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Helping Someone With Alcohol Addiction

The Bonds Clinic
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Next available date: Enquire for more information - Skipton
Professional Training

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Helping Someone With Alcohol Addiction

This section will guide you in how to help someone with an addiction. It is important for family members and friends to recognise the signs and symptoms of addiction.

What we treat

The BONDS Clinic treats lots of patients who are addicted to alcohol. Alcohol misuse and addiction is common and if you are suffering with this, you are not alone. If someone is dependent on alcohol, it is important to seek help to detox and not to stop suddenly. If a dependent person stops suddenly, there can be a risk of seizures or worse.

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Therapy – for the loved one

Supporting someone through addiction and misuse can be very important but also very draining. It is important to look after your own mental and physical health. The following can help:

  • Counselling / talking therapies can help you get things off your chest and learn good coping strategies in thoughts and behaviours
  • Support groups
  • Don’t blame yourself!

Structured Family Therapy – during inpatient detox and/or when returning home and in receipt of outpatient care

As part of our Family Support Program, we offer family and friends the opportunity to participate in fortnightly family therapy sessions. Led by our experienced therapy team, family support sessions are excellent opportunities for the patient in treatment and their loved ones to address the ways in which the addiction has impacted on them as individual and as a wider unit.

Family support also provides a structured and supportive environment in which family members can address the difficulties that they have experienced in a healthy and productive manner.

Family members will also learn how to make lifestyle changes that will empower them to live healthier and more satisfying lives, whilst also providing the most effective support to the individual in treatment during their lifelong recovery journey.

The Benefits of The BONDS Clinic Family support program:

  • It allows out therapists to gain input from the family, observe how the family interacts with the patient and each other and learn more about family dynamics.
  • It can encourage your loved one to continue with their treatment program knowing the family supports them.
  • It offers your family member an opportunity to learn how the entire family has been affected by their addiction.

Is there any specific help that The BONDS Clinic team can provide for the loved one?

Alcohol or substance misuse can be damaging to the person and those trying to support them. Most often, supporting a loved one through addiction is draining. You may need individual therapy to understand what has happened and to help you develop better coping strategies to protect your own mental and physical health. Then, psychological therapies can help with rebuilding a relationship that has been sorely strained.

It is important to:

  • Recognise that your role is hard work. It is normal to be stressed by the situation. You are not alone
  • Set realistic expectations
  • Focus on healthy communication
  • Avoid enabling
  • Rebuilding trust will take time
  • Utilise resources available to you such as psychological therapies and support groups

Why choose The Bonds Clinic

Of the 12,000 patients that completed our 12 month Consolidation and Relapse Prevention programme 66% remain free from addiction.

97% of those that complete the 1-2 week inpatient detox treatment are abstinent on departure.

One of the most successful services in the country.


Course price: £5,500 per week, additional weeks available.

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The Bonds Clinic

The Bonds Clinic is an outcome and results driven, family run addiction treatment facility which places abstinence at the forefront of its highly successful addiction protocol. 97% of those that complete the 1-2 week detox treatment are abstinent on departure....

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