Whether it’s alcohol, cocaine, prescription painkillers or anything else across the board, more people than ever before are actively considering the services of local drug rehab centres. These days, the public in general is becoming aware of the fact that you do not necessarily have to be at your wits end to be able to benefit from either cutting down on detrimental habits, or quitting entirely. 

The United Kingdom is currently blighted by a culture of binge drinking, chronic drinking and undiagnosed alcoholism. In so many instances, those affected would desperately like to take back control and make positive changes in their lives, though simply do not know where or how to start. Local rehabilitation centres may seem like something of an extreme option, but it’s important to remember that such facilities exist for one reason and one reason alone – the benefit of those in need of help.

But what exactly are the primary benefits of seeking professional help, when it comes to cutting down or quitting alcohol?  Given that it is often theoretically possible to quit without professional help and intervention, how can an individual benefit by turning to the professionals for support?

Medical Stabilisation

Well, first of all it’s important to remember that after a period of chronic or heavy drinking, simply stopping out of the blue can trigger all manner of withdrawal symptoms.  In many instances, the mental and physical side effects alike can be even more severe than those the individual was suffering, before making the decision to quit. It’s even possible for acute symptoms to develop that can be dangerous or even life-threatening and therefore call for immediate medical intervention.  With professional help, the health and wellbeing of the individual in question can be monitored at all times.

Relapse Prevention

Contrary to popular belief, relapse is far from uncommon. In fact, evidence suggests that the majority of those looking to quit or cut down for the first time are more likely to relapse to a certain extent than to succeed flawlessly during their first attempt.  Nevertheless, there are ways and means to reduce the likelihood of relapse occurring in the first place.  Likewise, the way the relapse is handled and addressed should it happened can make a big difference, with regard to whether or not it represents a bump in the road or the end of the individual’s journey. With professional assistance, the likelihood of relapse plummets significantly.

Therapeutic Intervention

Along with professional medical support, treatment and assistance with physical recovery, professional support packages also include therapeutic intervention.  In so many instances, it can take little more than the positive, supportive words of those who know exactly what they are talking about to make all the difference in the world. This can include things like personal one on one counselling sessions, group therapy and the peace of mind that comes with knowing there is always someone there to talk to and confide in on a 24/7 basis.  It’s amazing how big of a difference it can make when you know there is someone there who’ll always listen, but never judge.

Peer Support

As already touched upon, it can be uniquely beneficial to take part in group therapy sessions during the recovery process. Likewise, simply being able to reach out to a community of others going through exactly the same scenario as you yourself can be incredibly comforting and reassuring. It’s one thing to speak to those who care or those who are experienced professionals in the subject.  It’s something else entirely to confide in those who know what you are going through, because they are going through exactly the same.

Aftercare

Last but not least, is of critical importance to acknowledge the fact that treatment for alcohol addiction or abuse does not end when the rehabilitation programme itself reaches its conclusion. Far from it in fact, as it’s what takes place both immediately after and for the long-term future that will determine whether or not the individual in question succeeds.  The hallmark of a high-quality treatment package is the inclusion of ongoing and indefinite aftercare, which continues for exactly as long as the individual case requires and not a moment shorter. After all, it’s often when regimented treatment comes to an end a normal life once again resumes that temptation, relapse triggers and a world of associated problems once again emerge.