After you have gone through an extensive detox process, you move on to alcohol treatment in Edinburgh.
We help you to find the suitable rehab centre for you from the initial interview to detox and throughout your treatment.
Once you get in touch with us, we offer free advice and treatment options for you in and around Edinburgh.
Many people believe that they can beat alcohol abuse or misuse without any help.
While this may be true for some, but sadly it isn’t true for the majority. It is important to seek help from certified medical professionals who are skilled and specialized in alcohol and substance addiction.
During detox and treatment, you will need a specialized medical team monitoring and advising you on the next course of action.
Some people have suffered physical and mental harm by not obtaining treatment facilitated by medical practitioners.
This is especially a possibility as you may experience withdrawal symptoms.
Detox treatment does not have to be painful however.
Most alcoholics admit to treatment with some sense of shame or embarrassment about their addiction and its consequences, for themselves, and others.
Once detoxed and beginning the therapeutic help though, most begin to realise that overcoming the shame aspects of addiction is simple.
In Step 1 of the 12 steps, there must be an admission of powerlessness over alcohol, and a realisation that, whoever or whatever might help, it is not me.
Some are put off alcohol treatment as they are not religious, or do not believe in a higher power.
The only realisation required to complete step 1 is that we are powerless over alcohol, and that I alone, cannot help myself, at this stage.
Sadly, this is self-evident, since if the alcoholic could help themselves, they would have done so a long time before entering a treatment clinic.
The paradox is this - to become "powerful" again in their life, the alcoholic must first accept that (s)he is *powerless*.
By accepting we are foibled human beings, that we need support, that we cannot do it alone - by embracing those addicted parts of ourselves, the parts that will turn to a coping substance before admitting we need help with an aspect of life - by admitting we are weak - we then regain our power to seek help, and overcome the issue for good.
Without an acceptance of the support of others, and that I cannot do it alone, it becomes increasingly difficult to remain sober in the long term.
Ego, confidence, and in some cases, complacency, grow, all increasing the likelihood of relapse over time.
It has been demonstrated time and time again, that getting help for the underlying emotional issues behind the external behaviour of alcoholism, is the only way to make long term gains into sobriety.
While many people may suffer from alcohol addiction, their circumstances aren’t replicated.
Therefore, alcohol treatment Edinburgh has to be customized to an individual.
For instance, some people require straightforward care. People who suffer from only alcohol addiction fall in this category.
The treatment has simple steps that are then customized to suit the individual.
On the other hand, some people misuse other drugs and substances in addition to alcohol.
Weaning off alcohol dependence is therefore intertwined with weaning them off other substances and drugs.
This requires a more complex treatment plan. The way these substances interact has to be taken into consideration before making a decision about the multi-substance protocols to follow.
We have information on both types of treatment and can offer advice based on the situation that you are in.
Our list of recommended facilities also offers a variety of treatment option for you to choose from as you seek alcohol treatment in Edinburgh.
In some cases it's not possible to enter residential treatment for alcohol help for a number of reasons, e.g. limited financial budget, time constraints, personal commitments, work life, etc.
Generally, recovering from addiction alone, is next to impossible, and few will achieve this. Long term recovery is considered a 'team sport' by most.
It's possible to replicate the counselling sessions achieved inside a treatment clinic, on an outpatient basis, however, sadly, it's also true that even after a wonderful outpatient session of counselling, the patient can be re-triggered by an event in the external world, whilst travelling home from that same session, and end up no further forward.
Usually, it is the seclusion away from triggers, associations, and previous alcoholic experiences in the outside world, that allow the alcoholic, enough "emotional balance" to be able to address the underlying issues properly, without becoming retriggered in an outside setting.
The triggers for individuals are different. In some cases, the individual can be triggered by a work situation, personal relationship, children, finances, living situation, or any number of scenarios. Importantly however, they do not realise consciously, that they are being triggered in this way. Without expert help, it is next to impossible to see one's own trigger situations, let alone do anything about them.
Therapy is a crucial part of the overall process. You need to learn what emotional triggers lead you down the path of alcohol abuse. Identifying these issues is only the first step as you need to now learn how they affect you and how to deal with them in a healthy manner.
Therapists and counsellors use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to take you through this process. It is not a one-day affair and can take a long time depending on how deep-seated these issues are. Other modes of treatment such as the 12-step support sessions are also offered in treatment clinics.
After you’re done with this step, you can proceed to aftercare which involves peer review and help. AA meetings fall into this category. Here, you join a community of others who also struggle with or suffer from alcohol addiction. You can connect with a sponsor for one-on-one sessions and personal phone calls to help you get better and stay on course even after treatment is complete.
We are always available to give advice and help find suitable and affordable Edinburgh facilities. You don’t have to suffer in silence anymore. Get in touch with us today and we will help you start your journey towards getting better.