Rehab 4 Addiction

Drug & Alcohol Rehab in New Zealand

Every year in New Zealand, around 50,000 people will receive care and treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction. However, this is estimated to only be a third of those experiencing problems with substance dependence.

This leaves many individuals with no treatment or support at all.

At least 44% of adults in the country will try an illicit drug at some point in their life, whereas a massive 93% will try alcohol.

For some, it is easy to use these substances in moderation, or as a recreational activity with friends after a hard day at work. For others, this is not such an easy task.

If you are one of these people and are looking for treatment for your addiction, look no further.

Rehab 4 Addiction can offer support, advice, intervention services, and help in finding the perfect drug and alcohol rehab in New Zealand. Contact us today to find out more.

Getting admitted to rehab – the process

The process of being admitted to a drug and alcohol rehab in New Zealand can be confusing, but it does not have to be.

Here at Rehab 4 Addiction, the admissions process consists of two simple assessments.

When you first enquire with us, we will perform the first of these assessments, usually over the phone.

We will need information from you pertaining to your personality and character, and we will also generally discuss your addiction, the length of time you have been using for, the substance – or multiple substances – you have used in the past, and the overall severity of your situation.

With this data, we are able to begin determining which facility will be the most beneficial to you, and what specific treatments you will need whilst you are there.

After finalising our recommended options, you will be able to decide where you attend.

Addiction: Physical vs. Psychological

If you are experiencing a drug or alcohol addiction, you may hear this referred to as a physical addiction. This is one of many types of addiction; the one other main type being psychological.

There are many differences between the two, but also many similarities.

Symptoms can appear differently for each type of addiction (physical dependences are more likely to show a tolerance for the substance and physical symptoms of withdrawal such as headaches and muscle pain, whilst psychological addictions tend to show more emotional symptoms), but they overlap in many areas.

This means you can never experience an addiction that is entirely one type, your addiction will simply be mostly physical or mostly psychological.

If you are battling a physical addiction, you are still likely to be influenced by numerous psychological processes.

If you are dealing with the opposite, you are still capable of making your own physical decisions, regardless of the large psychological impact.

The alcohol detoxification process

It is always important to make sure you are under the care of professionals when undergoing alcohol detox.

This is due to the many ever-changing and risky withdrawal symptoms that are commonly experienced during a detox, and the medication that is sometimes needed to ease these side effects of withdrawal.

During the first few days of your detox, you may experience mild symptoms such as shakes, headaches, nausea and irritability.

However, these symptoms can worsen quickly, and some individuals may experience more severe side effects such as tremors, disorientation, hallucinations, fever, and an irregular heartbeat.

You are more likely to experience these more serious withdrawal symptoms if you have been drinking heavily for many years.

These symptoms may only last for a few weeks, or they may persist for months after the detox. It all depends on the severity of your addiction.

Medication that can be prescribed to ease some of the symptoms of withdrawal includes certain benzodiazepines, Naltrexone, Acamprosate, and Disulfiram.

The drug detoxification process

Before you can begin the rest of your treatment in your chosen drug and alcohol rehab in New Zealand, you must first undergo a drug detox.

The goal of drug detox, much like an alcohol detox, is to rid your body of what has been left behind from your drug use, such as dangerous toxins or any lingering substances you may have recently used.

Another purpose of this detox is to help reduce the possible physical harm that can happen to you and your body as a result of quitting suddenly. The whole process can take anywhere from a couple of days to a year.

Side effects are common during this stage, and can range from mild (headaches, dizziness, mood swings, flu-like symptoms, nausea, shaking, dizziness, fatigue, etc), to the more aggressive and severe (heightened feelings of anxiety, agitation and depression, seizures, hallucinations, etc).

The severity of the withdrawal symptoms that you personally experience will be determined largely by the drug that you have used, the seriousness of your addiction, and the length of time that you have been using.

It can also be impacted by a presence of a history of addiction within your family.

Dual diagnosis and addiction

It is very common, when battling a drug or alcohol addiction, to also experience a mental health condition alongside your substance dependence. This is known as a dual diagnosis.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, around 45% of individuals experiencing a substance addiction will also face a mental or behavioural condition.

Those with a dual diagnosis require treatment that addresses both disorders as interconnected issues.

Treating one whilst ignoring the other can lead to a relapse or heightened symptoms of the mental health condition, so both must be treated effectively in order for the affected individual to be able to reach a full recovery.

Because addiction and mental health disorders are usually so closely connected, there are some common factors that overlap which can exacerbate both issues.

These include brain responses, genetics, and certain triggers in the environment.

The most common mental health disorders linked to substance use include:

Certain eating disorders, bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia have also been associated with substance use and addiction.

If you believe you are experiencing both an addiction and a mental health disorder, get in touch with us today for more information on dual diagnosis and treatments available for dual diagnosis in a drug and alcohol rehab in New Zealand.

How much time will I spend in rehab?

How much time you need in rehab is largely determined by multiple factors of you and your addiction, but the average is around 28 days.

The factors that we consider when estimating the time you will need in rehab include the severity of your drug or alcohol addiction, the substance or multiple substances you have used, and the method of your abuse (smoking, injecting, snorting, etc).

If your addiction is very severe, or you have used higher-class drugs, you will most likely require more time in rehab than if your addiction is not as serious.

However, this is not always the case, as attitude and personality can also come into play.

Therapy and counselling in rehab

To guide you towards a successful and long-lasting recovery, your chosen drug and alcohol rehab in New Zealand will place you in certain therapy and counselling sessions, which will have been specifically chosen for you based on your treatment needs.

Though we cannot detail exactly which therapies you will participate in at this time, some common forms of treatment include:

  • Contingency Management, a treatment involving incentives such as prizes or money, which aims to reward desired behaviour so that it continues
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a form of therapy that can help clients manage their problems by changing the way they think and behave
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), similar to CBT, DBT is a method of therapy that teaches clients that it is possible to accept yourself as you are whilst also putting the work in to change yourself
  • Motivational interviewing, a counselling method that follows four principles that help improve a client’s motivation to change and improve their behaviour

You may also encounter general addiction counselling, family therapy, individual therapy, group therapy, art therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET).

The 12 step approach

The famous 12 step approach to recovery from addiction was created and popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), which was formed in 1935.

Nearly a hundred years later, the steps are still widely used across the world as a way to coach those battling addictions to a successful recovery.

Though the 12 steps are predominantly for the person experiencing the drug or alcohol addiction, some steps can also be completed by loved ones of the affected individual, which in turn can aid their recovery.

Many members of AA and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) have found that the programme is not just a set of instructions on how to recover from an addiction, but rather a way of life, which a majority still live by years into their substance-free lives.

The 12 steps are:

  1. Honesty
  2. Faith
  3. Surrender
  4. Soul-searching
  5. Integrity
  6. Acceptance
  7. Humility
  8. Willingness
  9. Forgiveness
  10. Maintenance
  11. Making contact
  12. Service

Through this step by step programme, you can hope to achieve a better understanding of yourself, your character ‘flaws’ and how your behaviour has impacted yourself and your loved ones.

You can then learn to accept these flaws, make amends, heal relationships, accept help, and when you are ready, pass on the knowledge you now have to others who may be suffering.

Relapse prevention in your chosen rehab

Your chances of experiencing a relapse decrease slowly the longer you are withdrawn from the substances you have used.

On average, about 21.4% of people that have suffered from addiction in the past relapse in their second year, whereas only 9.6% do in their third to their fifth year, and only a small 7.2% relapse after year 5 of recovery.

To help further decrease these chances, you will participate in relapse prevention planning at your chosen drug and alcohol rehab in New Zealand.

This planning will ensure that you have all the necessary knowledge about yourself and your addiction to continue your recovery journey outside of rehab without any hindrances.

To create a personal relapse prevention plan, it is important to first take into account some aspects of you and your addiction that can impact your recovery.

Your history with drugs and alcohol, which exact substance or multiple substances you have used, and what your triggers are that could lead you to relapse should all be considered.

With this information, a prevention plan and an action plan on what to do if you do relapse can be made – the more detailed and specific to you these plans are, the better chances you will have of not experiencing an unwanted or early relapse.

Mutual support groups (AA/NA)

AA was started by two alcoholics in the early 1900’s with one united goal: To treat addiction for what it is – a disease – rather than the moral failing people had branded it to be during that time.

AA remains to this day one of the most effective routes to a sustained recovery from alcoholism, and other branches of the group such as NA, Alateen and Al-anon have also been created to cater to other addictions and to those that have been impacted by a loved one’s substance use.

These groups are not-for-profit and require no fee from members who wish to join. They are usually also open to any age, and anyone experiencing any type of substance addiction.

They focus mostly on honesty, acceptance, a sense of community, and sponsorship, to help coach people attempting to stay sober.

Through AA/NA and other branches of the group, members can hope to maintain their recovery with the help of emotional and moral support, and social interaction with others sharing similar experiences to them.

Progress is also rewarded for each milestone members reach, usually with coins, medallions or tags, depending on the area/group.


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