Alcohol Dependency

Alcohol Dependency – What is it?

Alcohol abuse is the recurring overuse of alcohol. Despite negative consequences, a pattern of non-stop or binge drinking can result in harm to an individual’s physical health, relationships and ability to work.

An alcoholic is someone who has a physical dependency on alcohol, where changes occur in their brain that make them have physical withdrawals if they don’t drink.

Conditions that commonly accompany alcohol addiction are depression, anxiety, guilt, regret, infidelity, weight gain, liver toxicity and other health conditions, including a strain on family and personal relationships.

Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

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

  • Worrying about when you can have your next drink
  • Sweating, nausea and difficulty sleeping if you don’t drink
  • Needing to drink more alcohol to get drunk
  • Drinking when you first wake up in the morning
  • Drinking regularly on your own
  • Attempting to hide your drinking
  • Arguing with friends and family about your drinking
  • Neglecting your everyday responsibilities
  • Participating in risky behaviours as a result of drinking (i.e. drink driving).

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.

Causes of Alcohol Addiction

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

  • Stressful environments – some people drink heavily to cope with stressful jobs or troubled relationships.
  • Drinking from an early age – people who start drinking when they are young can be more likely to have a problem in later life, partly because they have built up higher tolerance levels to alcohol.
  • Mental health problems – those suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or other mental health conditions sometimes turn to alcohol as a way of coping and become addicted as a result.
  • Family history – those with a parent or relative who is an alcoholic are more likely to abuse alcohol themselves.

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:

  • Try not to drink when you are feeling anxious or depressed
  • Don’t keep alcohol in the house
  • Spend time with friends and family who do not drink
  • Avoid situations where you know excessive drinking will be involved
  • Don’t drink alone
  • Limit drinking to meal times
  • Opt for low or no-alcohol beverages
  • Place limits on yourself (e.g. one drink an hour)
  • Ask for the support of your friends and family
  • Take up exercise or meditation to relieve stress, rather than drinking
  • Set personal goals for cutting back
  • Forgive yourself if you fail and try again.

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).

Treatment and Recovery Support at Palladium Private

At Palladium Private, our 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 and that people who deal with stress properly and have a healthy level of self-worth are unlikely to abuse alcohol, even if they have the gene for alcoholism.

So if you have underlying stress conditions and they are not identified and corrected, 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 therapists 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 therapies go deep to the underlying root cause.

The Palladium Private Program is supported by Rational Emotional Behaviour Therapy (REBT), CBT and ACT along with other client-specific techniques chosen on a needs basis. And our program is underpinned by Mindfulness Training, which has been in use for a long time but has only been scientifically explained in the last two decades.

Your treatment is accompanied by nutritious meals prepared by our passionate chefs and your body will also undergo healing, thanks to our personal trainers, yoga teachers and spa and massage therapists.

Places in our programs depend upon availability, so we ask that you contact us to check for the next available window. Our team can move quickly depending on your timeframe, so feel free to call one of our experienced consultants any time at Palladium Private on 1300 573 095.