Alcohol addiction is also sometimes commonly referred to as alcoholism and takes place when a person becomes overly reliant on this substance. In actuality, the term alcoholic can be used to refer to a range of different types of problem drinker, not just the derelict who has lost everything. It can be applied to those who must drink every day and those who regularly drink too much with periods of abstinence in-between. In fact, alcohol addiction means that as a result of your drinking you are unable to live a happy life and this can look different depending on the person.
Alcohol addiction is really no different to addiction to other drugs and is a recognised medical condition and responds well to treatment. Alcoholism can manifest as anything from binge drinking to daily use and its symptoms often include the following:
- Problems controlling the use of alcohol
- Being preoccupied with the next drink
- Continuing to use despite the consequences
- Trying unsuccessfully to cut back on drinking only to find you cannot
- Having intense cravings to drink
- Developing tolerance and having to drink more to get the desired effect
- Having physical withdrawal symptom
What is Alcohol?
Alcohol is more accurately the ethanol contained in beer, wine or spirits. This substance is produced as a result of fermenting yeast, sugar and starches and it is classified as a psychoactive substance just the same as many drugs.
A psychoactive substance is defined as one which alters the function of the brain and changes perception and mood. In the case of ethanol, this is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream via the stomach and the small intestine.
What are the effects of Alcoholism?
Alcoholism is a potentially fatal, complex and progressive disease. As a result of drinking, the alcoholic damages their physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual health. So it follows that in order to recover a treatment program must address all of these areas. Unless effective treatment and aftercare are sought the condition never gets better.
The residential alcohol treatment program at the Hader Clinic runs for 30, 60, or 90 days and uses the best evidence-based models available. Moreover, 24 hours a day, an enthusiastic and professional team of staff supports you from a medicated detox right the way through your holistic program.
During your stay, our staff will use a multifaceted methodology to address all the main elements of your alcoholism. These include tools which will address the physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of alcoholism.
Our team will employ different evidence-based counselling models depending on the needs of the individual and consistently monitor and adjust the program according to your changing needs. Ultimately, this means that you learn a variety of life skills and techniques to allow you to live a life free from the prison of alcohol addiction.
Alcohol counselling at the Hader Clinic gives clients an important confidential outlet to discuss their drinking in a secure, non-judgemental space. Counselling helps to change the way you perceive yourself, other people and your life. Furthermore, looking at things in a different way will make it easier to deal with, without resorting to alcohol.