The UK’s capital is a vibrant source of nightlife and excess – but habitual overindulgence can result in dependence on alcohol, despite the individual’s denial. recovering from alcoholism in London is the same as in any location, and comprises three basic steps:
The first step of any recovery from alcoholism is a physical and chemical withdrawal from the substance itself.
Instead of directly removing the toxins from the body, typical detox programs substitute the alcohol in a person’s system with an alternative medication, which emulates the effects of alcohol, in order to reduce withdrawal symptoms.
Nevertheless, multiple effective detox options do exist for overcoming alcoholism, including:
Prescription Medication – Prescribed medication such as Chlordiazepoxide or Valium is given to reduce side effects and cravings associated with withdrawal, during the initial detox period. Safe, and with high historical success rates in helping detox from alcohol in a supervised, residential environment.
Nutritive Detox Programs – An intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals, co-enzymes, and nutrients is administered over 5-10 days, to restore brain function and balance following long term alcohol abuse. Allows for fast replenishment of neurotransmitter numbers and function in the brain, helping reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Home Alcohol Detox – A more private, discreet, and affordable option for many, home alcohol detox provides a comprehensive detox with some supervision, usually from a registered specialist addictions nurse. After an initial assessment for suitability, appropriate medication is provided and aftercare support follow up provided. Although convenient, this option does carry more health risks than a fully supervised detox in a residential clinic setting.
After a chemical and physical detox, the next stage of recovery is therapy. Via a combination of approaches, such as
– CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
– Support work sessions
– Social care groups and community peer groups
– Group therapy
…those in recovery can discover and unravel, not only the path of addiction in their lives, but the root causes of the addiction and the related behaviours underpinning the alcoholism.
Excessive alcoholism is of course just a symptom, or coping mechanism, of more foundational life issues such as:
– self-esteem beliefs
– core values
– historical trauma, and
– significant emotional events
To begin this psychological journey, identify some of the underlying events that lie behind the addictive behaviours. Try this.
Ask yourself – in your life, what beliefs might I have, that could be resulting in my addictive behaviours? And how do I know that belief is true? What events in my life have told me so? Might I have misinterpreted that event somehow? Assigning different meanings to previous events can refresh your perspective, release trauma, and help dissolve addictive behaviours associated with it.
When completing alcohol rehab in London, the third step of recovery is aftercare. An aftercare plan is usually laid out before discharge from a residential rehab clinic, and includes help to connect you with associated addiction support groups and services in your local area.
A full aftercare package can include
– Additional counselling or therapy/CBT sessions
– Weekly aftercare meetings
– Integration into mutual aid groups
– Patient recovery forums
– Other therapeutic options such as REBT (Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy)
Depending on the provider, aftercare programs can often be delivered flexibly, e.g. either in residential care, or in an outpatient setting.
For those who have found themselves on the recovery journey previously, and are restarting the process, aftercare can also include antagonist treatments such as antabuse or naltrexone. These medications aim to discourage substance abuse by preventing illicit substances from having their euphoric effects on the brain and body, discouraging users from continuing to consume the substance.
The final step of recovery is to be accountable for your behaviour on an ongoing basis. The journey through any addiction, including alcoholism, begins and ends with responsibility – yours! The only way to begin recovery is with an admission of the problem, and the way to continue recovery is to continue taking personal responsibility for your sobriety – every single day. But with the fellowship and support of family, friends, and your recovery peers, it can be done.