In recent years drug and alcohol dependencies have been on the rise.
This is due to controlled substances and alcohol being more accessible than ever, with some being delivered right to your home.
However, along with this, the number of people suffering from substance abuse-related deaths have declined dramatically. This may be due to a number of factors.
Still, it is easy to see the connection with the rise in the number of people seeking help from a drug or alcohol rehab centre.
The stigma that once surrounded those with a drug or alcohol dependency has lessened considerably in the modern world.
As a result, it is now more than socially accepted to find a rehab and begin your treatments.
Substance abuse is now recognised as a medical condition rather than a criminal act.
As such, drug and alcohol rehab centres should be viewed the same as any other type of hospital. They are not a place to fear but a place of healing. One that is needed now more than ever.
Drug and alcohol dependencies don’t discriminate. They can happen to anyone no matter their age, race, sexuality or social class.
However, as a society, we are well past reinforcing the harmful stereotypes of substance abusers.
The stereotypes often discourage people from seeking treatment within the Oundle area as they don’t fit the stereotype.
They may not have tried to get treatment out of fear of becoming the stereotype or because they are unable to recognise the dependency they have developed since they don’t fit the stereotype.
Either way, it is important to be self-aware enough to recognise when your substance abuse has developed into a drug or alcohol dependency.
There are a number of early warning signs that your substance abuse is no longer just a bad habit.
It is essential that you are on the lookout for any of these so that you can seek treatment as soon as possible.
If the answer is yes to any of these, then you have to see that this isn’t a habit; it’s a dependency.
But if you are still not convinced, then you need to be on the lookout for withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms appear when you go a long amount of time without any drug or alcohol. They happen because prolonged substance abuse changes your brain chemistry.
It does this by causing a rush of dopamine when you first start abusing substances.
As dopamine is the chemical that causes you to experience joy and pleasure, your brain begins to crave more of it and, as a result, more drugs or alcohol.
The danger is that over time your brain will begin to believe it needs substance abuse in order to create any dopamine. As a result, it will increase your cravings.
If they are ignored, it will cause your body to experience withdrawal symptoms.
If experienced alone, withdrawal symptoms can be very dangerous. In some cases, they can cause hallucinations and seizures. This is why it is never recommended you attempt to quit substance abuse cold turkey.
The only safe way to work through the withdrawal symptoms is within a rehab where you can be monitored by fully trained medical staff.
Dealing with withdrawal symptoms is a very important part of the recovery journey.
In order to achieve long term recovery, you will need to be weaned off all drugs and alcohol that may be in your system. This process is known as the detox.
The detox is famously the worst part of the recovery process, but it is a much safer option.
The entire detox process tends to take around ten days to complete, during which you will be monitored day and night by a fully trained medical staff.
They are there to monitor your progress and to ensure the withdrawal symptoms you are experiencing are not proving too much for you or your body to handle.
The withdrawal symptoms you may also experience are:
Should these symptoms prove too much for you, the rehab centres medical staff is able to administer medication to relieve the symptoms.
Following the detox, you will move on to what many consider the most crucial part of rehab.
You will begin therapy.
Substance abuse doesn’t just happen. Unfortunately, many people turn to it as a way to numb the pain they are experiencing due to serious mental health problems.
These problems need to be addressed so that substance abuse can no longer be used as a coping mechanism.
In many cases, people suffering from an undiagnosed mental illness such as anxiety or depression attempt to self medicate with substance abuse without realising this will only make their mental health worse.
Through therapy, the start of the diagnosis process can be started and then you can get real and lasting help.
Therapy in rehab tends to work through group sessions so that you can be comfortable around people and opening up about the state of your mental health and history of substance abuse.
Its main goal, however, is to give you a set of tools to use when you leave the rehab centre to avoid triggers for your cravings and to replace your substance abuse with healthier coping mechanisms.
You may be ready to go off and find the perfect rehab centre.
You may be ready and willing to start your treatments and begin your journey to long term recovery.
But the question is, where do you start looking? It’s perfectly normal to not know exactly what you need from your rehab centre.
At Rehab 4 Addiction, we are able to help.
By completing our free initial assessment, we will be able to find you the perfect rehab centre within the Oundle area that has the facilities you personally need.
We take the time to get to know you and your needs so that you can rest easy knowing you will get the care you deserve.
Simply give us a call at 0800 140 4690 and let your journey to long term recovery start here.
Good luck; your new sober life is waiting for you.