Alcohol addiction can be a debilitating condition impacting more people than many realise. Getting help is closer than you think with the integrated treatment programs at The Banyans.


Alcohol addiction is more prevalent than you may think, and it can affect anyone, at any time in their life, from any gender, age, cultural or socioeconomic background.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 37% of individuals who sought treatment for addiction in 2020-2021 needed help with alcoholism as their primary concern. Alcohol misuse can feel shameful, and many people caught in the cycle of addiction feel guilty, alone, and lost in how to change their narrative.

Seeking help for alcohol addiction can feel daunting, but it’s an incredible first step to breaking the cycle and finding recovery.


What Does Alcohol Addiction Look Like?

Many people have seen examples of alcohol addiction portrayed in the media. These portrayals, while not inaccurate, are only a small part of what alcohol addiction can look like – usually when it has gone on for too long without treatment.

There are people who are caught up in alcohol addiction but who are still able to lead a functional life with family and secure jobs. For some, many of their friends and family aren’t even fully aware of how much they’re drinking, and they often work hard to hide their addiction from those around them.

Those who have become dependent on or addicted to alcohol – physically or psychologically – often experience:

  • An intense desire or craving for alcohol throughout the day.
  • Drinking habits they often need help to control.
  • High tolerance for alcohol consumption, so they can seemingly drink more and not appear affected.
  • Physical withdrawal symptoms when they are not drinking, such as shakes, sweats or other symptoms,

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Alcohol Addiction: How Does It Start?

Alcohol addiction is not something people consciously decide to develop. For many, it often starts with using alcohol to self-medicate to handle stress, life challenges, depression or anxiety.

People can quickly build a tolerance to alcohol, meaning they need more to secure the desired effect or ‘buzz’ to cope with their feelings. What might start as one or two drinks to manage a stressful day once or twice a week could quickly become 4-5 drinks more frequently, and so on.

Alcohol addiction is no different to any other type of addiction or drug dependence. It can lead to significant physical health problems, disrupt family relationships, impact professional lives, and exacerbate mental and emotional distress.

Those who find they’re relying on alcohol to cope often find themselves stuck in a vicious cycle of knowing they need to cut back or give up their alcohol consumption but unsure how to do this successfully and without causing further physical or mental distress.

“Thank you for helping me at this point in my life. I feel so different to when I arrived and I am excited to return home fresh and with a new understanding of the underlying issues that have caused me to run off track all my life. This was truly a life-changing experience for me. Thanks to all the coaches, PT’s, housekeeping, chefs and the clinical team for your support.”


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Discover Help For Alcohol Addiction at The Banyans

With the highest qualified team in Australia and advanced testing, the treatment programs at The Banyans help you to understand and identify the underlying causes contributing to your alcohol addiction.

Alcoholism treatment starts with exploring how and why the addiction might have arisen, to begin with. DNA and other genetic predispositions can make people more vulnerable to addiction or mood disorders. The tailored programs developed at The Banyans also help you to identify underlying emotional triggers that can lead to unhealthy alcohol use and provide you with skills and tools to manage stress and anxiety without alcohol.

At The Banyans, our tailored and flexible alcoholism treatment programs:

  • Help you understand your alcohol addiction and why you may be relying on alcohol at this time in your life.
  • Provide relapse prevention strategies and pharmacological support if necessary.
  • Work with you and provide professional therapeutic support for recovery.
  • Provide strategies and tools to live a fulfilling life without alcohol addiction.

It’s essential to be aware that detoxing from a physical dependency on alcohol is extremely dangerous if not undertaken with close medical supervision. For this reason, the Addiction Specialist Physician at The Banyans will assess if a hospital-based detox is required before a residential program.


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Alcoholism Treatment at The Banyans: What to Expect

When you arrive at The Banyans Wellness Residence, your integrated and tailored wellness program is delivered in a caring and supportive environment.

Our programs utilise a range of activities, resources and treatments to develop the right pathway to recovery for you.

This might include:

  • Physical therapy, including yoga, personal training, martial arts and other physical exercises to strengthen your body.
  • Intensive, individual psychotherapy with psychiatrists, psychologists, and other degree-qualified therapists help.
  • Integrative, innovative therapies that can help you further understand how to manage your stress, anxiety and depression, or other conditions that may be contributing to your addiction.
  • Nutritional support to learn how to nourish and care for your body in the right ways through what you consume.

Our focus on your care and recovery is truly holistic, addressing the various life domains and emotional, mental and physical dimensions that help you to feel healthy, supported, resilient and able to lead the life you deserve, free from the burden of alcohol addiction.

We are confidential, private, and discreet to ensure you get the alcoholism treatment that’s right for you and your life. If you’d like to learn more about our leading Australian residential programs for alcohol addiction, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

For a confidential discussion on how you or a loved one can benefit from a stay with us, simply call 1300 226 926 or complete the online form below.


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