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Getting sober fast

21 ways to get clean faster and stay sober for longer

What does being sober mean? To most people, being sober means not being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, right there and then. They may drink and consume drugs tomorrow or next week. However, to non-problem drinkers being sober does not mean they would ‘never’ drink again. ‘Sober’ refers to a life based on sobriety for people with addiction problems. > Jump to 21 ways to get clean and sober. Sustained sobriety means complete abstinence from alcohol and drugs unless prescribed by a doctor. AA and NA speak about remaining sober ‘just for today’, but in reality, an alcoholic…

Mental health and addiction

Do you need to hit rock bottom before seeking treatment?

Yes or no? Research shows that less than 10% of substance abusers never seek help for their dependences, often waiting to reach rock bottom which can lead to fatalities.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions This causes huge difficulties for family members and their extended community because each person is affected by relational symptoms of addiction and subsequent consequences. Here we explore the idea of reaching rock bottom and alternative solutions. What do we mean by ‘rock bottom’? ‘Rock bottom’ is a term that is often used by those struggling with addiction, saying they have reached this point of finality…

There is great debate about the reasons for alcoholism and what causes it? It boils down to the question “why am I the way I am” or “why am I different from my friends and family?”

6 Causes of Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Causes, Risk Factors, and Symptoms The causes of alcoholism remain the subject of debate amongst doctors and psychologists, with many asking themselves “why am I the way I am? Why am I different from my friends and family?”  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions Alcohol dependency is a disease, and it doesn’t discriminate. It can affect you, regardless of your age, gender, body, personal beliefs or ethnicity. Those who are vulnerable, struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief or trauma are particularly at risk.  If you’re suffering from alcoholism and feel as though your life has become difficult to…

7 reasons you might be addicted to alcohol

7 reasons you might be addicted to alcohol

What Causes Alcoholism? There is great debate about the reasons for alcoholism and what causes it. It boils down to the question “why am I the way I am?” or “why am I different from my friends and family?”  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions Often one sibling in a family will be addicted to a substance, but the others live completely free of addiction. There are however factors that occur regularly in the background of many alcoholics and these undoubtedly have a strong influence on a person’s future behaviour. 1. Nature or nurture? Most experts believe that alcohol addiction…

12 step recovery programme: the science behind why it works

12 step recovery programme: the science behind why it works

It works if you work it, they say, but where is the evidence?  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions Fast facts: There are an estimated 4,661 UK AA meetings and 723 English Speaking groups in Continental Europe. AA membership is estimated at between 23,000 and 25,490 in the UK 75% of members stated they have been sober at least 2 years 33% of those with up to 6 months of membership had up to 6 months of sobriety Source AA. They say, it works if you work it, but where is the evidence? In 1989 the American Institute of Medicine…

What exactly are the recovery tools you’ll learn in rehab?

What exactly are the recovery tools you’ll learn in rehab?

What You Can Expect to Learn in Rehab When you realise that going to rehab is not just about quitting drinking or stopping using, you will begin to understand its true purpose, to make the changes needed to make using a thing of the past. Here we list the 10 major components of a successful treatment Help with thoughts & feelings | Healing trauma | Relationships | Boundaries | Self-care | Healthy routine | Relapse prevention | The 12 steps | Holistic tools | Asking for help Going to rehab gives you the opportunity to change your life and become…

Addiction

Why see a psychiatrist for addiction?

Psychiatrists Provide Essential Treatment for Addiction Addiction is a challenging struggle, one which is difficult to overcome. However, addiction can be even more impossible to conquer without the right psychiatric help.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions Why do I need to see a psychiatrist for a drug or alcohol problem?    Intro by Dr Mike McPhillips/Chelsea Consulting Rooms Psychiatrists are qualified medical doctors, who then go on to do a long postgraduate training in all forms of mental disorders.   They spend most of their time treating outpatients, but their most unwell patients sometimes become inpatients, so in addition…

How many people seek treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in the UK

How Many People Seek Rehab for Drug and Alcohol Addiction in the UK?

UK Addiction Facts and Figures Who exactly goes to rehab and why (Figures include charity, local Government and NHS (2019-20, adults, non-private) Some addicts suffer from more than one addiction, ie opiates and alcohol Rehab is loosely defined as a resource of structure residential or non-residential care How many people request drug or alcohol treatment in the UK Over a quarter of a million adults in the UK sought treatment for alcohol or drug addiction. This is largely the same as in 2018/9. Approximately half were offered some sort of treatment. 90% of these patients were seen within the community…

What is crisis care and how to access emergency care for addiction

What is crisis care and how to access emergency care for addiction

Crisis Care & Emergency Admissions for Addiction An addictions crisis describes a situation where a someone’s behaviour exposes them to a greater risk of harming themselves or others through drugs or alcohol. You may have heard of this described as ‘rock bottom’. Their mental health disorder and/or substance abuse could have prevented them from being able to care efficiently for themselves or function properly within their communities. Anyone can experience a mental health crisis, at any time in their life. The crisis or breakdown may have been brought on by initial feelings of guilt, anger and grief – but whatever…

How long does a bottle of wine stay in your system

How long does a bottle of wine stay in your system

How long does alcohol stay in your system: Blood, urine & breath? Drinking a bottle of wine a day is consuming five times your recommended amount, regardless of whether you’re male or female.   Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions If your consumption is increasing and you’re struggling to cut back, you’re not alone. In the UK, there are an estimated 586,780 dependent drinkers with only 18% in treatment. For confidential help or advice call us on 0808 115 6925. How long till the alcohol wears off? The number of units you drink will depend on the size and strength of…

There Is No Rehab Centre Near Me, What Should I Do?

Finding a rehab centre is easy, but finding a world-class treatment centre near you is harder. So what should you be looking for? While there are many private residential rehabs in the UK, the number is still in the very low hundreds and they are mainly found in or around cities. Other inpatient NHS treatment centres are available, however, the number of these facilities is just as low and entry waiting lists are long.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions Although cities can be well serviced, outside of urban areas rehabs are thin on the ground. So what should you do…

a day in rehab

How a day in rehab works, timetables schedules/structure

What A Typical Day in Rehab Looks Like Every patient is an individual and has different needs and requirements. However, there is common ground within all addiction treatment that can be incorporated in a ‘programme.’  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions When starting one of our addiction recovery programmes, people work with their therapist and consultant psychiatrists on their addiction and co-occurring issues that leads them to use or drink in the first place. Many patients have a dual diagnosis. This means they may present symptoms of poor mental health. This is also treated at Castle Craig. Our model is…

I wish I knew then what I know now: a journey through rehab

I wish I knew then what I know now: a journey through primary recovery

When you are ill and in the throes of addiction, disasters seem to follow you around When you are ill and in the throes of addiction, disasters seem to follow you around while drinking, lying, sleeping, crying, using, shouting or simply blacking out.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions One thing is certain though: you know absolutely nothing about getting sober.  Denial is something that therapists frown on, but for the active alcoholic, it can keep you and your addiction alive. “It’s not too bad, it will get better, she/he will fix me, that car/job/new phone will magically make everything…

Choosing the right rehab. Local nationwide or abroad, where to go for rehab

Choosing the right rehab. Local, nationwide or abroad, where to go for rehab?

Which where and why? Now that you’ve decided to get help for your drug or alcohol addiction, the next step is to look into the most suitable rehabs that can equip you with the right tools for long-term sobriety.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions City or countryside?  The type of location is often a personal choice. Some people find being in the countryside more relaxing, others want to remain in a town or city. It is important to remember that you only really leave the facilities during a stay in residential rehab to go to an AA or NA…

stress alcohol

How to Deal with Stress without Alcohol

Stress is a natural reaction that occurs in response to our everyday experiences, and we all have to deal with it from time to time Whether it comes from our day-to-day responsibilities like work and family, or serious events such as illness or death, stress is an inevitable part of our lives.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions Problems may occur, however, if you begin dealing with stressful situations using unhealthy methods, like turning to alcohol. This page will explore how using alcohol to cope with stress can cause further harm to your wellbeing while also outlining helpful ways to…

8 Reasons to Spend Christmas in Rehab

Would you believe it if we said that Christmas is the perfect time of year to leave your family behind, forget the parties and gatherings and Christmas shopping, and Christmas markets and go to rehab?  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions However, if you’re struggling with alcohol, drugs, or any type of addiction, it could be the best time of year for you to go for rehab treatment. Not only will you give yourself an opportunity to escape a challenging and trigger-filled environment but you create an opportunity to get ahead on your New Year’s resolutions and begin the new…

Am I an Alcoholic?

What is an Alcoholic? Characteristics & Levels of Alcoholism

An Alcoholic is Someone who has a Physical and Mental Dependence on Alcohol. We here at Castle Craig view alcoholism as a brain disease. Alcoholism is a serious psychological illness defined as the inability to stop drinking despite potential or actual, negative consequences. An alcoholic is someone who suffers from alcoholism. 4 Common Characteristics of Alcoholics You’ll find many definitions of “alcoholism” and “alcoholic,” most of which have these four characteristics in common: Physical compulsion or need: Without a drink, withdrawal symptoms appear; you have an inability to stop or cut down on drinking. Mental obsession: You lack control and have abnormal cravings…