What many people don’t realise, is that drug or alcohol dependency is not simply the choice to continue to abuse the substance.
It is instead a complex medical condition that requires specialised treatment. No amount of shaming a person will lead them to long term recovery. Kindness and understanding are needed so that they can get the help they need and deserve.
This kindness also needs to come from the person themself.
You need to be able to admit you have a drug or alcohol dependency so you can do the best thing for your own health and get help.
Many people believe they can just will their way through the recovery process. That it is simple enough to just stop using drugs or alcohol so they can do it alone and no one will have to know they ever struggled.
Elements of the recovery process can be dangerous if attempted alone. Withdrawal symptoms can easily overwhelm a person as they are famously painful when done without medical assistance.
Even if you get through the process completely alone after overcoming the hardest parts of recovery the end results may not stick as you will have received no aftercare and most importantly the core of the problem will not have been addressed.
Perhaps you’re still unsure if you actually have a drug or alcohol dependency?
It’s perfectly normal to need confirmation for what you may already be suspecting. The easiest way to understand if you have developed a dependency is through looking at our list of symptoms and seeing if you displace any of them.
Symptoms of drug or alcohol dependency:
However, the best indicator that you require treatment for a drug or alcohol dependency is that you are considering getting help. Those that aren’t suffering don’t consider checking themselves into a rehab centre.
If you are still unsure, however, please give us a call at 0800 140 4690.
Our services at Rehab 4 Addiction provide a free assessment of needs that once completed can be used to refer you to a rehab centre designed with your needs in mind within the Easington area.
We make our referrals based on what you need. We won’t refer someone that doesn’t need treatment to a rehab centre.
Our dedicated team has years of experience helping those suffering from a drug or alcohol dependency find treatment. We can put all your worries at ease and make starting your treatment as easy as possible.
Depending on your specific needs you will receive tailor-made treatment designed to best help you.
These treatments tend to include workshops designed to help you throughout the process to become happier and healthier.
For example, should you be malnourished as a side effect of prolonged substance abuse then you will attend a nutrition workshop. There you will be taught how to prepare well-balanced meals and begin to reverse the negative side effects.
There are some standard treatments that will take place in every rehab centre as they are integral to the recovery process.
The first of these treatments is a detox.
A detox is the process of ridding your body of all drugs and alcohol. During this process, you will be monitored 24 hours a day by fully trained medical staff who are able to keep you as safe and as comfortable as possible.
The detox is famously the worst part of the recovery process as it involves withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms, when experienced alone can be very dangerous as they can result in:
These symptoms can easily become too much for your body to handle and so a detox should never be attempted alone.
Within the security of a rehab centre medical staff can provide medications to relieve the withdrawal symptoms and make it possible to continue your treatment without being distracted by your cravings.
Following your detox, you will be moved into therapy.
Rehab centres offer a wide variety of therapy sessions each designed to help those struggling with a different mental health problem.
Therapy is so important for the recovery process as substance abuse is a symptom of mental health problems rather than just being a problem on its own.
In order to treat the drug or alcohol dependency, rehab centres need to get to the core reasons as to why you are dependent in the first place.
A person may turn to substance abuse for a number of reasons:
In an attempt to numb the pain many self medicate and as a result develop a dependency.
Prolonged substance abuse changes your brain chemistry as you have introduced a substance that produces dopamine, the feel-good chemical. Your brain begins to believe it needs to continue using drugs or alcohol to get the dopamine back.
So when your brain is deprived of the drugs or alcohol it acts irrationally and violently.
Through therapy, you will be able to unpack why you abuse substances in the first place and how to replace your drug and alcohol use with a healthier coping mechanism.
Group therapy is the most common form of therapy that is used within rehab centres. It allows you to sit down with the others staying at the centre and hear their struggles.
You will be able to see there is no shame in talking about your problems and that anyone can need help. No matter their age, race or social background.
During your sessions, you will create a relapse prevention plan.
This is a plan containing tools for you to use once you have left the rehab centre. These tools can be used to avoid triggers for your cravings.
It can seem scary to go from constant support to being out on your own.
But we can assure you, you’re not alone once you have completed your stay at the rehab centre.
Following your stay, you will be offered aftercare services that will include follow up therapy sessions so you can continue to work to improve your mental health.
You will also be referred to a support group within the Easington area where your progress can be monitored and you can be supported by others working towards long term recovery.
Once the decision to seek treatment is made speed is the key. Our team is ready and waiting to take your call and refer you to your ideal rehab centre within the Easington area.
Just call 0800 140 4690. Let the journey towards a happier, healthier and substance abuse free life begin here. We know you can do it.