Drug and alcohol misuse has become a real issue throughout the world. The UK isn’t immune to this and as various drugs become more accessible, addictions become wider spread.
Alcohol, being a legal substance, has always been available in the UK. This type of easy access can make it harder for people to stop.
There are many people living in the Bawtry area facing difficulties and challenges. It’s common that during hard times, people turn to substances to ease negative feelings.
This is why addiction services are necessary and why they’re available to people in and around the Bawtry region.
Rehab 4 Addiction supports people living with addictions to find the most suitable rehab options for their recovery.
With the best types of treatments, it’s possible for people to quit the substances and heal.
It might come as a surprise to suddenly realise that someone close to you might have a drug or alcohol problem. For many, this creeps up unexpectedly.
People use alcohol and drugs for various reasons.
In the exploratory stage of trying drugs and alcohol, many do so around friends in a social way. This might be viewed as a bit of fun.
People seek what they might view as pleasant side effects such as feeling good or more self-confident. What can happen for some, however, is that the substance “hooks” into a person.
There are factors that make some people more likely to develop addictions than others. Genetic predisposition as well as a family history of addiction can increase the chances.
Low self-esteem can increase the likelihood as well as having been subjected to a traumatic experience. Mental health problems are also highly correlated to addictions as well.
During the life journey of a substance problem, there is usually a denial stage where people are unable to see or accept that they have an addiction. This occurs for different reasons and can make discussing it openly with your cared-for very challenging.
It’s important to maintain an open-minded approach and develop boundaries throughout your time spent around the person.
Psychoactive substances are usually categorised as being stimulants, depressants, opioids, and hallucinogens. As such, they come with a variety of effects linked to the type of substance it is.
There are a variety of symptoms you might recognise in someone who is under the influence of substances, such as the following:
Drug and alcohol can cause people to black out, throw up and have diarrhoea, have seizures and in the worst-case scenario can be fatal.
Where poly-substance abuse exists, risks are increased. People shouldn’t drive or operate heavy machinery while under the influence.
If you’re worried about a person’s immediate safety, it’s advisable to call emergency services.
Where people have been using drugs or alcohol over a period of time you might start to notice these types of signs:
Many will experience both physical and psychological symptoms. It will come as a shock to some that you have even noticed the changes due to the denial they might be experiencing.
The best way to support someone you care for who has an addiction is by being patient and supporting them to access drug and alcohol services.
Some people might not be open to this, but even where a person might say they don’t want or need to give up the substance, services can provide them with the information they’ll find useful as well as opening up opportunities linked to wellbeing.
For instance, if a person accesses drug and alcohol services, they might be interested in art or maybe, yoga, and these types of activities become available.
Some people might not want to quit the substance, but could be interested in reducing use or managing it more effectively and also in trying new activities.
To find out about all the services available in the Bawtry area, contact Rehab 4 Addiction. We’re connected to all local services and guide you through what’s available.
We can also talk to you about the substance the person you care for is taking and give advice around this.
You might also be interested in finding out about local groups that support your needs as the carer connected to the addicted person.
There are many options on offer in the Bawtry region. Whatever type of addiction your loved one is facing, there are treatments to suit.
Many substance problems also come linked to other conditions as well. Some might be linked to behavioural addiction, such as gambling and others might be linked to a mental health condition such as depression.
In these cases, it’s important people are treated for both at the same time.
Professionals are available who are trained to support a person into recovery in all areas. Treatments should address all areas. We can connect you to the highest quality recovery support near you.
Thousands of people throughout the UK are living an abstinent lifestyle.
This might, at some points, seem an impossible dream, but for every single person now living a tee-total lifestyle, this was the case and they were able to make the impossible possible.
Abstinence is achievable so long as a person is committed fully to change. In the long term, this means changing lifestyle habits, in the short term it means being totally open and honest and taking small steps each day.
It’s possible for people to become sober, but it’s hard. The way to make this challenge as easy and smooth as possible is through being supported in drug and alcohol services.
Contact Rehab 4 Addiction to find out all you need to know.
Call us on 0800 140 4690.