According to NHS data, last year in the UK, there were 7,027 hospital admissions for drug related mental and behavioural disorders. Although this could be seen as a positive statistic, with the numbers being 5% lower than 2018/19, it’s also 21% higher than 2009/10. And that’s not the only worrying statistic.
In that same time frame, there were also 16,994 hospital admissions for poisoning by drug misuse. Again, this was 6% lower than 2018/19, but 9% higher than 2012/13.
Getting professional help can often be the best choice for long term results. On this journey, various options will be presented to you, but admitting that you have a problem and then reaching out to get support are two of the most vital stages.
To go to a more localised level, alcohol rehab in Eltham is readily available for those who need it – and various other treatments are accessible too. Discussion with the experts at Rehab 4 Addiction should set you on the best path for a full recovery.
Terminology can be very important when talking about addiction issues – it’s all part of knowing about the subject on a deeper level, which can then deepen your understanding of your own issues and ultimately aid your recovery.
Many people may mistakenly use the terms “abuse” and “addiction” interchangeably – but what is the difference between the two? The official NHS description of addiction defines addiction as: “not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you.”
On the same site, alcohol abuse is described as: “when you drink in a way that’s harmful, or when you’re dependent on alcohol.”
As you can see from those two definitions, simply abusing drugs and alcohol is different – essentially addiction is a continuous harmful pattern.
Drug and alcohol abuse, whilst also being incredibly damaging to the person affected, is more defined as continual misuse to a harmful extent, as opposed to an addiction where the person constantly craves the drink or substance to a point where they can’t stop.
But these different definitions don’t mean that there’s no link between abuse and addiction, as the former often leads to the latter.
It should also be noted that addiction doesn’t just link to outward behaviour: it’s considered to be a chronic brain disease linked to the neurology of the sufferer.
When talking about the process of rehab and recovery we wouldn’t normally simplify, but we will say that treatment can be broadly put into two categories: inpatient and outpatient. As the names of both would suggest, inpatient treatment will involve a stay at a residential facility, whilst outpatient treatment allows you to stay at home.
If you’re seeking alcohol rehab in Eltham and you’re recommended for inpatient treatment, you’ll most likely be directed towards Rehab 4 Addiction’s London centre.
One of the biggest benefits of this facility includes a secluded environment, which keeps you away from temptation and allows you to heal without outside judgement. Other notable features include a living room/dining area, an on-site gymnasium, a conservatory, a swimming pool, and a large amount of garden space.
Within this garden space there is even a picnic area, horse riding stables and a small fishing lake. It also has both residential and treatment rooms in the same building, meaning everything you could need is easily accessible.
On your journey to recovery, a treatment that will most likely be offered to you is a detox. Cleansing addictive substances from your body can be a vital step in your recovery. More specifically, in rehab contexts “detox” refers to the time it takes for any remaining alcohol or drugs to leave your body.
If and when you speak to one of Rehab 4 Addiction’s experts, a more specific recovery plan to suit your needs will be created through your discussion and a detox is the most likely starting point. But this can be dangerous to pursue without support.
Withdrawal symptoms can range massively based on both the severity of the addiction and the substance you’re addicted to. For example, withdrawing from ecstasy and marijuana can cause minor psychical symptoms but can have serious psychological impacts. Meanwhile, alcohol, tranquillisers and opiates can cause more severe withdrawal symptoms.
Speaking specifically about alcohol, physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal can include:
Symptoms of drug withdrawal (which also vary from substance to substance) are often similar and can also include cramps, hot and cold flushes and flu like symptoms.
It goes without saying that all these symptoms will be difficult or even dangerous to handle alone – which is why reaching out to an expert is the safest thing to do.
It goes without saying that detoxes aren’t the only treatment available. Other options available to you depending on where you go may be cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling, workshops on drugs and health, 12 step programmes, art therapy and support groups.
Get in touch if you’d like to chat to our experts. Call Rehab 4 Addiction today on 0800 140 4690 or fill in the enquiry form.