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According to the independent, UK-wide charity, Drinkaware: "as many as 33,000 people in the UK die from alcohol related causes each year- that's ten times as many people as die on the roads every year." If you or a loved one are needing help with a drink problem and think private rehab is just for the Hollywood jetsetters, then read on.

A spokesperson from Linwood Park, explains further: "There is a wide range of help available to those struggling with a drink problem. The key to choosing the right type of recovery programme will be determined by the severity of a person's addiction and the resources they have available to self-fund treatment. An initial visit to a GP, or a call to a confidential helpline such as our private alcohol treatment centre number, will give an idea of what type of help is suitable for an individual's specific needs."

There are a wide range of specialist alcohol services available across both the public and private sector and a comprehensive list of these is available via Alcohol Concern ; these range from advice, information, self-help and counselling services, to rehabilitation schemes, home-based and in-patient detoxification programmes and residential rehabilitation services. The residential services are primarily suited to those with alcohol dependency problems and vary greatly in terms of cost and provision.

Private alcohol centres provide a medically supervised detoxification programme as the first stage in a person's rehabilitation programme. The second stage in the programme focuses on exploring the emotional reasons behind drinking and helps the individual put in place strategies to cope with these stresses, ensuring support networks are in place for the person's return to their normal lives.

The difference between private rehab and the other rehabilitation services available is explained further. "People who seek help from a private alcohol treatment centre are embarking on one of the most challenging but potentially rewarding journeys of their lives. Entering private rehab enables a person to address in a holistic way their drinking problems and receive the tailored emotional and physical care that they desperately need to begin their road to recovery. The difference between this type of treatment and any other is that the recovery programme is tailored to specifically suit the individual's needs and provide them with exactly the right support, medical intervention and encouragement they need for each step along their journey back to health and wellbeing".

Pick up the phone
The first step is by far the hardest - picking up the phone. Most treatment centres will operate a confidential hotline which will enable a person to ask about the services on offer, describe the kinds of struggles they, or a loved one, are going through with alcohol and see whether the pricing structure for the treatment is viable for them. Although many people see private rehab as ‘for celebrities only', there are a wide range of clinics available at a wide range of prices.

Make it a date
As with any resolution, you need to put it in the diary for it to actually happen. So, after discussing the treatment options available make a date to either visit the clinic to discuss possible next steps, or make the leap and book it. As with any new commitment, there are bound to be obstacles to overcome before you can begin your journey back to health. These can range from the practical, such as ‘what do I do with the pets while away?' to the emotionally challenging ‘how do I tell my family, friends or work where I am going?' Whatever the obstacle, remember to get support from trusted friends, or your GP, so that you are not stopped from getting help.

Research clearly shows that, for many people, every year, rehab works. It not only improves their mental and physical health, but helps them to address relationship problems and restores their commitment to living an active, fulfilling life. So, if you need help with an alcohol problem, why not pick up the phone and find out what is on offer?

For confidential advice about private alcohol treatment centres then why not call Linwood Park today? Free and confidential help is only a call away on: 0800 066 4173 or if you are calling from a mobile phone or from overseas, call 01226 698 054. Alternatively you can complete the form here on the web site, to be found at the foot of each page.

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Drinking too much - safer drinking tips for party goers.

As Don Shenker, the chief executive of Alcohol Concern was recently quoted in the national media*: "We'll all enjoy a festive drink over the coming weeks, but there is no longer any doubt that far too many people are drinking at dangerous levels."  Although the festive season is meant to be about celebration and enjoying time together, there are many that are drinking too much over the holiday period.  In fact the Department of Health is so concerned about this trend, that they have announced a mobile phone application that can be downloaded that acts as an alcohol tracker.  (see iTunes or visit NHS for more information).

Although this innovative new tool allows drinkers to input how much they are consuming and view graphs of whether they are sticking to recommended units, there is still an element of discipline and pre-planning required to do this.  So, how can you enjoy the festive season, but not put yourself at risk?  A spokesperson from  Linwood Park gives you some hints:

Know your limit - First of all, it is important to know ‘how much is too much'.  Government guidelines for safe drinking suggest that 21 units for a man and 14 units per week for a woman are safe.  This works out at 2-3 units of alcohol per day for a woman and 3-4 units for a man.

Size matters! - Remember that the measurement of a unit of drink is suggested as being half a pint of beer, a glass of wine or a pub measure of spirits.  If you are celebrating at home it is worth keeping in mind that measures will be vastly different to those in a pub and watch out for those specialty beers and spirits that will be more units per glass.

Advanced planning - Before you go out for a celebration, think how much you plan to drink and stick to it.  Also, if you think that no food is going to be served there, eat first.  Drinking on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster.  Finally, think about how you will be getting home and don't leave it to chance, have taxi numbers in your phone or pocket to ensure the night doesn't end badly.

Social drinking - Round-buying is the ticket to disaster.  Either choose to skip rounds or buy your own, so you don't ‘drink to keep-up'.  Also keep an eye on the number of times a drink is topped-up.  Just because you haven't had to go to the bar for a refill, doesn't mean you aren't consuming way over the legal limit.

Pace yourself - Pace is key to a night you will want to remember, not forget!  Alternate alcohol and soft drinks, or dilute alcoholic drinks to ensure you don't overdo it.  Remember the darker the drink the worse the hangover, so go for spritzers or shandy rather than red wine or whisky.

Dance the night away - Rather than placing all of the focus on drinking, why not make sure that there is something else planned for the evening of festivities, such as dancing, bowling, a pub quiz/games Etc.  This will help take the focus off of the alcohol and ensure that the night's fun revolves around more than just getting drunk.

Whether you are planning to party out and about, or at home this festive season, remember that you can be in control of your drinking.  By thinking ahead and planning your evening you can ensure that not only will you have a night that you remember, but one that your body doesn't regret for days afterwards.

If the thought of regulating your drinking seems unthinkable, or you are finding that the need to celebrate the festive season doesn't end on January 1st and you think that you are drinking too much, why not check out Linwood Park's Traffic Light Drinking system to see if you need to get some professional advice on taking control of the drink, before it takes control of you?

If you would like to find out more about drinking too much or need help with yours or a loved one's drinking, then why not call Linwood Park's confidential helpline on: Freephone 0800 066 4173 (or if you are calling from a mobile phone or from overseas, call +44 1226 698 054) to find out how to get help sooner rather than later? Alternatively you can complete the form here on the web site, to be found at the foot of each page.

*The Guardian, Saturday 12 Dec 2009 ‘MP's back alcohol price control to curb drinking'.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 19 April 2011 09:13)


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