It’s common for people with drug and alcohol addictions to convince themselves they don’t need help.
That way, they don’t have to deal with the physical and mental challenges of getting sober. However, don’t be fooled – this is by no means the easy way out.
Consuming drugs and alcohol excessively is extremely harmful to your mind and body, and delaying treatment will only put you in more danger.
As difficult as it may be to admit you need help, it’s a step you need to take if you want to free yourself from the chains of addiction.
Months or years down the line, you will look back at your current self and be astonished that you were ever suffering as much as you are right now.
Sobriety doesn’t cure all sadness, but it does provide you with a clear mind to deal with your issues.
Ultimately, recovering from a drug and alcohol addiction will show you that you are capable of more than you could ever imagine.
With the appropriate medication and therapy, you have a great chance of silencing the demons and turning your back on toxic substances.
When you enter rehab, you will be evaluated to determine what your needs are.
Part of this evaluation involves assessing your psychological wellbeing so that staff know exactly what kind of therapy you need.
Depending on which treatment centre you are referred to, you will have access to different forms of therapy.
There are some popular types of therapy that are available in almost every centre, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), psychotherapy, counselling, and talking therapy.
However, some centres specialise in less common types of therapy including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and music therapy.
If there is a specific type of therapy you would like to try, you can let us know on the phone and we will try to find a facility that offers your preferred form.
Many patients at rehab are dual diagnosis patients. This means they suffer from a mental health condition alongside their addiction.
Some of the most common conditions that are comorbid with addiction are:
If you are a dual diagnosis patient, we will be sure to refer you to a rehab that is an expert in your condition.
The therapy process is about more than unpacking your addiction; it’s also about delving into your psychology and working through any mental health issues you have.
Throughout your stay at rehab, there will be times that you will struggle with the psychological reality of getting sober. You may even fall into the trap of believing you’d have been better off never asking for help.
This is completely normal; recovery is tiring and your brain wants to give you a break from the hard work. In these situations, it’s helpful to chat to staff about your concerns as they will remind you of the progress you have made.
You can also contact us to talk through any of your worries and we will remind you why you wanted to get sober in the first place.
Just like the psychological evaluation that takes place at rehab, there will also be a physical needs assessment. This will help staff take care of your physical health while you go through the process of detoxing.
Detoxing involves withdrawing drugs and alcohol from your body. The process is slightly different depending on the type of addiction you have and the severity of the addiction.
All detoxes are designed to restore your health, leaving you in a much better condition than when you entered rehab.
Having said that, you may get worse before you get better. It is common to experience withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, dizziness, nausea, muscle aches, heart palpitations, headaches, and anxiety.
This is absolutely nothing to worry about; your body is bound to react negatively when it stops receiving something it’s hooked on. Fortunately, these symptoms should only last a few days.
Your stay at rehab will last around 28 days. After this point, you are free to return home and continue your sober lifestyle.
We encourage you to apply everything you have learnt in rehab to your everyday life in order to reduce the risk of relapse.
This may require making new friends, starting new hobbies, finding a new job, and continuing to attend therapy. In some cases, it’s necessary to move house and start a new life entirely.
In terms of official support, you will be provided with a relapse prevention plan when you exit rehab.
With the help of staff, you will decide how you would like to be supported when you leave rehab and this will be implemented after you leave.
Some clients request to have regular calls with the staff to keep them accountable, and others ask for helpline numbers for trying times.
You are welcome to suggest anything you think would benefit you and staff will do all they can to ensure the support is provided for you.
First of all, admitting you need help is something you should be proud of. So many people stay in denial their whole lives and risk serious illness or death.
The fact that you have resolved to get help shows great strength and determination, and this will serve you well as you strive to get sober.
To find out how Rehab 4 Addiction can help you, call us on 0800 140 4690 or fill out a call request form on this website.
We know it can be daunting to confess to your addiction but there is nothing we haven’t heard before.
We help people from all backgrounds who are struggling with a wide variety of addictions, so we are fully equipped to help you regardless of your specific struggle.
All you have to do is pick up the phone and we will take control of the rest.