At Rehab 4 Addiction we believe addiction is a disease. Like all diseases, addiction must be tackled with scientific and therapeutic methods that lead to long-term recovery. Despite its negative consequences, people addicted to drugs and alcohol will continue to seek out these substances due to uncontrollable cravings.
When you attend Rehab 4 Addiction’s revolutionary treatment centre in Leicester, you will begin to untangle your addiction to drugs and alcohol and finally be able to control these cravings without resorting to drug and alcohol use.
To understand the complexities of addiction and its neurobiology, it’s important to understand the brain’s reward pathways. Information travels through the VTA area of the brain up to the nucleus acumens and finally to the prefrontal cortex. This is known as the brain’s ‘reward structure’ or ‘ reward pathways.’ Information travels via the neurotransmitter known as ‘dopamine’. These messages trigger thepleasure-producingg chemical known as opioids.
Thanks to this evolved structure contained in your brain, you are able to experience pleasure when you eat food, drink water or have sex. However, addiction hijacks this system so you experience urges to abuse drugs or alcohol.
Specifically, alcohol or drug use alters the way your brain functions. Long term abuse of drugs and alcohol alters the chemical and physical structure of your brain so you crave drugs and alcohol akin to the way you crave sex, water and food.
When you attend Rehab 4 Addiction’s revolutionary addiction treatment in Leicester, you are educated on how the disease of addiction arises. This knowledge empowers you in your fight against addiction. Understanding how the disease of addiction works allows you to consciously understand your destructive behaviours and also arms you with strategies to finally defeat your addiction once and for all.
It’s very difficult for people to stop drug or alcohol use when an addiction to these substances has arisen. Self-medication through substance misuse becomes a way to ‘sooth’ the self when natural self-soothing mechanisms have not been developed in early childhood.
For instance, a child may be left crying for a long period of time without being picked up or a child may be abused or humiliated on a consistent basis. This trauma interferes with self-soothing mechanisms that develop during early childhood.
It’s important to keep in mind that as much as a person wishes to stop their drug or alcohol use, cravings make it difficult to stop. It makes sense that this ambivalence towards addiction exists because alcohol and drug use is a way to adapt to stress and conflict. These substances are usually viewed a ‘friend’ during periods of loneliness and a way to feel comfortable during social interactions. It’s thus understandable why many addicts struggle to ‘let go’ of this ‘friend’ manifesting itself in the form of an addiction.
Rehab 4 Addiction’s team of dedicated therapist help our patients recognise these ‘triggers of addiction’. We achieve this by offering a range of therapeutic techniques such as voice therapy, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and rational emotive behaviour therapy. Therapy is given on a residential basis. This means patients are removed from their normal environment whilst therapy is given.
When we treat people drug or alcohol addiction in Leicester, it’s important that we suspend what we think the patient wants or what we feel is the best treatment approach. We instead listen to what the person wants as they struggle with their drug or alcohol addiction. When we listen and investigate, we gain an insight into their reasons for continuing to abuse drugs and alcohol. Above all, no particular treatment is every ‘imposed’ on to any of our clients.
Substance users are commonly plagued with feelings of shame and self-attacks. This shame and self-attacks result in depression, psychosomatic illness and thought confusion. Many of these people may be resistant to the idea of seeking therapy. For this reason, many of our patients often take a ‘step back’ in their therapy until real progress is made.
At Rehab 4 Addiction, we do not impose pressure on our patients to make immediate progress. Instead, we create a relaxing and calming therapeutic environment where patients are allowed to make progress at their own pace.
At Rehab 4 Addiction, we solely provide abstinence-based programmes. This means patients are encouraged and given the tools to eliminate drugs and alcohol from lives entirely. However, patients may experience feelings of failure when they cannot meet the abstinence expectation. For this reason, our patients are taught to avoid relapse and to view relapse as part of their journey to long-term recovery should it occur.
To reduce the risk of relapse, we offer a generous aftercare service. This service is free of charge and included in all of the rehabilitation and detoxification plans we offer.
To access Rehab 4 Addiction’s revolutionary drug and alcohol treatment in Leicester, contact our admissions team today without delay on 0800 140 4690. Alternatively, contact us through this website. We offer a range of detox and rehab options in Leicester to suit most addictions and mental health issues.