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How to safely detox from alcohol this Christmas


Christmas should be a time of celebration, family and cheer. However, if you are suffering from alcohol addiction the festive season can be a living nightmare. In this blog, Port of Call gives you our six-step guide to safely detox and enjoy an alcohol-free Christmas. If you think you may have an alcohol problem, we can help find a rehab that is right for you. 

With temptation at every turn at this time of year, detoxing from alcohol can seem like an impossible task. However, we happen to think that if you’re concerned about your relationship with alcohol then the best time to address the issue is now. Don’t put things off for the festive season, take action this month and give yourself the gift of recovery – it’s something you’ll treasure for life, not just for Christmas.

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To help you on your way, here’s our six-step guide to sobriety.

1. Recognise your alcohol problem

Alcohol abuse becomes alcoholism when a person begins to experience a loss of control when drinking and withdrawal symptoms when they don’t drink. Tolerance is the first sign of a physical dependency, meaning that you have to drink increasingly greater amounts to achieve the desired effect. Sound familiar?

2. Seek alcohol support

If those symptoms apply to you, it’s important to get help – preferably in time for Christmas, but certainly as soon as you can. These first two steps can be the hardest part of the process, especially when talking to family, friends or colleagues about your condition. Alcoholism, like any addiction, is a progressive illness. The sooner you seek help, the better your chances of recovery.

3. Speak to an addiction specialist

Speak to one of our professional advisers today, for free and in complete confidence, to discuss your various treatment options. Just call 0800 002 9010 or email help@portofcall.com and we’ll get back to you right away to assess to your needs and suggest some suitable treatment options.

4. Choose an alcohol rehab

Once you’ve spoken to one of our addiction specialists, you’ll have a much clearer idea of what treatments are available to you. Following our discreet and decisive guidance, choose a private alcohol rehab that best fits your needs and we’ll book you in.

5. Undergo alcohol detox

Detox is often the start of the journey. It is typically carried out at a private alcohol detox facility (normally in rehab), which has the medical expertise to facilitate a safe and comfortable alcohol withdrawal. Alcohol detox normally lasts three to 14 days, depending on the person and the severity of their alcohol abuse.

6. Find alcohol counselling

Once safely detoxed, alcohol rehab programmes then help you to address the psychological aspects of alcohol addiction and acquire the tools you’ll need for long-term recovery. Rehab programmes generally include various different forms of therapy and counselling. It is also a good idea to seek peer support at a group like Alcoholics Anonymous.

Make us your first Port of Call. If you, or a loved one, are dealing with alcohol addiction we can help you to access the right addiction help at the right time. Take the first step today by speaking to one of our advisers for free on 08000029010.

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