When your life is gripped by the hands of addiction it can feel suffocating and as if there is no way out.
This is especially the case where drinking alcohol and taking drugs has taken up a lot of time throughout a person’s life.
Usually, where addiction has taken control, there is a series of consequences that spread out affecting both a person’s own experiences as well as those for people close to them.
For families who love someone who has an addiction, it can feel extremely frustrating, as well as bringing rage and heartbreak into the equation.
When emotionally attached to a person who is unable to control their behaviours even when the behaviours have such damaging effects, there can be a lot of things said and done that cause a lot of damage.
The majority of people who have an addiction will wish it wasn’t the case. Change comes with effort, time, determination, and honesty.
Eventually, it will be time to take the next step, which means heading towards a life of recovery.
Rehab 4 Addiction supports people throughout Northam into rehabilitation programmes locally and further afield.
To consider the benefits of recovery, you have to think about what the negative impacts of addiction are first. You look at one side of the coin and then the other.
Addiction creates mental health problems. Many people might start with mental health problems and then use substances to try and make themselves feel better.
Although this might feel as though it’s working in the first instance, the following hangover or “comedown” comes with its own set of uncomfortable feelings.
These often make people want to use or drink again.
When people drink and take drugs again and again to ease symptoms of mental health or the symptoms of withdrawal, addiction can develop.
When a person starts recovery, the natural chemicals in the brain and the hormones in the thyroid are able to return to their natural balance because the substances are no longer affecting them.
This means that the body’s natural mood regulators are more controlled.
Drugs and alcohol are toxic substances that build up in the organs with prolonged use. When this happens the body isn’t able to function as well and the toxins can cause huge amounts of damage.
This damage has massive health implications and increases the risks of disease.
Abstinence from alcohol and drugs gives your organs a chance to recover from the damage and heal. The body’s ability to regenerate new cells is magnificent so long as healthy food and drink is going in.
Exercise is also important in creating healthier future outcomes.
Thousands of people end up with huge amounts of debt when an addiction has developed. Debt and addiction both increase suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
Accessing support around recovery also introduces professionals who can guide you around a history of financial debt and budgeting for the future.
Many families are torn apart by the repercussions of alcohol and drugs. The majority of rehabilitation programmes offer to couple and family therapy which supports people towards healing relationships and rebuilding trust.
There are various treatment services in the Northam area that you can ask Rehab 4 Addiction about. It can be a little daunting when there are so many options, especially if you’re unsure which treatments would be most suitable to your particular addiction and circumstances.
Private clinics provide an excellent and specialist level of care by highly trained professionals. Some people will be better suited to a stay at the clinic in order to gain 24/7 support.
This is especially helpful for people with severe problems with alcohol and drugs. Others might opt to remain living at home but go to the clinic to access particular counselling or group sessions.
When people enter rehab, they are supported through a physical detox by a team of doctors and clinical nurses. This ensures the safety and that withdrawal symptoms are managed as comfortably as possible.
A detox can last up to ten days depending on which substance is being removed from the body.
After the detox, people start the therapeutic side of recovery. Addiction is a mental health illness that begins in the head with thoughts and feelings. It’s these things that drive people to drink and take drugs.
This is why it’s vital for the mind to be treated to the optimum care possible. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as well as alternative therapies, is provided to give a well-rounded approach to self-understanding and change.
Group sessions are a really nurturing space for individuals to come together and connect with others living with similar problems.
This environment helps people to open up in quite a different way as they usually feel very comfortable amongst peers.
All areas of rehabilitation are required for the most sustainable recovery outcomes to have a chance at happening.
Taking the step towards a life of abstinence might feel next to impossible. Rest assured, thousands of people in the UK are doing it every year.
You can too. You can recover.
There are certain characteristics that you’ll come to lean on once treatment begins, but before then you can prepare too. It’s useful to recognise that nervousness and self-doubt are natural.
What’s more important is to remember that going to rehab is a massive step and you should give yourself credit for this.
Before your admission date, it’s most important to stay committed to your decision, you’ve made that decision now, and you made it for a reason.
If you’re concerned about any of the practical aspects, then contact Rehab 4 Addiction, we can handle all of the arrangements to ease any practical worries.
When leading you through the referral process you’re also very welcome to call us for an emotional pep talk.
All you need to do is give us a ring. We’ll lead you through the conversation if you’re concerned about where to begin, or you can just chat away.
Call us today to find out about your treatment options in Northam.
Call us today on 0800 140 4690.