Rehab 4 Addiction

Addiction affects many people all over the world. For those who suffer from the condition or live with somebody who does, the damage that addiction can cause is almost immeasurable.

Families collapse, the person dealing with the addiction can often become alienated from their loved ones over time as their addiction worsens. In severe cases, addicts may overdose on a substance or become so depressed with their life that they consider or even try to commit suicide.

It is understandable that people in Gillingham who have fallen into the trap of addiction want to understand the cause of this problem. The first thing to make clear is that nobody ever chooses to become a substance abuser.

The condition is similar to disease and so the person is not really responsible for ending up this way. What the individual is responsible for is escaping this problem.

It can be very helpful for people to understand the reasons why there are likely to have fallen into addiction in the first place. It may not always be possible to get an exact answer to this, but understanding some of the potential causes can prevent the individual from falling into the same traps in the future.

Causes of Addiction

Some of the most common reasons why people fall into addiction would include:

  • The individual may be genetically predisposed to this type of condition. This means that there are aspects of their genetic makeup that make it easier for them to become addicted.
  • There will be people who turn to alcohol and drugs to help them deal with some type of emotional or physical abuse – this is usually something that happened to them growing up. The individual may initially find that using alcohol or drugs helps them to hide from their pain.
  • Those people who begin experimenting with alcohol or drugs at a young age are more likely to develop substance abuse problems later on. This is why it is so important to dissuade young people from experimenting with these substances.
  • There will be some individuals who fell into addiction because they were dealing with some type of mental health problem to begin with. This is usually something like depression or anxiety problems. The individual may have been completely unaware of what was wrong with them, but they just found that by using alcohol or drugs it seemed to help them. The reality is that over time substance abuse greatly exacerbates this type of problem so that the individual will actually feel much worse as a result. This is why it is so important that the individual gets the treatment they need so that they do not feel the need to self-medicate.
  • Some people grow up in an environment where substance abuse is considered normal behaviour. This may be something that they see all the grownups around them do so it feels natural to copy the behaviour. This person from this type of environment will also usually begin using these substances at a young age so this further increases the likelihood of them becoming addicted.

There are many potential causes for why people from Gillingham might fall into addiction. Luckily no matter what the underlying cause there will almost always be a path to allow the individual to escape this type of self-destructive behaviour.

If people would like to find out more about their addiction treatment options they should contact us here for more advice.

Time for rehab

Many people who are addicted to substances may begin to accept the circumstances that come along with it. They watch their lives disintegrate before their eyes, but are unable to stop it. This is the very meaning of addiction.

Addicts cannot control their actions even when it is blatantly obvious that they are self-destructing. For many people, it takes a huge event to force them to try and take control of their lives. This could be anything from an overdose to losing their jobs and homes. Whatever the reason, the first place that they think of is rehab when people decide that enough is enough.

Does rehab work?

Rehab implements a number of treatments to help addicts lead a life of independence from their addiction. This will normally entail:

  • Treatments – Detox and therapy will be used to clean the body from harmful substances and help to heal any mental or emotional problems that have led to or resulted from the addiction
  • Skill workshops – Skills that teach addicts how to cope with situations in life without reaching for their substance of choice are key to successful rehabilitation. Many addicts are unable to cope with life, seeing even the smallest of problems as a need to abuse drugs or alcohol to ‘help them through’. Workshops in the rehab centre will provide them with coping mechanisms so that this is not the case anymore.

Although there are trained professionals to help every step of the way, the treatments are designed to work with addicts to help them help themselves. The health professionals cannot do the work for somebody, therefore, the only way a person will stay clean is if they are open-minded and prepared to put in the work.

The very fact that a person has become addicted means that they will probably have an addictive nature. This means that when it is time to stand alone, without constant supervision, many people will be at risk of relapsing.

When leaving rehab, those who are absolutely serious about staying clean should enquire about local groups in their area. Meetings are designed to get addicts in one room in order to support each other through the difficulties of staying sober.

In addition to this, having friends from rehab and/or groups can be hugely beneficial if somebody thinks that their willpower is wavering. Addicts can call their sponsor or a close friend from group to tell them they are in trouble.

Hopefully, the person will be able to calm them down and remind them of why they went through rehab in the first place, pointing out the achievements that have been reached so far.

Getting help now

Rehab 4 Addiction is an organisation offering counselling and referral services to addicts and their families in Gillingham. We work with private clinics offering drug and alcohol treatment programmes on a residential basis. We also advise clients regarding outpatient rehab services.

Contact us today for more advice on 0800 140 4690. Rehab 4 Addiction officers a range of addiction treatments in Kent, including Maidstone, Gravesend, Canterbury, Dover, Margate, Folkestone, Gillingham, Ramsgate, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Dartford.

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