It is never easy to deal with a drug or alcohol dependency.
It can make you feel alone and isolated from others around you, like you are the only person in the whole world who understands how you feel and what you’re going through.
Well, we can assure you that you are very far from being alone. You can find support in a drug or alcohol rehab in the Ilminster area.
Over the past couple of years, there has been a sharp rise in the number of being struggling with a drug or alcohol dependency. Thankfully, the number of people seeking treatment for their substance abuse is also on the rise.
These people come from all over the UK, from every background, ethnicity, religion and social class. Drug or alcohol dependency can affect anyone at any time in their life. So it isn’t something to be ashamed of.
But it is something to work to overcome.
Now more than ever, society has accepted that those struggling with a drug or alcohol dependency need help, not punishment. That is why there are laws in place to protect you and anyone else who comes forward to seek treatment.
It doesn’t matter if you are dependent on a controlled substance. Rehab centres and hospitals only care about helping you.
You are perfectly safe to seek treatment for any kind of drug or alcohol dependency without the fear of being arrested shortly after.
Before anything else, a rehab centre is a place of healing. Therefore, both your physical and mental health is the most important thing to the staff.
We know it may seem scary, and we can’t promise it will be easy. Still, we can promise seeking treatment in a rehab centre will be the best decision you will ever make.
At this point in your journey to long term recovery, you may not be sure you are actually struggling with a drug or alcohol dependency. Instead, you may believe that your substance abuse is simply a bad habit that you can stop any time you want.
Except you never want to, do you?
A drug or alcohol dependency goes beyond just wanting to keep abusing substances. It is a severe medical condition that has occurred due to a change in your brain chemistry.
It is a chemical imbalance that needs to be corrected in order for you to achieve sobriety safely.
But how can you be sure your substance abuse has developed into a full-blown dependency?
Well, first of all, for different substances, there are different signs you need to watch out for.
Drug dependencies tend to manifest themselves in a dramatic change in mental health. As a result, you may find yourself experiencing mood swings: sudden fits of anger or depression.
You will very likely experience manic highs and increased irritability. This is often linked with a drug dependency causing insomnia.
It changes the way you are able to interact with people. It is very easy to find yourself isolated from friends and family with an unpredictable mood and odd sleeping hours.
With such a big drinking culture in the UK, and alcohol dependency may be harder to spot. However, many can misinterpret some of the signs as a higher alcohol tolerance or a desire to be social.
However, if you notice over time, it takes more and more alcohol for you to feel drunk, then that isn’t a higher tolerance. It’s a dependency.
An alcohol dependency can also result in heightened aggression and irritability. With alcohol being prioritised over other essential factors in your life such as family, work or social events.
With alcohol consumption being everywhere and its use being so normalised in almost every social event, it is very easy for you not to even notice you have developed a dependency until it is too late.
But no matter what your dependency is, the undeniable proof is if you experience withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms are the result of prolonged substance abuse changing your brain chemistry.
When you first start abusing drugs or alcohol, you cause a big release of dopamine which is the chemical that causes you to feel pleasure.
Your brain likes this rush of extra dopamine and, over time, gets used to it.
The danger is that after a while, you need more and more drugs or alcohol to achieve the same effect. Your brain even starts to believe that it needs drugs or alcohol to produce any dopamine at all.
So it begins to make you crave them.
When these cravings are ignored, your brain begins to panic and causes your body to experience withdrawal symptoms.
These symptoms, if experienced alone, can be very dangerous. They can include:
For your own safety, if you experience any of these symptoms outside of a medical facility, call an ambulance as soon as possible.
In rehab, you are able to work through the withdrawal symptoms in a safe and controlled environment.
This process is known as a detox, where you will be monitored day and night until you have been weaned off all drugs and alcohol.
Only in the drug or alcohol rehab centre in the Ilminster area will you be able to experience a safe detox as the monitoring medical professionals can provide medication to ease the withdrawal symptoms should they prove to be too much for you to handle.
Experts have proved that there is a link between untreated mental health problems and substance abuse.
Many living with an undiagnosed mental illness such as anxiety or depression will turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to self medicate.
A large part of the treatments offered within a rehab centre is therapy.
This is so that you can work to improve your mental health and exchange your substance abuse for healthier coping mechanisms.
This therapy will more often than not take place in group sessions. This is so that you can get used to being honest with other people about your drug or alcohol dependency work to avoid any further isolation.
At Rehab 4 Addiction, we act as a middle man between you and the potential rehab centres in the Ilminster area.
We simply ask you to complete our free initial assessment so that we can get to know you and your needs.
We are then able to find you a local rehab centre with the best possible rehabilitation facilities for you.
We also act as a supportive presence during this very vulnerable time in your life.
We want you to know you are not alone during this. We are here to keep you safe and as happy as possible while you work towards long term recovery.
All you have to do is give us a call at 0800 140 4690.
Let your journey begin today so you can enjoy a drug and alcohol-free life tomorrow.