Alcohol Addiction & Dependency
Do you feel like your relationship with alcohol is ruining your life?
Do you feel your relationship with alcohol is out of control?
Are you concerned about the impact of alcohol on your life?
Are you looking for an understanding of the harm associated with alcohol misuse?
How we can help
Addiction or dependency on alcohol can become part of our lives for many different reasons. Alcohol is a substance that causes chemical and physical changes in the body, which in turn affects our emotions, behaviour and psychological well-being. The effects of alcohol misuse can often become harmful long before we realise it, making it hard to change unhealthy drinking patterns on our own. Additionally, emotions such as guilt and shame, associated with misuse, can make it difficult to open up about challenges with alcohol and seek support.
Accessing support from people who understand addiction and dependency is a crucial part of the recovery process. We can enable you to replace unhealthy drinking patterns with positive habits, develop strong coping skills, feel happier and healthier, and regain control. With the right support, long-term physical and mental recovery is possible. We are also able to support young people in areas of misuse or if they have been exposed to parental substance misuse.
We support you via a range of therapeutic methods and these are discussed with you after we have carried out an initial assessment. Your treatment plan is developed with your needs and expectations at the forefront. We believe that by building a transparent trusted partnership you are enabled to take control and move forward.
Addiction & Dependency – Adults
There are varying degrees of alcohol dependence and if you find it difficult to enjoy yourself or relax without having a drink you may have developed an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. You may find yourself sharing a bottle of wine most nights or going for a few pints after work just to unwind, which potentially means you may be drinking to a level that could affect your long term health and impact your professional and social life.
A dependency on alcohol is often followed by a physical dependence; that is when your body shows withdrawal symptoms, such as sweating, shaking and nausea, when your blood alcohol level falls.
Addiction & Dependency – Young People
Alcohol misuse can have a big impact on the mental health and well-being of young people. Whether it is Alcohol misuse on the part of the young person, or parental substance misuse that is impacting your child, there are different forms of support they can access to help them overcome the adverse effects.
Parental substance misuse is the prolonged use of alcohol by a parent/carer. This use of alcohol may result in:
Impact on brain development:
- They may constantly think about their parent/carer’s substance misuse
- A young person may blame themselves for their parent/carer’s substance misuse
- They may have a lot of absences from school which can lead to poor educational attainment and a lack of confidence in themselves
- They may struggle to develop healthy relationships with others
- Young people who have been exposed to parental substance misuse may develop behavioural, emotional or cognitive difficulties.
Drinking large volumes of alcohol in a short space of time or drinking with the sole purpose of getting drunk is generally how binge drinking is defined. We can support you by helping you to identify and recognise emotions and triggers.
Family & Friend Support
Supporting people with alcohol addiction and dependency often takes its on toll your own mental well-being. Understanding addiction and implementing healthy boundaries between you and the person you are supporting is extremely important. We can provide you with the tools and support you need. Read More…
The impact of long term drinking may lead you to feel that you need support even when you have achieved abstinence. We provide you with the tools and support to help prevent relapse.
We will support you individually or alongside other social/health professionals to maintain abstinence following detox.
We provide support to enable change once you have achieved abstinence. This could be via native language support therapy or help to access relevant pathways supporting change.
Alcohol Related Training
We can deliver tailored workshops that enable understanding of alcohol addiction and dependency according to your needs of those of your organisation.