Alcohol addiction. Detox, treatment and rehabilitation

About Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction is the most common form of addiction in the UK. Much is written about alcohol and the public health problems caused by its misuse, yet the rise in alcoholism and those considered alcohol dependent continues.

The progression from social drinking to alcohol dependence can occur due to many reasons, and to people from all facets of society. Often this can be triggered by underlying psychological and mental health-related issues such as anxiety and depression. Alcohol dependence may also occur as a result of its consistent misuse, manifesting in potentially damaging long-term physical issues.

It is not only the impact on the individual that is of concern – those within the circle of family and friends may all suffer as a result of alcohol misuse or dependence.

Do you think you need help with alcohol?

If you think this may apply to you or a loved one, then it is important to know that advice, help and support is readily available. The first step into the recovery circle is simply to speak to someone else about the issue.

Alcohol addiction is treatable as a medical condition and also one of well-being.

Men and women should not regularly drink more than 2 – 3 units of alcohol daily. So, if you are unsure, use this and the impact on you or others around you, to recognise the problem and seek support in addressing it.

You may also see the following symptoms:

  • Lack of control with regards to alcohol consumption.
  • Shakes and tremors in body parts, such as hands and limbs.
  • Cravings and physical withdrawal effects, prior to the first alcoholic drink of the day. 
  • Regular blackouts and memory loss as a result of alcohol consumption
  • Lies and excuses used to justify alcohol consumption.


Alcohol Treatment

Treating alcohol dependence and/or addiction is dependent on the needs of the individual and their family and social network. Typically, treatment may involve medical professionals, therapists, psychologists and other addiction treatment specialists.

This may include some or all of the following interventions:

  • A comprehensive Psychological & physiological assessment
  • Intervention
  • Admission to a rehabilitation Clinic (in-patient or outpatient).
  • A medically supervised detoxification protocol
  • Affiliation with self-help/mutual-aid support Groups
  • Continuing care/aftercare services & support.

Recovery Circle can work with you to understand the underlying reasons behind the addiction and start to treat the causes and the effects, helping provide the platform for recovery. Our team recognises that discretion, compassion and understanding are key in us creating this platform for those affected.

Additional Services

Sometimes individuals do not manage to beat their addiction at the first attempt. There can be many reasons for this. The wrong treatment programme, clinic or relapse due to circumstances.

Repeatedly revisiting the same treatment is not advisable. Instead of seeking familiar surroundings it can be more helpful to find a new space with a different programme that helps you wit the process of breaking routines, rather than forming new ones.

Call Recovery Circle in confidence and discuss your previous treatment with our team of specialists. We’ll discover what hasn’t worked for you and help you find the next step in your path to a full recovery, including making an in-depth plan for any needed rehabilitation.

We work with treatment centres that involve family and partners appropriately in the treatment process. We also specifically work with rehab clinics that offer family therapy as part of their treatment options, so that everyone affected can receive the best possible support during recovery.

Sober coaching & companionship covers addictive and compulsive behaviours, helping individuals to recognise and deal with triggers in a positive way. This a bespoke service is carefully tailored to the client’s needs.

Sober coaching meets the client in various stages of recovery from addiction to day to day life. From positively acclimatising to sobriety or facing everyday challenges, individuals can often feel rudderless after leaving treatment. Returning to normal life can be a difficult transition for some.

Sober Companion service is akin recovery support on-the-go. This service can be used by peoples who have relapsed on several occasions and who want guidance in grounding their sobriety in real life situations which otherwise would have lead them to their compulsive /impulsive behaviours.

The sessions can be conducted in person, Skype, Facetime, or telephone, whatever you feel most comfortable with. Most sessions typically last 60 minutes with daily email or phone support.

Diet, sleep and good self-care are a platform on which recovery is built.  Complementary treatments that enhance health and wellbeing are powerful additions to any recovery plan.

A wide range of complementary therapies are available at our network of centres & clinics. Yoga, massage, mindfulness meditation and Tai Chi are particularly popular approaches that enhance wellbeing in recovery.

When choosing a treatment centre it is beneficial to select one that provides access to complementary treatments.  Some approaches might not work for you, but be open-minded and explore options

Alcohol ‘Detox’

Detoxification is the process that cleanses the body of unwanted substances however, this alone does not guarantee long-term recovery.  This is the beginning of the recovery process – firstly addressing the physical withdrawals.

Most residential or community programmes require clients to undergo a medically assisted alcohol detoxification process.

The intensity of the withdrawals depends on the type of alcohol consumed, the length of use and the levels of tolerance.  Medication is often provided to make this process as comfortable as possible.

Detoxification can take between 10 and 14 days to complete.

We strongly advise you not to attempt the alcohol detoxification on your own – please do seek professional advice. All Recovery Circle alcohol detoxification programmes come with 24/7 monitored support, for safety.

Private Rehab Clinics Near You

As we work with a network of rehabilitation clinics and addiction treatment centres, we are able to look at your individual circumstances and identify possible treatment facilities near you. However, our priority will always be finding the service we feel would provide the best treatment programme and facilities to aid your recovery, wherever this is a rehab clinic in the UK, or elsewhere in the world.

Here are some of the locations where clinic based treatment is available.

Alcohol Rehab Clinics

There are many benefits to you or your loved one attending an alcohol rehabilitation clinic here in the UK. Firstly, it removes you from the situations that helped exacerbate alcohol dependence and provides an area where professionally trained staff can help you heal.

The facilities and activities are geared towards people who are suffering from alcohol dependence or addiction and vary based on the needs of the individual.

Some may require well-being and group-based treatments. Some require the utmost discretion and privacy. With the Recovery Circle’s network of private rehabilitation clinics throughout the UK and globally, we can find the most suitable alcohol rehab location for your recovery.