Seeking treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, either for yourself or someone you love, can be daunting.
It is never too early to nip an addiction in the bud, and even if you don’t think that intervention is needed yet, you might feel like you need someone to talk to.
It is sometimes enough to just get confirmation that your concerns are valid and to hear that you are doing the right thing.
If you are based near Dawlish, there are many support options local to you.
Whether you’re just looking for friendly advice or are ready for rehabilitation treatment, speaking with an addiction specialist today will set you on the right path.
Addiction is a complicated condition, and what we first think of as obvious signs might not be visible in everyone.
Recognising an addiction, either in yourself or in someone you know, can therefore be difficult.
Remember that people who have developed high tolerance levels and appear to be functioning well are just as much in need as those who regularly appear intoxicated.
The most common signs of a substance use disorder include:
You most likely won’t know exactly which substances a loved one is using without asking them, and it is common for people to react defensively when they are accused of having an addiction.
Early on, it is less important to know the specifics of an addiction than it is to simply offer your support.
Having an addiction can skew one’s perspective, and people can be resistant to the idea of getting treatment at first.
If someone appears to be coping well, they might not see the point in making a change.
However, it is important to remember the invisible damage that drug and alcohol abuse can do to our bodies, including:
It is therefore important that they are supported in pursuing recovery as, even if they seem fine now, ending an addiction is always beneficial in the long run.
Recovery is, ultimately, the sole responsibility of the addicted person, but it is made so much more achievable when they are given encouragement from people they care about.
If you are concerned that a family member or friend is not going to get treatment for their addiction, then it may be appropriate to stage an intervention.
Rehab 4 Addiction can support you in arranging this and refer you to an intervention specialist.
Once someone has decided that it is time to put their addiction behind them, it usually helps to act quickly.
Substance addictions can affect motivation, and people can lose interest in seeking treatment if the process takes too long.
Fortunately, we have a team of advisors who are always on hand to talk you through treatment options and can help to get treatment started as soon as possible.
We would never recommend trying to stop an addiction on your own, even when time is a factor.
Suddenly cutting out drugs or alcohol can completely throw off your body chemistry, and bring on dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
What’s more, simply removing the addictive substance tends to be only a very temporary fix. Without a proper chemical detox and addiction counselling, the addiction is likely to return.
There is a vast range of treatment options available, with something to suit everyone.
Everyone is encouraged to do their own research but, often, seeing all of the options without context can be off-putting.
To make things simpler, our advisors will chat with you about your personal circumstances and begin to cultivate a treatment plan that will work for you.
Rehab 4 Addiction wants to help people across the UK to overcome their addictions, and our Dawlish centre is available now to care for the local community of South Devon.
We offer free and confidential telephone assessments, and you can either call for yourself or on behalf of someone you know.
Support is always available, and we won’t pressure you to make any immediate decisions.
A telephone assessment will usually last around 10-15 minutes, and you’ll get to speak to a fully qualified addiction treatment specialist.
Call us any time on 0800 140 4690, and we’ll listen to your concerns and provide you with the best possible advice.