The negative stigma attached to addiction often acts as a barrier for those trying to seek treatment.
Because addiction is so poorly presented in the media, and generally misunderstood by the public, those who need treatment fear that they will be judged, or not taken seriously, when they ask for help.
Drugs and alcohol are usually sought out as a means of escaping daily life, and so it can seem easier to retreat further into addiction than to try to overcome it.
At Rehab 4 Addiction, we want to help those struggling to see that not only is recovery worthwhile, but that it is actually within reach.
There is a famous adage about addiction recovery that says “the first step is admitting you have a problem”.
This is a paraphrase of the first of twelve steps in the Alcoholic’s Anonymous programme, but it can be applied to any kind of addiction.
It is true that, for many people, admittance is the hardest part of addiction recovery.
For some, there is an unfair element of shame attached to the word ‘addict’, and this is what stops so many people from seeking help.
With any medical problem, a person’s first point of contact will usually be their GP.
However, people who are battling an addiction might be reluctant to speak to people they are already familiar with, including their usual doctor. It is often easier to speak candidly with a stranger, hence why people seek out therapists rather than talking out their problems with friends.
When you contact Rehab 4 Addiction, you will be provided with a judgement-free space to talk at length about your current struggles, and receive expert advice.
All telephone consultations are completely confidential, so your GP does not need to know about your addiction if you don’t want them to.
We understand that it is difficult to admit when you need help, particularly with something so widely stigmatised as addiction.
There are some important things to remember about addiction:
While family and friends can play a crucial part in addiction recovery, not everyone has the option of including them.
Addiction can be extremely alienating and unfortunately has been known to cause rifts between friends and family members.
If you don’t have a support group available to you right now, it is important to build one.
By calling Rehab 4 Addiction, you can be signposted to rehab centres and addiction services that are local to you in Brentford.
If you choose to enter a drug and alcohol rehab, you will be placed with people who are in similar situations to you.
This will help you to feel more encouraged to talk about your own experiences with addiction while you also lend a supportive ear to other people who are struggling.
Once you’ve admitted that it is time to seek help for your addiction, you might start doing some research into treatment options.
The internet is a fantastic resource, but a simple “rehab near me” search will bring up millions of results, and they won’t all be relevant to you.
A lot of the treatment terms might be new to you, and the sheer number of them can be overwhelming.
Phrases like “cognitive behavioural therapy” and “contingency management” sound very clinical, and trying to read up about all of the options might only cause more confusion and a greater reluctance to get help.
Instead, it is best to talk to people who know about these treatments already and will be able to advise you on the best course of action.
This might be your GP if you have sat down with them and talked them through your addiction already but, again, this isn’t an option for everyone.
When you want treatment, you want the best, and this means speaking to a specialist.
While your GP may have an acute understanding of your history and may be aware of some local addiction services, the nature of their role usually means that their knowledge will be non-specific.
There are a number of different rehab centres around Brentford, each with its own benefits and specialisms.
These tend to fall under two categories: outpatient, where you continue to live at home and only visit the centre for appointments, and inpatient, where you eat, sleep, and attend appointments at the centre.
Given the negative press that addiction receives, you might not want to admit to loved ones that you can undergo treatment.
If you are treated as an outpatient, you will be returning home after each therapy session and submerging back into your old environment, complete with usual stresses and triggers.
If you are experiencing any shame or embarrassment about your treatment, being at home can make this worse.
Ultimately, if you cannot shake these feelings, you might decide to give up on outpatient treatment and return to old ways.
On the other hand, going into residential rehab can be more difficult to cover up, as you could be living away from home for anywhere from one week to 90 days.
However, because you are temporarily leaving your old life behind, you could choose not to disclose your treatment until you return, and are in a more positive mindset.
When you talk with one of our admissions consultants, they will ask a number of questions about your addiction in order to make an informed recommendation.
Referrals are always made with the individual’s needs in mind, so we will gather as much information as possible to ensure that the rehab centre we recommend is perfectly suited to you.
If you are ready to talk about treatment options now, you can call our admissions team on 0800 140 4690 and one of our friendly experts will do whatever they can to help.