Private Alcohol Rehab Centres
Realising that you, a close friend or a family member has a problem with alcohol is a difficult experience, and finding out about the different options available can give you an idea of how best to proceed. Private Alcohol Rehab Centres are medical facilities designed to help people overcome addiction, and offer an unparalleled level of psychological and medical assistance to people with alcohol problems. Understanding the basics of alcohol rehab can help you decide whether or not it is a viable treatment option.
Determining whether somebody has a problem is challenging in itself. Alcohol addiction is a complex concept which has had various definitions throughout history. Initially, an alcohol user was considered an addict when the physiological dependence on the particular substance began to take hold. This is still accurate, but the definition has been broadened to include psychological addiction, which may occur with less frequent usage of the alcohol. The main question to consider is whether the addiction is causing personal, professional or psychological difficulties for you or your loved one.
Alcohol rehab centres are often a mix of private and NHS residential medical facilities, in which alcohol abusers and addicts live whilst they are overcoming their addiction. There a multitude of benefits to this residential approach. Firstly, removing the person from their ordinary surroundings helps to curb habitual behaviour by breaking the routines addicts commonly fall into. Secondly, they are surrounded by other people going through similar hardships, and they are in an environment which focuses on overcoming addiction. Finally, the on-site medical care and psychological support can help people get through an extraordinarily difficult time – often with personalised rehabilitation programs to suit their needs.
There are a many different models of addiction that private alcohol rehab centres can be based on. The most well-known of these is the 12 step model. The defining feature of this model is that it is based on the idea that addiction is a disease, and the patients have to accept that they are addicted, and that they have some form of disease. It follows on from the disease concept that the addict is powerless to control their condition, and that the only way to combat addiction is to change the social or environmental factors that open them up to the addition.
Another common model of alcohol addiction is the social learning model. This states that addictions, like other behaviours, are learned based on social experiences. A alcohol user might find that they are less anxious and more sociable when on alcohols, and this combined with social conformity leads to repeated behaviour and then addiction. The method of rehabilitation in this model is to replace these damaging learned behaviours with healthier ones, which do not require the use of alcohols or alcohol.
These models have both been shown to be effective, but the best choice for you or your loved one’s alcohol rehab is the one which you feel is most suited. The specific programs employed by the rehab centre will be based on a specific model, so finding out about them can be important when choosing a centre. There are also other models, such as the choice model, which are worth considering if you aren’t sure if you or your loved one will respond to the models above.
I provide free advice on alcohol rehab centres, the different types of private and NHS treatments used and individual’s suitability for different programs. Alcohol addiction is difficult for everybody concerned, so getting some additional help can lessen the burden and help you come to the best solution. This advice is absolutely free, so there is no reason to struggle in silence: pick up the phone and see what help I can offer you.