Discover the Available Therapies for Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a chronic brain disease that surrounds the consistent abuse of alcohol. Whilst alcohol is deemed safe for consumption and will not sit as addictive for the average person, for others it can be a life-changing substance.

Whilst the reality of alcoholism can be bleak, it’s also a treatable and manageable condition. Recovering alcoholics can lead a sober, healthy, long and fulfilling life. Yet to reach this point, treatments and therapies for alcoholism must be worked through.

Do I Need Therapy For Alcoholism?

Therapy is a must for someone who’s suffering from alcoholism.

As alcoholism is a relapsing condition, treatment and management are essential to recovering. Without medical and therapeutic intervention, alcohol associations, cravings, and habits will remain.

Therapies for alcoholism can be encountered through outpatient rehab. Funded by the NHS, treatment can be completed over a 3-6-month timeframe whilst visiting rehab, followed by self-help. Treatments and therapies can also be benefited from through inpatient alcohol rehab, offered here at Asana Lodge. Through a private rehab facility, a 4-week programme can be completed, offering a time-sensitive and considerate experience.

You’ll need to complete various therapies for alcoholism if you are:

  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms between your consumption
  • Encountering strong alcohol cravings
  • Fuelling a tolerance
  • Feeling controlled by alcohol
  • Suffering mentally from the likes of depression
  • Experiencing common consequences of alcoholism
  • Feeling socially isolated
  • Encountering behavioural and social changes
  • Finding it difficult to stop drinking

The long-term focus will also be placed on therapy whilst recovering from alcoholism.


Which Therapies Are Beneficial For Alcoholism?

Through an inpatient rehab programme, therapy will be recommended on a per-client basis. Each step of the rehabilitation process will be personalised, to make sure that addiction treatment options are safe, effective, and sustainable

There are some core therapies for alcoholism, designed to alleviate common symptoms, triggers, and causes. Core therapies will be arranged, alongside some holistic therapy options here at Asana Lodge.


Medical detox

Medical detoxification is a vital step of the rehabilitation process, helping to safely promote alcohol withdrawal. Medical assistance will be available 24 hours a day whilst working through withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Detoxing is the first action-led treatment that helps our clients stop drinking and offers a clean slate ready for additional therapies.


Detox medications

To help reduce withdrawal symptoms, medications may be prescribed to suppress alcohol withdrawal and to regulate mental and emotional health.

Medications will not be prescribed to each client and will only be offered if absolutely necessary.


Behavioural and Talking Therapies

Therapies for alcoholism are significant whilst understanding and adapting behaviours. A range of behavioural and talking therapy sessions will be organised to regulate emotions, disassociate alcohol and strengthen personal coping.

As mental health issues are also common whilst suffering from alcoholism, therapies also focus on treating and restoring the mind. Dual diagnosis treatments are offered as a part of the recovery process, to reduce relapse risks and to improve overall wellbeing.

Talking therapies for alcoholism include:



Helping clients share their emotions and thoughts, psychotherapy is led by specialist therapists and is offered through one-to-one, group and family sessions. Challenges, cravings, and worries linked to alcohol consumption can be shared, whilst working through new coping strategies and management tools.


Cognitive behavioural therapy

CBT is one of the most effective therapies for alcoholism, helping clients change their negative thoughts and habits into positive ones. It helps clients confront their fixations on alcohol, by offering the motivation and guidance to change their behaviours and outlooks.


Dialectical behavioural therapy

DBT helps clients balance their thoughts and be mindful with their decisions. It motivates clients to make positive changes to their lifestyle, mindset, and relationship with alcohol. It is an evidence-based addiction treatment that concentrates on regulating emotions and decisions.


Motivational interviewing

Motivational interviewing helps clients overcome any obstacles, issues with self-belief and denial. It assists clients by promoting the benefits of change, and how those benefits can surface by quitting alcohol. It encourages clients to resist influences and to continue towards sobriety.


12-step recovery plans

Delivered through Alcoholics Anonymous, 12-step recovery plans provide clients with a structured set of intentions to follow. It is facilitated through group sessions and helps both addicts and their loved ones work through the motions of addiction recovery.


Yoga and meditation

Yoga and meditation promote balance, mindfulness, and inner peace. Both are effective forms of therapy whilst making lifestyle changes. They can be followed on a post-rehab basis to keep on track and to feel grounded through the recovery process. They help with emotional regulation and self-awareness, also found to improve mental health.


Art therapy

Art therapy helps clients express their feelings and understand the emotional effects of their addiction. It is a tangible form of therapy, especially suitable for clients who struggle with talking therapies. It is a positive activity to experience, relaxing the body and mind and encouraging openness.


Holistic therapy options

Holistic therapies for alcoholism are also offered here at Asana Lodge. We operate by bringing together industry-leading and scientifically accredited therapies, used to improve psychological health and physical recovery.

Alongside our core therapies, we offer:

Satori chair therapy

Satori chair sessions will help to promote balance and relaxation. A sensory experience can be expected, whilst encountering vibration therapy. This helps to clear the mind, promote positive habits and associations, and change cognitive pathways.


Mindfulness practices

Therapy sessions help clients be aware of their feelings, decisions, and actions. Mindfulness promotes accountability and autonomy whilst working through addiction recovery.


We believe in combining the most suitable therapies to offer an intensive and progressive form of addiction rehabilitation. Through an inpatient rehab setting, daily sessions will be arranged, helping to offer a holistic recovery experience.


Relapse Prevention and Aftercare

Relapse prevention and aftercare are core treatments, helping to treat addiction for the long term. To remain in remission and alcohol-free, preventive measures must be implemented to combat alcohol exposure and triggers. Relapse prevention plans are developed to work through any vulnerabilities and to manoeuvre around high-risk situations.

Aftercare services are also offered as standard through alcohol rehab, focusing on 12-step programmes and support groups. Alcohol misuse must be managed for the future, which is supported through aftercare.


Duration of Therapy For Alcoholism

Initial therapy sessions can be completed in 4 weeks through residential rehab. By checking into rehab, living within its private and peaceful setting, and completing regular therapy sessions, recovery can progress very naturally.

The duration of therapy via outpatient rehab will be longer, as demand is high, and output is low. It can take 3-6-months to complete all core therapy sessions.

At Asana Lodge we promote safe treatment plans yet also make sure that they are efficient, motivating, and sustainable. Personal needs and responses will impact the contents of alcohol rehab, the urgency of therapy and how long one-to-one support is required.


How Do I Access Therapy For Alcoholism?

If you are looking for therapy for alcoholism, at Asana Lodge we can help you access and experience the most beneficial forms. Delivering evidence-based therapy sessions, we can help you through the alcohol rehabilitation process, whilst also planning out your long-term treatment plan.

Recovering from alcoholism is for the long term. Opting for high-quality treatments and therapies for alcoholism will help to boost the stability and reliability of initial recovery.

Reach out for insight into our therapies for alcoholism, or for guidance on how to begin the admissions process into alcohol rehab.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does alcohol impact the body?

Initial use of alcohol will mostly reflect its positive attributes, followed by a possible hangover. Over the course of consumption, especially excessive exposure, those attributes can become negative, by increasing cravings, lowering wellbeing, and heightening health problems.

Whilst alcohol can induce feelings of relaxation and power, it is also a toxic substance that can damage vital organs and processes and induce many illnesses.

What is inpatient rehab?

Inpatient rehab provides the chance to check into alcohol rehab and live within a facility throughout addiction treatment. It’s a 24/7 service, offering a safe and handheld recovery process.

Rehab treatment plans will be personalised, private and immediately available through inpatient rehab. Services are delivered through a private rehab facility, making sure that quality is high and that standards of care reflect those of the CQC.

A progressive recovery process can be committed to via inpatient rehab, recommended here at Asana Lodge.

How do I complete a self-referral?

You can complete a self-referral by reaching out and by showing your interest in rehab. We’re here to offer free and confidential advice, whilst also moving your referral forward.

An admission into private rehab can be completed very quickly, helping you begin your treatments and therapies for alcoholism.

John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 4 March 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.

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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.
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