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Understanding Alcoholism

If you’re reading this it’s likely that you’re concerned about your own or a loved one’s alcohol use. You may be feeling as though there’s no way out of the vicious cycle of drinking every day. We’re here to tell you that real change is possible. With the right support and guidance from our team of professionals, recovering from alcoholism is possible for everyone, no matter how dire your current situation may seem right now.

  • Alcohol addiction or alcoholism, describes the problematic relationship between the individual and alcohol. An alcohol use disorder is a dangerous and progressive illness that will not go away without treatment.
  • Alcohol abuse has been linked to serious physical health problems including liver disease and cancer, rehab can help prevent further damage to yourself or a loved one.
  • Denial is often the first barrier to alcohol addiction treatment. According to, there are over 600,000 people who meet the criteria for alcoholism. Sadly, only 18% seek treatment.
  • Most experts agree that abstinence is the only path to recovery.
  • It is essential that you attend support groups upon completion of treatment. Many long-term recovering alcoholics agree that being accountable, and helping others to be accountable, empowers them to stay sober. Our team will explain this to you during treatment.
  • You do not have to wait for your situation to get worse before you seek help. It can be easier to overcome alcohol dependence in the early stages of a problem, both physically and psychologically.

How We Can Help

Since 1996, our rehabilitation centre in Bournemouth has helped thousands of people from all over the UK to stop drinking through a combination of medical and therapeutic interventions. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary tools to help you heal from the destructive behaviours associated with alcoholism. As part of your treatment plan, our medical team will conduct an assessment to better understand your health, and may provide you with a detox plan to comfort you during the withdrawal phase of treatment. Upon completion of your detox programme, our therapeutic team will then guide you through the healing process with a combination of evidence-based therapies, holistic therapies, and character building exercises.

While there are many types of programmes & treatment options in the UK – such as detox facilities, community treatment, 12-step fellowship meetings and home detox services, residential treatment will always offer the most comprehensive and structured form of treatment, especially to monitor and help with any withdrawal symptoms.

You’re in safe hands with us, and our goal is to help nurture you in a safe environment by providing you with the necessary tools to sustain long-term abstinence from drink. Rehab for alcohol is only the beginning of your recovery journey, and to help support you and your loved ones during and after rehab, we offer family support & aftercare as part of our treatment offering.

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Are you unsure as to whether you need alcohol treatment? Perhaps you’re concerned about a loved ones drinking habit? We offer a free alcohol addiction assessment to anyone concerned. The assessment will take no longer than 30 minutes and will be carried out by a trained addiction counsellor. The free addiction assessment done by telephone will cover questions about your history with alcohol, mental health and use of other substances.

What to Expect from Alcohol Addiction Treatment

You will be assessed by one of our doctors when you arrive for treatment. Our in-house GP at the Providence Surgery will agree with you a detox regime to ensure you are comfortable and safe from severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms, such as Delirium Tremens. You will be supported and supervised by staff during this period. In conjunction with your detox, you will be engaging with a residential programme from Day 1.




Full Assessment


Detox (if required)


Rehab Programme

Our programme has been carefully designed to help individuals address their alcoholism and the underlying issues at play, as well as to develop the skills needed to stay sober long term.

The programme lays a solid foundation upon which you can build on your recovery. As all of our clients are unique, treatment plans are tailored to the individual and can vary in length and intensity. Primary treatment will range from 4-6 weeks, and those that wish to stay longer can extend treatment at a weekly cost.

  • Immediate admissions, no waiting times for treatment.
  • Sober Transportation to Providence Projects from anywhere in the UK.
  • Opportunity to undertake detox safely with professional support
  • Opportunity to address underlying issues or trauma that led to addictive behaviours
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation programme, designed and delivered by expert addiction therapists
  • A supportive environment for mental health issues and a great location to start your recovery
  • Aftercare provisions and family support services.

I have just spent 28 days at Providence Projects for alcoholism. It has been such a journey. I was rather frightened when I first entered, but this programme is extraordinarily well thought out.
Kate McConnell
October 22nd

What's Included?

Your bespoke treatment will include:

  • Medically-assisted alcohol detox (if required)
  • 1-1 counselling
  • Structured group therapy
  • Exercise Classes
  • Workshops & Lectures
  • Fun activities
  • Alternative therapies
  • Music & Art therapy
  • Aftercare & Family support

We have successfully helped thousands of individuals to recover from alcoholism since 1996. Our treatment model incorporates the latest, evidence-based therapies, such as group therapy, CBT, motivational interviewing, and relapse prevention strategies.

The secondary phase of treatment at Providence Projects, is a great way to solidify the progress you have made during the primary treatment phase. This is optional and will be offered to you before and during your addiction treatment.

Statistics show that clients who attend extended programmes are less likely to relapse in the future, and so secondary care is designed to offer additional protection.

Our admissions team are here to support you through the alcohol recovery process. Speak to us via phone, email or Livechat today.

Support for Families

Support from your family during your alcohol rehab

Alcoholism is a family illness. The ripple effects of this disease mean it can often be more detrimental to family members than to the alcoholic themselves. As part of our comprehensive alcohol rehab programme, we place great emphasis on including the family in their loved one’s treatment, as research has shown that support and involvement from family members can make all the difference to a person’s recovery.

Family support is offered to all clients, where our team will facilitate telephone meetings for loved ones affected by alcoholism. This can be extremely beneficial to all parties: by communicating honestly and openly, past issues can be addressed, and the whole family can start to heal.

Topics such as setting boundaries and roles within the family are all covered as part of these meetings. We aim to make our services accessible to everyone, regardless of geography. That’s why our focus is to provide online and skype counselling.

Support for Families

Preventing an Alcohol Relapse

What happens when clients complete rehab for alcohol is just as important as the progress they make whilst they’re with us. As such, we offer a range of aftercare & relapse prevention programmes here at Providence Projects. As clients come towards the end of their alcohol addiction treatment, the team will look to develop an individualised aftercare plan and relapse prevention plan. This will vary considerably depending on the nature of their alcohol consumption, their career, mental health and relationship status, family set up, and safety of living accommodation.

All these factors and more will be taken into account before agreeing an appropriate course of aftercare. As well as our dedicated aftercare provisions, we also works closely with other treatment providers in the UK.

Aftercare & Support

Why Choose Us?

Finding the best alcohol treatment for you is vital to long-term recovery and success. Alcohol rehabilitation at Providence Projects is successful because we incorporate leading, cutting-edge therapies, designed specifically to explore and address the individual’s problem drinking.

Here are just a few more reasons why you should choose our rehab centre for treatment:

  • We have a ‘Good’ rating from the CQC
  • We have hundreds of positive Google reviews from real clients
  • We offer one of the most affordable rehab programmes in the UK
  • Many of our addiction counsellors, therapists and support workers are in recovery themselves
  • We can collect you from your home and bring you to us safely.
  • We have helped thousands of individuals and their families recover from alcoholism.

Why Choose Us?

NHS Support Services for Alcoholism

Contrary to popular belief,  the NHS does not provide alcohol rehab. However, the NHS does provide local outpatient addiction treatment services.

There are two ways of funding rehab: the first is to pay privately and the other is to apply for local authority funding. This involves engaging with your local drug and alcohol service and making an application for detox and rehab funding.

This may secure you a place at a private rehab for alcohol detox and treatment, but the process is often lengthy and by no means a guarantee.

For more information around funding or free addiction services, please click on one of the below links.

Public Health England –
Drink Aware –
Alcoholics Anonymous –
NHS Alcohol Support –
Alcohol Concern –
National Association for Children of Alcoholics –

NHS treatment options

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Additional alcohol rehab FAQs

What is alcohol rehab like?

Alcohol rehab is an intensive therapeutic environment which aims to build a strong foundation for a sustained recovery from addiction. Routine and structure play a fundamental part in most treatment programmes, and days are packed with therapies, workshops and group activities.

Are the staff fully qualified?

We have a team of expert addiction counsellors who are leaders in their field. Nearly all of our clients’ feedback highlight the difference the staff members make to their overall experience, and how the people they meet here create a warm, safe and supportive environment which makes Providence the special place that it is.

Our team of counsellors, doctors and administrative staff are dedicated to helping people get well. They have a whole host of qualifications and experience, which can all be found on our Meet the Team page. As the safety of our clients is always our first priority, all of our staff undergo rigorous checks prior to being employed. Please do come and pay us a visit, we’d love to show you around for you to see for yourself what our alcohol rehab centre is like.

How do I know if alcohol rehab will be successful?

It can be difficult to measure the success rate of alcohol rehab, as unfortunately addiction is a relapsing disease.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, between 50% – 90% of alcoholics will have at least one relapse during their first four years of recovery. However, this doesn’t have to be the case.

The way someone embraces a rehab programme and the extent to which they put into practice the tools they learn in rehab to help them stay sober, the better their chances of achieving lasting and successful recovery from alcoholism. Relapse doesn’t have to be your story. Indeed, research indicates that completing an alcohol treatment rehabilitation programme can significantly increase an individual’s chances of not only avoiding relapse, but also minimizing the negative effects if they do have a relapse.

Choosing an alcohol rehab programme which is well-established, with a variety of therapies and workshops on offer, and which has consistently strong and recent reviews from past clients and their families, are all good signs that you’re seeking help from the right people.

What do I need to bring to alcohol rehab?

We tell our clients to pack as if they’re going on holiday for a couple of weeks, and to please limit their luggage to one large suitcase and one holdall bag. Bring comfortable clothes, some food and drink provisions, a bag of toiletries and other home comforts you may need. We would ask clients to leave laptops and iPads at home, unless they need these for work requirements or want to bring a kindle for reading. There are televisions in every house.

Will I be able to have visitors during treatment?

Here at the Providence Projects, we have seen first-hand the benefits of involving family and friends in their loved one’s ongoing recovery. Much research has been done to highlight just what a difference this makes.

That’s why we offer family days for those affected by their loved one’s alcoholism, as well as family therapy meetings, and regular visits. Visits take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and clients are asked to complete a visit request form prior to their visit, which is then reviewed by our therapeutic team.

Are you a CQC Registered?

Yes, we are CQC registered with a rating of ‘Good’. This was last updated in March 2022.

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