Isolating through coronavirus restrictions has led to many people drinking even more alcohol at home. Throughout the UK, the number of people drinking more than 14 units a week increased after the first lockdown, according to surveys by Public Health England, the figure has remained at a similar level since. Many people will find that cutting down on alcohol without the support is possible, but others will need that extra bit of support.
At Steps Together, we’ve seen an increased number of admissions throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, while the support staff have pulled through challenging situations they’ve continued to help those suffering with mental health, alcohol addiction and drug misuse, providing an amazing service to our clients on a daily basis.
What is alcohol addiction?
Alcoholism is not as straightforward as you might think. You don’t have to drink excessively all the time to be addicted. The extent of dependence sits on a spectrum. You might be 15 or 65 and may or may not have a stable job. You might drink in isolation or be incredibly social. Maybe you have a family history of alcoholism.
Behaviours of alcohol addiction may include:
- Increased aggression
- Drinking in secret
- Drink driving
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Are you worried a loved one is drinking more through isolation?
It can be a very worrying time when someone you love is suffering with alcohol addiction. It can be difficult to know what to say and also how they’ll react.
At Steps Together we will help you, we believe you are a key part of the solution too. Family members are supported by our professional responsive teams and we work alongside you and your loved one to develop the best possible care package.
Are you drinking more through isolation?
If you are suffering with addiction to alcohol or drugs, you will know by now it can be difficult to treat without the right help and support around you. At Steps Together, we have therapists who specialise in addiction recovery who will set empowering goals to help you achieve short and long term sobriety. This helps with rebuilding damaged relationships, to release any guilt you may feel and to accept responsibility for your alcohol or drug addiction.