Alcohol Dependency

ALCOHOL DEPENDENCY – WHAT IS IT?

Alcohol abuse is the recurring overuse of alcohol despite negative consequences that seriously impact many aspects of the drinker’s life. A pattern of daily, non-stop or binge drinking results in physical harm to the individual’s health, impacts their personal relationships with loved ones, their ability to work and socialise, as well as causing a gradual decline in mental health, often leading to depression.

Abuse of alcohol for various reasons leads to a physical dependance that causes changes in the brain’s reward system to occur, resulting in cravings, overuse, withdrawals – a vicious cycle that’s incredibly hard to break without help.

Over time, alcohol dependance is often subtly accompanied by emotional or physical health issues such as depression, anxiety, guilt, regret, infidelity, weight gain, liver toxicity, erratic moods, and many other negative states. It puts a huge strain on family and personal relationships, affects performance at work, leads to loss of motivation, restricted social interaction and sometimes complete withdrawal from life.

What Causes Alcohol Dependency

Alcohol addiction or dependency is believed to be the result of a combination of genetic, psychological, environmental and social factors including:

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Getting Help for Yourself or Loved One
Dealing with any addiction begins with admitting that you have a problem. Only when you admit this both to yourself and to others can treatment have any chance of success. If you drink more than you should, but don’t consider yourself an alcoholic — there are steps you can take to try and moderate your alcohol use including:
But if none of this helps and you realise you have a serious alcohol problem, you will need to undergo a course of treatment and rehabilitation to rid yourself of your addiction. Treatment for alcohol addiction often involves a combination of several different therapies including talk therapy (with a counsellor or psychologist), group therapy and drug therapy (to assist with withdrawals).
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Symptoms of Alcohol Dependency

If you think you or someone you know might be suffering from alcohol addiction, some of the signs to look for include:

The Dangers of Alcohol Dependency

Alcohol addiction comes with a whole raft of negative impacts, all of which become worse the longer you drink. For one thing, alcohol abuse can affect your mental health, often leading to anxiety, depression, paranoia, and psychosis. It also affects your short-term physical health in a number of ways including weight gain, sleeping problems and increased susceptibility to infections and chronic disease. And in the long-term alcoholism can cause permanent brain damage, cirrhosis of the liver and a high risk of mouth and throat cancer, stroke and heart failure. And finally, there are the social implications, with an increased risk of relationship breakdown, loss of employment and antisocial, criminal and risk-taking behaviours.

Treatment FOR Alcohol Dependency

At Palladium Private, our holistic BioPsychoSocial approach to the treatment of alcohol dependency may be different to anything you may have tried before. We consider alcohol abuse to be a coping mechanism. People who deal with stress successfully and have a healthy level of self-worth are unlikely to abuse alcohol, even if they have the genetic predisposition for alcohol addiction. So if you have underlying stress conditions and they’re not identified and addressed, you will always turn to alcohol in times of despair or trauma.

The Palladium Private Program provides a set of coping mechanisms that can be used to break this cycle permanently. These include reprocessing old events to deal with grief and regret and learning how to measure self-esteem and self-worth properly — both of which make for an incredibly effective combination. We cannot change what happens to you in life, but we can teach you how to react to life events in a different way, which will cut off this cycle of behaviour at its source. 

Our qualified psychotherapists use evidence-based techniques to teach you how to adopt new behaviours, apply and entrench them and engage in new ways of thinking. And our programs offer change that is lasting because our unique range of therapeutic modalities go deep to the underlying root cause.

We can help you overcome a variety of challenges

Our personal, tailored BioPsychoSocial programs are designed to empower you to deal with
issues in your life including:

THE EARLY DAYS WITHOUT ALCOHOL

CRAVINGS AND INTENSE EMOTIONS

TRIGGERS LEADING TO RELAPSE

CREATING A LIFE WITHOUT ALCOHOL