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What is alcohol addiction?

At its simplest, alcohol addiction occurs when someone is unable to control or moderate their drinking.

Alcoholism signs and symptoms

Through our work with alcoholism over the years we are able to recognise a number of common symptoms. Sometimes, alcohol addiction begins slowly and augments over a period of time, passing through social drinking to heavy drinking to alcohol abuse and dependency. Sometimes the problem arises after a traumatic and difficult time, often involving grief or issues of self esteem. However the problem begins, the onward journey is painful and confusing, usually resulting in significant psychological and physical issues.

Be alert for:

  • A compulsive need to drink, and difficulty controlling the amount you drink
  • Worrying about where your next drink is coming from
  • Drinking in the morning, or feeling the need to have a drink first thing.
  • Suffering from withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, shaking and nausea, which stop once you drink alcohol
  • Becoming isolated from family and friends
  • Spending less time at work or other activities because of drinking
  • Acquiring a tolerance of alcohol and having to drink greater amounts of alcohol to reach a state of intoxication
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, restless and agitation when not drinking alcohol
  • Turning to alcohol or similar substances to avoid the effects of withdrawal
  • Using alcohol for longer than planned and in greater amounts
  • Not being able to reduce alcohol use despite attempts to curb its use
  • Continuing to drink despite being aware of the problems it may be causing
  • Drinking, or thinking about alcohol most of the time

Guidelines to gauge the likelihood of dependency to drink:

  • Regularly drinking more than 14 units of alcohol a week
  • Drinking as much as 14 units in less than three days
  • Having very few alcohol-free days each week

Approach for alcohol addiction treatment

It is an established fact that the most effective way to treat alcohol addiction is through intensive residential addiction treatment. Over the years, our key personnel have worked with many clients struggling with their relationship with alcohol. They can recognise the common alcoholism symptoms and assess the level of the problem before devising tailored treatment and support, from first steps to post-treatment aftercare.


The Mudita Cara experience is deliberately intensive and immersive in order to help you create some space between you and alcohol so that you can start to work through the reasons for what has been
happening. After helping you to safely withdraw from alcohol we initiate a second phase of residential treatment which addresses psychological aspects of the problem and often uses a combination of group therapy and one-to-one counselling.


Aftercare for alcoholics

The effort to stop drinking often calls for intensive help, and it follows that if someone is unable to control the amount they are drinking, the most likely way forward is abstinence. During detox and rehab at Mudita Cara, clients have help not only with stopping but also with learning how to stay stopped, with treatment that addresses both body and mind. When the residential phase of your treatment has come to an end, usually after 4 – 12 weeks, we show how to take advantage of aftercare services such as those offered by our Secondary Tertiary levels of care, and ongoing maintenance activities to ease the transition to life beyond the retreat. Aftercare planning comprises an important part of what we do, with the focus on relapse prevention sessions, realistic personal aims and action plans.

Addicted to alcohol?

For details of how Mudita Care can provide you with assistance regarding alcohol addiction treatment and rehabilitation, please call +27 81 037 2349