In this day and age where all collective human knowledge is just a few clicks away, why can’t you just work out how to help yourself?
You may be tempted to attempt to work through the stages of a recovery journey alone. This could be due to misplaced shame, embarrassment or even simple fear surrounding rehab centres.
We understand why you may think this could be the easier option.
After all, it would involve being able to keep your drug or alcohol dependency secret. At the same time, you can deal with your own problems.
It may seem simple enough to work towards long term recovery. That all you have to do is avoid substance abuse, and you’re fine. Unfortunately, drug and alcohol dependencies are much more complicated than that.
For one thing, prolonged substance abuse changes your brain chemistry.
When you first start using drugs or alcohol, you cause your brain to experience a rush of dopamine, the feel-good chemical.
Over time your brain requires a larger quantity of drugs or alcohol in order to achieve the same rush causing you to crave your substance of choice.
At this point, if you were to stop taking your usual amount of drugs or alcohol or even stopped altogether, your brain would panic.
It would think it’s being deprived of what it needs in order to produce dopamine and would cause your body to react violently.
This reaction is known as the withdrawal symptoms.
These symptoms can be very dangerous if experienced outside of a rehab centre or any other medical facility.
If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact a medical professional as soon as possible.
These symptoms include:
These symptoms are the biggest reason why you can’t just work through the recovery process alone. It’s too dangerous and simply won’t work the way you want it to.
So, now that it’s established why you shouldn’t do it alone let’s focus on why you should work towards long term recovery in rehab.
Rehab is at its core a medical facility designed to combat both the physical and mental causes and effects of drug or alcohol dependency.
They do this through various treatments that offer you support to work through the process.
One such treatment is detox.
To put it simply, detox is the process of allowing your body to work through the withdrawal symptoms in a safe and controlled environment.
This is often considered the worst part of rehab due to how uncomfortable the withdrawal symptoms are to experience.
However, during this time, you will be monitored 24 hours a day by a fully trained medical professional.
They are there to support you and help keep you as safe and comfortable as possible.
Most importantly, they are able to administer medication to relieve the symptoms should they prove too much for your body to handle.
Once your body is weaned off drugs and alcohol, you should be free of your cravings.
They may still be triggered due to stress or as a trauma response, but if all goes well, you won’t experience them within the rehab centre.
An essential treatment you will be supported in is group therapy.
We understand that this will be a very lonely and isolating time in your life. It may be hard to believe at times, but you are not alone in this. That you aren’t the only person to struggle and need help.
Group therapy allows you to see that anyone can struggle with a drug or alcohol dependency.
You will meet others staying at the centre from all walks of life. Everyone has their own history of substance abuse, and everyone has their own journey to long-term recovery.
What’s important is that this time allows you to not only work to improve your mental health but to also interact with others.
To begin to build healthier interpersonal relationships with people who have the same goal you do.
To live a happier and healthier life.
All the group therapy sessions are monitored by a fully licensed therapist who leads the sessions. They will keep everything on track and help teach you new and healthier coping mechanisms.
Rehab centres have the resources available to provide you with personalised, one to one care when required.
This could be done through private therapy sessions away from the group.
This is perfectly normal and simply means in order to best improve your mental health, you require specialised care.
When you leave the rehab centre, you will be given something called the relapse prevention plan.
This is a plan designed to help you avoid triggers for your cravings and to utilise the coping mechanisms you developed in therapy.
It could range from mindfulness techniques like breathing exercises to listening to music or partaking in hobbies.
It’s designed to help specifically you.
So you can avoid relapsing and continuing on in your journey to long term recovery.
Finding a rehab centre
You have a wide range of rehab centres available to you in the Leiston area.
At this point in your journey, you may not know what exactly you will be needing from your rehab centre, what kind of facilities or additional treatments may help you.
You may find just the thought of trying to find the best possible one for you to be overwhelming and a bit off-putting.
Luckily, we are here to help you.
At Rehab 4 Addiction, we have years of experience in matching people with their ideal rehab centre. This is done through a careful referral process involving an interview with one of our team members during our free initial assessment.
Once a referral has been made, you will find yourself checked into a local rehab centre as fast as possible. We are dedicated to making the process as easy and as efficient as possible for you.
So all you have to do is give us a call at 0800 140 4690 and then relax. You can rest easy knowing you will be looked after.
We believe in you, and we promise you will come out the other side of this happier and healthier than you could ever imagine.
Hope to hear from you soon.