Benefits of giving up alcohol

Benefits of giving up alcohol

We live in a world where alcohol is a huge part of society. Even though it is a common social activity, it is important to understand that it can have a detrimental effect on a lot of people’s lives. Whether it be health issues, relationship problems or just day to day troubles, it affects more people than you know.

If you, or somebody you know wants to stop drinking, Help 4 Addiction can help you make that first step. Alcohol can have a negative impact on your life, and it is not always so easy to see at the time. It can also affect the people around you, as well as yourself. The road to sobriety can be a difficult journey, but there are plenty of benefits to giving up alcohol that make it worth while. Here are a number of reasons why.

 

You will feel and look a lot better

Over time your body will start to improve physically. Your liver will slowly start to heal and your senses will start to come back, possibly even better than before. Your skin, and in turn complexion will start to improve. The toxins in alcohol make your skin less elastic, and can be very ageing when consumed regularly. You will notice you have a lot more energy, making you feel more refreshed and active.

 

Addiction will no longer be in control of your life

Addiction can take a hold of your life in a way you never expected it to. When your life starts to revolve around alcohol, that is when you need to take control. Giving up alcohol will give you the freedom to appreciate the little things in life, that were maybe pushed to one side when drinking. Because of this, your relationships with friends and family will start to improve, and your passion will steer towards more important things than alcohol.

 

You will start to feel like your old self again

Sometimes the mental side of recovery can be harder than the physical side, but eventually your mind will start to heal. You will learn how to live without alcohol, which in turn will help you feel less depressed. You will start to feel more positive and excited about life, and your worry of having no alcohol will disappear.

 

You can get back to normality and routine

Being sober will help you get your sleep pattern back on track. This will enable you to get back to everyday normality. You will be in a position where you are able to get a job. This means you will have more money, from working more, and spending less money on alcohol. Your social life will start to improve. You won’t feel the need to shut yourself away, or hide your drinking problem from your loved ones anymore.

 

Where to start?

Giving up alcohol is not easy, especially if over time your body and mind has become dependent on it. Admitting you have a problem is the first step, and the best thing to do is to talk to somebody about it. Understandably alcohol consumption is accepted within society nowadays, and is quite a big part of many people’s social lives. However, when the consumption is too high, and it starts affecting everyday life, that is when it becomes a problem.

 

Alcohol withdrawal can be a dangerous step if not done properly. If you, or you know of a loved one who is suffering from alcohol addiction, it doesn’t have to be dealt with alone.

 

Not everybody turns to alcohol for the same reasons, which in turn means that there is not one particular treatment to suit everyone. The initial talk with a professional is hugely important, as they will be able to determine the best route for you to take.

 

Treatment

Anybody suffering from alcohol addiction can get help easily in the UK. The idea behind the treatment is to understand what the root cause of the addiction is, and work on the psychological side of it, as well as the physical. Working on the psychological side of it will help lower the chance of relapse too.

 

Help 4 Addiction are there to discuss the problem with you, and help direct you to the right treatment. It can be difficult when choosing the right rehab, so this free service is designed to help minimise the stress of finding the most suitable rehab for you.

 

Throughout your journey it is also important to have support, medically and emotionally, and our services will make sure that you are booked onto a programme which provide this, alongside all of the other factors needed for your journey. Treatment can be more successful with people around you for support. It is great to have people who you can rely on for comfort and encouragement, keeping you on the right track and ensuring you don’t fall back to old ways if the journey starts to get difficult.

 

Help 4 Addiction are there to guide you to the correct treatment. A suitable treatment plan will encourage a successful journey. There are 100’s of treatment centres available to you, and we understand it can be overwhelming. Our job is to help narrow that search down, and ensure you are happy with your choice. We have a great relationship with many professional clinics and experts, so we have great knowledge in what rehabs are suitable for which individual.

 

With over 30 years combined experience, we dedicate ourselves to providing you with all the necessary information you need for a successful recovery. Our expertise in this field means that our specialists fully understand the complexity of every addiction. We are able to help provide you with a plan made specifically for you, which will ensure you have the best chance of a full recovery.

 

Please note that our service is fully confidential. Give us a call today on 0330 088 9518, so we can help you or a loved one get back on track.

Emma Sherman / 14th March 2018/ Posted in: Latest News

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Detoxification (detox) is the medical intervention required for someone who is physically dependent to drugs or alcohol. If required, medical detoxification would be the first step taken in residential rehab. Detox is used to prevent uncomfortable and dangerous (even fatal) withdrawals symptoms resulting in suddenly becoming abstinent from alcohol/certain drugs.

The goal of a medical detox is to aid in the physical healing required following long term addiction and rid the body of all together of substance whilst providing a cushion for unpleasant symptoms of withdrawals. Detox is not considered the whole treatment for drug/alcohol addiction and it is always recommended that a comprehensive rehabilitation program is used along side to help maintain long term abstinence.

Medication is often required for alcohol detox. If you are dependent on alcohol and experiencing withdrawal symptoms it is vitally important to seek medical advice prior to stopping. There is a long list of medications used when treating alcohol addiction and the exact medication given to an individual will depend on their needs/medical history. Some of these include;

  • Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Diazapam (vailium)


Librium and Valium are the most commonly used detox medication in the UK. All medication used to help with alcohol detox have been proven to help reduce the effects of withdrawal symptoms.

There are also a number of drugs recombined by the NHS to help treat alcohol misuse. Some of these include:

  • Naltrexone
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Nalmefene
  • Acamprosate (campral)

Medication is always required for heroin detox. For someone suffering from heroin addiction, the thought of detoxification (detox) can be exceptionally daunting. Withdrawal symptoms from opiates, such as heroin, can be severe and include pain, vomiting, nausea and shaking.

There are different ways that heroin detox can be carried out, most usually either ‘maintenance therapy’ or ‘full medical detox’.

Attempting to switch from heroin to a heroin substitute, usually on a controlled prescription, is known as Maintenance therapy. Subsites used are most often methadone or buprenorphine.

A full medical detox from heroin will always be carried out in a residential rehab setting and will allow the individual to switch form heroin to a substitute and slowly withdraw completing treatment free of all substances. Someone using a heroin substitute can choose to have a full medical detox at any time, however detoxing substances such a methadone can often add to the length of detox required. Drugs most commonly used to fully detox from heroin are, Subutex, Suboxone and Methadone. Much like alcohol, the exact drugs used will be dependent on the individuals needs/medical history.

Once detoxed from heroin the risk of overdose is much higher following relapse due to tolerance following withdrawal.

The length of treatment in a residential rehab depends on a number of elements. Some substances require longer periods of detox than others.

Private paying patients will also often choose a length of stay that suites their therapeutic and financial needs. As a rule, a full treatment program in a rehab is considered to be 28 days (often referred to as a month), however, treatment is offered in several different ways and lengths starting at 7 days.

Treating alcohol addiction will always require a minimum of 7-10 days, this would be considered the detoxification (detox) faze. The length required for treating drug addiction can vary drastically depending on the substance being used. Detox for Heroin addiction is generally around 14 days minimum, with more time required if substances such a methadone are being used. Treating prescription drug addiction can often take the longest. The time required for treating gambling addiction, eating disorders and sex addiction will be based on the individuals needs.

Rehab programs can be as long as an individual requires but primary treatment is normally caped at 12 weeks, with the offering for further secondary and tertiary treatment thereafter.

*based on average rehab stays, everyone will vary dependant on needs and medical requirement/history.

There is no need for your employer to know that you are seeking help for trauma and addiction unless you choose to involve them with the process. All employers should have a policy that explains what you do if you cannot come to work due to illness – illness to include treating alcohol addiction/treating drug addiction.

If your work absence extends over 7 days your employer is likely to require an official statement of fitness to work which would be obtained from your GP. This would need to supply evidence of your illness as well as any adjustments required for returning to work, fazed return or reduced hours, but does not need to specify in detail the reason why you have been absent.

If you are absent from work for 7 days of less, for example entering rehab for a detoxification (detox) on a Saturday for 7-10 days taking a full week away from work, you can self-certify your illness by letting your employer work you will not be attending work for that period of time. Exactly how an individual would do this would be dependent on a specific companies’ policies on taking sick leave.

Any time longer than 7 days it is likely an employer will require a note from the individuals GP certifying their sickness and a fit note on return. Most companies have a clearly outlined policy on sickness and receiving sick pay so the exact requirement can vary. A rehab will always be willing to advise on time off work.

How much does rehab cost is a very frequently asked question. The cost of treatment can range from £1,000 per week upwards depending on the place, with luxury rehab being the most expensive.

There are free options available on the NHS but the waitlist of those looking for free treatment is longer than that for privately paying patients. Some private health insurance policies will cover treatment in some rehabs around the country.

Choosing the right rehab centre will often be based on priced but it is important to follow guidance on the most suitable treatment centre for an individual’s needs which our expert team of advisers are on hand to offer.

There are certainly pro’s for both treatment near by and traveling for treatment with one of the most asked question being should I get rehab near me? There are rehabs all over the UK and around the world that all offer expert programs, let’s look at how to choose a rehab.

Local treatment

Being close to home gives certainly has benefits. Visitors are normally permitted in rehab following the first 7 days stay, therefore if an individual is in treatment for a length of time longer than that being local will make it easier for loved ones to visit.

Most rehab centres will also provide a full aftercare plan for someone following treatment, this will include ongoing aftercare in the specific treatment centre. Living close by can make it easy to take full advantage of ongoing aftercare. There can also often be the option for ongoing care with an individual therapist, again being close by will allow that treatment to be carried out face to face.

Some individuals wish to be local but are willing to look broader, for instance the greater city of residence (London, Manchester, Liverpool, etc)

Treatment Away

Getting treatment away from home can be very appealing to some. Being out of the local area makes it a lot harder to just walk out of treatment as resources locally are unknown. Some also take comfort in knowing that they are not near home and focus more on treatment.

As the price for treatment can vary so much from one residential treatment centre to another, private paying patients often would rather travel to keep the cost down. Those using private health insurance may also have to travel to find a treatment centre covered in their policy.

When opting for treatment away from home this can be anywhere in the UK and also abroad. Aftercare can still be carried out and very successful using tools such as The Online Rehab.

There is no right or wrong when choosing where to go to residential rehab, but our expert advisors are always on hand to help provide information on all possible options.

Whilst millions of people in the UK have taken recreational drugs (amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine, crack, crystal meth, GHB, heron, ketamine, methadone, and prescription drugs) and drank alcohol not all become ‘addicted’. Most recent reports show that 279,793 individuals were in contact with drug and alcohol misuse services in the last year with over half of that being from opiate addiction and a quarter for alcohol.

There are several risk factors invoiced in addiction and those using drugs and alcohol socially, simply take the risk. These risks are as follows;

Tolerance – basically, if a substance is used repeatedly an individual’s tolerance to it will build. This will result in more of the same substance being required to get the same effect. In the long run this can easily lead to addiction and physical dependencies.

Environmental risks – these can include influences such a peer pressure and stress as well as physical or mental abuse of an individual (particularly as a child). Overall, those who live with frequent pressures and stress are more likely to reach for a substance to cope and are therefore at higher risk of becoming addicted.

Drug type – it is very well known that certain drugs are simply more addictive than others. Using substances such as heroin increases the risk of becoming addicted for need to ‘chase’ a high as well as physical dependency.

Drug administration – how a drug is administered can affect its addictive qualities. A drug injected rather than smoked or snorted will release a quicker and more intense high thus making it psychologically (and in many cases physically) more addictive.

Biological factors – it is now widely reported that being an addict is not only psychological but also biological. This includes your genetic makeup, mental health, sex and age. It is also reported to be 8 times more likely for the child of an addict to become an addict themselves.

Its believed that addiction is approximately half genetics and therefore some are 50% more likely to become addicted than others.

How do you help a loved one trapped in addiction?

The first step is to help and encourage the individual to become willing to accept help. They do not need to be shouting this off the rooftops, but they do need to be willing to go into treatment. There are ways to help someone become willing to get treatment for alcohol or treatment for drugs.

Set boundaries – set boundaries and stick to them. Once you have laid them out follow through with whatever consequences you have set however hard it is.

Stop finances – if you are financially supporting someone stopping these finances can be the quickest way for the addict needing to ask for help. With no money to acquire a substance an addict’s options become very limited.

Intervention – getting together with other family members/friends/colleagues and staging an intervention is often very successful in the fist stage of acceptance and gaining an admission to residential rehab.

You can’t make them quit, this can lead to dangerous withdrawal. Boundaries are very important in helping someone become willing to get help. Unfortunately you cannot do someone’s recovery for them and without self-motivation it is very hard to make it work.

The next step is to call our highly trained advisers 0330 088 9518.

There is a huge range of rehab options available and where to start can be completely over whelming so let us help.