Finding Help in England
The good news for those looking for alcohol detox programs in England is that there is no shortage of options. Between private clinics, charitable organisations, outpatient programs, and NHS services, every alcoholic should be able to find a program to meet his or her needs.
The bigger concern is choosing the type of program that is right for the individual. For some, a weeklong detox program is all that’s necessary. Others might require a 12-week residential program at a private clinic. Still others might require a combination of both. Yes, it’s confusing, but that’s why Alcohol Help exists.
We are familiar with just about every clinic and outpatient program in England. What’s more, we know what each one offers. It is much easier for us to match you or your loved one up with the right services than it is for you to go looking on your own. Our understanding of alcohol detox in England is second to none.
NHS Services in England
The NHS offers its standard list of alcohol-related services to hospitals and public health clinics. For the alcohol abuser who has not yet reached the level of chronic addiction, there are plenty of options including:
- one-on-one counselling
- alcohol related support groups
- group counselling
- physician prescribed medications.
Chronic alcoholics in need of intense detox and/or rehab will find NHS services lacking. What they offer is better than nothing, but their services by no means compare to the quality programs offered by private clinics. It is no coincidence that the NHS refers clients to private clinics when all other options have been exhausted.
Private Services in England
Most of England’s private alcohol clinics offer services based on a 12-step, residential program. The 12-step portion of the equation is tied to a proven methodology that is known to be successful for many alcoholics. As for the residential portion, success depends on the alcoholic living at a private clinic for the duration of his or her treatment.
The advantage of a residential program is that it separates the alcoholic from their circumstances. Without that separation, it is too easy to return home at the end of the day and grab a drink. In the residential environment that is simply not possible.
What’s more, the residential program forces the alcoholic to spend time and interact with other alcoholics going through the same thing. This group support ends up being a very good motivator as each member encourages the others not to give up.
Aftercare in England
A crucial part of the residential program is known as aftercare. An aftercare program follows the former alcoholic for several months after completion of a residential program with the goal of providing additional support and counselling to prevent relapse.
Studies have shown that alcoholics stand a far greater chance of permanent success if appropriate aftercare is part of their programs. The opposite is also true. You will be happy to know that most of the clinics we work with in England include aftercare services with their residential treatment programs.
Now that you know help in England is readily available, what will you do? Alcohol Help cannot do anything for you until you contact us. If you are willing to call or send an e-mail right now, we promise to get to work on your case right away. We want you or your loved one to break free from the prison of alcohol dependency. That’s why we are here. That’s why you need to get in touch with us right now.