In the UK, we are very lucky to have the NHS to provide us with free healthcare.
It allows every citizen to be able to receive care and treatment. But, unfortunately, it is a system that provides for millions but is provided with very little from the government.
The sad truth is that the mental health services receive very little funding, which rehabilitation services are a part of.
This results in the doctors and nurses being understaffed and stretched thin. They simply don’t have the time or the resources to help everyone that needs it, so they have to prioritise only the most severe cases.
They ask for people to prove they’re struggling through a very long and frustrating process that can leave many seeking help discouraged and unsure if recovery is even worth all the hassle.
The process is long and hard, but it is better than nothing for those with no other option.
But if you want to know your other options, give us a ring at Rehab 4 Addiction and let us show you a better way.
At Rehab 4 Addiction, we act as a middle man between you and the rehab centres in the Manningtree area.
We take the time to get to know you and hold an informal interview.
During this, we aim to learn about your history of substance abuse, what your triggers are and get a basic understanding of the state of your mental health.
We then use this information to refer you to a rehab centre within the Manningtree area that has the best facilities and treatments to help you achieve long term recovery.
Any rehab centres we may recommend have been thoroughly checked out by a member of our team to ensure the facilities are clean and safe.
Our top priority is keeping you safe during this vulnerable time of your life. We are here to help you work towards a very difficult goal.
But a goal that will ultimately change your life for the better.
We have seen it time and time again. It may feel impossible right now, but with a bit of work and dedication, you can live a drug and alcohol-free life.
All you have to do is be willing to ask for help and be willing to accept it.
At this point, you may not be sure if your substance abuse has developed into a full-blown drug or alcohol dependency.
One is a bad habit, the other is a medical problem.
There are a number of ways to be sure. Still, we recommend they are done by a medical professional to ensure safety.
The most effective way to be sure is to see if you experience withdrawal symptoms when you go an extended period of time without any drugs or alcohol.
In a rehab centre, this is done through a detox where you are monitored to ensure the symptoms don’t overwhelm your body.
But if experienced alone, the withdrawal symptoms can be very dangerous as they include:
In rehab, you can be provided with medications to relieve the symptoms before they get to the point of danger.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you have proof that you are struggling with a drug or alcohol dependency.
A dependency is developed when prolonged substance abuse changes your brain chemistry.
When you first start using drugs or alcohol, you cause a rush of pleasure in your brain thanks to a supply of extra dopamine.
Over time your brain becomes used to this excess dopamine, and so in order to achieve the same effect, you need more and more drugs or alcohol.
Your brain will get to the point where it believes it needs substance abuse in order to produce dopamine at all. So when it is denied drugs or alcohol, it makes you crave them.
If these cravings are ignored, it reacts violently, resulting in withdrawal symptoms.
A drug or alcohol dependency cannot be ignored. It needs treatment, or it will only get worst.
Substance abuse and its eventual dependency tend to be as much a symptom of a mental health crisis as a cause.
Those struggling with their mental health will often turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to ignore their pain.
The most common causes of substance abuse are:
These all massively impact your mental health.
Trauma changes the way your brain is able to cope with stress. It makes it latch on to whatever makes it easier to deal with at the moment, even if it makes your problems worse in the long run.
In rehab, through regular group therapy sessions, you will learn how to develop healthier coping mechanisms.
The aim is for you to be able to leave the centre with a set of tools to use to avoid a relapse when you are no longer constantly monitored and supported.
Before you leave, you will be offered aftercare services that will include follow up therapy sessions so you and a therapist can continue to work on your problems and improve your mental health.
You will also be referred to a local support group. Here your progress can be monitored in a less formal setting. In addition, you can work to build friendships and support those that are offering you the same.
They say that a journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step.
The journey to long term recovery is very similar. It will be long, and it will be difficult, but so long as you take it one step after the other and one day at a time, you will get there eventually.
You are not alone in this. You can achieve long term recovery if you are willing to put the work in.
We know you can do this.