Although many people are able to moderate their use of alcohol, many others struggle with misuse of this substance. As a central nervous system depressant, in low to moderate doses alcohol reduces brain activity, resulting in reduced inhibitions and increased feelings of wellbeing. In higher doses, alcohol consumption causes loss of coordination, tiredness, memory loss, extreme emotionality and someone who consumes too much alcohol should always be careful of potential overdose. Although alcohol is one of the most commonly-used drugs in the UK, it can be extremely dangerous if misused. Fortunately, however, alcohol use disorders are treatable with correct intervention.
At The Manor Clinic, we understand the pain that can result from alcohol misuse, but we also know that hope exists for healing. As such, we provide comprehensive treatment that gives those who are struggling with alcohol misuse the chance to retake their lives and begin the road to recovery.
Why consider treatment at The Manor Clinic
Alcohol treatment at The Manor Clinic is a truly personal and unique experience. We tailor each treatment plan to meet the needs of those we treat, and we strive to ensure that each person entrusted into our care achieves their recovery goals. Furthermore, in choosing to recover from an addiction to alcohol at The Manor Clinic, patients become part of our family, and are able to receive continued support from us and other groups long after completing treatment at our exemplary clinic.
If left untreated, alcohol addiction can have dramatic and life-altering effects. It can be extremely difficult for a person who is addicted to alcohol to maintain good performance at work, potentially resulting in job loss, long-term unemployment, and significant financial strain. Addiction can also have negative effects on families and other relationships, straining them to the breaking point and resulting in separation, divorce, estrangement, loss of child custody, and dissolution of one’s social network. In addition to devastating a person’s external world, alcohol addiction can also harm the person’s own body, causing physical damage, increasing the likelihood of alcohol-related accidents, suicide or death.
At The Manor Clinic, we offer the best possible treatment to help those struggling with alcohol misuse, to avoid these damaging consequences.
Types of treatment offered at The Manor Clinic
Located in Southampton, this 14-bed clinic supplies high quality treatment to people who are struggling with addictions to substances and co-occurring mental health disorders. With ensuite rooms that are accessible to individuals with limited mobility and treatment methods and modalities that are proven effective in helping adults break free from addiction, this clinic is where lives can be transformed for the better.
Treating your physical health as well as mental health is also very important for a person’s wellbeing so we provide an onsite gym with state of the art sport equipment.
The team of professionals who deliver treatment at The Manor Clinic go above and beyond to help patients reach their recovery goals and are able to do so because of their expertise in treating people battling the disease of addiction. Respect for the dignity of each person entrusted into our care is revered, and the therapeutic experience at this clinic is focused solely on the needs of each patient.
When a person comes to The Manor Clinic for treatment, a customised plan of care will be devised, and will include only the most appropriate protocols that will enable the individual to recover and heal in a lasting way. Depending on the programme that a person participates in, whether it is our 7, 14, or 28-day programme, the following methods of treatment are those that can be incorporated into a person’s personally tailored treatment plan:
When a person starts their treatment at The Manor Clinic, they may require detoxification services at the start of their care. Medically-assisted detox, which is supervised by our team of medical professionals, is offered to help patients clear their bodies of substances, such as alcohol, and enables them to achieve the clarity of mind to participate in other elements of our treatment. Detox at our clinic can be administered for up to a week, though the length of time a patient spends in our detox level of care can vary based on the patient’s needs.
For patients who require medical intervention in order to manage mental health condition symptoms while working to defeat an addiction to alcohol, our clinic is pleased to provide medication management services to those who require it. Our psychiatrists are on-hand to assess the need for and prescribe medication, and our on-call doctors and 24-hour nursing staff supervise the progress and effectiveness of any medication given.
For many individuals, struggling with an addiction to alcohol can be a painfully lonely experience, with many thinking no one can understand what they are going through. At The Manor Clinic, however, we aim to eliminate this feeling and thought process by offering group therapy opportunities from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day.
During group therapy sessions, patients benefit from the support of their peers and are given skills and guidance from our clinical team to leave their substance misuse in the past. Among the various types of groups and group topics covered in sessions, the following are a few examples at our clinic:
- Patient-centred groups that focus on addiction-related topics
- Disease concept
- Working the programme
- Family / relationships issues
- Work-related issues
- Social life concerns
- Anger management
- Mood management
- 12-Step groups
At The Manor Clinic, group therapy meets most of our patients’ needs. However, at the care planning stage at the start of a patient’s treatment programme, individual therapy needs are discussed with all patients on our longer treatment programmes. If it is felt the patient would benefit from one-to-one therapy, it will be applied at a certain stage of treatment and tailored to the individual’s needs.
We support patients’ families and significant others in a safe environment to help them understand addiction. The weekend sessions help the family develop constructive ways they can help their loved ones overcome their addiction as well as caring for themselves. Our family liaison workers lead these sessions, and these staff members are highly trained to work with the primary support networks of people struggling with addiction. This support, including 24/7 telephone support remains available to family members even after the person they care about has completed treatment with us.
Being able to heal one’s mind and body are important when recovering from an addiction to alcohol. For this reason, The Manor Clinic includes various experiential therapies that are meant to help patients experience healing in a profound way. The below listed therapies are among those that can be incorporated into patients’ care plans so that the people we treat can benefit from our holistic approach to addiction treatment:
- Aftercare group
If you or someone you care about is in need of effective addiction treatment, look no further than The Manor Clinic. Our staff are available to answer any questions that you may have, and we are happy to help you determine if our clinic is where the next chapter in your life can commence.
At The Manor Clinic, a healthier, alcohol-free future awaits.
Helping a loved one get treatment
One of the upsetting realities of addiction is that it rarely only affects the person who is addicted. Instead, the effects of alcohol misuse can also affect a person’s entire social circle. As someone with a friend or family member who is struggling with alcohol addiction, you no doubt want to find help for them as soon as possible. While you cannot force them to seek treatment, the following steps are some ways you may be able to help:
- Try and learn everything you can about alcohol misuse. Resources such as Alcoholics Anonymous’ Big Book, reputable websites, and treatment professionals can all be good sources of information
- Open a dialogue about the issue with them. While this is likely a difficult subject for you both, it is important that you talk about it. During these conversations, try your best to approach them with empathy and patience. Remember that the person is in crisis and may be feeling a range of negative emotions about his or her alcohol addiction, so be prepared for some resistance. Above all, keep a cool head and ensure these conversations do not become arguments
- Be patient with them. Remember that healing must happen at their pace
- Enlist the support of family and friends. There is no need to go it alone
- When they are ready to enter treatment, discuss possible treatment clinics with them and help to start the referral and admissions process. Also, help them with logistical issues by scheduling meetings and arranging transportation, meals, childcare, and any other concerns that may need to be addressed. During this process, be sure to remain an active source of support for your loved one
- Perhaps most importantly, look after yourself. Get exercise, eat healthy, and ensure you have adequate sleep. In addition, secure support for yourself in the form of enlisting family and friends and seeking out support group for yourself, for example Al-Anon. The Manor Clinic offers 24/7 family support by phone and fortnightly family support groups for those in our care
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