There are many reasons you can develop a drug and alcohol addiction, from neglect and abuse in childhood to experiencing divorce as an adult. When you get therapy for your addiction, your therapist will help you to figure out why you are battling addiction.
However, it is also possible that you will never truly know why you’re in this tricky situation. Trauma aside, substances are incredibly addictive.
Even the most successful person from the kindest family can find themselves relying on substances to numb their pain, which can very quickly spiral into a full-blown substance abuse problem.
You cannot change any events in the past that have contributed to your addiction. There is no getting around dealing with that pain, as even if you ignore it, it will eventually resurface.
The only thing you can do is recognise your power to change the future. If you call us today, you can make a tangible change to your current situation by seeking professional help.
The following are reasons why someone may develop an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol.
Drug and alcohol addictions are usually linked to trauma. When we experience trauma, we are left with a host of psychological symptoms that we must do something with, from anger and bitterness to anxiety and depression. We can adopt healthy coping mechanisms to heal from this trauma, such as building a strong support network or going to therapy. However, most people turn to unhealthy ‘remedies’ such as drugs, sex, self-harm, and dissociation. Each of these pathways can be soothing at the start, as they numb emotions, but they all have the power to destroy lives
The more you surround yourself with people who use substances, the more likely you are to develop an addiction. This is because you become desensitised to the symptoms of addiction, believing that they are a normal part of life. For example, if all of your friend’s binge drink every weekend and spend the next day feeling like they will never recover, you begin to see this as normal. When you start to do the same thing, rather than recognising the severity of your problem, you may believe your symptoms are completely normal.
Addiction runs in families. There are some people who are capable of trying a drug one time and never touching it again, but others are wired to become addicted to things easily. For these people, even if their lives have been trauma-free, they are likely to get hooked on drugs and alcohol much faster and easier than the average person.
Though we have come a long way in recognising addiction as an illness, it is still not easy to admit to addiction issues in 2021. People with addiction problems are often seen as inferior, which brings about feelings of shame. Unfortunately, when we feel ashamed of ourselves, we are more likely to turn to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain. Ultimately, judgement from society can perpetuate the cycle of substance abuse.
Fortunately, there is hope for victims of substance abuse in Polegate.
There are many excellent options for treatment, the three most popular being home detoxing, outpatient therapy, and inpatient programmes.
If you need to stay at home to recover, this option may be for you. Medical professionals will administer the detox in your own home, providing you with medication to reduce cravings and prevent severe withdrawal symptoms from developing. The length of this process varies, but it usually lasts between 3-10 days.
If you are prepared to commute to receive treatment, another option is attending an outpatient clinic in Polegate for detox and therapy services. This will only work if your addiction is mild or moderate, as you will experience much more freedom than someone who attends rehab, and you need to be trusted with that freedom.
Otherwise known as drug and alcohol rehab, inpatient treatment involves staying at a facility for around a month and engaging in detoxing and therapy. The biggest draw of rehab is the 24/7 personalised care, as it means that each patient’s experience is unique to their addiction.
At outpatient clinics and residential rehabs, detoxes are compulsory. They rid your body of drugs and alcohol, so you can gradually learn to function without substances. Many patients are terrified of detoxing, but you must remember that doctors and nurses are always close by to prescribe you medication or simply offer kind words when you’re struggling.
As important as it is to detox from drugs and alcohol, recovery is not worthwhile if you do not deal with the psychological symptoms of addiction. The best way to do this is to talk to a trained therapist about your feelings, and together you can get to the root of your problem. Therapy comes in all shapes and sizes, so you may find yourself engaging in one-to-one therapy, group sessions, or even family discussions.
Before engaging with any form of treatment at rehab, there will be a thorough assessment of your mental and physical health. This ensures that you will receive the appropriate care during your stay, which reduces your chances of relapsing.
Some of the information in the assessment will be gathered during your phone call with Rehab 4 Addiction, so we encourage you to be completely honest on the phone.
We will not judge you for what you have been through as we are all aware that addiction is a powerful disease.
Instead, we want to know what kinds of challenges you have faced so that we can decide how you would best benefit from addiction treatment in Polegate.
Now that you know more about how we deal with addiction in Polegate, we hope the recovery process seems less intimidating to you.
We cannot deny that getting sober involves some serious challenges, but we can assure you that it reaps endless benefits.
To access personalised therapy, from the type of centre you attend to the budget you are looking at, call us on 0800 140 4690.
No one should be exempt from recovery, so we will do everything we can to ensure you get the professional support you deserve.