Alcohol addiction is one of the most common addictions in the UK and can be one of the most destructive too. We know what it’s like. We know it’s a very difficult cycle to get out of. But we also know there are ways to break free from it and get your life back.
Addiction doesn’t discriminate, it can happen to any of us during our lifetime. The good news though, is that alcohol addiction is treatable. Making the step forward to a fulfilling, addiction-free life is nothing to be ashamed of. We’re here to support you whatever your story. Just visiting this page shows that your half way there to getting the help you need.
Alcohol is readily available and hard to avoid in everyday life so it’s easy to turn to as a coping mechanism, whether it’s drinking to mask boredom, to numb feelings resulting from a traumatic event or to cope with life stresses for instance. But ‘self-medicating’ with alcohol as a coping mechanism is a temporary fix that can quickly spiral out of control where your drinking becomes dangerous and begins to damage your mental and physical health, home life, work life and relationships.
Alcohol addiction is often referred to as ‘alcoholism’ and is characterised by a strong, often uncontrollable desire to drink. There are many different physical, behavioural and psychological signs that could indicate if you or someone you’re close to is suffering with alcohol addiction. It may be hard to detect if someone you know has alcoholism because people often feel ashamed of their drinking and tend to isolate themselves to hide it from others as much as possible.
Some of the most common signs of alcohol addiction:
If you’ve realised that your drinking has become a problem, it’s harming yourself or others and you can’t stop by yourself (whether you’re a dependent drinker or not) then please reach out for help. We know it takes a lot of courage but we understand and you can speak to us in confidence about getting help and if treatment at Broadway Lodge is right for you.
Your drinking may get to the point where your body becomes dependent on alcohol. Alcohol dependency is when you need to drink daily to alleviate the physical withdrawal symptoms. Dangerous drinking is when you’re drinking excessively but not necessarily every day. You do not suffer withdrawal symptoms, but you may still identify as an alcoholic and it can quickly manifest into physical dependency. It isn’t the frequency and volume of alcohol that makes an alcoholic but the relationship with it.
For someone who is alcohol dependent, withdrawal symptoms will start to be experienced a number of hours after the last alcoholic drink. Any withdrawal symptoms will be eased once alcohol has been consumed again.
Symptoms may worsen if you continue to drink heavily but it’s important to know that if you’re alcohol dependent, suddenly stopping or “going cold turkey” should be avoided as this can lead to seizures which can be fatal. If you want to stop drinking or reduce the harm by reducing the amount you’re drinking then we would always recommend that you seek professional medical advice from your GP first so that you reduce safely.
If you’ve become physically dependent on alcohol, the safest way to stop drinking is to have a medically managed detox, supervised 24/7 by specialist clinicians which is what we offer at Broadway Lodge.
Whilst the thought of detoxification may seem frightening, it needn’t be. Our specialist team of supportive and friendly nurses, many of whom have worked at Broadway Lodge for over 10 or 15 years, will monitor you day and night to ensure you’re both as safe and comfortable as possible. Our clinicians include Nurse Prescribers, Mental Health Nurses, General Nurses, Health Care Assistants and a Consultant Psychiatrist.
When you arrive at Broadway Lodge you’ll be met by a member of our medical team who will guide you to your en-suite room which is where you’ll stay for the duration of your detox. This will be in our five-bedroom medical suite called the Gordon Beard Unit which is located next to the main house. One of our clinicians will settle you into your new room and when you’re ready, they will discuss your plan of care with you. Please note: bedrooms in the Gordon Beard Unit are twin occupancy so you may be asked to share a room with a peer of the same sex for part of all of your detox.
Nurses will regularly monitor your physical health and when withdrawal symptoms start to be experienced, and it is safe to commence your detox, medication will be prescribed. Usually, medication will be reduced gradually from the initial dose each day until the detox is complete. Once the substitute medication has stopped being administered, you will still have on-going access to medical support throughout the rest of your stay at Broadway Lodge.
During detoxification you will receive education and awareness around alcoholism, addiction and relapse prevention, regular counselling support and complimentary therapies will be available to help you to relax, calm the mind and reduce any stress or anxiety.
Once your detox is complete you can choose to transition to our therapeutic programme which is where real transformation to your thinking will happen so you can gain a solid foundation to begin your life in recovery.
It may feel like a scary and long road ahead but it’s never too late to ask for help and detox from alcohol. You can read more about detoxing at Broadway Lodge here.
As the most experienced rehabilitation centre in the UK we’ll give you the tools for a sustainable, long-term recovery and a welcoming, confidential, supportive and non-judgmental environment to begin healing.
The therapeutic treatment programme is designed to improve your mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. It’s an emotional but truly life changing experience if you’re ready to learn to live in a new way, without alcohol.
You will be supported and challenged to change your attitudes and beliefs and experienced counsellors will work with you compassionately using different styles of therapy to suit you. They will help you to identify and address the underlying causes and triggers of your drinking whilst also helping you to heal any other presenting issues that trouble you whether it’s low self-worth, narcissism, people pleasing, fear or co-dependency to name a fraction of the issues that we can help you to work through.
Led by a counsellor, group therapy is held at least once a day, every day, and many clients report that these are the most powerful sessions. It provides a confidential and non-judgmental space where you can explore your issues openly, gain identification and develop self-awareness by listening to others. Group therapy is particularly useful to clients who struggle to express their feelings or who have felt isolation and loneliness as a result of their addiction. We know that it’s daunting to share your behaviours, triggers and past experiences when you feel a deep sense of shame and guilt but being honest and open is an integral part of healing these feelings. You will realise that you’re not alone and through group therapy you will develop positive bonds with your peers, feel inspired by receiving feedback and feel valued for giving support to others.
We recognise that the comprehensive programme can be an emotional experience and stressful at times while you’re learning, understanding, digging deep and healing painful experiences so we offer a range of holistic therapies throughout treatment to help relax and calm the mind and body. These include Auricular Acupuncture, Aromatherapy Massage, Reiki, Tai Chi Qigong as well as mindfulness and relaxation classes.
At Broadway Lodge you will get to understand YOU, challenge any limiting beliefs you have, develop healthy boundaries and change any unhelpful thinking, attitudes and behaviours.
If you’re thinking about treatment for yourself or a loved one then our referrals and enquiries team would love to speak to you and are available 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. To speak in confidence with a friendly member of the team or to request an information pack including our brochure and price list, please call our enquiries team directly on 01934 815515.
Clients can stay at Broadway lodge for a chosen length of time, up to 24 weeks. The longer you stay the more we can cover with you to give you a solid foundation with which to build your recovery on. If only a detox is required the duration of stay is usually two weeks.
After your treatment you’ll be welcome to join any of our free online aftercare sessions (held weekly), to keep a connection with Broadway Lodge, focus on your recovery and share anything troubling you.
Some of our treatment packages include a number of online one to one counselling sessions following your residential stay so that you continue to receive our professional support whilst you work through a process of change soon after leaving. If these are not included in your treatment package or if you would like further support, we offer online one to one counselling sessions (facilitated via video call) that are available for anyone to book after treatment and these are charged.
There are benefits of moving away from your home environment and network of contacts so that you can concentrate on the early stages of your recovery. If you choose to, we can help you to arrange third stage (also known as ‘dry house’) accommodation to smoothly transition to after you finish treatment at Broadway Lodge. We have links with many local third stage providers in Weston-super-Mare and also have our own third stage houses located in the vibrant city of Bristol.
If you’re eligible, you can sign up to the West of England Works Building Better Opportunities programme following treatment which focuses on your personal development helping you into training, education and employment opportunities. Read more about the programme here.
Yes. Dual diagnosis is common and our teams are experienced in working with clients who have a mental health illness that co-exists alongside addiction such as anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
We’d love to hear from you. If you are paying for your treatment privately, please call our admissions team on 01934 815515 (Monday to Friday) to complete our application questionnaire over the telephone or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a treatment application form to complete it in your own time. Once this has been completed, a member of our admissions team will contact you to request more information we may need or to arrange a date for an assessment with one of our clinicians to ensure Broadway Lodge will be a suitable treatment centre for you. If you are working with a Care Manager, they will be responsible for making your referral.