Alcohol Addiction: The Facts
Those who struggle with alcohol addiction find it very challenging to stay sober for any length of time, and also tend to drink excessively, very often to deal with difficult or stressful life events. For an alcoholic, alcohol becomes a coping mechanism.
If you can relate to this behaviour, it’s time to get in touch with us at Asana Lodge to seek help and information on our detox programmes so that you can get your health and life back on the right path.
If you are struggling with alcohol addiction and require a detox in rehab, you may have noticed the following signs:
- Feeling sick
- ‘Twitchy’ sensations in the arms and legs, which calm down when alcohol is consumed
- Feeling hot and cold
- Increased anger
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of libido
At Asana Lodge we understand that an alcoholic in need of detox may find it difficult to come to terms with their situation. We are here to support you at every stage of your recovery and can offer world-class facilities and experience.
Working with you, we can supply you with the guidance and tools you need to live a sober life and change your attitude towards excessive drinking. Our five-star deluxe rehab facility in the tranquil countryside is the perfect place to unwind, rest and focus on recovery.
How Does Alcohol Addiction Affect The Body?
Drinking is often seen as a harmless and social activity, therefore it can be difficult to determine the point at which it becomes an addiction that requires a detox programme in rehab.
Typically, a person with an alcohol addiction will suffer or be at risk of suffering from the following symptoms alongside their heavy drinking habit:
- Risk of stroke
- Raised blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Increased angry outbursts
- Mood swings
- Suicidal thoughts
- Feeling disorientated and confused
- Shortness of breath
- Blurred vision
- Poor articulation
- Poor reflex actions and mobility
- Slurred speech
Do You Need An Alcohol Detox?
There are several behavioural signs that indicate a detox programme is a necessary step for alcohol addiction. These signs include:
- Heavy drinking in increasing amounts
- Secrecy regarding drinking
- Consuming alcohol at any time of the day, or in a place where it would not be permitted
- Continuously drinking alcohol
- Becoming sad or depressed at the absence of alcohol
- Feeling anxious about being sober
How Does An Alcohol Detox Programme Work?
If you decide to detox with us at Asana Lodge, we will advise that you stay at our retreat on an in-client basis. This usually means you stay with us from between one to two weeks, depending on your needs and how severe your dependency is on alcohol.
You will start treatment with us as soon as you feel you are able to. With the help of an assigned therapist, you will attend counselling sessions on your own and in group therapy sessions, in which you will be given the opportunity to share your experiences and feelings on your relationship with alcohol and your addiction.
If appropriate, we may decide to give you prescription medications such as diazepam or oxazepam to ease common withdrawal symptoms that are linked to the detox process. These medications will ease any uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms you are feeling such as shakes, stomach pain, tiredness and nausea.
Our staff are highly experienced at helping clients cope with the side effects of withdrawal, and will monitor you closely to ensure that you are safe, healthy and comfortable.
Withdrawal Symptoms Of An Alcohol Detox
Withdrawal symptoms are common when you undertake an alcohol detox, and usually, commence around five hours from your last drink. If you enter a detox programme with us at Asana Lodge, you may experience symptoms such as headaches, nausea and vomiting, restlessness, anxiety, panic attacks and shakes. It is normal to feel generally unwell when undertaking an alcohol detox.
If your alcohol addiction is severe, you may find that the detox process brings on DT, known as ‘delirium tremens’. This is where your nervous system goes into shock, and is a common condition in severe cases of alcoholism.
DT sufferers will experience hallucinations and imaginary sightings, blurry vision and seizures as the nervous system tries to re-adjust to sobriety. This is why it is of great importance to detox in a secure facility where you can be monitored and supported.
Alcohol Detox at Asana Lodge
Situated in an old historic building with charm and grace, at Asana Lodge you will stay in a welcoming and beautifully designed bedroom with en-suite facilities. We want your recovery to be like a home-from-home.
Our country retreat is superbly appointed with manicured gardens and inviting elegant spaces for relaxing. Your room, complete with views across the rolling British countryside, is the ideal place to recuperate and escape from the stresses of everyday life.
We provide a range of wellbeing activities and entertainment during your stay with us, including yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, books and television/DVDs.
If you undertake an alcohol detox at Asana Lodge, you’ll be encouraged to take part in lots of calming activities to keep your mind occupied and less focused on withdrawal symptoms.
We want your alcohol detox to be rewarding and empowering, so you feel confident and strong in the knowledge that you will move forward and live a sober, clean life.