If you are delaying seeking help for an addiction, this is your sign to stop. The longer you put off treatment, the worse your issues will be, and the longer it will take to recover.
On the other hand, perhaps you took the first step of asking for help and were faced with long waiting lists on the NHS. We know how damaging long wait times can be; you may be left feeling unsupported, hopeless, and anti-treatment.
However, with Rehab 4 Addiction, you can say goodbye to waiting for treatment. When you ask us for support, we will arrange treatment for you in Erewash in a matter of days or weeks.
Unfortunately, treatment is not a magical cure for addiction – you will have to live with your addiction for the rest of your life.
However, with plenty of therapy, you will realise that you have the power within you to resist temptation and stay sober. Choosing sobriety is not a one-off decision; it is a daily choice.
A healthy relationship with substances would look like occasional consumption with zero dependence involved.
You would be content with having no access to substances for a while, and you would see them as something that adds to your life rather than seeing them as the centre of your life.
Conversely, an unhealthy relationship with drugs and alcohol is marked by the inability to go a day without consuming them, constantly thinking about them, and relying on them to numb your emotions.
Here are some specific signs of addiction. If you experience any of these, you would benefit from professional help:
Drugs and alcohol can cause chemical imbalances in the brain, which creates the perfect condition for mental health conditions to thrive.
If you have noticed that your mental health has deteriorated as a direct result of drugs and alcohol, this is a clear sign that you are dealing with addiction.
The most common conditions that co-occur with addiction are: anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and schizophrenia.
If you find yourself gravitating towards people who consume substances and neglecting sober friends, you may be struggling with addiction.
Prioritising drugs and alcohol over other aspects of your life is a sign that things have gone too far and you need to seek help to rebuild a healthier lifestyle.
Victims of drug and alcohol addiction are likely to experience poor concentration, poor memory, and a lack of motivation. These symptoms will inevitably affect your performance at work, and could eventually lead to unemployment.
There are many more signs of drug and alcohol addiction that we have not covered.
The important thing to remember is that, when substances are a top priority in your life, you are suffering from addiction. It is only a matter of time before family and friends express their concern.
When they do, try not to get defensive and irritable – your addiction affects those around you, so they are hurting too. Their main desire is for you to be happy and healthy, so try to honour their concerns and look for ways to get help when you are ready.
Once you have identified that you have a problem with drugs and alcohol, consider whether this is substance abuse or addiction.
With substance abuse, you are physically dependent on substances, whereas addiction involves a psychological component. It is important to treat substance abuse as soon as possible before it develops into addiction.
Next, acknowledge the severity of your problem. Many people downplay their issues as they do not want to admit that they are struggling.
However, this only perpetuates the shame cycle that is closely tied with addiction. When you recognise your downfalls, you are one step closer to healing.
Finally, contact us for help. You can tell us the severity and duration of your addiction, as well as expressing any concerns you have about treatment. We will work to find you a promising treatment option in Erewash within days or weeks.
If you would like to complete treatment in another part of the country, we can give you a list of the many areas that we work in. Some of these include: Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, and London.
There are three main treatment options in Erewash: home detoxing, outpatient treatment, or inpatient treatment.
The preferred option is usually inpatient treatment, otherwise known as drug and alcohol rehab. This is because you receive a tailored treatment programme – therapies are chosen based on your specific needs, vastly improving your chances of getting and staying sober.
You will also be surrounded by a team of medical professionals day in and day out, from doctors and nurses to psychologists and addiction specialists.
If you are concerned about a friend or family member, we can help. While you cannot force them into treatment, there are tactics you can employ to encourage them to seek help.
Confrontation is necessary, however, you should do this in a compassionate way to avoid pushing your loved one further away.
If your loved one’s life is at risk, intervention may be necessary. This can be a difficult decision for family members to make, so if you need any advice or support, reach out to our team and we will be happy to guide you through the decision-making process.
Ultimately, whether you are requesting help for yourself or a loved one, Rehab 4 Addiction is equipped to point you in the direction of high-quality treatment, from a mild home detox to intense rehabilitation in an Erewash rehab facility.