Do you find that you can’t stop consuming addictive substances, no matter how much it hurts you or those around you? Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop?
On a surface level, addiction may seem easy to handle. But it’s actually incredibly complex, affecting you on physical and mental levels.
Like many other disorders, there isn’t really a cure for addiction. But, with the right help and support for both aforementioned sides, you can learn to manage it.
The last year has been hard on a lot of people – and unfortunately, many have turned to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope.
An article published in May 2020 explored this issue in more detail, also pointing out that many people drank more at home due to the closure of pubs. According to their data from Scottish Drug Treatment and education charity Crew, 58% of their survey respondents reported taking drugs more often.
Further surveys also point out a definite increase in the use of addictive substances since last March. Considering the collective trauma we’ve experienced, this isn’t too surprising, but it is concerning.
If you’ve developed symptoms of addiction during the lockdown, getting professional help will likely be the best solution.
Outside of world-stopping global pandemics, many addiction issues also develop from more personal and individual traumas. Rehab attempts to remedy this through various kinds of counselling and therapy.
Through various sessions, you’ll learn coping strategies and will be able to confront any and all mental health issues head-on. Bottling feelings up is never a good idea – actively acknowledging traumatic events of your past
Finally, some people’s addictions are also driven by toxic home or social environments. This is one of many reasons why residential rehab works well for those with moderate to severe addictions.
The secluded environment allows you to get away for a while and heal in a space where you’re fully supported.
You’ll probably have noticed us mention common signs of addiction earlier – now, we’re going to look at what some of them are.
Some of the most common physical, psychological behavioural and signs of addiction are:
Now let’s talk about the next steps to take once you’ve acknowledged that you have an issue. To get in touch with Rehab 4 Addiction and gain access to our multitude of services, all you need to do is call us or drop a message on our website.
Then, we’ll chat with you to establish your specific needs and if you’d like us to, we can also complete a formal assessment. Once you start treatment properly, you’ll also very likely have a full mental and physical assessment too.
From there, your treatment can take multiple paths depending on what came up in the assessments and discussions. However, nearly all treatment plans do begin with some kind of detox, to cleanse your body of any addictive substances still in your system over a period of 3 weeks.
As a final point on this subject, it’s very important that you don’t attempt to detox alone, due to the aforementioned dangerous withdrawal symptoms that can occur with certain substances.
As we said earlier, the main aim of rehab is to give you the life skills to manage your addiction long term. This is done through several kinds of treatment, all covering different areas.
We’ve already discussed how traumas can influence addiction and have touched briefly on therapy and counselling.
This is actually an umbrella term for several types of treatment, including art and music therapy (good for expressing yourself creatively), talking therapy (good for facing your mental health issues with the help of a professional) and motivational interviewing, where you’ll be asked a series of non-judgmental questions, which encourage you to examine your behaviour.
Workshops offered through residential rehab centres can also teach you life skills related to subjects such as health, nutrition and addiction.
Support groups like alcoholics anonymous and narcotics anonymous also give you access to an entire network of people with shared experiences, while physical therapies like acupuncture, massages and reflexology can lift your mood.
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