Due to a lack of scientific understanding, addiction was historically viewed as a sign of weakness. This invoked feelings of guilt and shame in those affected, exacerbated by the lack of treatment services.
Thankfully, as we accelerate into the future, so does scientific understanding regarding addiction, or substance use disorder.
Rather than being considered weak-willed, we now know it takes a huge amount of strength to battle against and overcome this chronic illness.
While it may seem difficult, even impossible at times, lifelong recovery is more accessible than ever. This owes to research-informed treatments, increased public awareness, and an outstanding selection of rehab centres in the UK.
Here at Rehab 4 Addiction, we’ve partnered with 120 clinics that offer exceptional care, confirmed by the Care Quality Commission for England, Wales, and Scotland.
Informed by decades of experience in rehabilitation, we’ve created a referral process to reflect the needs of each individual.
Whether you’re seeking treatment in the heart of Lewes town, or further afield in East Sussex, we’ll have a centre to suit your needs.
According to the widely known stereotype, an addiction is obvious to spot. The archetypal sufferer of substance use disorder will be unable to function: existing without a home or any form of self-care.
Though this is, unfortunately, the case for some, the symptoms of a severe dependency can manifest in subtler ways.
Signs of a worsening dependency will depend on the individual, and oftentimes symptoms will depend on the situation surrounding an addiction.
This includes both environmental and social factors and can be anything from career choice to tumultuous relationships or home-life.
For example, if someone is high functioning, signs of a substance addiction will be less apparent as they’re able to hold down a job and uphold responsibilities.
If questioned about substance use, they may enter the denial phase- presenting reasons to justify an addiction, or denying that there’s an issue in the first place.
In response to any interventions, an individual may become secretive, and attempt to hide their consumption of alcohol or drugs.
Other relationships may also begin to suffer, whether by an increase in codependency or increased conflict. Alongside increased agitation towards others, other worrying behaviour may include heightened anxiety, depression, appetite changes, or insomnia.
If an individual continues to consume a substance, higher quantities will be needed over time as tolerance increases. This worrying behaviour is more easily spotted in social situations, or at home with loved ones.
While each case of substance use disorder looks different, each is equally debilitating. Over time, all addictions will lead to the same cognitive and physical problems- some of which can present lifelong issues.
Luckily, a variety of both inpatient and outpatient care is available for those struggling with this chronic disease.
In 2019-2020, a GOV UK survey reported that 132,124 people started treatment for alcohol and drug overuse, and it’s reassuring to see this significant figure.
Many of those who fall into this statistic opt for outpatient care, due to its flexible schedule and affordability within the NHS bracket. Though this can be a good option for the treatment of mild addictions, outpatient care has a lower success rate when it comes to severe addictions.
This is because care is carried out on a remote basis- meaning individuals must interrupt their treatment to return home. In the home environment, there may be triggers or even exposure to a substance, thereby increasing the likelihood of relapse.
In contrast, opting for treatment in a private rehab centre guarantees all-inclusive on-site care. A fresh environment and removal from any negative influences greatly increase the success of treatment.
Rather than interrupting a treatment programme by having to go home, patients are given a safe space in which to purely focus on recovery and healing.
Within this space, individuals will have a structured daily routine, consisting of a group or individual therapy, healthy eating, and time to reflect on all they’ve learned.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of inpatient rehab care is the personalisation of treatment and access to a dual diagnosis. Each client has the assurance that their care programme will be fully personalised.
Taken into consideration are factors such as social setting, particular substance, relevant personal history, and mental health. As many people have an underlying mental health condition underpinning an addiction, a dual diagnosis will allow for complete treatment.
By seeking the original cause of addiction through personalised treatment, rehab centres produce the highest recovery rates.
Once you’ve decided to reach out, whether, on behalf of a loved one or yourself, our supportive team will begin the referral process. To avoid the stress many people face when researching so many centres, we’ve simplified the process into a quick phone consultation.
At a time convenient for you, we’ll schedule a phone call with one of our addiction specialists. During this one-to-one session, they’ll ask some questions in order to build a referral to a clinic that most suits your needs.
This will include budgetary preference, medical history, and the details of your addiction. After a short health assessment, we’ll begin to build your personalised treatment programme and will refer you to a leading rehab centre to match your preferences.
Upon arrival, you’ll check into an individual suite with all the modern amenities of a hotel. Rooms are designed with your comfort in mind and have a bright, modern finish.
After settling into the accommodation, each patient will undergo a medically supervised detox. Spanning around 7 days, toxins from a substance will slowly be reduced in the body.
During this time, a team of medical professionals will be on hand 24/7, and can administer low dose sedatives or opiates like Subutex to ease withdrawal symptoms.
Following the detox phase, the contents of your bespoke care plan will fall into 3 categories: individual therapy, group therapy, and holistic treatment.
With a one-to-one focus, those undertaking individual therapy will work with a psychiatrist or counsellor. In a non-judgemental space, you’ll use highly effective psychotherapy techniques to work through the cause of your addiction.
These methods often take the form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, or motivational interviewing. CBT focuses on the behavioural patterns associated with substance dependency, aiming to break the cycle of recovery and relapse by changing thought pathways.
With a similar focus on changing an outlook, DBT instead hones in on the particular emotions an individual may be suffering. Marrying all these elements, Motivational Interviewing aims to elicit a plan moving forward, in order to work through trauma and implement future change.
Similarly led by a specialist counsellor, group therapy aims to perpetuate recovery through camaraderie, and solidarity. In groups of between 6-11, individuals have the opportunity to engage with peers undergoing similar struggles.
This creates a sense of community that can be vital to lifelong recovery, long after rehab.
Holistic treatment takes an entirely different approach and aims to improve all areas of an individual’s life. With such a broad view, holistic therapy sessions can take any direction sought by the patient- with a view to leading a healthy lifestyle.
In order to prepare for a life post-rehab, you’ll be able to attend anything from mindfulness workshops, yoga, art classes, and sessions on nutrition.
If you’re based in Lewes or the surrounding locale and seek addiction guidance, our team is ready to take your call. Phone us at any time on 0800 140 4690.