Addiction is rife in the UK. It can be extremely hard to know what to do when this arises. Whether for you or someone you love, rehabilitation is possible.
When you become aware that someone you care about has a problem, this can be extremely distressing. For those who don’t know much about the substance or what addiction means, it can be overwhelming due to the lack of information.
Along with the initial worry about someone’s health, it’s hard to know how to act for the best. Many people won’t know for sure whether there is an addiction for a friend or family member.
This is often made more difficult by people being really secretive around drug and alcohol use.
There are signs you can look out for if you’re worried about someone you love having an addiction to drugs or alcohol.
These include the following:
It’s incredibly unsettling when someone in the family or a friendship group develops an addiction. Without a bit of guidance, many feel at a loss of what to do or even if they should do something.
Those experiencing drug and alcohol problems might also be in denial of it. This is extremely common.
Denial can last for months after addiction has developed; however, for many, it can last years.
When a person reaches the point of admitting they have a drug or alcohol problem the next step is to seek support to recover or to keep using.
This is a very stressful situation for many and can often lead a person to use drink and drugs even more.
The best way to support someone you care about is to approach them with compassion and a non-judgmental attitude. It can be a very delicate situation to handle, so it’s worth seeking advice from your local GP or alternatively, you can contact Rehab 4 Addiction.
Our team also supports people with addiction to access family interventions.
There are a few things you can do to support someone to recover. The first is to look after you. This includes setting boundaries, which can be extremely difficult.
Throughout the UK, there are 12 Step groups to support those who are connected to and care for those who have drug and alcohol problems.
When you attend 12 Step groups, you can learn how to set boundaries and how to support your loved one most effectively.
It’s important not to enable addictive behaviours. Lending money might seem as though it helps your loved one out, but in the throes of addiction, it makes it worse.
Loving someone with an addiction is best demonstrated in supporting them to take part in healthy activities. Spending time together doing gentle things, such as going for a walk can create a safe space for them.
Human connection is incredibly healing. Ultimately, you’ll want your loved one to access rehabilitation.
You can contact Rehab 4 Addiction to find out what treatment services are available to your loved one. Our team can also advise you on anything you might be worried about.
In Castle Cary, a person has a variety of options in terms of accessing rehabilitation. Rehab 4 Addiction can run you through this in detail. There are both inpatient and outpatient services.
Inpatient treatment is very effective at treating people who have addictions that have lasted a long time and are causing lots of issues for the person. This option involves a stay at a clinic.
Due to there being rehab clinics all over the UK, people can opt to stay local to the Castle Cary area or to go elsewhere.
When a person stays at rehab they experience the benefits of 24-hour care over 7 days a week. There is a medical team to support the physical recovery of a person.
In terms of the psychological, there is a therapeutic team. Alongside this, there will be a timetable of holistic activities for people to take part in.
This total approach set in a relaxed and comforting environment ensures that people leave their stay at rehab sober. An aftercare programme is constructed in order to support the person after leaving.
Many aftercare packages include maintaining contact with local clinics in order to receive outpatient services.
Outpatient services are excellent for those after a stay at rehab or for those with mild substance misuse issues. Group sessions are available every week in order to support a person to stay focused on an abstinent lifestyle.
Many people will choose to stay in contact with 12 Step groups for years after they have stopped using alcohol and drugs.
Addiction is an illness that lasts a lifetime. However, millions throughout the world and thousands throughout the UK are able to manage their addictions effectively by choosing a sober lifestyle.
In terms of cutting out drugs and alcohol from someone’s life, a stay at rehab supports a person to achieve this quickly and safely. A residential stay lasts up to twenty-eight days.
When a person leaves, they will be sober. It’s then up to the person to stick to their aftercare plan and to continue to access support. With the right support and a determined attitude, abstinence is possible.
Yes, you can refer someone you care about to drug and alcohol services. By calling Rehab 4 Addiction and discussing the issue with our team, you get the ball rolling.
There will come a point where we will obviously need to speak to the person with the illness, but we’ll talk you through how we handle these situations.
Rehab 4 Addiction handles referrals every day. Admissions through us are quick and help to take the stress off your shoulders at this life-changing moment.
Call us today on 0800 140 4690.