Without intervention and the right alcohol addiction treatment and help, it can be challenging to stop using. However, our residential alcohol addiction treatment program is designed to treat your addiction effectively. Our team will initially assess your medical needs with respect to detox. If this is required, this comprehensive process is closely overseen by our medical director, who designs a specific alcohol detox program tailored to your particular needs.
Once we address this, we can support you by developing an effective program that encapsulates the needs of your treatment, rehabilitation and recovery. We also guide and support you in understanding how your alcohol addiction may have developed and what subsequent impact it has had and is having on your life
Through the Beekeeper House’s compassionate and attentive approach, our qualified team of experts will provide effective alcohol addiction treatment for your addiction issues so that you can begin your journey to recovery from alcohol addiction and start leading a life free of alcohol. Speak to one of our alcohol addiction treatment specialists about our simple admissions process now.
Don’t let alcoholism control your life any longer. Get the help you deserve by contacting one of our alcohol addiction treatment specialists today. Discover how The Beekeeper House can help you break free from alcohol addiction and regain your quality of life.
Alcohol addiction and alcohol misuse are two terms often used interchangeably, but they are distinct conditions with different implications for individuals’ lives. Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism, is a chronic disease characterised by compulsive drinking despite negative consequences. Alcohol misuse, on the other hand, refers to a pattern of drinking that can lead to harmful or risky behaviour but does not necessarily indicate addiction. Both conditions require proper intervention and management.
Of course, alcohol brings with it a set of issues often not seen with other substances due to its global and social acceptability. However, that does not mean it won’t severely impact some people’s lives.
The effects of long-term alcohol abuse on the body can be devastating. Chronic alcohol use can cause damage to the liver, leading to liver disease or liver failure. It can also weaken the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight infections. Heavy drinking can also lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and digestive problems.
In addition, alcohol abuse can lead to mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. It can also cause memory loss, blackouts, and impaired judgement, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries. Heavy drinking over long periods can also increase the risk of developing dementia.
The signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction may vary from person to person. Still, some common indicators include a strong urge to drink, an inability to stop drinking despite knowing its harmful effects, neglecting responsibilities, interference in relationships, inability to control the amount of alcohol intake, and experiencing withdrawal symptoms whenever alcohol consumption is reduced or stopped altogether. For example, going cold turkey on your own is never recommended as it can bring with it some potentially fatal medical concerns such as seizures, and it rarely results in long-term success and places this individual in danger. This is why we medically assess everyone coming to The Beekeeper.
Other signs of alcohol addiction may include developing a tolerance to alcohol, which means that an individual needs to drink more alcohol over time to experience the same effects; engaging in risky behaviours such as driving under the influence; experiencing a wide range of physical and mental health problems such as liver disease, hypertension, and anxiety; and experiencing significant disruptions in daily life, such as job loss, financial instability, and legal issues.
One of the primary reasons people become addicted to alcohol is because it stimulates the reward system in their brains. Alcohol releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of pleasure and reward, and over time, alcohol use can change the brain’s circuitry to make it more dependent on the substance. As a result, people who drink heavily may become addicted to the pleasurable feelings that alcohol provides them.
Another major factor contributing to alcohol misuse is environmental issues in a person’s life. High-stress levels, trauma, and social isolation can all lead to increased alcohol use, as can exposure to negative peer group pressure. A family history of substance abuse can also be a significant risk factor for alcohol misuse, but this is not always true. Children of alcoholic parents are more likely to develop alcohol addiction themselves, as they may not have been taught healthy coping mechanisms or may have grown up in an environment where heavy drinking was normalised. However, this is not a given, and it is important to remember many people do not.
It is crucial to recognise and remember that alcohol addiction is a progressive illness or mental health issue that can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or social status. It is not a sign of weakness or lack of willpower. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating alcohol addiction or misuse, as each individual’s needs may differ, and we are very aware of this at The Beekeeper. However, seeking help and support from us will enable us to provide the tools and resources necessary to manage drinking habits and overcome dependence effectively.
With appropriate treatment from The Beekeeper, recovery from alcohol addiction or misuse is possible, leading to a healthier and happier life. Without treatment or engaging with some form of recovery programme, chronic substance misuse of alcohol is progressive and can lead to life-changing disability and a premature death.
One of the most common signs of alcohol addiction is a strong urge or craving to drink alcohol regularly, including secret drinking. An addicted individual will often prioritise alcohol over their daily responsibilities and relationships or find ways to incorporate drinking into any event possible. They may also become defensive when confronted about their alcohol intake and may deny that they have a problem. Individuals with alcohol dependency may often experience depression, anxiety, or mood swings, exacerbated by alcohol use or withdrawal when they cannot access alcohol.
Behavioural signs of alcohol addiction can also include decreased productivity at work, school, or household duties. Alcohol addiction can also lead to decreased personal hygiene, isolation from family and friends, and financial difficulties. Individuals with alcohol dependency may also experience withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, sweating, or nausea when they try to stop drinking. These are key signs that alcohol has become a chronic problem in a person’s life and needs professional support and attention.
The emotional and behavioural signs of alcohol dependency can negatively impact an individual’s life if left unaddressed. It is crucial to seek professional help or support from loved ones when experiencing these symptoms to overcome addiction and regain control of one’s life.
People addicted to alcohol often experience strong cravings for it and may even prioritise it above their own needs and responsibilities. They may frequently consume more significant amounts of alcohol than others without apparent signs of intoxication. Additionally, individuals dependent on alcohol may have difficulty controlling their consumption habits, which may cause them to continue drinking even when they know it is detrimental to their health. An example of this might be drinking at home after a party when everyone else has stopped drinking.
Withdrawal symptoms also play a significant role in alcohol dependency and addiction. When heavy drinkers attempt to quit or slow down their consumption, they may face physical consequences such as nausea, headaches, shaking and sweating. Many may not even realise these symptoms are signs of alcohol dependency and addiction.
Alcoholism is also often associated with neglecting responsibilities, particularly at work and in personal relationships. Heavy alcohol consumption can lead to poor performance, absenteeism, and even job loss when the dependence has escalated. Additionally, alcoholics may have strained relationships with loved ones, often due to their drinking habits. It can cause issues within families and friendship groups, often shattering trust and relationships.
The social signs of alcoholism can be highly detrimental and are often a cry for help, even if it doesn’t always feel like that by loved ones, family and friends. If you recognise any of the factors we have described, then you can call The Beekeeper for a free consultation call, and we will happily offer you advice on how we can help.
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If you are reading this, you have taken the first important step for those who know they need help, seek support for someone else or are sober curious.
Alcohol addiction is a serious and widespread problem affecting individuals and families worldwide. While it can be a difficult topic to talk about, it’s important to understand that there is hope for those struggling with alcohol addiction. With the proper treatment and support, it’s possible to overcome addiction and lead a healthy, sober life. This is where The Beekeeper can help. To understand the roots of alcohol addiction, individuals must first recognise the problem and seek help. This can be challenging because of the stigma associated with addiction, which often leads to feelings of shame and guilt. By reaching out for help and taking the first steps towards recovery, you can start to regain control of your life and move towards a brighter future.
The Beekeeper will be with you every step of the way and help you manage the process of getting the right help in a sensitive and enabling way. We have treated hundreds of clients with tremendous success and are ready to support you. You can have a free consultation with one of our in-house experts to discuss how we can best help and support you.
Detox is undertaken at our separate site, The Warmth, the sister company to The Beekeeper. It is a fully licensed Rehab centre by the Thai Ministry of Health. It is a beautiful centre and recently built.
Alcohol addiction can also have a significant impact on an individual’s appearance. Chronic heavy drinking can lead to red, swollen, or puffy skin & broken blood vessels on the face & nose. The liver is also often affected by alcohol abuse, leading to yellowing of the skin & eyes (jaundice) & an enlarged liver. Excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to weight gain & a bloated or swollen appearance.
When the condition has become so serious, the person may exhibit other physical & psychological symptoms such as impaired cognitive ability, such as distorted thinking, memory issues, impaired judgement, declining social support network, & risk-taking behaviours.
It is important to remember, though, that some individuals can function in a way that appears to be relatively normal, but they have developed a dependency on alcohol. These individuals are sometimes called “high-functioning” addicts or alcoholics. They may well not show up to events heavily intoxicated or demonstrate what are often thought to be the signs and symptoms of alcoholism. The signs might be more subtle and only picked up by loved ones or those close to the person. They have often developed an extreme tolerance to alcohol and, thus, usually do not appear intoxicated after consuming a large amount of alcohol.
Alcohol addiction can contribute to the development of, or exacerbation of mental illnesses on conditions, most commonly depression and anxiety, as well as others. Alcohol can act as a depressive agent, making symptoms of depression more severe. It can also increase feelings of anxiety and contribute to the development of panic attacks in some people. The mental health impacts of alcohol addiction can be severe. Chronic alcohol abuse can increase the risk of suicide and other self-harming behaviours. Alcohol can also exacerbate pre-existing mental health conditions, such as PTSD, complex trauma and other underlying mental health issues.
Additionally and importantly, alcohol can worsen symptoms of bipolar and other more complex mental health disorders, making it even more critical for individuals with these conditions to abstain from alcohol use. This is because alcohol alters the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin and dopamine, which are crucial for regulating mood and emotions. It is important to remember the emotional tolls of alcohol addiction can be significant, leading to a range of negative impacts on individuals’ physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
Our approach at The Beekeeper considers these diverse factors and the impact excessive drinking might have had on a person and their wider family and friends. Our compassionate but comprehensive approach takes into consideration your unique needs. It looks at the root causes of the issues that have led to a dependence on alcohol to ensure long-term success and recovery.
Many options are available for those seeking help for alcohol addiction, including therapy, support groups, and medical treatment. The Beekeeper can help you make the right choice.
Our programme is one of the most comprehensive in the region and has been developed by established experts in the field of addiction. Our approach is integrative in that we will work with you by combining both clinical psychology and a comprehensive mental health programme, but also more holistically through a tailored programme that addresses your physical wellness needs. This also includes mindfulness-based skills building which is evidence-based in nature and has proven to be of enormous help to our clients.
We combine various activities and treatments to achieve optimal outcomes for our clients. We ensure that these are tailored to your specific needs, so you get plenty of one-to-one time with your psychologist and time with our physical wellness and holistic team in both individual and group sessions. This enables you to begin getting to the root causes of the behaviours you seek to address and lay the foundations of a sustainable and successful recovery and lasting sobriety both physically and mentally.
From the moment you contact us for support, you will receive compassionate, ethical and unbiased guidance and support. We put the client’s needs at the centre of everything we do. As a fully licensed and accredited alcohol addiction treatment centre, we will undertake several assessments with you, depending on your individual needs, that allow you to express your treatment priorities.
We will help you plan every step of the way. You will have access to our clinical team during the assessment phase, when we will co-design the initial stages of your treatment. We will undertake a pre-admissions assessment, and during that, we will determine your detox needs (if you have any) and begin to formulate your overall treatment goals with you. Upon arrival, all of our clients receive a medical assessment by our medical director, who will develop a detox plan based on their specific needs that may be medically assisted if needed. All of this is supervised by our medical director and 24-hour onsite medical team and support staff, who will ensure your safety and comfort.
As we develop your fully customised and bespoke treatment plan, you will be consulted at every stage to ensure you understand what is going on and engage in its development meaningfully.
All of this is undertaken in privacy in the stunning resort-style centre we have developed in the mountains of Chiang Mai with round-the-clock support from our experienced team.
An important aspect of alcohol addiction treatment is addressing any underlying mental health issues that may contribute to the problem or co-exist. Many people who struggle with alcoholism also suffer from anxiety, depression, or other mental health conditions that can be more complex, including personality disorders, mood disorders, and complex trauma, to name a few.
Our approach at The Beekeeper considers this and is central to how we work with all of our clients. We have built a team of excellent clinical psychologists who are well-versed and experienced in working with clients who need more than counselling support. They need properly formulated treatment plans delivered by highly qualified psychologists and psychiatrists who will work with them to find lasting and effective outcomes they can take with them when they leave our care.
Once you have been given medical clearance and are ready to engage in the programme fully, you will have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of activities and services that we have developed based on years of combined expert experience.
At The Beekeeper, we offer unparalleled levels of clinical support through our team of licensed psychologists who will work with you on developing an intensive treatment programme to meet your goals and achieve optimal outcomes for you during your stay. You will receive one-on-one sessions lasting one and a half hours at least twice a week. Plus, a comprehensive group mental health programme that The Beekeeper has developed allows clients to identify and address the root causes of the issues they need to address to begin building the foundations of long-term and sustainable recovery.
In addition to this, our physical wellness and holistic team will begin working with you on developing a diverse bespoke programme for you that is diverse and offers you the opportunity to try new activities on a one-to-one basis. We offer the widest range of activities in the region, with everything from higher-intensity approaches to wellness delivered by experienced instructors to more restorative and gentle approaches. Offering diverse options to clients is important so you can try out new activities, keep things varied whilst you are with us, and find out what works for you.
When our teams develop your treatment plans, both clinical and physical, we ensure that they are coordinated and monitored by the team to ensure you are achieving the most out of your time with us, and we can adapt the programme to your evolving needs for your overall wellness and long term recovery.