Rehab 4 Addiction

Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Germany

Around 1 in 10 people in Germany admitted to using illicit drugs within the past 12 months.

Though this may seem low, more than a quarter of the entire population admitted the doing the same at least once in their lifetime.

Of course, it can be incredibly easy for some to use these substances recreationally and in moderation, but for others, this is not such a simple task.

With the top seized drug in the country being cocaine, and with high-risk stimulants also becoming more common over recent years, drug abuse and addiction are becoming a bigger problem day by day.

Even the use of cannabis has risen too much higher levels than ever before in the past decade.

It is our job here at Rehab 4 Addiction to help those impacted by this increase.

By contacting us today you could finally receive the care and treatment for your addiction that you have been waiting for, in a suitable and local drug and alcohol rehab in Germany.

The rehab admissions process

Delays during the admissions process into rehabilitation can be highly dangerous, and can even cause clients to relapse before they’ve had the chance to receive any treatment.

This is why, here at Rehab 4 Addiction, we work hard to ensure that our admissions process is speedy, yet efficient.

To make this happen, we perform two simple and easy assessments.

These assessments will look at many aspects of you and your addiction that could impact your needs for treatment, such as your family history, age, the length of time you have used for, the substance you have used, and if you have tried to withdraw before or not.

All we need from you at this time is 100% honesty so that the information we receive is correct.

Any wrong or exaggerated data could interfere with your results, meaning you may end up in a rehab facility that is not as suited to you as others could be.

Physical vs. Psychological Addictions

Psychological addictions – such as shopping or gambling addictions – are known for their emotional and cognitive symptoms.

Physical addictions – like drug and alcohol dependences – are more associated with physical symptoms, such as withdrawal side effects like headaches, muscle pain, sickness and fatigue, and tolerance for whichever drug the person is using.

Knowing the differences between the two can help when it comes to planning treatment and better understanding the affected individual, but to treat these types of addiction as completely separate would be a mistake.

They do in fact often overlap in more ways than they differ, and it is impossible to experience an addiction that is purely one type or the other.

This is because even if a person is battling a drug or alcohol addiction, they can still be impacted by many cognitive processes, and vice versa – those that are experiencing psychological addictions can still make certain physical choices.

The alcohol detox process

Detox from alcohol is the process of the body ridding itself of the chemicals left behind by the substance.

The length of time your detox takes will be largely dependent on the severity of your situation, and how long you have been affected by alcohol addiction.

It is important to only undergo an alcohol detox when you are in the care of medical professionals at a suitable rehabilitation facility.

This is because the withdrawal symptoms that are commonly experienced can be hard to control alone, and some can require certain prescription medications such as benzodiazepines.

To ensure that your detox is safe and does not cause any further damage to your body, we recommend reaching out to us here at Rehab 4 Addiction today.

We can help find you the perfect drug and alcohol rehab in Germany to undergo your detox so that you have the highest chances of recovery possible.

The drug detox process

To suddenly quit using the drug you are dependent on can be incredibly dangerous, and can sometimes cause more harm than good for yourself and your body.

This is why, to ensure a safe and comfortable recovery, a drug detox should be undergone.

The goal of drug detox is to help your body rid itself of the toxins left behind from your drug use and to also minimise the potential physical harm that can come from withdrawing from the drug.

The process usually takes around two weeks, but it can last anywhere from a few months to a year, depending on the severity of your addiction and the exact substances you have used.

As your body adjusts to the absence of your drug of choice, you may experience a number of withdrawal symptoms.

The most common of these side effects are quite mild, and can easily be treated with patience or medication; these include nausea, dizziness, fatigue, mood swings, and headaches.

Some of the more severe withdrawal symptoms are slightly rarer, and usually only those with more serious addictions – or those that have been battling addiction for many years – will likely experience them; these include seizures, tremors, disorientation and fever.

Dual diagnosis and addiction

Mental health is one of the leading root causes of many substance addictions.

In fact, people diagnosed with a mental health disorder (BPD, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, GAD, depression, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc.) are almost twice as likely as the general population to experience substance abuse and addiction in their lifetimes.

The existence of both a mental health condition and a drug or alcohol addiction is known as a dual diagnosis.

Those with a dual diagnosis require much more detailed and integrated treatment plans that deal with both disorders as interconnected issues.

If you believe you are suffering from both an addiction and a mental health disorder such as the ones mentioned above, we are able to accommodate your needs and find you the perfect drug and alcohol rehab in Germany that can offer you comprehensive treatment for both issues.

The signs of a dual diagnosis differ from person to person and can depend on many aspects of the addiction and of the mental health condition that is present.

Common signs of a dual diagnosis can include a lack of care for hygiene, sudden erratic or impulsive behaviour, mentions of suicide, the avoidance of social events and gatherings that have caused no problems before, issues managing money, and poor performance at work or school.

Several overlapping factors can exacerbate an addiction or mental health disorder because the two issues are so intertwined, including triggers in the environment, genetics, and brain responses.

How much time will I spend in rehab?

However long you will personally spend in rehab will be affected by the overall severity of your dependence, the drugs or alcohol that you have consumed, and the method of the abuse.

The average time spent in a drug and alcohol rehab in Germany is usually around 28 days.

Whilst it can be tempting to consider that staying any longer than this average is a bad thing, this is far from the truth.

Those that need more time in rehab are still very capable of reaching a full and successful recovery, and those that are able to leave before the 28 days will simply be able to do so because of a different set of circumstances.

Focusing on the fictional ‘finish line’ of rehab can sometimes do more harm than good, so we suggest concentrating instead on the progress you are sure to make along the way.

Treatments to expect in rehab

Each type of therapy and counselling works to improve or heal a different aspect of you and your addiction.

This is why, throughout your time in a drug and alcohol rehab in Germany, you will participate in multiple forms of therapy and other types of treatment, to ensure that you receive well-rounded and multifaceted care for all parts of your condition.

We cannot, at this time, detail exactly which treatments you will receive, as each addiction and each treatment plan is vastly different.

However, some of the most popular forms of treatment commonly used during rehabilitation programmes include:

The 12 step recovery programme

12 steps are what could stand between you and the substance-free life you are hoping for.

The famous 12 step programme was created by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), a mutual support group that was formed in 1935.

Just under a hundred years later, people are still reaching their recovery goals with the help of these steps.

They are commonly deemed to be the fellowship of AA groups but aren’t just used for alcohol dependence.

Groups such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) also often use them to help those with drug addictions.

Not only can the steps help the person battling the addiction, but their family too. Some steps can be done by both the affected individual and their friends and family, like the first step – Honesty.

This step encourages those dealing with addiction to honestly and openly admit their powerlessness over their addiction to kick off their recovery journey, but loved ones can also take an honest step and admit how the addiction has also impacted their lives.

The full 12 steps include:

1. Honesty

2. Faith

3. Surrender

4. Soul-searching

5. Integrity

6. Acceptance

7. Humility

8. Willingness

9. Forgiveness

10. Maintenance

11. Making contact

12. Service

Preventing relapse in rehab

What most clients fear most as they leave their chosen drug and alcohol rehab in Germany is relapsing.

Though it is important to remember that relapsing does not mean the end of your recovery journey, it is certainly a bump in the road that many would rather not experience.

Luckily, your chances of experiencing a relapse decrease significantly the longer you remain sober.

However, to help prevent this from happening at all, as you draw closer to the end of your rehabilitation programme you will undergo relapse prevention planning.

This planning will take into consideration things such as the substances you used throughout your addiction, your personal history with drugs and alcohol, and what your triggers for a relapse to happen could be.

Using this data as a guide, a plan to prevent relapse and also a plan on what to do if one does occur can be created for you.

These plans will guide you throughout the difficult adjustment period from rehab back to your home and will aid your goals of staying sober.

Alcoholics Anonymous / Narcotics Anonymous

AA was first started in 1935 by two men experiencing alcoholism, who knew that what they were struggling to cope with was not a moral problem, but rather a normal and very treatable disease.

It was created with the intent to help others in need of care for their alcohol dependence recover from the disorder, through honesty, acceptance, community and sponsorship.

Nearly a hundred years after its creation, AA remains one of the most effective options for those attempting to overcome an addiction or those living in recovery who are trying to maintain their progress.

The group has gained so much popularity that branches for other types of addiction and for those affected by a loved one’s drug or alcohol use have also been created; groups such as Narcotics Anonymous, Alateen, and Al-anon.

If you wish to join a similar fellowship group when your time in your chosen drug and alcohol rehab in Germany draws to a conclusion, we recommend first doing some research on the options.

Whilst most groups focus on specific types of addiction, there are also more broad groups that involve all-encompassing treatment for any addiction or dependence.

Make sure you attend a group that is well suited to your personal needs, addiction, and recovery goals.

 

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