Rehab 4 Addiction

Has your drug or alcohol addiction started to have a serious impact on your life?

Perhaps it’s damaging your health, relationships or your career?

If so, it may be time to seek professional help.

At Rehab 4 Addiction, we can help you to access the right treatment to suit your needs and your budget.

Signs Of Addiction

The first question crossing people’s minds when they use regularly is whether they are addicted.

There are, more often than not, parallel signs of addiction across all substance abuse.

Frequent intoxication from drugs or alcohol may lead to substance abuse.

Substance abuse tends to stem from recreational use or drinking, normally in social settings.

The reason addiction is referred to as a disease is because it can be progressive, and can stem from genetics and environments.

The classic tell-tale signs of addiction (drugs or alcohol) include:

  • Higher tolerance
  • Frequent use (daily)
  • Experiencing intense cravings
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Failed attempts at stopping or reducing use
  • Change in daily habits such as sleeping or eating
  • Worsening hygiene
  • Missing or failing to engage in usual activates
  • Isolation and relationship issues
  • Financial problems

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Addiction tends to take a large toll on emotions and mental health, normally leading users to become mentally ill with anxiety or depression, along with irritability and confusion when trying to reduce alcohol or drug consumption.

There are a few tests you can take yourself at home to give you a basis on addiction.

This is not final, nor is it 100% accurate as you may be in denial.

However, these tests will give you an idea as to whether you may have an issue with drugs and alcohol.

Drug And Alcohol Questionnaires

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These questionnaires are designed to be less intrusive than asking a patient or a friend directly if they have a problem.

This can lead to them becoming more isolated and become defensive.

There are fewer tests for drug abuse, but all are founded on these types of questions:

  1. Are you worried about yourself or a loved one’s using?
  2. Do you take drugs for anything other than medicinal reasons?
  3. Do you ever engage in multiple drug use at the same time?
  4. Do you use daily and struggle to stop?
  5. Have relationships with family and friends struggled as a result of use?
  6. Do you tend to lie about your use?

CAGE Questionnaire

The CAGE questionnaire is a series of questions that medical professionals can use in order to determine whether you or someone else is dependent on alcohol.

CAGE is derived from:

  1. Cut Down: Have you ever felt as though you should cut down your drinking?
  2. Annoyed: Have people annoyed you by criticising your drinking habits?
  3. Guilty: Have you previously felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
  4. Eye-Opener: Have you ever had a drink in the morning, to steady nerves or to rid of a hangover?

Responses to the questions are scored a 0 for a no and 1 for a yes.

Higher scores are a signal of drug and alcohol dependency and issues.

A score of 2 or more is considered to be clinically substantial.

Steps Before Rehabilitation: Intervention And Mediation

Treating drug and alcohol disorders can often start with intervention.

Interventions are beneficial because they are tailored for individual needs and comfort.

Interventions give the user an option to try and change their behaviours before the need for rehabilitation, which unfortunately has negative connotations and social stigma.

Recognising that you need help is the first step to changing behaviour.

Types of Intervention:

  • Simple Intervention: a more 1:1 style, as sometimes a conversation with a loved one is enough to open their eyes to change.
  • Classical Intervention: also known as the Johnson Model Intervention, it includes all members but the user to discuss options.
  • Family Intervention: depending on the family framework, the individuals in the family discuss their concerns about the loved one’s substance use, helping to strengthen the bonds between the family.
  • Crisis Intervention: once the addict has reached a crisis in their lives that proves they require rehabilitation, they become a danger to themselves and others. In these tough-love situations, planned intervention is a must.

The CRAFT Approach

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The CRAFT intervention is a process with 3 main goals:

  1. Influence the addicted individual to seek and accept rehab treatment
  2. Target a reduction regarding the frequency of use and quantity of substance
  3. Engage in life changes, with concerned others such as family and friend

CRAFT stands for community reinforcement approach and family training.

It is a behavioural approach, mainly stemming from psychotherapy aimed to treat addiction.

Research has shown that CRAFT is a highly effective approach in increasing the likelihood that someone will accept their addiction and move forward with treatment.

It has also been proven to improve relationships, helping to maintain bonds with friends and family whilst their loved one copes with substance use.

Camden’s Addiction Profile

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According to Camden’s profile of alcohol and substance misuse, there are over 15,000 residents that used drugs in 2012.

Of the 15,000, over 6000 used class A drugs.

Camden has one of the largest cocaine-using populations in all of London.

An example of Camden’s issues is proposed in a recent public study, of which the results were:

This is just a small sample of the data provided by the profile, but it is worrying nonetheless.

It is clear that there is a younger drug demographic in this area of London.

This might be why it’s been labelled as the ‘Amsterdam of the UK’.

Breaking The Misconceptions: Treatment Costs And Types

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The most common understanding of rehabilitation is the result of high-profile celebrities attending expensive private centres.

This is a common misconception, and if corrected could lead to users and addicts finding help more often.

There are two main types of treatments, inpatient and outpatient.

  • Outpatient: the user continues to live at home and attend counselling and appointments every week over a set period of time. These are usually NHS funded but have long waiting lists.
  • Inpatient: Inpatient treatments are in the name, the user will temporarily move into the facility and follow a tailored and structured treatment plan. These are normally more expensive and private, as you will receive around the clock care and tailored treatment plans. However, these prices are usually flexible and can cost around £500 a day. Some private centres can charge from £1000 to £10,000 a week, so you must do your research into what you will receive for the price.

Rehabilitation generally lasts a minimum of 7 days for an initial detox, but treatment will often last as long as a month.

This allows the user can focus on rehabilitation and therapy.

The length of stay needed to address drug abuse will entirely depend on the rate and potency of the substance in question, but generally requires longer than alcohol treatment.

NHS And Health Insurance

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It’s commonly believed that alcohol and drug rehabilitation is not covered by private health insurance.

More often than not, it is.

The difficulty lies in whether addiction is seen as a disease, in conjunction with standard illness usually covered by insurance.

If you need rehabilitation, you are entitled to NHS care, following a conversation with a GP.

There are also charities and private treatments that can aid rehabilitation.

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How do I get NHS help?

Appointment with GP: You will be quizzed on use, life situations and possibly asked to provide a sample of urine or saliva. They will suggest local support groups and appoint you a key worker to support you going forward.

Assigned a treatment plan such as:

You may be offered outpatient treatment, or inpatient if your addiction is worse.

It is difficult to obtain funding for rehab through the NHS, as you have to go through a rigorous process to receive it, including appeals to funding committees.

These committees are administrated by the local council, which can take months to receive an answer.

Particular employee insurance policies also cover the cost of rehab.

However, anyone attempting to access these services will often need to disclose their condition to their employer, which not everyone is comfortable doing.

Detox And Rehabilitation In Camden

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Alcohol

Alcohol can be physically and psychologically addictive, much like drugs.

Alcohol dependence normally includes:

  • Excessive drinking
  • Alcohol cravings
  • An inability to control drinking
  • Increased tolerance to alcohol

The biggest sign of alcohol dependency is withdrawal, following intense cravings and feeling the ‘need’ for alcohol at most times of the day.

When you drink regularly and in large amounts, you may start to experience withdrawal symptoms if you don’t drink.

These can include:

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If you want to stop or control your drinking, but you are struggling or feel like you can’t, you may be in need of help.

If you have given up activities, or alcohol is causing a problem, you should consider rehab facilities and therapies proven to help dependency.

Part of rehabilitation for alcohol withdrawal can include substitute medications.

These medications are appropriate for outpatient rehabilitation programmes, helping reduce the withdrawal symptoms and prevent more dangerous reactions.

One popular type of medication is Chlordiazepoxide, also known as Librium.

It has a “wide therapeutic window” and is ideal for detoxing.

This is usually carried on over the space of 10 days, but is flexible depending on the level of dependency.

This is accompanied by emotional therapy, designed to tackle the root causes of addiction to prevent relapse and triggers.

There are other medications, such as:

  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Oxazepam (Serax)
  • Phenobarbital

Cocaine, Heroin And Cannabis

Cocaine

Unlike alcohol, cocaine is not physically addictive, so you won’t get physical withdrawals as you do with heroin and alcohol.

Because of this, cocaine detox doesn’t exist.

Cocaine raises levels of dopamine once administered, and after repeated use, your tolerance will increase.

Once your tolerance for cocaine is high, you will start to feel mentally imbalanced, feeling emotions such as depression if you try and withdraw ‘cold turkey’.

The most common changes when quitting cocaine are behavioural, including changes in personality.

Individuals can feel more frustrated and feel anxious once the mental health issues start to kick in, including risks of paranoia.

Cannabis

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Like cocaine, cannabis is not physically addictive.

Cannabis is also known as marijuana or weed, and is the most commonly used substance in the UK presently.

Typically smoked or cut with tobacco, cannabis affects the nervous system, inducing feelings of relaxation.

However, cannabis can also cause disassociation with time and space, including anxiety and paranoia.

Heroin

Heroin is an opiate, deriving originally from poppies.

Heroin addiction has detrimental effects on both physical and mental health, including:

  • Poor mental functioning
  • Seizures and shaking
  • Heart issues and blood clots
  • Itching of skin, with uncontrollable urges

The clearest signs of heroin addiction are:

  • Needle marks and clothes to cover them
  • Increased sleep
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Social Withdrawal and isolation
  • Lying and stealing

Heroin is a more physically addictive drug than cocaine.

Subsequent Treatment

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As previously mentioned, intervention and the CRAFT approach are the first steps for drug use, with a high success rate.

Following intervention:

  • Detoxification process: the removal of harmful chemicals from the body in a detoxification clinic. This can last from 7 to 14 days depending on the level of dependency and usage, but can also be shorter.
  • Rehabilitation Addiction Treatment: this includes programmes for therapy and holistic treatment. This lasts around 28 days and is either inpatient or outpatient treatment.
  • Therapies: there are multiple therapies on offer in Camden for drug and alcohol abuse.

Therapies For Addiction

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Below, we outline some of the common forms of addiction therapies you can benefit from when undergoing drug and alcohol rehab in Camden:

This is commonly used to treat mental problems associated with addiction such as anxiety and depression.

It is based on your thoughts and feelings around addiction, to help you break out of the cycle of addiction you are in.

CBT breaks down problems into smaller and manageable parts to help cope and change negative patterns.

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It aims to help the user understand and accept feelings they find difficult, developing skills to manage negative emotions.

This helps a user to accept negative behaviour, letting you move on to accomplishing reachable goals.

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  • Holistic therapy

Holistic therapy is a treatment for the whole body, rather than addressing specific symptoms.

Holistic therapy helps users to improve other parts of their life, increasing their general wellbeing and giving them a better chance of beating addiction.

This is usually done through:

This is a practice of self-care and well-being, placing the whole body as a responsibility for the user.

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12 step facilitation (TSF) treatments are designed to help users get sober from alcohol and other drugs by encouraging community participation.

TSF’s are primarily focused on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), integrating network support with cognitive behavioural problem-solving.

These 12 step support groups have the same steps, based on admitting your susceptibility to addiction, giving your life over to a higher power (whatever that may be), and finally resolving to change your life and make amends.

You can find your nearest AA meeting on this website.

Relapse Prevention: Aftercare

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Rehab and therapy are designed for long-term success.

Relapse prevention skills are a key part of rehab, allowing people to maintain their sobriety once they leave.

Common causes of relapse are:

  • Boredom or stress
  • Money or relationship issues
  • Specific places or people linked to previous use

Many therapies and drug treatments aim to educate users, involving prevention techniques to maintain a consistent path to recovery.

With this in mind, recovery is rarely linear, meaning a relapse is quite normal and nothing to be ashamed of.

Some relapse prevention techniques to implement into daily life:

  • Self-care: Many withdrawal symptoms include fatigue and anxiety, which are also common triggers of relapse. However, by keeping on top of a regular sleep pattern, healthy life choices such as exercise, and a balanced diet, these triggers can be kept to a minimum.
  • Mindfulness and Meditation: This concept teaches those in recovery to be more self-aware. This awareness also links to holistic therapy, tuning the body with the mind. This helps reduce stress and keep negative emotions at bay, common causes of relapse.
  • Join support groups: Knowing and understanding how drug and alcohol abuse affects other users and their loved ones opens your eyes to the effects of substance abuse. It can also help reduce feelings of loneliness and limit the chance of isolation.

SMART Recovery

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SMART stands for self-management and recovery training.

This service provides the tools for previous users to change their negative behaviour and thoughts.

This is guided by trained professionals, specifically tailored to CBT tools.

The main points of post-rehab recovery include:

  1. Building and maintaining motivation
  2. Coping with urges
  3. Managing thoughts and behaviours
  4. Living a balanced lifestyle

This enables those in recovery to change their problematic behaviour, making a change for the better.

A tool box of methods are provided at meetings to prevent the fall into relapse.

You can find the SMART meetings in Camden here.

Getting Help Today

Call us on 0800 140 4690 if you’re ready to battle your drug or alcohol addiction and begin your journey to a happier and healthier new you.

Our advisors are experts when it comes to finding the perfect UK rehab treatment.

We look forward to helping you take that all-important first step in living a life free from substance abuse.

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