Drugs and alcohol have devastating effects on a person’s life. People begin using substances for a variety of reasons. Without even realising an addiction can slide in and looking back the person might be shocked at how drink or drugs have taken over.
Often, addiction completely refocuses a person’s priorities in all areas, including health and wellbeing, as well as at home and work.
At Rehab 4 Addiction we know that you can gain a life of sobriety. Seeking and accepting support is the first step.
When a person removes an addictive substance from their body, it can be incredibly uncomfortable and at its worst dangerous. Toxic substances create many physiological changes within the brain and body.
As a substance leaves a person it will make the usually intoxicated body, which has become normal for a person, need more of the substance in order to keep functioning.
Substances affect the chemical and hormonal balances in a person. When the alcohol or drug starts to deplete withdrawal begins.
The symptoms of physical withdrawal can be very distressing to experience.
People will often start shaking and sweating and get sickness and diarrhoea. At its worst, people can hallucinate (usually visually and aurally) and experience pain.
A stay at rehab means there is a team of staff around at all times to make this stage of recovery as smooth as possible.
Doctors and clinical nurses aim to reduce pain significantly. This often requires prescribing medication.
For those who have physical dependencies to substances such as heroin and alcohol a detox usually lasts between seven to ten days.
There are a variety of treatment options available in the Babergh area. These can be very confusing to navigate when you’re new to recovery. This is where Rehab 4 Addiction supports you: at the start of the recovery journey.
Above, the withdrawal and detox stage of the rehabilitation was mentioned, following this a whole new plan of action can begin. Psychological treatments are absolutely essential for the most effective recovery.
For a person to totally understand the causes of addiction and how and why it still exists, therapy is needed.
People will be offered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is an evidence-based treatment. It’s a therapy that provides a simple way to understand how addiction works.
It also gives participants very useful techniques to use when they’re experiencing cravings. CBT has supported thousands through recovery in both the addiction and mental health fields.
As well as therapies, there are sessions to support a person to build self-confidence and their conviction and commitment to quit alcohol or drugs. This usually happens during Motivational Interviewing.
12 Step work is a reliable go-to structure that is used in groups. This provides an effective framework for people to be completely honest amongst peers. People often find sharing and learning from each other really helpful.
There’s no denying that quitting drugs and alcohol will be hard. It might be the hardest experience a person has to live through.
Many people living with an addiction who are abstinent still refer to having the problem.
It’s important to remember that even when a person has stopped taking a substance the problem remains. The brilliant thing is that abstinence shows that the person has taken back control of their mind, body, and choices.
Entering a rehabilitation programme will require that you understand that addiction is a life-long condition.
It requires a commitment to quit every single day. That means that you must choose not to drink or do drugs every day.
Being willing and determined to do that is critical to success. Recovery and healing are possible if a person is honest with themselves, determined, and accepting of all the support that’s required and offered.
Many people feel they want to go sober on their own. It’s useful to bear in mind that addiction is an illness that physiologically affects the body.
Just as a person would require treatment for a broken leg, or PTSD, so does a person require treatment for addiction.
There are many drug and alcohol programmes in the Babergh area. As in most towns in the UK, these tend to fall into two categories.
Firstly, there are outpatient services which means a person will remain living at their usual place of residence while accessing treatments at a clinic. Secondly, there are inpatient services.
This is what is commonly known as rehab. People go to stay at a clinic, which resembles a house overnight for a period of time.
The two types of services offer many benefits for service users. It really depends on a person;s individual circumstances as to what will suit the person more.
Outpatient services are very effective at treating those who have mild substance misuse issues. Between the person and a member of staff, it will be decided which of the groups the person will attend each week for treatment.
There are usually some one-to-one sessions on offer too, although this often depends on staff availability. (Outpatient services tend to be more stretched.)
Inpatient services are beneficial for people who have been drinking or taking drugs regularly for a long period of time.
When a person’s life has become focused on, and damaged by a substance, a residential stay at a clinic can really help. It provides 24/7 hour care from staff.
There are therapeutic and holistic treatments, and group work available throughout the day. This is a thorough and all encompassing approach to treatment.
If you’d like to find out more or get a placement on a local rehabilitation programme in Babergh, you can call the Rehab 4 Addiction team.
Our knowledgeable advisors can explain all the options available to you. After a no-obligation assessment, they’ll also recommend the most appropriate service to suit your particular needs.
Give us a call on 0800 140 4690 to speak to a member of our friendly team. Alternatively, you can also reach us through our website.
We look forward to hearing from you!