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Established in September 1996, by Steve Spiegel and Dr Peter Turnbull, The Providence Projects is widely regarded as the leading affordable private alcohol rehab centre in the UK. Clients come from all over the UK and the rest of the world to our alcohol rehab centre in Bournemouth, on the South Coast of England.

The model of treatment which encompasses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, 12 Step, Relapse Prevention and Motivational Interviewing has developed over the years to ensure that all clients are given the best chance of finding long term recovery from alcohol.

At our last annual reunion, held in September, over 400 ex-clients came back from all over the UK to celebrate their recovery.

Benefits of alcohol rehab at The Providence Projects

  • Opportunity to detox safely with 24 hour support
  • Opportunity to address underlying issues
  • Access to doctors with real expertise
  • Comprehensive rehab programme, delivered by skilled addiction professionals
  • Look better; feel better
  • Rebuild damaged relationships
  • Brighter future
  • Many physical benefits, including weight loss
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What is alcohol addiction?

Alcohol addiction, or alcoholism, as it is commonly referred to describe the relationship between the individual and alcohol. The majority of people drink alcohol safely. They have a relationship with alcohol whereby, they will drink within recommended limits, stop when they have had enough and generally drink appropriately and sensibly.

Alcohol addiction looks a lot different to this! Alcohol addiction is a biopsychosocial condition. This means that there are biological factors, psychological factors and social factors. People develop addictions for a whole range of reasons and there is not one simple cause (unfortunately).

Alcoholism is a chronic, and often progressive illness which manifests in a variety of symptoms. Although over 24% of the UK drink more than the recommended amounts, clearly 24% of people are not an alcoholic. In the UK, 600,000 people meet the criteria for alcoholism. 500,000 of them have never sought help.

Unlike many other conditions or illnesses, those that suffer from alcoholism will have varying degrees of denial. Denial often prevents the alcoholic from seeing the reality and severity of their problem. Friends and families find this particularly difficult as they feel they are being lied to and manipulated.

Signs & symptoms of alcoholism

Symptoms can include:

  • Development of dependence
  • Being unable to control the amount of alcohol consumed
  • Experiencing some withdrawal symptoms
  • Preoccupation with alcohol
  • Continued use despite negative consequences
  • Difficulties with family relationships as a result of drinking
  • Failed attempts at controlled drinking
  • Needing more alcohol for the same effect

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Causes of alcoholism

The causation of alcoholism is complex and multi-faceted. There are so many different journeys into alcoholism, for so many different reasons. Every case is unique but here are some causes that commonly play a part:

  1. Biological factors: Although science is not there yet, there are several research projects which clearly demonstrate biological factors which pay a part in alcoholism. These research programmes indicate beyond any doubt that if addiction exists within the family, there is a higher chance for a child to develop addiction, and not just based on learned behaviour. The controlled studies measured outcomes of children who had been taken away from their biological parents and those who came from alcoholic parents were considerably more predisposed to alcoholic drinking than those who had come from parents without alcohol issues.
  2. Psychological factors: There is no doubt that the things we experience affect who we become. Anything from adverse childhood experiences to stress in the workplace; from relationship difficulties to grief and loss; from low self-esteem to anger management. These issues play a part in the way that we think, feel and act and often affect our relationship with alcohol.
  3. Social factors: You may have heard people say that, ‘you are a product of your environment’. To an extent, this is true. Whilst we are all individuals, our social surroundings will impact our choices and behaviour. Some people develop a problem with alcohol as a result of social factors.

Most commonly, the cause of alcoholism is a combination of factors. Most importantly, taking action is key. Alcoholism will rarely ‘go away’. A course of treatment is often required to help the individual stop drinking, resolve the underlying issues and develop the skills to remain sober.

Chris Gregory

Chris Gregory reviewed Providence Projects - 5
28 January 2014  

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