With times as hard as they have become, more and more people have turned to substance abuse to try and block it out.
Most people who rely on drugs or alcohol just to get through their day are suffering and need help, not punishment.
While there is still a stigma surrounding drug and alcohol dependency, those suffering from it are now offered help instead of being shoved aside.
They can get the help they need.
You can get the help you deserve.
At this point in your recovery journey, you may not be sure if you even need help.
After all, maybe you can function perfectly fine in everyday life. If no one knows you are abusing substances then it’s not a problem right?
To put it simply, it is very rare for a person to wonder if they have developed a drug or alcohol dependency if they don’t actually have one.
You know yourself and you know your body, if you have gotten this far then you know something isn’t right.
A drug or alcohol dependency is developed because your brain has grown used to you abusing substances.
When you first use drugs or alcohol you cause your brain to experience a rush of dopamine, this is the feel-good chemical. Over time it needs more and more drugs or alcohol to achieve the same effect.
The danger lies in when your brain begins to behave like you need to abuse substances in order to create Dopamine.
When it goes long periods without the rush of Dopamine it has become reliant on, it can react violently.
This can be in the form of making you crave drugs or alcohol, but when a dependency has been developed and you deprive your brain of substance abuse you will experience withdrawal symptoms.
If you experience any of the following symptoms you, without a doubt, have developed a drug or alcohol dependency and will require specialist treatment.
The withdrawal symptoms include:
These symptoms can be dangerous. If you experience them the best thing you can do is check yourself into a rehab centre and begin treatment for your drug or alcohol dependency.
Now that you realise you do in fact need treatment that only a rehab centre can provide you may be wondering what kind you should go to?
There are two main options when it comes to finding rehabilitation services.
The first is provided by the NHS.
This service is good as it is available to anyone that needs it for free. It is provided as part of the NHS services and you will receive the same level of care you would get at any hospital in the country.
Unfortunately, the mental health services in this country are massively underappreciated by the government.
More budget cuts are made every year leaving the hard-working nurses stretched thin across the entire sector.
With so many people looking to the NHS for help and with so little funding, they simply can’t afford to give you the one to one care you may need.
Any help you receive will be at the end of a very long waitlist that could leave you weeks or even months without your treatment starting.
It is also very likely you will have to travel in for outpatient treatment outside of the Failsworth area.
In comparison with a privately run rehab centre, you will be offered your treatment as soon as possible.
The staff are well paid with enough people to actually have the manpower to take the time and prioritise your recovery. You won’t be just another patient to them, you would be a person.
As every person struggling with drug or alcohol dependency is unique, there is a need for rehab centres with different facilities to accommodate different needs.
While the specifics will change from place to place at its core every rehab centre is a place for healing. The main treatments will be the same no matter where you go.
The first treatment you are likely to receive upon your arrival at the rehab centre is detox.
The detox is the process of ridding your body of all drugs or alcohol in a safe and controlled manner.
This allows you to focus on the rest of your treatments without the distraction of cravings.
You will be working through the withdrawal symptoms which can be dangerous if experienced alone.
However, in rehab, you will be monitored 24 hours a day by fully trained medical staff who can provide you with medication to relieve the symptoms.
During this time you will be kept as safe and as comfortable as humanly possible. While the detox is famously the worst part of the treatment it is doable with the right support.
Following your detox, you will move on to therapy.
Therapy is an important step as substance abuse stems from mental health problems.
These sessions most likely will be group sessions that are monitored by a therapist who can help you understand why you are drug or alcohol dependent and how to work towards recovery.
Through therapy, you will be taught how to replace your substance abuse with healthier coping mechanisms.
During this time you will create a relapse prevention plan that is designed specifically for you to use outside of rehab to avoid triggers for cravings.
You have a wide range of rehab centres to pick from just in the Failsworth area.
You may be feeling a little overwhelmed by just how many choices you do have. Well, there is no shame in needing help even this early in your recovery journey.
At Rehab 4 Addiction we take the time to get to know you through our free initial assessment and refer you to a rehab centre best suited to help you.
We are here and ready to help you along every step of your journey.
All you have to do is give us a call and let your new sober life begin.