For people struggling through the misery of addiction, the world can be a lonely place. For one reason or another, many will often struggle on for years, suffering in silence, unable to admit to themselves and others that a substance abuse problem has developed.
Addiction doesn’t just have a damaging effect on individuals – it effects communities and society as a whole. According to statistics from Alcohol Change UK, nearly a quarter of all adults across England and Scotland regularly consume more than the advised low-risk amount of alcohol.
Although not all of these people will be addicted, it is indicative of the drinking culture in the UK, and how normalised excessive drinking has become.
This excessive drinking culture not only puts enormous strains on health and social services but also has the potential to cloud a person’s judgment over whether their own drinking is at a problematic level.
If your drinking has had negative impacts on your personal relationships, your physical and mental health, or your professional life, it is time to accept that you have a problem, and to reach out for help.
This is why Rehab 4 Addiction is here – we are a confidential referral service whose purpose is to get rehab placements for those who need it. We make the process as straightforward as possible, by providing you with information you need about the rehab process, and when you’re ready, referring you to a rehab that is right for you.
If you’re researching addiction treatment online, you will come across a seemingly endless amount of different treatments, all of which claim to have the answer.
This can range from self-help tools such as CBT and DBT apps to more holistic and spiritual approaches to treating addiction. While many of these treatments may seem appealing, either for their low cost or their relative convenience, it is highly unlikely that any of them can give you the same chance of full recovery as a stay in rehab.
There are many different aspects to any addiction treatment, and the purpose of rehab is to provide all of those different elements under one roof. This means that you can go through every step of recovery, from detox to therapy and education, in the same spell at the same location.
You will also be thoroughly prepared for reintegration into the wider world, by drawing up a detailed relapse prevention plan before you leave. Although you may be able to get some of these treatments away from rehab, it is unlikely that it will have the same positive effect as when those therapies are combined with others at rehab.
We at Rehab 4 Addiction are able to refer you to a suitable rehab facility in the Godalming area. Call us on 0800 140 4690 to speak to a friendly advisor and start the process.
When you arrive at rehab, one of the first things on your agenda will be to undergo a proper medical detox. Please note that you should not attempt to detox before you get to the centre – it is extremely dangerous to attempt this by yourself, and can be fatal in some cases. At rehab, you will be under the supervision of a team of experts who will be able to manage your detox properly.
It is likely that this will involve steadily decreasing your consumption over time, especially if you are an alcoholic. As you consume less and less of the substance, it is likely that some physical side effects of withdrawal will present themselves.
This could include frequent headaches, muscle aches, profuse sweating, and feelings of agitation and restlessness. All of these symptoms can be managed by the rehab centre’s on-site professionals, in a way that does not jeopardise your recovery. Although this side of detox is unpleasant, it is a necessary part of your recovery journey.
something that is not widely known about rehab is that it is a highly personalised process from start to finish. Everyone experiences their own addiction differently to others, and this is reflected in your treatment. One of the first things you will do when you arrive is drawing up a treatment plan that takes into account the specific characteristics of your addiction, and how it has manifested in your life.
This plan will include a number of different therapies – everything from solo counselling to cognitive behavioural therapy to group sessions, as well as potentially including more holistic exercises such as yoga, mindfulness meditation, and art therapy.
This plan is designed to give you the best possible chances of a full recovery, and to make the most of your time at rehab.
Completing a course of rehab is a wonderful, genuinely life-changing achievement. However, you should be mindful that your recovery does not conclude when you leave rehab – it has, in fact, only just begun. Staying sober will be ongoing challenge in your new life, and this is something that the professionals at rehab will make provisions for.
As you approach the end of your stay, you will sit down with a member of staff, and together you will put together a firm plan for relapse prevention, for reference once you leave.
This could include proactive steps like going to regular group meetings and keeping on top of exercise, to lifestyle changes such as cutting ties with a particular group of friends – for example, if they are still in a pattern of addiction and substance abuse.
Some of these choices may be difficult to process, but every part of your relapse prevention plan will be designed to give you the best possible chance of staying in recovery and living a clean, fulfilling life.
We hope that, after reading the above information, you have a clearer idea of what to expect from rehab, and how it can help you recover from a cycle of substance abuse. No matter how you may feel right now, achieving recovery is entirely possible, and fully worthwhile.
If you’re ready to face your addiction and commit to positive change, call Rehab 4 Addiction today on 0800 140 4690. One of our trained advisors conducts a confidential telephone assessment, where they will ask you a few questions about your addiction and current circumstances.
Once we get to know you a bit better, we can refer you to a centre in the Godalming area in Surrey as soon as possible.