to someone, even in jest, as a functioning alcoholic, means that they may perceive their problem as being less serious. This attitude makes addicts less likely to receive treatment if their addiction begins to spiral.

Do alcoholics always relapse?

Alcoholics indeed have higher chance of relapsing compared to other addicts. The conventional role of alcohol in society makes the temptation readily accessible.

However, that does mean that relapse is a certainty. Addiction is a lifelong struggle, and treatment must be continually revisited to ensure that it is being maintained and upheld.

At The Hader Clinic, we prepare addicts for their life in the outside world. We do this by offering them an Outpatient Relapse Prevention program that allows them to revisit our specialised treatment options as an outpatient. This ensures that they have the continual clinical support of highly trained staff, and the best possible chance of staying clear from alcohol long term.

I always thought my loved one was too smart to become an alcoholic. What happened?

Alcohol addiction is a disease that affects all kinds of people. It does not discriminate against age, sex, income level, cultural background, or intelligence. Addiction is not a choice, either. It is a severe and debilitating affliction.

At The Hader Clinic, we use evidence-based models to treat this disease effectively and efficiently. We do this by formulating a treatment plan that holistically addresses addiction. We find out why your loved one is using alcohol, and help them from the withdrawal stage, through inpatient recovery, and continually offer them support as an outpatient.

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