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Private alcohol Addiction Treatment, Sweden

Private alcohol Addiction Treatment, Sweden

Alcohol addiction among executives and professionals is a growing problem in Sweden. Alcohol addiction has a hugely negative impact on individuals, their families and on their workplace environment.

Private alcohol residential rehab treatment can transform the life of someone with alcohol addiction, rebuild their family relationships and change them from an unproductive employee and a liability in the workplace into a positive and fulfilled employee.

If you are concerned about that you may have an alcohol addiction problem, or if you are the family member, friend or employer of someone with alcohol addiction in Sweden, the Executive Rehab Guide can provide you with the tools you need to find the right private alcohol rehab treatment option.

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For information about Private Alcohol Addiction Treatment, Sweden call Castle Craig’s confidential, free 24-hour helpline: 0800 0322 880. From outside the UK, call +44 1721 722 763 or find out more about the Castle Craig rehab clinic.

Stockholm Addiction Clinic is a newly started outpatient clinic in central Stockholm owned by the McCann family who has run one of Europe’s foremost treatment homes – Castle Craig Hospital, in Scotland, for more than thirty years. Learn more about the clinic here.

Alcohol & drug problems in the workplace

The importance of rehab treatment

This video features insights from addictions professionals and a former rehab patient into the importance of professional treatment for employees with alcohol and drug problems.  

Employers often ignore alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace until it is too late. Residential rehab treatment can transform an addicted employee from a liability to a productive and fulfilled worker. 

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Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has an estimated two million members worldwide. A ‘member’ is someone who attends their meetings, but you don’t have to sign up or pay a fee. At AA and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings people who have problems with alcohol or drugs meet to share their experiences and provide mutual help.

For many people, AA and NA are enough to stop them using and keep them abstinent. For others, more professional help and psychotherapy is necessary to kick-start their recovery. AA and NA are both invaluable aftercare tools. At these meetings, people who have problems with alcohol or drugs meet to share their experiences and provide mutual help.

Alcohol, drugs and the family

Addiction doesn’t just affect an individual, it affects their whole family, and it can have a devastating impact on that family. Family members experience guilt, shame, anger, anxiety, helplessness and self-reproach. They often try to hide addiction behind closed doors, to appear ‘normal’ and this can involve going to great lengths to cover up for the alcoholic – lying, covering up, pleading with the addict and making threats. It is important that family members also attend some specialist therapy sessions when their loved one is in rehab.


Benzodiazepines are tranquillisers/sedatives and widely prescribed for people with anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy, alcohol withdrawal and mania. As these drugs are legal and readily prescribed they are often open to abuse, leading to addiction. Around 4 in every 10 people who take them continuously for more than 6 weeks get withdrawal symptoms.

Users feel that they cannot function normally without these drugs and use them as mood-altering drugs. They are often abused alongside alcohol which is a potentially fatal mix. Detox from benzodiazepines is a long and difficult process, best undertaken under medical supervision at a residential rehab.

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Models of alcohol & drug rehab treatment

When enquiring about treatment with a rehab clinic it is recommended that you ask about their model of treatment. Some residential rehab clinics specialise in a particular model of treatment such as the Minnesota Model which is a well-established model; others follow a philosophy that is unique to that healthcare practice. Some rehab centres specialise in who they treat e.g. males or females, young people or adults.

Some rehab centres focus on specific substances e.g. only alcohol, or all addictions including behavioural addictions such as gambling or sex addiction, some are equipped to treat other mental health problems e.g. anxiety, eating disorders and depressive disorders. It is a good idea to find out as much as you can about the treatment model used at a clinic as well as the level of staff training and qualifications.

Alcoholic liver disease

Liver disease in the UK has increased by a fifth over the last decade in direct contrast to other European countries. Liver disease and cirrhosis kills 16 people in every 100,000 in the UK. One of the main causes of liver disease is alcohol abuse (obesity and hepatitis are the other causes). Cirrhosis of the liver is a growing problem among women whose livers do not tolerate alcohol as well as men’s.

The good news is that the liver is very resilient and is capable of regenerating itself if liver disease is caught in the early stages and the sufferer stops drinking alcohol. However if the liver disease has advanced too far then the liver cannot regenerate and this can lead to a liver transplant being necessary.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2021 by Alison