Addiction is a devastating illness that has the power to destroy lives if left untreated. The stigma surrounding drug and alcohol addiction is a major factor for why people often struggle to reach out to others for help.
It may sound cliched, but the first step to tackling addiction is to acknowledge that it’s an issue. The second step is to reach out for help, and that’s why you’re here. So, congratulations, you’ve taken your first steps towards recovery!
Everyone has their reasons for deciding that alcohol or drug use has crossed a threshold. Maybe you’ve behaved dangerously or inappropriately while under the influence of a substance, perhaps even putting yourself or others at risk. It might be that your relationships are beginning to suffer or that you can no longer afford to maintain the habit.
The important thing is that YOU want to enact positive change in your life. If you’re located in or around Bexley and are suffering from a drug addiction or alcohol dependency, Rehab 4 Addiction can help you!
Rehab 4 Addiction has rehab clinics all across the UK, from Bexley and Croydon to Edinburgh and Cardiff. We offer medically supervised alcohol and drug detox, followed by rehabilitation and various therapy strategies to try and improve your ability to understand and manage your substance addiction.
Alcohol addiction can be difficult to spot in yourself due to its legality and social acceptance. As many as 3 million people die every year because of dangerous alcohol use. Alcohol consumption is such a major aspect of Western socialisation that escaping the pressure to have a drink can feel impossible.
Alcohol is a psychoactive substance that interferes with the neurotransmitters in the brain (particularly dopamine). Meaning that it can repress negative feelings while enhancing positive feelings, which forms part of the addiction.
Alcohol addiction is a gradual process that results from the structural changes the substance causes within the brain. People enjoy the warm, sedative effects of alcohol, as well as the boost in confidence due to the lowering of inhibitions.
This is particularly true for those suffering from underlying mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression. Regular and excessive alcohol consumption causes the brain to physically change, called neuroplasticity, leading to poor decision-making and limited self-control.
It’s important to realise that tackling alcohol dependency isn’t about willpower, as your brain has been rewired to encourage alcohol use. However, this doesn’t have to be permanent, as it’s possible to rewire your brain through abstinence and therapy.
Detoxing from alcohol can be done safely, but for people with severe alcohol addiction, medical supervision may be necessary to monitor the withdrawal effects.
These can include increased heart rate, a high temperature, shaking, and sweating. More severe symptoms may include anxiety, panic attacks, seizures, tachycardia, high blood pressure, and headaches.
If you’re worried about the intensity of potential withdrawal symptoms while detoxing from alcohol, Rehab 4 Addiction can provide medical supervision and care.
Drug detox and rehabilitation can vary drastically depending on the substance being used. Some drugs cause a physical dependency, such as benzodiazepines (Valium and Xanax), morphine, and heroin.
Withdrawal from these drugs will lead to physical symptoms as a result of the body becoming used to the presence of the drug. There is also psychological dependence, which can lead to anxiety, panic attacks, abnormal behaviour and thoughts, and personality changes.
You may experience physical dependence, psychological dependence, or both. Withdrawal symptoms can be minor or extreme.
At the Bexley Rehab 4 Addiction clinic, we’ll help you understand the road to recovery. Drug detox and rehabilitation are difficult, but there’s no reason to go through it alone.
Our clinics in Bexley offer a range of services to help you manage your addiction. The first step for both alcohol addiction and drug addiction is detoxification, more commonly referred to as detox.
This is where alcohol and drug consumption are stopped (or in some cases, limited) to allow traces of the substance to leave the body. Detoxification triggers the withdrawal symptoms we discussed above, which is where our supportive medical staff step in.
Not only will they monitor your health, but they can also provide tailor-made medications to lessen the negative effects of withdrawal. For some people, this will be a substitute that mimics the chemical effects within the body, while others will receive medication that treats the withdrawal symptoms.
A consultant psychiatrist will work closely with you to draw up a unique treatment plan that will introduce you to various therapies and strategies. These improve the likelihood of you being able to handle stressful or triggering situations once you leave rehab.
You’ll take part in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), a 12-step programme, and more in London. This will include exploring any underlying mental health issues which may be contributing to any addictive behaviours.
You’ll also learn more about what addiction is and why it can have such a powerful effect on our minds and bodies.
Leaving the Bexley Rehab 4 Addiction clinic doesn’t mark the end of your care. You won’t be left out in the world to deal with your addiction alone.
We offer a 12-month recovery and aftercare programme to ensure that you have the support you need. You can call or e-mail us to arrange your obligation-free consultation to find out of Rehab 4 Addiction is the right facility for you.
Call Rehab 4 Addiction today on 0800 140 4690 or fill in the enquiry form.