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Alcohol Rehab Abroad

So, you’ve finally reached a point where you know alcohol is ruling your life and you need help. However, you’re not really comfortable with the idea of going to a local clinic or NHS programme. What can you do?

If you have the money to travel abroad, you can seek alcohol rehab outside of the country. If not, there are rehab clinics all over the UK; it shouldn’t be difficult to find a clinic on the other side of the country from where you are.

In terms of alcohol rehab broad, the clinics we work with are fully certified and offer proven, successful therapies for breaking alcohol addiction. What’s more, we only recommend clinics that meet the highest standards of safety and quality care. We can help you locate the clinic that is right for you.


Why Go Abroad

We are often asked why we recommend some clients go abroad for alcohol rehab treatment. The simple answer lies in the fact that some clinics in other countries offer a more conducive environment for the individual alcoholic. An environment that cannot be found in this country.

For example, consider an English musician who might be famous in his own country yet a virtual unknown in the US. Trying to undergo alcohol rehab in the UK might be difficult due to the added pressures of being a well-known celebrity. Travelling to the US would offer that individual the anonymity he or she needs to fully concentrate on their rehab.

Another reason some people choose alcohol rehab abroad is to find a facility more in tune with their lifestyle. An example of this would be a wealthy businessperson who is used to certain luxuries. The alcohol rehab process is difficult enough without the fear of having to live in circumstances and surroundings one is not used to. Whether or not that seems reasonable, rehab clinics try not to subject clients to any more stress than is necessary.

One last reason for choosing alcohol rehab abroad is the environment itself. For one alcoholic, a retreat in the Alps might be the most conducive environment in which to undergo treatment. For another, Southern California might be a better option.


Rehab Is Still Rehab

The thing to remember about alcohol rehab abroad is that it still has the same basic process. Alcoholics are still required to confront their issues face-to-face, deal with them, and learn strategies to live an alcohol-free life once they leave the residential facility. Just because a clinic is located abroad does not mean rehab is easier.

Rest assured that rehab programmes located in other countries still follow the same fundamental structure:

  • alcohol detox
  • individual counselling
  • group counselling and support
  • life skills building
  • group recreational activities
  • aftercare.

It is also important to note that some of the rehab therapies are the same regardless of where a facility is located. Detox is a great example. There is only one way to complete detox: separate the alcoholic from his or her drink long enough for their body to cleanse itself. That will not change regardless of whether rehab occurs domestically or abroad.

Along with the detox process are the withdrawal symptoms experienced by almost every alcoholic. Those do not change according to location either. Alcohol rehab abroad simply gives addicts the means to pay for another option for seeking treatment.


Why Rehab Is Important

If you are an alcoholic, you may be wondering why rehab is even important. After all, you have succeeded in week- long detox programmes in the past.

Actually, that is exactly the point. If you have gone through detox but now find yourself back on the drink again, detox alone is obviously not a long-term solution for you. You need another round of detox followed by intense rehab. A 6 to 12-week residential programme is probably exactly what you need.

The point of rehab is to do what detox cannot: treat you at the mental and psychological levels. The problem with alcohol and drugs is that they create a psychological dependence as well as a physical one. Detox cannot do anything for the psychological. Rehab can.

Without rehab, you will continue to live a life controlled by alcohol. You will continue to be miserable; you will continue to believe alcohol is your only hope; you will continue to drink as your family crumbles and your finances evaporate. That’s no way to live.

Here is a list of common symptoms indicating alcohol dependence. If you recognise any of them in yourself, it is time for you to seek treatment:

  • lying to others about your drinking habits
  • planning your day around alcohol
  • drinking as soon as you get out of bed
  • family members complaining about your drinking habits
  • suffering withdrawal symptoms when you have no alcohol
  • regularly thinking about where your next drink is coming from
  • consuming more alcohol to achieve the same pleasurable effect.


Under Control

Perhaps you are an alcohol abuser whose habit has not yet reached the point of addiction. You may falsely believe you have your habit under control. We encourage you not to kid yourself. Almost every case of alcohol abuse ends up in addiction if it’s not dealt with properly.

You may think you have a handle on your alcohol abuse; you may have even convinced your family of the same thing. However, that does not make it so. If you drink casually more than two or three times a week, you are already in trouble. If you binge drink more than once every few months, you are already in trouble.

There is no need for you to continue down the path of addiction. You can get help just like the alcoholic can. You simply need to admit your problem and be willing to do something about it.

If you’re already an alcoholic, we urge you to get in touch with us as soon as you can. We will walk you through every treatment option available, even those that might be located abroad. We are less interested in where you go for treatment, and more concerned that you willingly seek it.

As an independent referral service, our job is to match you with the rehab clinics and services most appropriate for you. We are ready to get started on your behalf. Call us or send an e-mail.

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