Rehab 4 Addiction

Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Norway

If you are in Norway and attempting to battle a drug or alcohol addiction, you don’t have to face this challenge alone.

It is reported that the most used drugs in the country are cannabis – most popular in young adults aged 16-34 – followed by MDMA, amphetamines, and cocaine.

Whilst the common view on cannabis is that it is a harmless drug, this is not always true, and with an estimated 0.3% of all adults in Norway admitting to using the illicit drug daily or almost daily, it is slowly becoming a huge problem.

Each year, all 19 counties usually register at least one drug-induced death, with the biggest cities – Oslo and Bergen – accounting for the highest numbers.

The latest average for these deaths worked out to be around 75 deaths per million.

For this reason, we are now dedicated more than ever before to helping all those in need of addiction treatment.

We know just how much rehabilitation can positively impact a person’s life, and with a drug and alcohol rehab in Norway, yours could soon be changed for the better too.

The admissions process

The process of admission into a drug and alcohol rehab in Norway does not have to be a difficult one.

Here at Rehab 4 Addiction, this process is simplified with two quick assessments of you and your addiction that allow us to figure out what your needs for treatment are, so we can work accordingly.

The first of these assessments will most likely take place over the phone, whereas the second one will be in person, usually when you first arrive at the rehab of your choice.

These two assessments will simply evaluate your mental and physical health, as well as aspects of your dependence such as the substances you are using, how long you have been using for, and the general severity of your situation.

With this information, we begin to narrow down your addiction treatment options and figure out what will be most beneficial to you, and what will not be as effective.

Once we have ruled out options and finalised our suggestions, you will be admitted to the drug and alcohol rehab of your choosing.

Physical addiction vs. psychological addiction

There are two distinctive types of addiction – physical and psychological.

Physical addictions show themselves largely through the development of tolerance for the substance you are using, and the existence of withdrawal symptoms like muscle pain and headaches.

Psychological addictions are known for symptoms that are more cognitive and emotional in nature.

Whilst drug and alcohol addictions can sometimes be categorised as either or even both at the same time, it is important to understand the differences between the two to aid in treatment planning and better understanding the client and the addiction.

It is also important to recognise how much the two issues can overlap at times, and the impossibility of a person experiencing an addiction that is wholly physical or wholly psychological.

Even during a physical addiction, we can be influenced by mental and emotional processes, and during a psychological addiction, we can still make our own physical choices and decisions.

Detoxing from alcohol

It is important, once you have withdrawn from alcohol, to allow your body time to detox, adjust to the absence, and heal from the substance.

During this detox stage, it is very common to experience a number of withdrawal symptoms, that can span anywhere between a few days, to a few months.

In some severe cases where an individual has been battling alcohol addiction for many years, some symptoms can last up to a year and beyond.

It is highly important that alcohol detox is done in the safety of a suitable rehab facility, as these withdrawal symptoms can range from mild (nausea, headaches, irritability, and shakes) to more aggressive (fever, an irregular heartbeat, hallucinations, and disorientation).

They are also known to change quickly and are sometimes difficult to control if you are withdrawing alone at home.

To help ease these symptoms during the detox, a doctor at your chosen drug and alcohol rehab in Norway can prescribe you certain medications.

These include some benzodiazepines, Acamprosate, Disulfiram, and Naltrexone.

Drug detoxes

If you are considering attempting to recover from your drug addiction, the first step in your journey will inevitably be a drug detox in your chosen drug and alcohol rehab in Norway.

The purpose of drug detox, much like an alcohol detox, is to rid the body of the toxins and substances left behind from the drug use.

This process usually takes anywhere from a week to a few months and allows you and your body to begin healing so that you can focus on the remainder of your treatment and recovery.

During this detox, you are likely to experience several withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, headaches, flu-like symptoms, mood swings, dizziness, muscle pain, and shaking.

Rest assured that these are completely normal and expected at this stage of recovery, and can be eased with certain medications if necessary.

To find out more about the possibilities or process of drug detox, get in touch with us today.

Dual diagnosis

Many individuals suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction will also experience a mental health condition in their lifetime – the existence of both at the same time is identified as a dual diagnosis.

Addiction and mental health go hand in hand in many ways, which is why dual diagnosis is so common – around 45% of people battling substance addictions are also experiencing a mental health disorder.

Because the issues are connected and overlap in many ways, the two have to be treated as such.

Though signs and symptoms of a dual diagnosis can vary depending on the person who is affected, their substance of choice, and of course the exact mental health disorder they are experiencing, some symptoms are common amongst most cases.

These include a lack of care for health and hygiene, suicidal behaviour or mentions of suicide, erratic and impulsive behaviour that is out of character, sudden changes in general behaviour, cognitive impairment, refusal to receive treatment, and avoidance of social or work events that were once enjoyed.

If you believe you are battling both a mental health disorder and a substance addiction, please let us know as soon as you can.

We can find you a suitable drug and alcohol rehab in Norway that will be able to care for both issues, which will give you the best chances of reaching full recovery from your addiction.

Rehabilitation takes time

It can be tempting, but we recommend not viewing the amount of time you are spending in rehab as a negative thing.

The average length of time spent in a drug and alcohol rehab in Norway is around 28 days, but this can vary greatly depending on the seriousness of your addiction, your substance of choice, and the method of your abuse.

However long you need in rehab, your recovery is possible, and treating rehabilitation as a race to the finish line will only hinder your progress and improvement.

Therapy and counselling in rehab

After your drug or alcohol detox, treatments such as therapy and counselling will take over the bulk of your treatment plan.

You will participate in several different forms of therapy until the end of your journey in drug and alcohol rehab in Norway, and you may even continue to attend certain therapy or counselling session after you leave rehabilitation.

Some common forms of therapy that you might encounter include:

  • Family therapy, a therapy where family members can discuss how the addiction has also impacted them, and come together to help brainstorm ways to help the affected individual
  • Group therapy, most commonly seen on screen, group therapy is the classic therapy that puts strangers struggling through similar addictions together to bond and heal through the sharing of stories
  • Individual therapy, a simple and more private talking therapy between the affected client and a professional therapist
  • Motivational interviewing, a different approach to counselling that works to improve motivation and the will to change through four guiding principles
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a psycho-social therapy that focuses on challenging cognitive behaviours and improving the regulation of difficult emotions
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), a talking therapy that is similar to CBT, but is especially effective for those that experience intense emotions

The 12 step recovery programme

The 12 Step programme, created and used predominantly by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), is a set of directions that can help coach an individual – and their loved ones – to a better, substance-free life.

They are often considered not simply instructions, but a way of life, and though they have been slightly adapted since they were made, they remain mostly the same today. They are:

1. Honesty – Start your recovery with an honest admission that you are powerless over your substance use.

2. Faith – Have faith in a higher power so that one can operate.

3. Surrender – You can change your behaviour and bad decisions by realising that you cannot do so alone.

4. Soul-searching – Identify what your personal problems are, and how your behaviour throughout your addiction may have impacted those around you.

5. Integrity – Have the courage to admit your wrongs to another person or your higher power.

6. Acceptance – Accept your character ‘flaws’ for what they are, and learn to let them go.

7. Humility – Be humble in your journey to recovery, and remember the bigger picture.

8. Willingness – Make a list of people (friends, family, other loved ones) that you may have hurt with your substance use.

9. Forgiveness – Work your way through the list, and make amends to those you have hurt.

10. Maintenance – Ensure you are continuing your recovery – in all aspects.

11. Making contact – Find the plan that a higher power may have for your life.

12. Service – Carry what you have learnt to others that may need it as much as you once did.

Relapse prevention in rehab

Staying sober after your time in a drug and alcohol rehab in Norway can be challenging.

Luckily, the chances of relapsing decrease over time, but to further decrease your chances, a relapse prevention plan can be put in place.

This relapse prevention plan will consider your history with substances, the exact substance you have used in the past, and the personal triggers that could lead you to relapse.

Using this information, a plan to prevent relapse and also an action plan in case you do experience one can be created, which will guide you through life back home.

The more detailed these plans, the better. They must be tailored to your personal needs and addiction to increase your chances of staying sober for longer, as everyone experiences different triggers and environments outside of rehab.

Mutual support groups after rehab

Your chances of maintaining a successful recovery are significantly higher if you attend a mutual support group – such as AA or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) – after your time in rehab.

These fellowship groups are so effective because of their adoption of the well-known 12 step programme, their principles of honesty and acceptance, and the sense of community they foster.

Through these groups, members can learn to overcome their addiction and/or continue the progress they made within rehab, with the help of close social interaction with others in similar situations.

This emotional and moral support is a huge factor in the effectiveness of AA and NA groups and can help even the shyest members open up and share their own stories – which can, in turn, help them come to terms with their addiction, accept it, and then put in the necessary work to defeat it.

AA and NA are open to anyone and any age, and official groups require no fee in order to become a member. To ensure you are attending a group that fits your needs, take the time to do some personal research.

It is usually more helpful for beginners to find a group that matches their personal needs, rather than one that offers care for all types of addiction.


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