Rehab 4 Addiction

If you surround yourself with people who use substances, you may compare yourself to them and conclude that your consumption is healthier, and therefore you don’t have a problem. However, it is important, to be honest with yourself about your issues so that you can deal with them effectively.

If you are regularly using substances and experiencing negative symptoms as a direct result, you need to seek professional help. Whether it is mild substance abuse or severe addiction, depending on drugs and alcohol will never end well.

Fortunately, Rehab 4 Addiction can help you before your problem gets worse. In Allerdale, there are three main types of treatment that we can refer you for: home detoxing, outpatient programmes, or residential rehab programmes.

Together, we can identify the best option for you and put you on the path to recovery in no time. All you need to do is recognise you need help, and then admit this to others. Most of the time, you will find that people are much more accepting than you would have anticipated.

Mental Health and Addiction

Mental health and addiction go hand in hand. They both alter the chemicals in your brain which results in a rollercoaster of emotions. When you are suffering from mental health conditions on top of addiction, otherwise known as a dual diagnosis, it is imperative that you get help.

Victims of drug addiction can experience two types of mental health conditions: pre-addiction conditions and post-addiction conditions. As the names suggest, pre-addiction means that they had the condition before the addiction, whereas post-addiction means the condition developed as a result of addictive behaviours.

If you have a dual diagnosis, the good news is that treatment will benefit both your addiction and your mental health conditions. Some examples of techniques that improve both issues are: therapy, mindfulness, healthy living, helplines, and support groups.

Treating Mental Health and Addiction in Rehab

There are many forms of treatment available for people living in Allerdale, and even more in the wider Cumbria area.

If you elect to attend residential rehab – the most successful option – you will experience detoxification and therapy. The detox will cleanse your body of harmful chemicals found in drink and drugs, forcing your body to cope without them.

Therapy will help you to get to the root of your issues by processing past events with a therapist. Some types of therapy you may have access to are:: CBT, DBT, ACT, EMDR, psychotherapy, art therapy, and holistic therapies.

As dual-diagnosed patients are not uncommon in rehab, staff will know how how to deal with your mental health conditions. The most common conditions that exist alongside addiction are anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, and schizophrenia.

However, do not worry if your condition is not listed here – Rehab 4 Addiction will find you a rehab that is trained in your specific condition.

How Can I Identify Substance Abuse or Addiction in My Loved One

Substance abuse is the physical dependency on drink and drugs, whereas addiction also involves psychological dependency. Unfortunately, substance abuse can spiral into addiction very quickly and unexpectedly.

Some signs of addiction that you should look for in a loved one are:

  • Defensiveness
  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Low-mood
  • Fatigue
  • Persistent flu-like symptoms
  • Pale skin
  • Unpleasant body odour
  • Overspending
  • Withdrawing from social situations
  • Displaying changes in personality (e.g. more introverted or extroverted, more aggressive)
  • Hiding things from you

Helping a Loved One Who is Struggling with Addiction

Confronting a loved one about their addiction can be daunting. You cannot control their reaction, but you are in charge of how to approach the situation. If you remember these key do’s and don’ts, the experience is likely to be less overwhelming for you.

Do’s

  • Practise compassion: For your loved one to open up to you, they need to feel loved and supported
  • Confront with caution: Be prepared for a defensive or even aggressive response, but do not let this prevent you from confronting your loved one
  • Allow your loved one to express their thoughts and feelings: Try not to dominate the conversation; any response from your loved one is valuable
  • Recommend treatment options to your loved one based on their needs: It is important that your loved one knows exactly what kind of help they have access to as this may encourage them to consider their options

Don’ts

  • Shame or guilt-trip your loved one: This will only make them less likely to be honest with you as they will feel attacked
  • Become bitter and angry: As much as you may feel hurt, your loved one is hurting too and they need love and compassion in this moment
  • Enable your loved one’s addiction: While we recommend compassion, we advise against people-pleasing and enabling as this justifies your loved ones’ behaviours
  • Force your loved one to seek treatment: Rehab only works if the patient wants to recover, and Rehab 4 Addiction cannot arrange help for someone who refuses it
  • Rule out a staged intervention: In extreme cases, interventions are necessary. They may lead to temporary conflict within families, but this usually subsides when the victim of addiction completed treatment

Requesting More Information from Rehab 4 Addiction

To find out exactly how we can help you or someone you love, call us on 0800 140 4690. If you would rather have an advisor contact you, simply fill out a call request on our website and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

No matter how overwhelmed you feel right now, with a bit of guidance and professional support, you will find your feet in no time. It is never too late to step away from substance abuse or addiction.

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