He had approached me in the manner that so many other people were to follow – polite, firm, and presenting specific examples. He spoke about how he had been embarrassed at a dinner party, how he had to help me up the stairs to our apartment, and even how I had been unable to go to work on a few occasions because of my hangover.
So it was that when I was presented with the idea of going to an Alcohol Rehab in London I didn’t think I had a problem. I thought that drinking was somehow helping me “cope” and couldn’t see that every time I got drunk there were somehow more problems for me to deal with when I sobered up. Of course the only way I could find to “deal” with the problems was to drink again, which created a vicious cycle.
I rejected the idea that I was an alcoholic. After all – alcoholics are homeless, dirty people. They don’t shop at John Lewis, drive a nice car, or have a home and a job in the city. Alcoholics can’t stop drinking, but I can stop drinking for a day or two which shows I have control. Or so I thought.
It was only later that I discovered that there are many different patterns to alcoholism and that my brief attempts to stop drinking were really a sign that I had a problem.
Arriving at London Alcohol Rehab
I had formed in my mind the impression that the Alcohol Rehab London was going to be some sort of horrible mental hospital filled with psychotic patients and homeless people. I had nightmares about electro-shock therapy, frontal lobotomies, and doctors in long white coats holding clipboards and looking stern.
Thankfully nothing could be further from the truth! I was greeted warmly by a pleasant receptionist who offered me a comfortable chair in a well decorated lobby. It looked more like a health spa than a mental health hospital and so I started to relax. A member of staff came over and introduced himself as an addictions counsellor. Together we went over some forms and she explained how the programme worked.
When my husband left the London Alcohol Rehab I was taken up to the nursing station where a nurse gently took some observations. After that I saw a doctor who prescribed some light sleeping tablets to help me detoxify from the alcohol still in my system. Then they packed me off to bed.
I was very comfortable in my room. It had nice furnishings and felt a little like a hotel room. It was fully serviced so I didn’t have to worry about much at all. I collapsed into bed and fell fast asleep.
My programme at Alcohol Rehab London
The doctor cleared me to join the full treatment programme on my second day in Alcohol Rehab London. The group of people in there were much like me – and nothing like my imagination had led me to believe they would be. They were friendly and spoke a lot about how their drinking had negatively affected their lives.
It was largely due to this openness and candor that I gradually began to relate more and more with them and started to really see just how much drinking alcohol controlled my life.
It was only through the professional team of addictions treatment consultants, and my fellow patients in the alcohol rehab London, that I now have a much better life without the presence of alcohol.
I stayed in the alcohol rehab London for four weeks, seeing multidisciplinary team members like addiction counsellors and psychologists who were all very helpful and kind. Nobody judged me, which was a refreshing change from the constant barrage of problems I experienced on the “outside”.
I left the Alcohol Rehab London feeling sober, happy, and ready to face a new life. Every day is a new adventure now; I look forward to waking up in the morning! Thank you to everybody involved in my treatment at alcohol rehab London!
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