If you have found yourself on the slippery slope to addiction, you are not alone. Addiction is a destructive disease that can sneak up on us and quickly take over our lives.
What was once social drinking may have turned into daily binges of drugs or alcohol that are negatively affecting your work, health, and relationships.
Many people in this situation would deny their struggle and avoid asking for help at all costs. However, admitting you need help is an incredibly brave thing to do.
If you identify with some of the following symptoms, it may be time to reach out for help:
These symptoms will only get worse if they are not treated. Minor work issues could turn into unemployment, damaged relationships could result in isolation, and physical illness could result in death.
Together, we can put an end to your lifestyle of addiction.
Some victims of drug or alcohol abuse attempt to recover alone by doing their own detox from home.
Please note that this is incredibly dangerous. If severe withdrawal symptoms arise, such as high blood pressure and delusions, you will not have medical staff to intervene.
Furthermore, recovering at home is almost impossible as you need the support of professionals to steer you away from relapse.
To have the best chance of recovering successfully, it is advisable to attend a centre such as an outpatient clinic or a residential rehab.
Outpatient clinics are local centres in Portishead that clients commute to daily. In these centres, you will have access to a detox and regular therapy sessions.
Outpatient clinics are ideal for those with serious work commitments, as well as people who want to save money or stay close to family.
However, they are not recommended if you struggle with a moderate to severe addiction. Without the intense structure of rehab, you are still exposed to triggers that could result in relapse. What’s more, there is less of a community feel in an outpatient clinic, which often means less shared motivation to recover.
Next, we have residential rehabilitation centres. These are live-in facilities with a range of staff who support you in the detox, therapy and general rehabilitation. You will have access to extra facilities such as exercise areas and cafeterias with healthy, home-cooked meals.
Living in a residential rehab means you will be away from the lifestyle that led you to addiction, allowing you to fully concentrate on recovering in a new environment.
You will have the support of addiction specialists, psychologists and medical staff, meaning your health will be prioritised throughout the month-long stay. This is particularly useful when undergoing the detox as you will not have to fear any tragic consequences of serious withdrawal symptoms.
We recommend residential rehab to the majority of our clients, as they boast excellent success rates throughout the country.
Leaving rehab is an exciting yet scary time. It’s a time to take everything you’ve learnt in therapy and apply it to your daily life.
You will be encouraged to build a new lifestyle that makes it easier to stay sober. For example, it is advisable to avoid people and places that encourage you to turn to substances.
Instead, you should accept help from family and friends, remembering that your recovery process does not end on the last day of rehab.
Thankfully, you can also enjoy the continued support of your chosen rehab with their successful aftercare programme. This will allow you to continue to have therapy sessions (individual and group) and to pick up the phone at any time of day for advice and support.
As you can see, leaving rehab does not mean you are leaving your support network. Regularly reaching out to your rehab centre in the 12 months following your treatment will remind you why you chose to stay sober.
All of our team are all living their lived ‘in recovery’. You can contact us today on 0800 140 4690.