With so much of the rehabilitation process not being common knowledge, it is perfectly understandable to feel a little unsure of if rehab is really for you.
You may not even be entirely sure you are struggling with a drug or alcohol dependency. You may believe you are just abusing substances recreationally, that you could stop any time you like.
Well, if you want to be sure if your substance abuse has developed into a drug or alcohol dependency, then you can look out for these signs.
These are all warning signs for a drug or alcohol dependency. But if you really want to be sure, you can examine what happens when you stop abusing your substance of choice.
If you experience withdrawal symptoms, you will have your answer.
The withdrawal symptoms include:
These symptoms can be very dangerous. If you experience any of them outside of a medical facility, call an ambulance and seek help as soon as possible.
These withdrawal symptoms accrue due to your brains chemistry being changed thanks to prolonged substance abuse.
When you use drugs or alcohol, at first, it causes a rush of Dopamine to flood your brain. As dopamine is the bodies feel-good chemical, your brain will want the rush again and again.
However, over time it will take more and more drugs or alcohol to achieve the same rush your brain craves.
At this point, your brain will create cravings, and if it is denied, it will cause your body to react through the withdrawal symptoms.
The only safe way to overcome a dependency and wean you off the drugs or alcohol your brain is begging for is through a detox within a rehab facility.
It is the only safe option, as you will be monitored by medical staff capable of keeping you safe and providing medication to relieve the withdrawal symptoms should they prove too much.
Experiencing withdrawal symptoms confirms without a doubt you are struggling with a drug or alcohol dependency. One that you will need treatment from a rehab centre to overcome.
As mentioned above, much of the treatment you will need can only be safely done in a medical facility like a rehab centre.
The detox is the perfect example of this.
You need trained professionals that know how to safely help you through the detox to treat you. It is simply too dangerous to even attempt alone.
In a rehab centre, the detox acts as a soft rest for your body. It gives you a fresh start, free of all drugs or alcohol, so you can focus on the rest of your treatment.
Rehab works because it offers all the treatments you need in one place and one after the other.
Following the detox, you will begin group therapy.
Therapy is so essential to the recovery process because it is very rare for substance abuse to just happen.
It is more often than not a symptom of a mental health crisis that needs addressing in order for progress to be made.
While it is true some people or genetically more likely to develop a drug or alcohol dependency, the leading cause of substance abuse is trauma.
When a person experiences trauma, it changes your brain. It affects how you are able to deal with stress and what your brain considers a danger.
Anything from domestic abuse and assault to homelessness and illness can cause trauma. Many attempt to use drugs or alcohol to numb the feelings that are associated with the trauma.
This is a temporary solution at best and is making your mental health rapidly decline at worst.
In the long run, it will only make it harder for you to come to terms with your trauma and work through it.
Group therapy in the rehab centre is perfect for showing you that you are not alone. That people from all walks of life struggle just like you do. That anyone can need help, and there is no shame in asking for it.
Every group therapy session is led by a fully trained therapist who is there to help you come to terms with your trauma and your substance abuse.
They will help you develop tools to help you avoid triggers for your cravings and to develop new and healthier coping mechanisms to replace your substance abuse.
These will be included in your relapse prevention plan. Which is a plan put together specifically for you to take with you once you leave the rehab centre.
To use to avoid future relapses and continue to work towards long term recovery alone.
It will also refer you to a local support group so your progress can be monitored by others also working towards the same goal.
This gives you accountability and a support network to check up on you and help out when you need someone there for you.
The best way to find a rehab centre is to ask yourself, what do you need?
What kind of facilities will best aid in your journey towards long term recovery?
It may seem hard to ask these questions, but it’s important to do so in order to get the most out of your time at rehab.
We understand finding the right rehab centre can seem stressful, but at Rehab 4 Addiction, we are dedicated to making the process as smooth as possible.
Simply give us a call at 0800 140 4690 to begin your free initial assessment.
From this assessment, we aim to get to know you and to understand what kind of rehab facility will fit you best. With this information, we are then able to refer you to a local rehab centre in the Partington area.
We do the hard work so you can focus on your treatments.
It’s a difficult journey towards long term recovery, so please, let us shoulder some of the weight and help you in any way we can.
Your happier and healthier life is just one phone call away.
We hope to hear from you soon.