What’s the difference between being a ‘social’ drinker, and being seriously dependent on booze? The answer to that is not a mathematical one. It’s not about units. You don’t need to regularly consume excessive quantities of alcohol to be described as ‘dependent’. If you drink moderately, or even very little, and you simply cannot get through the week without that amount of alcohol, then you are, to some degree, dependent on it.
Sometimes, a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to drinking is best
Drinking moderately is not normally a cause for concern for most of us. In fact, there is a school of thought that enjoying the occasional glass or two of red wine is even good for your health! But what if you are pregnant (or trying to conceive), for example, and you are to a certain extent dependent on alcohol?
Well, to avoid the horrors of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (and other problems), your best bet is to quit drinking altogether while trying to conceive, and during the pregnancy itself. If you simply have to have a drink at some point during the week, then the current Government advice for pregnant women is to drink no more than four units of alcohol (a glass of wine or a pint of beer) a week, although it does say that to give your baby the very best chance of being ‘birth-defect free’ it is best not to drink at all.
Overcoming alcohol dependence – first steps
Contrary to popular belief, beating alcoholism does not necessarily mean quitting drinking altogether. Many people who seek help for their alcohol addiction want to reduce their regular alcohol consumption level: they wish to enjoy the odd drink, but without craving alcohol, without feeling in any way dependent on it.
If you are worried about the amount you drink each week, and want to do something about it, the key question to ask is: why do you drink so much? Getting to the core, underlying reason(s) is essential, if a life-changing, long-lasting attitude towards alcohol is to be successfully achieved.
Counselling is the key
There can be all kinds of reasons why an individual abuses alcohol (far too many to list here!), and some people find it impossible to pinpoint a specific life-changing event that led them to becoming reliant on drink. Whether or not you can clearly identify the causal reason for your addiction, undergoing a series of counselling sessions with a trained professional (who has vast experience in counselling people with alcohol dependence) can prove immensely helpful – life-transforming, in fact.
Counselling is just one of the modules that can be included in a treatment programme at a private Rehab clinic. The programmes do not come in a kind of one-size-fits-all package; they are formulated for each individual client, and can consist of:
- Medication and Nutritional Support
- 12-Steps Abstinence-Based Therapy
- Psychotherapy (both group and individual)
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
As well as:
- Relapse Prevention
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Aftercare, and
- Family Support
Rehab Treatment UK can assist with admission into a private clinic in Surrey, Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Scotland, or at another location in the UK.