At Rehab4Addiction we treat all addictions. Below are some main ones available at our centres.
Alcoholism is the most widespread and common form of addiction in the world. In the UK, nearly 600, 000 people live with alcohol dependency, yet only 18% seek treatment.
Sometimes, a person struggling with alcoholism is reluctant to admit their problems due to shame or embarrassment. Sometimes, they don’t immediately recognise their behaviour as problematic.
After all, alcohol is a legal substance, and unhealthy behaviours such as binge drinking and purposeful drunkenness have almost become normalised in our society.
However, the consequences of alcohol addiction are far more serious than an occasional hangover.
Excessive alcohol consumption causes serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, liver disease, strokes, cancer, and alcohol poisoning.
Mental health is also impacted. Cognitive abilities degrade, along with coordination. After several drinks, a person may feel euphoric, or delirious.
They can suffer bouts of serious depression, and have an increased risk of suicide.
The ill-effects of alcoholism are not limited to the drinker. Those under the influence often cause property damage and death via drunk driving and commit assault in drink-fuelled rages.
Heavy drinkers will lash out and abuse strangers, friends, their partner, and even their children.
Fortunately, effective treatment is available for those suffering from alcohol addiction. It is the most common of the addictions that we treat, and our comprehensive methods have yielded countless success stories.
Alcohol treatment begins with detoxification. The time it takes for an individual to be freed from the physical effects of this substance varies according to the severity of the addiction.
Long term sufferers may need residential care and medication to help them through the withdrawal process, all of which we provide.
Once detox is complete, the process of rehabilitation can begin. This involves individualised programmes incorporating psychiatric care (both group and individual), and effective techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy.
Medications such as acamprosate, naltrexone, and disulfiram may also be prescribed to assist in relapse avoidance, with the ultimate goal of sustained abstinence.
With many powerful medications available today even prescribed use for legitimate medical purposes is not without risk.
Those who suffer from serious maladies such as anxiety disorder, seizures, insomnia, and even alcohol withdrawal, are often prescribed a benzodiazepine to provide relief.
Unfortunately, this drug causes its users to develop dangerous dependencies with time.
Even when used as prescribed, patients can expect to experience side effects.
Vision and speech impairment, drowsiness, confusion, and trouble breathing are all effects of this drug. Long term use causes more serious conditions like insomnia, malnutrition, and memory loss.
Overcoming benzodiazepine addiction requires a careful detox programme, overseen by a knowledgeable treatment professional.
Withdrawal symptoms can be severe, and reducing the intake of this drug too quickly can result in grand mal seizures, delirium, and death.
We have the experience necessary to safely wean patients off of this substance and to help them to find other treatments for their underlying illnesses.
We also provide the therapeutic rehabilitation necessary to remain clean.
Around the world, the legalisation of marijuana has led to more people adopting the belief that cannabis is a safe and non-addictive substance.
It is also increasingly prescribed as a form of medical treatment. However, it remains illegal to possess in the UK, and for good reason: 1 in every 10 who use this drug become addicted to it.
Cannabis can have a variety of effects on its users. Many report feeling relaxed, or even playful and silly. This drug famously makes the user hungry. However, others experience paranoia and even temporary psychosis.
Meanwhile, studies have shown that marijuana use is detrimental to memory, attention, and learning. It can increase the risk of developing mental disorders, such as schizophrenia. And, when smoked, it damages the lungs.
It is true that cannabis does not create a chemical dependency. However, quitting still results in cravings and other withdrawal symptoms like headaches and loss of appetite.
Treatment for this addiction focuses heavily on individual and group therapy to provide support, and healthy alternatives.
Cocaine is an incredibly powerful stimulant. Users experience increased alertness and focus and feel no need to eat and sleep while the high lasts.
The inevitable crash leaves them feeling limited by comparison, and craving a return to their heightened state.
Yet, with each high, the body’s tolerance for the drug increases substantially. More and more is needed to feel the effects until finally, a person takes too much, and overdoses — often fatally.
Even before reaching that point, chronic users will find themselves in the grips of depression. They will be anxious and paranoid, subject to panic attacks and hallucinations.
Treating cocaine addiction is made more difficult by the lack of any medication to assist with the detox process. If the dependency is mild, this can still be accomplished via an outpatient programme.
Severe addictions should be handled with inpatient care.
We offer treatments tailored to each person’s individual level of addiction, including the crucial aftercare to deal with the psychological restructuring required to resist returning to this potent stimulant.
Heroin, or diacetylmorphine, is, as its name suggests, an opioid made from morphine. However, its pain-killing effect is 3 times stronger, and it is more addictive.
Heroin’s effects are particularly attractive to those suffering from chronic pain. Users report a sense of euphoric peace and a cessation of all pain and unpleasant feelings.
This sensation lingers for some time, but when the high is over, the return to reality is often too much to bear.
Those addicted to this substance will pursue this euphoric high in spite of the litany of negative effects that appear with chronic use.
The drug leaves them feeling unmotivated to do anything but get more of it, and without it, they are nauseous, disoriented, dizzy, and prone to vomiting.
Long term use can lead to liver and kidney disease, infection of the heart lining, and the collapsed veins from repeated injections.
Withdrawal symptoms can also be severe, with pain in the muscles and bones, cramps, diarrhoea, chills, and muscle spasms being the best outcomes, as sudden withdrawal can result in death.
Our multi-stage detox and rehabilitation programmes for heroin addiction incorporate the administration of methadone to lessen both the severity of withdrawal and the threat of relapse.
It can be difficult for someone addicted to sex and love to recognise their condition. Promiscuity is often characterised as sexual prowess, and chronic porn viewing and masturbation are often viewed as jokes. Yet these forms of addiction are serious and can ruin lives.
Those battling sex addiction are often so preoccupied with the pursuit of sexual gratification that they will ignore their responsibilities in favour of seeking pleasure.
They may deplete their savings buying pornography, cheat on their partners, and frequent prostitutes.
As with drugs, the satisfaction they receive will diminish over time, spurring them to engage in riskier activities. This can lead to them contracting STIs, or viewing illegal forms of pornography and falling afoul of the law.
Love addiction causes people to idealise harmful relationships, accepting abuse and another mistreatment because they believe their partner really does love them.
They may also fantasise about relationships to distraction, becoming obsessed with the objects of their fancy.
For those suffering from these addictive behaviours, intensive therapy is the best solution. Residential treatment will prove most effective, as it is the only way to provide an environment free from stigmas and triggers during the early stages.
We provide both cognitive and dialectic behavioural therapies to address these conditions, in both group and one-on-one sessions.
It has been estimated that the number of people with serious gambling problems in Great Britain could be as much as 2.7% of the population.
With the popularisation of online gambling, this age-old addiction has exploded in prevalence, and many of the afflicted don’t realise they have a problem until they face serious consequences.
Gambling can appear to offer a quick payday to someone in need, particularly when the potential payout is high. And, games of chance use increasingly sophisticated methods to lure players in, such as payout algorithms that eke out periodic wins to keep gamblers hooked.
Moreover, being able to indulge this habit on one’s phone at any time, in any place, has lent this addiction a sense of pervasive mobility.
It also allows people to gamble discreetly, making it difficult for loved ones to identify the issue and intervene.
People enthralled by gambling can become addicted to the thrill of betting on anything at all, and they do so compulsively.
They will risk their rent and bet their bill money, digging themselves, and their families, deeper into debt. Then, convinced that the only way to break even is to win, they will even resort to crime to get more money, just to roll the dice one more time.
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At Rehab 4 Addiction, we pride ourselves on the quality and depth of advice we provide to those seeking recovery from addiction. Our admissions team offer a referral service for people seeking treatment for alcoholism, drug addiction, behavioural addiction, and eating disorders.
Call 0800 140 4690 today to speak to one of our team