Alcohol Addiction Treatment:
Everything You Need To Know


Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Not many people readily admit that they need alcohol addiction treatment, or that they have an alcohol abuse problem, even when it is obvious to everyone around them. The first step towards alcohol abuse treatment and recovery is to accept that you have a problem.  

Understanding the symptoms of an alcohol problem can help us to tailor our alcohol addiction services to your specific needs. It will also help you to overcome your alcohol abuse behaviours.


What Is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism, or alcohol use disorder, is a chronic medical condition that involves the consumption of alcohol on a compulsive level, despite the undeniable evidence of negative consequences arising from the alcohol use.

An alcohol use disorder has two components: the impaired or loss of control over the alcohol use, and the adverse consequences to your overall well being. 

Some of the emotional aspects related to alcoholism that we address in our alcohol addiction treatment programme include:

  • Feeling guilty or ashamed about your alcohol use
  • Feeling the need to lie or conceal from others your drinking habits
  • Feeling the need to drink to improve your mood, to relax, or just to feel normal
  • Drinking more than you intended to on a regular basis
  • Deliberately isolating yourself from others in order to drink
  • Feeling the need to choose alcohol over other responsibilities or activities

Binge drinkers often exclude themselves from having an alcohol problem. Binge drinking is the consumption of a large volume of alcohol over a short period of time, but not necessarily on a daily basis.

Many binge drinkers are alcoholics in the early stages of the illness. Much of the damage caused through alcohol use is by binge drinkers. It does not always mean an individual will become an alcohol addict, but it can lead a vulnerable person down this path.

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Alcohol Abuse Symptoms

We have years of experience in treating alcohol addiction in Cape Town, and so we understand the symptoms involved and what to look out for.

Some of the symptoms include:

  • Repeated failed attempts to cut down your alcohol use
  • Choosing to drink at inappropriate times or places
  • Actively seeking places where there is alcohol and avoiding places without it
  • Changing friendships and relationships to suit drinking needs
  • Feeling annoyed when people criticise your drinking
  • Depending on alcohol for daily functioning
  • Feeling guilty about the amount of alcohol that you drink
  • Blacking out with no clear recollection of what happened while you were drinking
  • Needing to have a drink in the morning to steady your nerves

Alcohol abuse withdrawal symptoms arise when you are unable to access alcohol. Withdrawal symptoms include the following and are hard evidence of an alcohol abuse problem:

  • Increased anxiety or jumpiness
  • Shakiness or trembling of the body
  • Increased sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Insomnia or broken sleep
  • Feelings of depression
  • Increased irritability or mood swings
  • Increased fatigue or tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headaches

More severe withdrawal symptoms such as hallucinations, confusion, seizures, fever, and agitation can be life threatening. Good Hope is one of the few alcohol addiction help centres in Cape Town with medical grounding, so we are able to manage these symptoms.

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What Are Treatment Options For Alcoholism?

Alcohol addiction treatment is complex and challenging. The most successful treatment outcomes for people suffering from alcohol abuse are when there is motivation to become sober. However, motivation is not an exclusion clause for treatment.

Alcohol Addiction Rehab

One of the more effective alcohol addiction treatment programs is an inpatient clinical program. For this purpose, Good Hope has partnered with the Rustenburg Clinic in Cape Town, which has had extensive experience in treating alcohol related problems. The standard recommended program is 42 days, but this can be extended depending on the patient. The program will assist with the withdrawals and detoxification and provide you with the tools to deal with a sober lifestyle without resentment or regret.

12 Step Programmes And Other Support Groups

Many people choose the 12 Step Programme or other similar self-help options. While these support programmes are non-professional, they have a track record in maintaining sobriety.

These sober communities can help you to maintain the progress you are making, and help you to deal with the challenges you might face with everyday sober living.

Alternative Options

You might also benefit from alternative treatments, including drug therapy, counseling, or nutritional changes.

A doctor may prescribe certain drugs to help certain conditions, such as antidepressants, or other medications for other emotional conditions.

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Take The Road To Recovery

Having a better understanding of alcohol abuse will aid in your recovery process. Good Hope provides alcohol addiction services to help treat not only the problem, but help you to understand the root cause of the problem. 

By admitting you have a problem, you are taking the first step on your journey towards sobriety and alcohol abuse help. Speak to us today about your journey to reclaiming your life.