So you’ve finally done it. After much coaxing and cajoling by family and friends; after weeks, months (or possibly even years) of putting it off, you’ve decided to take the plunge: to seek help for your drinking problem. You’ve resolved to once-and-for-all get expert advice and guidance from professionals experienced in offering a range of Alcoholism Rehab Treatment Programmes and Clinics that can include all this:
- Psychotherapy (both group and individual)
- CBT (Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy)
- 12-Steps Abstinence Based Therapy
- As well as:
- Nutritional Support
- Family support
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Relapse Prevention, and an
- Aftercare Programme
You’re all set!
Your Programme is to be at a welcoming and comfortable Residential Clinic in the country. You’ve had your free assessment, taken payment advice, met any upfront costs, and been given a starting date. You’re ready to go eager to embark upon a journey that could prove life transforming. Great!
So, what now? How can you best prepare?
Well, let’s begin by establishing what you shouldn’t do.
Don’t go on a bender. That’s just silly (life-threatening, in fact)
Incredibly – or perhaps, not incredibly? – many functioning alcoholics (financially secure and well educated professionals) who decide to seek help for their addiction see the weeks preceding Rehab as a kind of “last chance to drink my head off before I have to face the truth!” opportunity. “I might even double my intake!”
Don’t do that. Why? Because it could prove fatal. The number of alcohol-related deaths in the UK increases every year. But when it comes to heavy drinking becoming life-threatening, we’re not only talking about deaths on the roads, or accidents at home.
Alcohol-related illnesses can be brought on by a sudden rise in consumption
According to Patient.co.uk, heavy alcohol intake is associated with an increased risk of developing extremely serious health conditions in the long term, illnesses such as oesophageal cancer and heart disease.
But liver problems* (alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and a sudden onset of liver cancer) can be more immediate, particularly where significantly increased binge drinking has occurred for a number of days or weeks prior to an abrupt cessation of drinking i.e. when Rehab commences. So, deliberately drinking to excess in the weeks preceding an Addiction Rehab Treatment Programme could mean that you don’t even make it to your chosen Clinic at all.
* According to the Office of National Statistics, alcoholic liver disease accounted for nearly two thirds of all alcohol-related deaths in 2010.2
And if you are unsure about how to choose a Rehab Clinic in the first place.….
Hmm, is it best to ‘go local’ or to seek Rehab Treatment miles from home? And are all the Clinics the same, or are there key differences between them that could prove pivotal in your Programme being a resounding success?
Don’t worry. Rehab Treatment UK will advise you on it all. What’s more, the confidential and professional help they offer is FREE.