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If you believe that you may be addicted to drugs or alcohol, medical help is key.
The majority of signs will exhibit some form of harmful behaviour. This could mean that you are well on your way to addiction. If so, it is essential to seek medical help.
Below is a list of signs someone has an addiction and would benefit from treatment:
1. Physical Symptoms
Changes in appetite, sleeping patterns, and physical appearance (e.g. not keeping up with hygiene, losing weight, etc)
Increase in tolerance, requiring a higher dose of the substance to get the same effect
Flu-like withdrawal symptoms whenever not using the substance
Having injured organs due to substance abuse or other physical illness
2. Mental Symptoms
Dangerous behaviour related to obtaining or using drugs or alcohol
Taking a substance as a way to cope with emotions
Finding yourself unable to stop even after multiple attempts
Having a mental and physical illness caused by taking drinking or drugs and an inability to stop even though your health is at risk
You find yourself needing to increase the dose routinely
You are spending all your time thinking about how to get the next high
3 Social Symptoms
Interpersonal relationships have suffered due to substance abuse
Work, school, hobbies, and other responsibilities have been abandoned with excuses that allow you to avoid them so that you can focus on drugs or drinking
Lying and denying having a problem to anyone attempting to help
You avoid social situations
Keeping a stash of the substance in an easily accessible place(e.g. your car, office, etc.
How Rehab In Buckinghamshire Works
Patients receiving rehab must be willing to leave their home for around ten days. Twenty-eight days is the ideal length of treatment. This is so when patients suffer from depression or anxiety.
The general process for rehab in Buckinghamshire is set out below:
1. Initial Assessment
When patients enter rehab, a psychiatrist carries out an initial assessment. The information gained in this assessment is used to draw up a recovery plan.
Once patients complete the detox, therapy and counselling is put in place. Here, patients attend counsellor-led sessions in either individual or group settings.
Patients identify and tackle thoughts and emotions giving rise to addictive tendencies. Patients benefit from ‘holistic therapies’ to help deal with stress.
Once rehab draws to a conclusion, patients are prepared for life on the ‘outside’. This includes the drawing up of a detailed relapse prevention and aftercare plan. This plan helps patients stay in recovery for the future.
To strengthen the odds of staying in long-term recovery, an aftercare plan is offered. This allows patients to return to rehab at least once a week. This lasts for twelve months after the completion of their rehab.
What are my treatment options?
Clients who contact our admissions team will be advised on rehab options. Each case is unique, and our team of advisors will run through each option with you. These include:
Residential treatment: By far the superior addiction treatment option available in Buckinghamshire is fully residential treatment. Here patients are removed from their normal environment for the entire treatment’s duration. Patients live within the safe confines of the treatment centre, both during detox and during subsequent therapy sessions. This form of treatment is highly successful. Typically over 70% of patients receiving this form of treatment report being in recovery twelve months following the treatment’s conclusion. However residential treatment requires a higher investment both in terms of money and time. This investment is well worth the effort for those seeking a long-term and permanent solution to their addiction woes
Outpatient treatment: Outpatient treatment is typically combined with a home detox. Here patients detox from home but receive therapy at a clinic during the day. Again many of these programmes result in early relapse because patients are not removed from the substance-misuse environment. Patients attending such a programme often refer to their treatment as ‘revolving doors’ giving the persistent futility of their efforts to get clean once-and-for-all
Home detox options: Perhaps the least advisable treatment option in Buckinghamshire would be a DIY ‘home detox’. Here you detox from your own home, typically with the aid of prescription medications designed to reduce withdrawal symptoms. If you’re lucky you will have a loving family on hand to help you through this testing time. If you suffer from alcoholism or opiate addiction, physical withdrawal symptoms make a home detox highly inadvisable due to the risk of coma and death. Many choosing to detox from home often relapse within the first 24-48 hours. This is because the motivation to succeed is reduced by the onset of painful withdrawal symptoms or through the exposure of certain ‘addiction triggers’
How Do I Prepare for Rehab?
There are a few things to take care of before you enter a rehab. You want to make sure bills keep getting paid. You will also have to make sure your financial situation is taken care of before going to rehab.
It is ideal to have your family and close friends know what is happening. This means they can give their support. If you currently work, then you will need to make sure that your work duties are taken over and notice given.
Why Is Residential Rehab an Option to consider?
Inpatient rehab offers the ideal environment. It is free of substances and negative influences that would encourage the patient to relapse.
There are many benefits to private treatment which we have set out below:
It provides a safe environment with 24/7 medical services by professional
Medically-assisted detox is the safest option for all types of substance abuse
Unlimited access to the right amount of medication
Medical intervention if necessary (if withdrawal symptoms require)
Therapists and medical professionals trained to understand the effects of withdrawal are available 24/7
There is a structured daily schedule that includes group support and one-on-one therapy sessions
Support from peers who understand what you’re going through
Relapse prevention strategies for the days when recovery is tough
It is a caring place that fosters encouragement
Families are also assisted with supporting their loved one during inpatient treatment
Comfort and confidence are instilled through a nurturing and positive environment
Therapies such as CBT and DBT offer each patient the knowledge and power to tackle their issues
How Do I Tell My Employer That I’m Going to Rehab?
You are under no obligation to tell your employer where you are going. However, if this is something you feel comfortable sharing, then it is recommended to be honest. Most likely, they were aware there was a problem as it is hard to hide addictions symptoms in later stages.
Below, we offer advice to help you get your employer on-side:
Come prepared with full knowledge of your company’s drug policies
Be honest, but also be aware of your rights as far as mental and physical health leave is concerned. Do not be afraid of getting a mark on your record. Sobriety will make it worthwhile in the end
Make sure you have someone to take over your work while you are gone
What Types of Therapy Can I Access During Rehab In Buckinghamshire?
There will be many types of therapy available. This includes behavioural therapists, group therapy, and alternative therapies. Most of our rehabs include the following treatments:
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
What’s Detox Like During Rehab In Buckinghamshire?
Detox is the first and most physically challenging phase of any substance addiction. The benefits of detox are endless. For one, it provides the safest means of eliminating harmful substances from the body.
Detox can be a scary and intimidating process. But it is important to remember that our rehabs have on-site highly qualified staff. These people understand the phases of withdrawal.
Wondering what to expect from the detox phase? Below we have set out a general timeline and process for the withdrawal phase of your addiction:
Check-in with the programme team
Mental and physical health assessment
Create a treatment plan
You will have a tour of the area and an explanation of the coming treatment sessions
You will be given a prescription of medications to assist with detox symptoms
Regular administration of medications to assist with withdrawal symptoms
Healthy, regular, nutritious meals will be served to help your body recover more quickly
Sleep will be vital to your body’s recovery, so a significant portion of the time will be spent resting
Once detox concludes, medications will be tapered off
You will begin to engage with therapy sessions
After Rehab: 7 Things To Do
At Rehab 4 Addiction, our duty of care towards you does not end once you leave our facilities. We offer 12 months of aftercare for all of our patients, meaning that you have the skills to help you in the real world.
Our aftercare programmes include help and resources. This is to help you deal with emotional triggers. It also provides access to group therapy and individual therapy.
Below are some tips to help you navigate your life after you have left our rehab facilities in Buckinghamshire:
Change your social group to include only sober individuals
Determine if your neighbourhood will tempt you to relapse. You may benefit from moving if that is the case. Continued sobriety will be worth the cost
Always attend follow-up appointments with doctors, therapists, and community support groups. Structured meetings will help you cope
Give priority to increasing positive mental health by finding things that inspire and uplift you. Hobbies, new friends, or reconnecting with supportive family members are all helpful
Community support groups and programmes will be a cornerstone of sobriety, so make sure you find ones near you
It makes us feel better to help other people. Volunteering or giving up your tie to help someone else will help your mental health
Be on the lookout for signs of relapse. It is ideal if you can have friends or family members who can help identify signs before they become a problem. You can work through them with your therapist
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