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John Gillen

By John Gillen - Last Updated: 19 December 2023

Clinically Reviewed on 18/12/2023 4:04 pm by Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner) All information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Alcohol Rehab

At Asana Lodge, we’re dedicated to transforming lives by tailoring specialised treatment plans that truly cater to individual needs. Our mission is to guide individuals on a path towards long-term recovery from addiction, and we achieve this through the implementation of our one-of-a-kind evidence-based alcohol rehab programme.

What truly sets our alcohol rehab centre apart from other clinics is our unwavering commitment to innovation. We have pioneered unique treatment options that are the first of their kind in the UK, revolutionising the way addiction is addressed and treated.

While many clinics may offer standardised treatment options as part of their alcohol rehab programmes, such as alcohol detox, therapy, and one-to-one counselling, we take it a step further. At Asana Lodge, we believe in going above and beyond, providing an extensive range of comprehensive services designed to address the complexities of addiction recovery.

Our exceptional programmes encompass all the essential elements of traditional rehab, but we also offer a plethora of additional therapeutic modalities, cutting-edge techniques, and holistic approaches to healing. This means that our patients benefit from a truly immersive and transformative experience, empowering them to overcome their addiction and reclaim their lives.

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  • Benefits

  • CQC Regulated

  • Evidence Based Treatment

  • Deluxe Residential Accommodation

  • Tranquil Setting Perfect For Recovery

What is Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol addiction, also commonly referred to as alcoholism or alcohol use disorder, can be defined as having both a physiological and psychological dependency on alcohol.

When someone’s relationship with alcohol shifts from an occasional indulgence to a pressing necessity, it could be a sign of alcohol use disorder (AUD). Think of it as a persistent guest who gradually takes over your home, causing turmoil and stress, yet you find it impossible to show them the door.

A common misconception is that overcoming alcoholism is all about willpower. Whilst having determination is a key part of recovery, it’s important to acknowledge that alcohol addiction is a medical condition that slowly creeps into a person’s life, often uninvited, and sticks around. It can be shaped by your genetic makeup, your environment, and even those unseen aspects of your psyche, like stress, sadness, or past distressing experiences. It’s a complex disease that requires understanding and empathy to overcome.

From both a physical and psychological perspective, your body and mind start to become accustomed to the presence of alcohol. When you attempt to distance yourself from it, you’re met with a wave of withdrawal symptoms, including physical manifestations such as shaking, nausea, and restlessness, as well as psychological effects like heightened anxiety and emotional turmoil.

With the right support, it is possible to recover from alcohol addiction. We have helped countless individuals regain control over their dependency, allowing them to lead a healthy and fulfilling life once again.

What is Alcohol Rehab?

Alcohol rehabilitation, often simply referred to as alcohol rehab, is a comprehensive and systematic approach designed to assist individuals struggling with alcohol addiction. It aims to facilitate their journey towards complete abstinence and recovery, empowering them with the necessary skills to lead an alcohol-free life.

Typically, these programmes are implemented within the framework of residential rehab clinics that specialise in formulating and executing plans for long-term addiction recovery. The serene and structured environment these clinics offer greatly contributes to an individual’s healing journey by minimising potential triggers and distractions.

The initial stage of the rehabilitation process usually involves medically supervised detoxification. This step is difficult, but it is essential, as it helps manage withdrawal symptoms which can feel quite severe, ensuring a safer transition towards sobriety.

Beyond detoxification, the recovery process encompasses an array of therapy methods and treatment modalities. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), for example, is commonly used to help individuals identify and manage triggers, while group therapy and one-on-one counselling provide supportive spaces to share experiences, learn from others, and build coping strategies. Treatment plans are personalised to the individual, so not every programme will look the same.

After all, addiction is a complex disease, with each and every person having a unique experience. For this reason, treatment requires a unique approach, which should be done on a case-by-case basis.

At Asana Lodge, we offer a broad range of innovative therapies and treatments that are pioneering within the UK’s landscape of addiction treatment. Through a combination of traditional and ground-breaking approaches, we seek to offer a holistic and tailored treatment journey for every individual battling alcohol addiction.

Alcohol addiction rehab treatment specialists

At Asana Lodge, we treat both the body and mind from addiction through proven, industry-leading scientific techniques. We have a team of hand-picked, highly qualified addiction treatment experts here to help you battle through your alcohol withdrawal symptoms and help you on your road to recovery.

All of our doctors, nurses, therapists and staff are on hand throughout your entire stay to deliver a truly personalised care treatment plan.

Where You Can Find Us

Our in-patient rehab centre is located at 48 Moorend Rd, Yardley Gobion, Towcester, NN12 7UF – Get Directions.

Driving to the Centre

For those that are driving to the centre, you can find us just off the A508 which can be accessed via junctions 13 – 15 on the M1 or through junctions 10 and 11 on the M40.

Public Transport Options

The centre can be accessed via the X6 bus, which runs between Milton Keynes Central and Northampton Bus Exchange. Both Milton Keynes and Northampton can be accessed via train, with Milton Keynes being accessible from most London train stations.

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Are you suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction and need help? If so, Asana Lodge is a leading UK-based expert in Private Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Treatment. Find out how we can help by getting in touch with our friendly team today.


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Alcohol rehab

When would you need to go to Rehab?

Making the choice to go to rehab can often be a difficult decision to make for anyone contemplating it. 

Knowing when you have a problem with alcoholism that needs the help of trained medical professionals can be potentially life-saving. 

There are several questions that you can ask yourself to help determine whether you require rehab or not. 

Consider this list of questions that you should consider before seeking admission into rehab:

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  1. Do you always crave alcohol? 
  2. Are you always thinking about the next drink? 
  3. Do you often drink more than originally planned? 
  4. Have you ever missed important events/obligations due to drinking? 
  5. Have you ever been in danger due to alcohol? 
  6. Has your drinking resulted in relationship breakdowns with family and friends? 
  7. Do you suffer from constant health problems due to alcohol, both mental and physical? 
  8. Do you suffer from withdrawal symptoms (i.e. headaches and sweating) when you don’t drink for a while?
  9. Are you keeping your alcohol consumption a secret from people close to you? 
  10. Do you have any control over your alcohol consumption?

Frequently Asked Questions

Signs of Addiction

Alcohol addiction can be difficult to overcome without the right support, and our team at Asana Lodge are here to help you recover and start living life again.

If you become alcohol dependent, you may experience extreme mood swings, cravings and withdrawal symptoms when you do not drink.

You may also find it challenging to cope with normal situations in life without resorting to alcohol to deal with stressful scenarios.

Everyone’s alcohol intake threshold is different, but those who abuse it often don’t realise how much they are drinking, and either try to conceal or deny it.


Symptoms Of Alcohol Addiction

If you are concerned that you or someone you love has an alcohol use disorder, look for the following signs of alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness/unsteady gait
  • Shaking involuntarily
  • Feeling hot and cold
  • Sweats
  • Red face
  • Skin sores
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Increase in weight


We recognise that alcohol addiction can be very hard to come to terms with for both you and your family.

Any substance use disorder takes over normal life and becomes destructive, resulting in the breakdown of relationships, job prospects and personal finances.

With the use of our deluxe rehab centre in Towcester, Northamptonshire, we can help you beat your alcohol addiction for good. You can turn over a new leaf thanks to our outstanding facilities and world-class staff.

We are also highly experienced in helping people overcome mental health issues such as depression.

All too often, such issues arise as part of the cycle of addiction. When you stay with us, we will support you at every step of the way on your journey to recovery.

You are not alone, and you can recover from the problems you currently face thanks to our highly-trained team of counsellors and addiction therapists.

We also focus on well-being and will investigate alternative therapies, such as meditation, to help you combat cravings.

What Should I Expect From Alcohol Rehab?

When you first have an assessment with us at Asana Lodge, we will thoroughly discuss your needs and past alcohol abuse.

We will also talk about any underlying mental health conditions that you may have had or are currently experiencing, as this may contribute to your alcohol addiction. You may need additional assistance in overcoming these problems, too.

The evidence-based alcohol rehab programmes we offer include a range of successful techniques and therapies that can help you tackle the underlying root of your alcohol addiction.

Our clients are always our first priority, and we will consult with you at every stage of your care to ensure that you are happy and satisfied with your treatment.

We offer a personalised service and care plan for every client to ensure we are perfectly meeting their needs in a non-judgemental environment. Our rehab provides space, distance and clarity to achieve wellness and sustained recovery.

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You’ll be able to explore our lobby, common areas, bedrooms, plus much more, all from the comfort of your own home.

We hope that this tour will give you a better sense of what Asana Lodge is all about and help you to make the decision to stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you in person soon!

View our Rehab Centre

Alcohol rehab treatment at Asana Lodge involves you staying with us at our luxury facility to help you recover to full health.

During your stay, you will undertake several intensive support groups and individual therapy sessions involving evidence-based practices that will tackle the source of your addiction.

We embrace a range of therapies including 12-step work, cognitive behavioural therapy, family and individual speech therapy and group counselling.

We also encourage all clients to practice mindfulness because of its high success rate in aiding recovery.

If you are seeking treatment as an inpatient to stop drinking, we can help at Asana Lodge and can help by adjusting our care to meet your needs.

We will always give the best advice we can, based on your medical assessment and the severity of your addiction.

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Alcohol Rehab Process

A typical alcohol rehab process involves several key stages being carried out. These stages provide the framework for alcohol addiction treatment, although many clinics differ in how their processes are carried out and what types of treatments and therapies are offered.

We also offer a family referral service if you are concerned that a loved one drinks alcohol to excess.

See below the four-stage alcohol rehab process that we offer as part of our alcohol rehab programme in our leading facility:

Rehab Admission

Stage 1 – Admission & Assessment

The first stage of alcohol rehab is admission and assessment, which is where the clinic will be able to determine the severity of your addiction and whether you are also suffering from co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety.

Assessments carried out at Asana Lodge include a full medical examination and assessment.

Upon completion of this full assessment, a personalised treatment plan will be put in place based on factors such as the severity of your addiction and whether you will need dual diagnosis treatment.


Stage 2 – Detoxification

The next stage of alcohol rehab involves detoxification. This is the process of safely removing all addictive substances from your body.

While undergoing alcohol detox, you will be kept under close supervision of our team. The reason for this is to monitor whether you are suffering from potentially harmful alcohol withdrawal symptoms, as prescription medication can be given to help alleviate any problems experienced.

Typically detoxifications can take up to 10 days, depending on how severe the addiction is.


Stage 3 - Rehabilitation

While detoxification is focused on eliminating the physical side of your addiction, rehabilitation looks to solve the mental side, which is key to maintaining long-term recovery.

This is achieved through the use of essential addiction therapies and treatments like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Group Therapy, One to One Counselling, Meditation, plus much more.

Addiction treatment therapies provided as part of our alcohol rehab programme are all designed to heal both the mind and body to best ensure that long-term recovery is achieved.


Stage 4 - Aftercare

Most alcohol rehab programmes come with an aftercare programme. This involves regular online check-ups, which our addiction recovery specialists carry out once a week to track your progress and offer advice about any obstacles you may experience after treatment.

Rehab for Alcohol Addiction at Asana Lodge

It’s never easy to accept that you have an alcohol addiction. If you choose to stay with us at Asana Lodge, we will always treat you with discretion, respect and understanding.

Nestled in a stunning part of the UK countryside, our rehabilitation centre is the perfect place to recover without the distractions of everyday life. You’ll have the chance to calm your mind and focus on getting better.

Every client has their own private, ensuite room, which has been designed to offer a luxurious yet homely space all of your own.

Our trusted team offer round-the-clock care and will use their expertise to give the best possible chance of long-term recovery. Every member of staff has years of experience in treating alcohol addiction. Both formally and informally, we ensure you have access to a range of expertise during your stay.

Our treatments are revolutionary. We’ve invested in the latest technology to offer a truly holistic approach to your care.

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What are the main benefits of residential treatment?

Residential treatment is widely regarded as the most effective way to treat alcohol addiction, but what are the main benefits of receiving rehab in a residential setting?


 Change of environment

One of the biggest factors in the development of addiction is the environment which individuals have become accustomed to. Removing yourself from this environment will result in removing all the cravings and potential triggers which can make quitting alcohol an impossible task.



Residential rehab involves developing healthy habits and routines that promote a more healthy lifestyle. Having such structures in place will help make you more productive and give more meaning to your life.

Thinking about youself

Time to focus on you

Addiction can be brought on by many factors, so by taking a step back and evaluating your life, you can best determine what factors are contributing to your problem. This can be from stress caused by your job or other factors, so it is beneficial that rehab gives you the time to reflect on this and decide how to handle the problems you are facing.

Team Support

Accountability and around the clock support

Having access to trained healthcare professionals means that you will have the support and accountability that is a crucial part of successful recovery.

Similar People

Being around like-minded individuals

Going through addiction recovery can be incredibly difficult for those who have not gone through the process before. During alcohol rehab treatment at a residential facility, you will be surrounded by people who are either in the same position or have gone through the process before. This means they can offer advice and encouragement that can be used towards your recovery.

Mental Health

Get to Understand Yourself

We offer support and help with various addictions as well as mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Many clients who come to us often have underlying mental health issues at the root of their addiction, and we can help you to overcome these when you stay with us.

Working closely with our team, you will begin to understand the nature of your addiction and how you can defeat it.

What are the main goals of rehab treatment?

Effective rehab treatment providers often set goals for clients to follow so they can best keep track of their recovery. For those who are dependent on alcohol, typical goals include:

Identifying and reducing the risk of addiction triggers

The biggest challenge after completion of rehab is being able to stay sober long after recovery is achieved. To deal with this effectively, you must be able to fully understand your addictive behaviours so you can deal with certain scenarios and situations that may put you at risk of a relapse.

Finding your purpose

Many individuals suffering from alcoholism have had breakdowns in relationships with friends and family, employment issues, and financial worries, all of which can be contributing to the further development of alcohol dependency. Making sure you have a clear goal on how to improve your professional and personal development can be key to resolving these types of issues.

Learn to listen

Alcoholics often struggle to listen to advice; this is why many refuse treatment. To set yourself apart from these individuals, you must listen to the advice provided by our team of health professionals. Their extensive expertise and experience with alcohol rehab therapy are key to your successful recovery.

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Group therapy area inside Asana Lodge

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CQC registered facility

All residential alcohol rehab clinics must be regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to provide treatment in the UK.

Asana Lodge provides treatment and a standard of care that is fully in line with the standards set by the Care Quality Commission.

Regulations set in place by the CQC ensure that the environment you are receiving treatment in is completely safe and provides a high standard of care that should be expected as part of residential treatment.

What happens after Rehab?

Once you’ve completed the rehabilitation process, you will transition into a critical phase of your recovery journey known as aftercare.

This period is seen by us at Asana Lodge as essential for maintaining the progress achieved during rehab and facilitating long-term recovery. In fact, research shows that sustained success in overcoming addiction often relies heavily on this phase, hence we view it as an important component of our rehab programmes, rather than an optional add-on.

Upon completion of rehab at Asana Lodge, you will have access to 12 months of comprehensive aftercare, which we provide free of charge. This ensures a continuous and supportive transition from a structured rehab environment to everyday life, helping to prevent relapses and strengthen coping strategies that have been developed during your stay with us.

Secondary treatment primarily involves regular sessions and arrangements, to ensure that you are able to maintain communication and support from our professional team, while also giving you the flexibility and convenience of staying connected regardless of your location.

During these sessions, our specialists will monitor your recovery progress, providing an opportunity for early identification of potential relapse triggers or problematic behaviours. These check-ins are not only for monitoring but also provide a platform for you to discuss any challenges or difficulties you might be experiencing post-rehab.

In essence, Asana Lodge’s commitment to aftercare underlines our holistic approach to recovery. We acknowledge that addiction is not simply ‘cured’ at the end of a rehab programme, but is a long-term journey requiring ongoing support and treatment. We believe the year-long aftercare is pivotal in empowering our patients to continue implementing the positive changes they’ve made, building resilience, and ultimately, sustaining their recovery journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment?

The different between inpatient and outpatient treatment is that inpatient treatment requires you to stay at a facility when receiving treatment whereas outpatient treatment does not have this requirement with treatment and therapy taking place in the daytime.

What form of treatment works best for addiction recovery?

The most proven treatment for addiction is inpatient residential treatment. This is mainly due to the structured environment and around the clock, medical support individuals experience throughout a typical alcohol rehabilitation programme.

Do you provide outpatient treatment?

No, all addiction treatment programmes offered at our clinic are strictly provided on an inpatient basis.

A family member is suffering from addiction to alcohol, can you help?

Yes, we offer a family referral service which is specifically tailored for this.

How long does alcohol rehab last for?

The typical duration of an alcohol rehab programme is 28 days, this is also the duration that is most recommended by clinics as it is seen as individuals who go through this length of treatment tend to record higher success rates.

How much does alcohol rehab cost?

As a general guide, an all-inclusive stay, including a comprehensive detox programme, customised therapy, and one year of access to additional treatment, will cost approximately £4,000 to £6,000 per week. However, please be aware that the cost of rehab is fully dependant on the severity of the addiction that needs treating, the length of your stay, the level of care that is required and and if intensive aftercare is needed. Get in touch with our admissions team for more information.

How can I help a loved one with rehab?

The best way to help a loved one through rehab is by being compassionate and supportive which will give them the motivation needed to get through the programme.

Client Feedback

"I have been in many treatment centres and I have never experienced anything like this. I have learnt more here in 2 weeks than I have in all my time in and out of recovery. I cannot express my gratitude to Asana Lodge enough. The staff, service, groups, therapies & overall experience was excellent. I am leaving here with a fantastic foundation to my recovery and I owe a massive thank you to all at Asana Lodge. I will be highly recommending to anyone in need. "

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John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 7 January 2022

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.

Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner)

Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner) - Clinical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 18/12/2023 4:04 pm

Dr. Otulana is a highly skilled General Practitioner and Addiction Specialist. He possesses extensive expertise in the field of Substance Misuse Management and boasts a diverse background in evaluating, overseeing (including detox procedures), and overseeing the residential recovery of individuals grappling with various drug and substance addiction issues. His primary goal is to conduct thorough assessments of patients dealing with addiction issues and determine their medical detoxification and psychological treatment requirements. Dr. Otulana is well-versed in caring for patients who need dual drug and alcohol detoxification therapies.

In addition to his medical qualifications, Dr. Otulana is a proficient healthcare professional who holds a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from the prestigious Cambridge University Judge Business School.

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