Even short term, drugs and alcohol can affect our self-awareness and give a completely false sense of our own health and wellbeing.
People have seriously injured themselves on nights out when intoxicated, because the buzz of alcohol made them think they could easily jump that gap, or carry their friend, or take on that gang of thugs.
It is no surprise, then, that months and years of drug or alcohol abuse can hugely impact a person’s self-image.
Just because they are able to continue working, or haven’t noticed any serious health issues yet, people can be tricked into thinking that their addictions aren’t hurting them.
This leads them to continue their harmful behaviour, and allow addiction to rule their lives.
Addiction is an insidious illness that can – and does – cause serious harm, even without people knowing. Denial is often seen in people who have been swallowed up by their addictions and are unable to recognise that there is a problem.
This can mean that it takes people a long time to accept that there is an issue and come to terms with the fact that they need help.
Any delay in treatment can be harmful, but the good news is that even people who have struggled with drug or alcohol addiction for years have been able to overcome it safely.
If you believe that someone close to you has developed an addiction, or maybe heading that way, it is important that you try to talk to them about it in a non-judgemental and supportive manner.
If they feel that they are being shamed or attacked, particularly when they don’t see themselves having an issue, they might shut out any attempts to help.
If you think that a loved one would benefit from entering rehab, but they are in denial, you might consider staging an intervention.
Rehab 4 Addiction work with specialist rehabilitation centres to organise intervention meetings, and we can advise you on the next steps.
It is even better if you are able to encourage your loved one in an informal conversation, as interventions can be daunting.
The individual might feel pressured to agree to treatment at the moment, particularly if there is a therapist present, and go back on it later.
However, without the support of a professional, interventions can easily go sideways and devolve into arguments.
On the other hand, if you are someone who is currently abusing drugs or alcohol, but you do not consider yourself to have an addiction, make sure that you are being completely honest with yourself. Could you benefit from addiction treatment?
The signs of addiction must not be ignored, and even if you currently think you are coping well, what is your substance use costing you?
Have you become distant from family and friends? Are you missing work? Are you in financial trouble? Do you neglect necessary purchases in favour of buying more drugs or alcohol?
You don’t have to be at ‘rock bottom’ to benefit from rehab. If you recognise that you are in the early stages of addiction and want to nip it in the bud, you will receive the same level of care as someone who has battled addiction for years.
Once you, or your loved one, have admitted that there is a problem, don’t delay in getting help. Drug and alcohol rehab has facilitated the recovery of millions of people, and you are no different.
Something that might put people off from accessing treatment is a lack of understanding, and the negative connotations surrounding the word “rehab”.
When a celebrity goes into rehab, it is often reported on by the media with a mix of pity, shame, and even mockery. Within the treatment centre itself, it is a very different story.
Anyone who enters a drug or alcohol rehab in the UK is given maximum care and support. Rehab is a judgement-free and confidential space that gives people room to get healthy in mind, body, and spirit.
Holistic therapies work on improving all areas of your life, not just your physical health. You can receive guidance on relationships, employment, exercise, and even learn new hobbies.
Centres in Colyton work with experts in addiction treatment and employ a variety of treatment options.
These options are collated into bespoke treatment plans that are fully tailored to each individual patient because addiction is unique to everyone.
Treatments for drug and alcohol addiction include:
Prior to entering rehab, someone from the admissions team will run you through the treatment options and help you to decide which ones will work best for you.
Once in treatment, the different therapies can be constantly evaluated and adjusted as you progress.
Moving into a residential centre allows you to focus entirely on your recovery, and think carefully about how you are responding to the different treatments, free from the distractions of everyday life.
In years past, people often had to travel across the country in order to get access to a rehab centre, but support is now much more readily available.
For those living in Colyton, or in the surrounding areas of Devon, there are now a number of treatment centres available on your doorstep.
By getting in touch with the admissions team at Rehab 4 Addiction, you might be able to secure yourself an immediate place in a local drug or alcohol rehab centre.
Whether you need help urgently, or just want to discuss your options with a friendly and helpful professional, call Rehab 4 Addiction at any time on 0800 140 4690 .
All consultations are free, confidential, and there is no pressure to commit to a treatment plan right away.