For many people who struggle with addiction, the idea of heading to a remote overseas location to engage in addiction treatment seems like a cure-all.
You are removed from the temptations of daily life, and you can take a break from the stress of grappling with your addiction. But with travelling restrictions limiting the travel that can be undertaking, worldwide, overseas addiction treatment is — for now at least — completely impossible.
But is overseas addiction treatment even better than local addiction treatment?
We want to address some common misconceptions about the benefits associated with overseas versus local treatment centres and show you how helpful local treatment for alcohol addiction can be.
Local versus offshore addiction treatment
As we enter the holiday period there is a lot of pressure to go out and to eat, drink, and be merry. In fact, during the holiday and New Year period drinking to excess is encouraged, and even normalised.
A study performed on the seasonal variation in alcohol use assessed the drinking habits of 29,256 participants and found that alcohol consumptions peaked in December. This is not surprising information; Australia is a country where alcohol is associated with most celebratory events, with Christmas and the New Year celebrations the peak of annual celebrations.
If you are someone who already struggles with your alcohol consumption, you may be heading into the holiday period filled with anxiety and fear about whether you will be able to control your drinking.
But it does not have to be that way. Help is at hand.
Benefits of local addiction treatment centres
It is tempting to think that if you remove yourself from the place where you are unable to manage your alcohol addiction that you will develop better strategies to manage your triggers. An overseas treatment centre sounds tempting for this reason.
But alcohol addiction is pervasive and highly difficult to treat - no matter where you are. Even if you go through addiction treatment overseas, the fact remains that the same triggers are going to be there when you get home.
Simply removing yourself from an environment where you are compelled to drink does not remove the need or desire to drink - it merely removes you from that familiar situation. Addicts are people who are unable to control their drinking due to physical and emotional dependence on alcohol. Removing the triggers does not remove the desire – and when the triggers return, so too do the urges.
In order to treat your dependence on alcohol, you must work to treat your physical and emotional addiction. It is not to say that an overseas treatment centre would not be able to help you with your alcohol addiction, it is just that you do not need to go overseas to get the help you need.
A local addiction treatment centre like the Hader Clinic provides therapeutic treatment to help patients move past the grips of alcohol addiction in a private hospital environment.
What does the Hader Clinic do to help alcohol addiction?
No matter where you are on your journey towards treating your alcohol addiction, we can help you. We are a specialised private hospital and our focus is on creating a unique treatment plan that will result in the best outcome for you.
- When you first come to us we will be there to help you detox and manage your withdrawal.
- Detox can be dangerous depending on how much you have been drinking when you make the decision to get help.
Once you have gone through the process of removing the physical dependence on alcohol, we can begin to treat your mental and situational addiction to alcohol.
A local treatment plan for alcohol addiction
We know that alcohol addiction requires a multi-faceted approach to treat the many aspects of life that are affected.
- Addiction impacts not only your physical health but also your mental health and spiritual wellbeing by way of damaging your self-esteem and sense of purpose.
- Our treatment plans include different therapies at different price points to ensure that anyone can get help when they need it.
We know that everyone has different capacities for treatment and we aim to provide every patient with the best possible treatment.
Do I need help with alcohol addiction?
Many people who struggle silently (or not so silently) with alcohol addiction believe that just because they are not waking up and reaching for a bottle straight away that they do not need or deserve treatment.
The fact is that if you have ever tried to cut down on your drinking and been unable to, or if you cannot stop drinking once you start, you may need help.
Get help for alcohol addiction in Melbourne today
The Hader Clinic is a specialised treatment centre where the focus is on providing you with the help and treatment you need to recover. We develop a treatment plan for every patient and focus on lasting and genuine recovery from the grips of alcohol addiction.
- We offer initial 28-day detox programs
- In-patient addiction treatment
- Outpatient relapse prevention support
- As well as a range of support programs
Don't fill another holiday season with blackouts, regret and despair; take your health and wellbeing into your own hands and move forward with strength and a commitment to the better life that you deserve.