If you’re on this page after searching for alcohol rehab in Hammersmith, that means you’ve already taken the first step towards getting help for addiction. But really, you’re only just at the beginning.
There’s a lot to learn and it may all seem like too much – but at Rehab 4 Addiction, that’s what we’re here for! We’ll provide you with all the help and information you need – and in this article, we’ll do our best to answer the many questions you may have about the recovery process.
To start off, one thing you need to know is that, no matter how much you’re suffering, it’s not your fault. Studies have shown that addiction is a disorder that changes the way the brain works on a structural level, meaning it needs treatment like any other illness or disorder.
There’s also proof that problems like addiction are heavily influenced by the environment surrounding the person – one famous study involving rats in the 1970s (known as the “rat park”) by American psychologist Dr Bruce Alexander proved this.
In the experiment, rats previously isolated with only drugged and not drugged water were far less likely to take the drugged water in the first place and to overdose when placed in a freer “rat parks”, set loose to play and socialise with other rats, with exactly the same access to the water that other rats had previously overdosed on.
One of the many things that this highly influential study proved is that you’re far more likely to become a victim of addiction if you’re facing it alone.
Even if you’ve come far enough in your journey to end up on our website, you may be questioning whether you have an addiction at all.
This is of course the first and most important thing to establish, so let’s star by going over the signs and symptoms of addiction. Some of the most common include:
If these symptoms seem all too familiar, that could be a sign that you need help.
So now, if you’ve got this far, you’ve most likely established that you have a problem. The next question is where to go from there? What kinds of treatments are available? How do you even get started getting access to those treatments?
We’ll get more into the specifics of the second question later on, but to answer the last one, all you need to do is get in touch with Rehab 4 Addiction.
If you speak to anyone on our team, we’ll talk through your circumstances and from there we’ll create a personalised treatment plan designed specifically to fit you, with everything you might need taken into consideration.
This is one of the first decisions to be made: should you stay at home (outpatient treatment) or go to a residential facility (inpatient treatment). This primarily depends on the severity of your addiction. Residential rehab facilities are designed for people with moderate to severe problems, who are helped by being fully immersed in recovery with constant access to professional help.
On the other hand, those with a less severe problem may not need to go to a residential facility and would therefore be recommended outpatient treatment.
Rehab 4 Addiction has plenty of resources for both no matter what decision you make, from therapy, to medically assisted detoxes (more on both those two later), to support groups such as alcoholics anonymous.
To talk more specifically about inpatient treatment, our nearest centre for alcohol rehab in Hammersmith is in a secluded space in London. The centre has a mixture of residential and treatment rooms, with both being in the same location and therefore easily accessible.
To get more specific about the kinds of treatment you might go through, one of the most important ones you may need to access is a detox. This is a tricky one, as it can be a dangerous path to pursue alone. Depending on the kinds of substances you’re addicted to withdrawal symptoms can range wildly from tremors to seizures.
When you talk to Rehab 4 Addiction, we’ll point you in the right direction to organisations that can help you medically detox safely.
Different kinds of therapy will of course have different processes depending on both their categorisation and your specific circumstances. But generally, the kinds of therapy you could be directed towards include simple talking therapy, counselling (with the latter being more generalised in comparison to the former) and holistic therapy.
No matter what you’re directed towards, they all serve the same essential purpose: helping you to get hold of any root emotional causes of your addiction and talk through them.
This can be just as important as working through the physical symptoms of addiction through detoxing, as its often the emotional side that drives the addiction in the first place.
Call Rehab 4 Addiction today on 0800 140 4690 or fill in the enquiry form.