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Alcohol Recovery


Some people might not realise, or might not want to admit, that they have an alcohol problem. This can be a trying time for everyone involved, especially considering the effects alcohol abuse has on our physical and mental health. Let Life Path Health help today with specialised alcohol rehab programmes and treatments. 

Our group of practitioners includes psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, and 24-hour nursing. All of our addiction programmes are approved by the Department of Health and the Department of Social Development and include the following:

  • A three-day detoxification period
  • A 21-day in-patient period focusing on the physical and emotional aspects of addiction 
  • A free 12-month aftercare group for further alcohol recovery
  • Support groups for family and friends
  • Assistance with reintegration into life and work
  • Outpatient support options

By seeking the support you need, you will be able to recover your life and continue to live it to the full. It can be difficult to admit that you have a problem, but once you have made this vital first step, you can continue down the path of treatment. 

Do You Have An Alcohol Abuse Problem?

One of the first steps to take towards alcohol recovery is to understand that you have a problem. However, it can be difficult to pinpoint this problem if you are not aware of the symptoms or traits of an alcohol abuse problem. 

The following questions can help us to discover the severity of the problem and what best ways to treat it. It will take some time and honesty in order to clearly and accurately answer these questions, but it will result in an improvement in your quality of life. 

Do you feel as though you cannot stop drinking, even if you want to?
If you drink regularly, even in social situations, but cannot stop drinking or do not want to stop drinking, this is a sign of a problem. You might feel as though you have no control over your need to consume alcohol, which can be debilitating.

An example of this is if you feel an uncontrollable need or compulsion to drink, despite the negative effects that it will have your self, home-, and work-life. Not being able to stop drinking even when you want to is a major warning sign of a problem. With Life Path Health, our practitioners can map out a course to finding the root of your addiction problem.

Do you feel bad or guilty about drinking?
When we drink, we often partake in behaviour that is not usual for us. This can cause people to feel embarrassed or ashamed when waking up the following day. However, an alcoholic might feel guilty before, during, and after drinking for different reasons.

This feeling of guilt can stem from a variety of reasons. You might feel as though you have let yourself down by crossing the line and partaking in too much alcohol. Another reason for feeling guilty is that you feel that you have jeopardized your physical and mental health. Our practitioners remedy these feelings by examining all emotions associated with your drinking habits.

Do you need to drink to relax or feel better?
Many people assume that alcohol can make them feel better or more relaxed, but in actuality, it is a depressant. While this might slow down your thinking, it will likely not help you to relax or feel better. Once the alcohol has worn off, your stress will return and you will need to drink again.

Needing to drink to relax or feel better is what is known as a dependency. Dependencies often stem from emotional problems which need to be addressed. If you feel as though you need to drink after a stressful situation, then you might have a problem. Our alcohol recovery programme can help to identify positive ways to deal with stress.

Do friends or family members worry about your drinking?
You might not see your drinking as a problem, but others around likely do. If you hear concerns from your friends and family members on a regular basis, then you might have a problem. These concerns are not voiced from a place of malice but from a place of love and concern.

If your friends or family have voiced their concerns to you, it is important to listen to them. With the Life Path Health alcohol recovery programme, our practitioners provide support groups for your friends and family. These groups can help both you and your loved ones come to terms with your addiction and work through it in a positive way.

Have you ever done anything illegal to obtain alcohol?
Alcohol abuse, like drug abuse, can sometimes cause people to behave in irrational ways. This can include illegal behaviour in order to obtain alcohol. This is a serious warning sign that you have a substance abuse problem and need help to curb it.

If you have been incarcerated or arrested for your illegal activities, we can also help you to address these feelings, as they could lead to a relapse in addictive behaviour. Negative emotions and memories can often lead to issues with alcohol. Our treatment programmes help with reintegration into society, which can help you to address and avoid such behaviour in the future.

Our Programmes

Life Path Health takes a holistic stance on alcohol rehabilitation. We have a multi-disciplinary team of professionals which are available for help and assistance for every step of the way during your treatment. 

Our programmes include a three-step method, which examines the physical and emotional aspects of addiction, while also providing a life skills implementation phase. The combination of these elements results in a treatment programme that can help to drastically improve the life, health, and well-being of those afflicted by substance abuse. 

Physical Aspects Of Addiction

The focus of this first step in the programme is to focus on the disease of alcohol and substance abuse. Patients will examine relevant information to help them manage their recovery, as outlined below.

  • The concept of the disease of alcoholism
  • The physical, emotional, and social losses of drinking
  • Identificant, management, and elimination of triggers
  • Management of cravings
  • Lifestyle change application

Delving into the physical aspects of alcohol addiction can help to find underlying causes. 

Emotional Aspects of Addiction

The second step is to look at the emotional aspects of an alcohol abuse problem. This can help patients to work towards improved emotional functioning and the ability to reclaim their place in society, as explained below.

  • Examining childhood and parental influences on emotional functions
  • Identifying and understanding personal anger
  • The role of unresolved anger in a destructive lifestyle
  • The relationship between lack of emotional expression and social support in an addiction problem
  • Codependency and how family members are affected by addiction

The emotional aspects of a substance abuse problem need to be fully examined for a successful recovery. 

Life Skills Implementation

Substance abuse can often leave patients without the necessary skills to cope in society. Skills training is needed to ensure that patients develop coping mechanisms and skills, in order to remain in recovery, as we further outline below. 

  • Conflict and communication management
  • Anger management 
  • Therapy aimed at relaxation techniques
  • Stress management techniques
  • Free-time management skills
  • Application of lifestyle changes

By learning new life skills, patients can leave the programme feeling confident enough to function in society. 

Contact Us

If you feel that you need immediate or urgent assistance, please feel free to call us directly. 

Emergency helpline: 072 7900 506

*Please note that we are able to accommodate potential patients who have medical aid or hospital cover. We will be more than happy to refer you to an alternative medical practice (or medical cover solutions) if you are not covered at the moment.


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