In South Africa, the men are very proud ??? to such an extent that they have to show others that they can consume lots of alcohol without really being affected by the alcohol. It is a common fact that the continuous abuse of alcohol mostly leads to addiction. Once again, the pride of the men would prevent them from admitting that they have this problem. Women, to a lesser extent, are not excluded as some of them are also using alcohol extensively. The advantage of women is that they are easier to admit it when they encounter this problem. Statistics show that South Africa is the 19th biggest drinking nation in the world, and number 3 in Africa, this with an abstention rate of 73%! Statistics indicate that 28% of South African men are exhibiting a risky drinking behaviour, with 5% of women exhibiting the same. The highest risk occurs between the ages of 20 and 40.
Most South Africans consider alcohol rehabilitation to be exclusively for weak people ??? those who are incapable to take control of their lives ??? and therefore, these centres are ridiculed and even despised. However, it takes guts for a person to admit that they have a problem. Remember: No one in history has ever choked to death from swallowing their pride. Therefore, an alcohol rehabilitation centre is there to help these people get back to a healthy life so that they can live life to the fullest. This is the right thing to do.
The symptoms of alcohol addiction
The symptoms are usually so obvious that they are self-diagnosable. A person who starts to get addicted, or who is already addicted to alcohol, will show some of the following signs. Physically, the person becomes shaky, sweating, and even dizzy, often struggling with nausea, and starting to crave for the next drink. These people become aggressive ??? showing a lack of restraint that results in compulsive and self-destructive behaviour, and followed by fear and even delirium. They show signs of anxiety and general discontent, with a feeling of euphoria directly followed by a feeling of loneliness or guilt.
The warning signs
Red lights must flash when someone starts lying about their drinking habits, when they feel obligated to have a drink to relax or feel better, and when they start drinking continuously. People should start worrying when they crave for a drink during inappropriate times ??? for example, before driving or going to work. When people start to feel irritable, anxious, or depressed because they feel like they need another drink, or start to withdraw from people, then the warning signs are obvious. The worst sign is when a person tries to stop drinking and discovers that it is impossible.
Rehabilitation is available
When you recognise the warning signs and the symptoms in your own life or in the life of someone close to you, please do not hesitate. Act immediately ??? before giving yourself time to think about it and discover tons of excuses why you should not do it. Help, and the possibility of a better and healthier life is only a phone call away. Choose to heal, and stop wasting valuable time and money. At Beethoven Recovery Centre, we will help you conquer your alcohol addiction by providing an alcohol rehabilitation programme aimed at getting our patients back to a life of sober living wellness.
Our rehabilitation centre offers a programme that starts with 3 weeks of Primary Care. This includes medical examinations by our general practitioner, psychological assessments and consultations, psychometric testing, group and occupational therapy, and psychiatric evaluation and consultations. Based on all the results, an individualised treatment programme is formulated for our patients.
Depending on individual needs and financial position, a second, extended phase might be recommended. Consisting of a four-week programme that expands on maintenance, reintegration, and recycling, it informs and equips our patients to get on the road to full recovery and sobriety. It is difficult to conquer an addiction, but it is possible, and our rehabilitation centre can help.
Please read though our website for more information on our programmes regarding alcohol addiction, and do not hesitate to contact us with more questions. At Beethoven Recovery Centre, you will be greeted by a friendly and professional team who will assist you to overcome your problems and show you the way to a better and healthier future.