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Alcohol Addiction
Updated on 06/10/2021
Medically reviewed by
Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

In the United Kingdom, more than a quarter of a million adults [1] are thought to depend on alcohol. However, studies highlight that only 28% of adults are currently receiving treatment. [2]

Due to the physical and psychological consequences of alcohol addiction, it is vital that alcohol addiction treatment is provided to those struggling as soon as possible. Yet, as many people struggling with alcohol addictions remain unsure of their treatment options, the number of people in treatment remains minimal.

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What Is An Alcohol Addiction?

Addiction SupportAlcohol addictions, or alcohol use disorders (AUD) as they are otherwise known, are psychological disorders that impair an individual’s ability to limit and control their alcohol use [3].

As confirmed by the NHS [4], alcohol addictions are habits that develop over time when alcohol is misused. Causing many to drink alcohol in an extremely harmful way, alcohol addictions give way to many health problems that are often irreversible.

What Causes An Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol addictions arise from many different factors. However, the leading causes of alcohol addictions include poor mental health, stress, environmental pressures, genetics and peer pressure.

Although the causation of alcohol addictions greatly varies, approximately [5] 50% [6] of individuals who require alcohol addiction treatment have an underlying mental health disorder [7], such as depression.

Meanwhile, much research shows that an increasing number of people abuse alcohol to relieve stress [8].

What Symptoms Are Experienced When An Alcohol Addiction Is Present?

When alcohol addiction is present, the signs of alcohol addiction and the ongoing symptoms of alcoholism can be different for all. However, it is not uncommon to experience physical and psychological symptoms such as perspiration, nausea, increased heart rate, anxiety, insomnia, depression, paranoia and persistent headaches.

Therapy for AddictionWhile a number of the symptoms experienced when an alcohol addiction is present alleviate within a matter of hours, more than 358,000 hospital admissions are made each year as a result of long term symptoms and health problems associated with alcohol misuse.

Although treatment can reduce the health problems associated with alcohol misuse, treatment cannot entirely alleviate chronic conditions, such as organ failure.

What Are The Effects Of Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol is classified as a depressant substance that slows brain [9]activity and helps individuals feel calm and relaxed.

For this very reason, alcohol is often abused by those who struggle with mental health disorders or have been affected by trauma in a bid to break free from pessimistic thoughts and feelings they encounter.

Although, as noted above, the symptoms associated with alcohol addiction often naturally alleviate, the effects of alcohol misuse and alcohol addiction on the brain can be long-lasting.

For example, alcohol has a profound effect on the overall function of the brain. From changing moods and affecting memory capacity to influencing personality changes and choices, long-lasting brain impairment is likely if long-term alcohol abuse is experienced.

How Are Alcohol Addictions Diagnosed?

Medical professionals diagnose alcohol addictions by reviewing an individual’s physical health, psychological health, and behaviour.

Rehab QuestionsUsually, diagnoses are made upon conducting a clinical assessment before commencing treatment at a rehab.

By asking various questions and assessing how an individual behaves and acts, medical professionals can ascertain whether addiction is impairing an individual’s life, the severity of an addiction, the cause of addiction and the treatment required.

What Treatment Options Are Available?

Treatment options for alcohol addictions greatly vary and depend entirely on the addiction needs of each individual.  However, detoxification, rehabilitation, therapy, counselling and medication are all highly successful forms of treatments.

To successfully overcome an alcohol addiction, the treatments outlined above are often combined.  Yet, each plays a crucial role in addiction treatment.

Detoxification, for example, helps the body and brain withdraw from alcohol.  Meanwhile, rehabilitation, therapy and counselling are administered to ensure that those struggling with alcohol addictions can identify the cause of the addiction.

Therapy also helps many challenges their thoughts and feelings while encouraging them to adopt positive behaviours in one-to-one and group therapy settings.

Medications, such as Acamprosate, Disulfiram, Naltrexone and Nalmefene, can also be prescribed when an alcohol addiction is present.

In the instances that alcohol addiction has surfaced due to an underlying mental health disorder, dual diagnosis treatment will likely be the most suitable treatment option.  This particular treatment simultaneously provides treatment for addictions and mental health disorders to overcome both.

Get Help Today By Contacting Addiction Advocates

If you are worried that alcohol addiction is impairing your life, you must get help as soon as possible.  While the thought of attending a rehab can be daunting, without professional help, you will find it impossible to overcome your addiction.  Sadly, this could cost you your life.

Should you find yourself searching for alcohol addiction treatment, we welcome you to take advantage of our self-referral service.

Get In Touch Today For GBL Addiction Treatment & RehabWhen you contact us to take advantage of our help, we will take the time to understand your alcohol addiction in greater detail.  We will also ascertain the underlying cause of addiction to offer you realistic recommendations surrounding rehab and treatment.

From here, we can refer you to a suitable rehab that will cater to your addiction and recovery needs. To secure our help, call us today on 0800 012 6088.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Tell If Someone Is Suffering From An Alcohol Addiction?
If you have reason to believe that someone is suffering from an alcohol addiction, their physical appearance, behaviour and mannerisms will gradually change. For example, you may observe that the individual in question seems somewhat agitated and on edge. You may also notice that the individual suffering from an alcohol addiction begins to isolate themselves from others in a bid to keep their addiction a secret.
How Long Does It Take To Overcome Alcohol Addiction?
Overcoming an alcohol addiction is a lifelong process. While attending rehab initiates and kick starts recovery, recovery must be maintained in the weeks, months and years following treatment. Considering this, it is extremely difficult to put a time frame on alcohol addiction recovery.
What Types Of Rehabs Provide Alcohol Addiction Treatment?
Across the United Kingdom, NHS and private rehabs provide alcohol addiction treatment. NHS treatment requires a referral from a medical professional, such as a doctor, and predominantly focuses on cognitive behavioural therapy. Private rehabs, such as those we refer individuals struggling with alcohol addictions to, offer inpatient and outpatient treatment.

References

  • [1] quarter of a million adults - https://alcoholchange.org.uk/alcohol-facts/fact-sheets/alcohol-statistics
  • [2] studies highlight that only 28% of adults are currently receiving treatment. - https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/substance-misuse-treatment-for-adults-statistics-2017-to-2018/alcohol-and-drug-treatment-for-adults-statistics-summary-2017-to-2018
  • [3] impair an individual’s ability to limit and control their alcohol use - https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/understanding-alcohol-use-disorder#:~:text=Alcohol%20use%20disorder%20(AUD)%20is,%2C%20occupational%2C%20or%20health%20consequences.
  • [4] NHS - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/alcohol-misuse/
  • [5] approximately - https://www.helpguide.org/articles/addictions/substance-abuse-and-mental-health.htm
  • [6] 50% - https://www.helpguide.org/articles/addictions/substance-abuse-and-mental-health.htm
  • [7] of individuals who require alcohol addiction treatment have an underlying mental health disorder - https://www.helpguide.org/articles/addictions/substance-abuse-and-mental-health.htm
  • [8] relieve stress - https://healthcare.utah.edu/the-scope/shows.php?shows=0_oomrrdub
  • [9] slows brain - https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/prescription-cns-depressants#:~:text=Central%20Nervous%20System%20(CNS)%20depressants,stress%20reactions%2C%20and%20sleep%20disorders.
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Seth is an author, addiction recovery expert and fully accredited member of the national counselling society. He has experience working with a wide range of addictions and mental illnesses using a number of evidence-based therapies and programmes such as the SMART models of addiction recovery.

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