Alcohol Rehab

John Gillen - Author

Clinically Reviewed on: 14/02/2022 12:00 am by Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

All information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.


Our alcohol rehab and detox programmes are intended to point clients towards the path of full long-term recovery after a period of alcohol abuse.

This is achieved through various evidence-based methods that have been developed through years of experience in providing addiction treatment to individuals throughout the United Kingdom.

Leaving alcohol addiction untreated can lead to very serious health problems such as liver disease. Alcohol problems do not just leave damage on your physical self, but can also have major mental effects if have been through a period of excessive alcohol consumption.

The decision to attend a residential alcohol rehab programme could be the most important decision that you have ever made.

This is why we have provided some useful information on this page which can be used when considering alcohol rehab treatment whether it’s for yourself, a loved one or a friend.

Alternatively, you can discuss the treatment at oy alcohol rehab centre with a member of our admissions team by giving us a call today.

 

 

Abstinence-Based Alcohol Rehab

Our alcohol rehab treatment is an abstinence-based programme which we have found to be the most successful way of combatting addiction as compared to other methods such as moderation management. Total abstinence is a rehab treatment technique which is subscribed to by many rehab clinics across the UK as well as Alcoholics Anonymous, however it is always best to do as much research as possible before you commit to any type of treatment to find out which is best for you, you can see the pro’s and cons of Moderation Management and Total Abstinence here. The alcohol detox stage aims to remove alcohol from your system. If you have been a ‘chronic alcoholic’ we will be monitoring you for any physical side-effects that are associated with the withdrawal of alcohol like delirium tremens.

There are a number of different treatment options available but we firmly believe that our programme is the best around for dealing with alcohol addiction.

See below video from our director and leading addiction treatment expert, John Gillen explaining the best way to treat alcohol addiction:

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Timeline (Infographic)

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

We have created a very useful alcohol withdrawal symptoms timeline infographic which shows when withdrawal symptoms (if experienced) commonly occur during a typical detoxification. Click to see the alcohol withdrawal symptoms timeline.

What Happens After Initial Detoxification?

Following the initial alcohol detox phase, our rehab programme takes on a more mental dimension in the form of various therapies. The programme will address mental problems which arise by virtue of your alcohol use disorder and from the subsequent detoxification process.

Many of our clients suffer from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety as a result of their alcohol addiction. We employ a range of psychiatrists and psychologists who are on hand to help you through these issues.

 

Group and Individual Therapy

Group and Individual Therapy sessions will be offered to clients following the initial alcohol detox. These therapies are very important and are used in order to build new positive mindsets which aid a long and lasting recovery. Another method of therapy which may be used is called cognitive behavioural therapy.

Alcohol Addiction help is available in many forms and each person will be assessed for suitability for various therapies. We understand when you visit our alcohol rehab clinic you may feel in a vulnerable position. Our team here a very experienced at helping you feel comfortable and settled whilst you progress through your programme.

Group Therapy is an integral part of alcohol rehab treatment at Cassiobury Court

Discharge Planning For Long-Term Recovery

When the time comes to leave our facility a well-thought-out discharge plan will be put in place by way of an aftercare plan. The aftercare you receive will ensure the risk of relapse is kept to a minimum. We ensure our clients receive the support needed for a long and lasting recovery. We recognise recovery is a lifelong process, and one that you can achieve, leaving alcohol dependence as a part of your past.

 

How Long Will My Treatment Last For?

The duration of alcohol addiction rehab varies and the duration is typically dictated by the severity of the client’s addiction. You are able to attend our programme typically between the 14 and 90 days.

The more chronic the alcohol addiction, the longer the recommended stay will be. Severe alcoholics who have been drinking alcohol for many years may encounter more difficulty during the process so a longer stay is in rehab is recommended

 

The Importance of Initial Assessment

Our programme kicks off with a thorough psychological assessment which has reference to the client’s age, gender, socioeconomic and demographic status. The assessment will also explore clients’ medical and addiction history as well as the client’s family and social life.

Information obtained during the initial assessment will be utilised throughout the rehab process. Cassiobury Court offers up a fully personalised rehab programme for each client who passes through our programme at our alcohol rehabilitation centre.

Based on your history of alcohol consumption we can tailor the length of your programme and take into consideration therapies that will be of benefit to your specific circumstances.

 

How Much Does Alcohol Rehab Cost in the UK?

One common question you may have is ‘how much does alcohol rehabilitation cost in the UK’. Many people assume going to rehab is cost-prohibitive. Perhaps this is because many celebrities have been known to go to rehab in recent years, a fact that’s been well publicised in the media. This assumption is false, and going to rehab is well within the reach of ordinary people like yourself.

If you choose to select a purely outpatient rehab provider, you should expect to pay less when compared to attending a full residential rehab provider. There also exists a sort of hybrid between residential and outpatient treatment.

This is known as quasi-residential rehab. Quasi-residential rehab is where you attend therapy sessions in one building during the day, but live within a ‘sober living’ facility during the night time. Quasi-residential rehab may offer cost advantages over full residential rehab, however, quasi-residential does not provide an adequate level of care for many alcoholics seeking alcohol treatment

The amount of money you must invest in your rehab treatment is also influenced by the amount of time you choose to remain in a rehab centre. If you say in a rehab centre for seven days, the level of investment will be substantially less than a four-week stay. Note we use the word ‘invest’ and not ‘cost’ when treating alcohol dependence.

Whilst the level of investment required for a seven-day rehab may be less than a four-week rehab, the cost may be higher. Why? Because short-term rehab programmes are more likely to result in relapse. If you do experience a relapse, you will have to write off the initial cost of going to rehab and absorb more fees in undergoing a subsequent detox and rehab programme.

These costs may have been avoided if you had initially selected a longer-term rehab programme from the outset.

Despite being known as one of the UK’s leading residential rehab centres, Cassiobury Court is known as a ‘mid-range’ rehab. This means we offer affordable rehab. However, we also offer excellent care and therapy. Whilst you should not expect gold plated taps, we do offer a rehab that’s highly satisfactory in terms of your personal comforts.

You will benefit from round-the-clock care, and you will also benefit from quality therapy techniques that are known to assist in your fight against substance misuse. We have a number of different clinics across the UK and Europe, so we can help you find a rehab which is in a different environment if you wish.

 

Alcohol Rehab Through the NHS

Some of you reading this page will qualify for public funding to assist in your fight against alcohol addiction. ‘NHS rehab’ is a misnomer, since local councils have administered statutory addiction services since 2012. In order to qualify for statutory rehab funding, your needs will be triaged and the decision to grant you funding will be fully assessed by a notoriously strict funding committee.

Cassiobury Court is an NHS qualified provider, our alcohol rehab programmes can be funded by the NHS if you are strictly a Hertfordshire based resident.

In most instances, when seeking treatment through the NHS you will be granted access to outpatient/community-based treatment before access to residential treatment is granted. From our experience, it is extremely difficult to access these services without suffering from a significant mental or physical health problem.

The vast majority of people seeking alcohol addiction treatment will be denied access to them due to strict and arguably unfair triage rulings. Furthermore, even when council-funded rehab is offered, you must typically wait many months until this decision is granted in your favour.

Many people suffering from acute alcoholism simply do not have at their disposal this amount of time. Thus, many people are faced with a situation where they must fund their rehab treatment themselves.

How Much Does Alcohol Rehab Cost in the UK?

Alcohol Rehab at Home?

Undergoing a detox for alcoholism is undoubtedly not the most comforting experience you will ever undergo. Many people who require an alcohol detox may thus be attracted to the idea of undergoing this process from the comfort of their own home.

This is a crucial part of the process of alcohol treatment and a hurdle you must pass if you want to finally end the addiction cycle.

At Cassiobury Court, we neither offer nor recommend undergoing alcohol rehab at home, and studies have shown that residential rehab can be an extremely effective alcohol addiction treatment.

Why? Because undergoing an alcohol rehab is a potentially life-threatening experience – especially if withdrawal symptoms haven’t been experienced previously.

When you undergo a rehab programme from your home, you do not have access to the same level of safeguards that exist when you undergo the procedure at a residential alcohol rehabilitation facility.

In addition, you could have a routine of drinking alcohol at home, removing yourself from this environment will remove one element of your habit whilst you focus on recovery.

 

Alcohol Rehab or AA?

Alcohol rehab and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) should not be directly compared or offered as an alternative to one another. Alcohol rehab aims to assist people who are suffering from acute alcoholism.

Alcoholics Anonymous and alcohol rehab are complementary to one another. AA intends to assist people who are already in recovery and who now wish to avoid relapse. Both strengthen each other, and we strongly advise you to attend AA meetings once your alcohol rehab programme has concluded.

As part of most after-care packages, people will be introduced to the benefit of attending weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. By attending these meetings you can reduce the risk of relapse and gather community support from other people who have endured the same troubles.

By talking to other alcoholics, you can find out what helped them through their own personal battle with addiction, this sharing of information can be invaluable in your own recovery.

Alcohol Rehab With Insurance?

You may pay for alcohol rehab through a valid medical insurance policy. Many leading health medical insurers such as BUPA, AXA, Aviva, Cigna, JSIS and Aetna will cover the cost of treating alcohol in rehab. A medical health insurance policy may pay for all or part of the costs involved when you undergo alcohol rehab. You must check the terms of your policy and preferably correspond directly with your insurer when enquiring about this possibility.

At Cassiobury Court, our admissions team will be glad to advise you on the process involved when making this claim through your medical insurer. Many of these insurance companies have Cassiobury Court as a preferred alcohol rehab provider.

 

 

Call us today on 01923 369 161

Call Cassiobury Court today to start your journey to full recovery through our CQC registered alcohol addiction treatment rehab. You can contact our admissions team today on 01923 369 161 who will take you through the admissions process.

Take the first step today, if you are dealing with a drug and alcohol addiction or either, we are certain that spending time in one of our treatment centres will allow you to break free from the addictive behaviours which are holding you back from living the life you were supposed to live.

 

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Additional Alcohol Rehab FAQs

To add to the above most common questions we are asked regarding alcohol rehab, we have also included the below most frequently asked questions we receive with in-depth answers.

The duration of your treatment will reflect your individual needs. To access your needs, we carry out an initial telephone assessment with you. We may also request sight of your medical records. Following the completion of this assessment, we will then advise on the appropriate amount of time you must spend in our rehab clinic. Generally, staying in our care for four or more weeks will strengthen your long-term recovery goals. Short-term detox programmes lasting for only a week may allow you to detox, but such a short amount of time is seldom enough to treat the underlying emotional causes of alcoholism.

In some instances, we may advise you to stay in our care for 60 or even 90 days. Such a longer duration may be required to assist you in maintaining a steady recovery path. When recommending rehab duration, we assess the history and level of the addiction. We also attempt to diagnose any co-occurring mental health issues that could be the root cause of your addiction to alcohol.

The answer to this question is a resounding yes. However, the answer to this question depends on how you define success. When we say ‘success’, we refer to the situation when you return home and you live your life free of alcohol. This means success involves complete abstinence. To achieve this aim, we focus on increasing your motivation to remain in recovery for the long term. We help you build a strong support system, and we also provide you with a ‘plan B’ should relapse occur. Whilst alcoholism is not curable, it may be arrested for effective addiction treatment. Offering an effective addiction treatment plan is at the core of what we offer at Cassiobury Court.

In some instances, we may advise you to stay in our care for 60 or even 90 days. Such a longer duration may be required to assist you in maintaining a steady recovery path. When recommending rehab duration, we assess the history and level of the addiction. We also attempt to diagnose any co-occurring mental health issues that could be the root cause of your addiction to alcohol.

Finding a rehabilitation centre which provides you with high-quality treatment tailored to your needs can be a tough task. Cassiobury Court offer a range of packages that are specifically tailored to your needs.

For most individuals, the average time for alcohol to leave your body is around an hour per one unit you consume. Though this statistic is different for addiction suffers who build up a high tolerance to alcohol and will subsequently be able to eliminate it from their system a lot more quickly. Other factors such as weight, age, gender, the strength of alcohol consumed and how much food you have eaten can also have an effect on how quickly you are able to remove alcohol from your system.

1 unit of alcohol is approximately 10ml of alcohol, to put that into perspective there are 2 units in an average pint of beer. So, based on the estimates above it can take up to 10 hours for 5 pints beer to leave the average person's system after consuming.

Outpatient care involves patients coming into an addiction centre for regular counselling and therapy sessions for a few hours a day before going home as this type of treatment does not require you to stay over at a rehabilitation centre. We don't offer this type of treatment as we believe that inpatient treatment is more effective for our clients. Many of the individuals who come into our centre are suffering from severe addictions and require urgent and constant care, especially when going through detoxification which is something that is not available through an outpatient treatment programme.

The withdrawal symptoms experienced through detox can be severe and therefore needs care and attention from trained professionals that are available 24 hours a day, this is what makes inpatient treatment the safer and more effective option for addiction recovery.

There are various signs to alcohol addiction, most are obvious but some can be hard to detect. Here is a list of the most common signs that you should look out for:

  • ind yourself intoxicated more regularly
  • Regular mood swings
  • Always appear tired
  • Have a look of being unwell i.e. pale in the face
  • Drinking more to achieve the effects of being drunk
  • Less interest in activities/hobbies
  • Being dishonest, keeping secrets from people
  • Unable to say no to alcohol

If you are exhibiting one or more of these symptoms then it's likely that you have an addiction to alcohol and need to look into starting an addiction treatment programme similar to the alcohol and drug rehab programmes we offer at our centre.

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: 28th June 2022

John Gillen is a leading addiction treatment expert with over 15 years of experience in providing evidence-based treatment methods for individuals throughout the UK. John is also the co-author of the book, The Secret Disease of Addiction which delves into how the addictive mind works and what treatment techniques work best.

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Medical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 14/02/2022 12:00 am

MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures