Are you struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and the impact that it has on your life? Perhaps you’re sick of hiding your addictive behaviours from your family and friends or are missing out on certain aspects of life as a result of your illness.
Even if you’re in the early stages of addiction, you’re bound to notice the negative impact substance misuse has on your decisions and finances.
If you’re tired of life revolving around drugs and alcohol and would like to take steps towards your recovery, then a Rayleigh based drug and alcohol addiction treatment programme could be the key.
Rehabilitation takes a huge amount of effort and commitment, which is why people rarely successfully recover by themselves. Here at Rehab 4 Addiction, we can help you to find the best course of action for you.
We have a range of partner rehab facilities in the local Rayleigh and Essex area and have helped many people struggling with addiction problems to access the treatment they need to make a lasting recovery from their addictions.
Our experienced advisers are here to help you with any questions that you have regarding our referral service and available rehab programmes. You’ll find a range of answers below to some of the most common concerns raised around beginning rehabilitation.
The problem with addiction is that it alters your perception of many things, including your own problem. What may seem like a minor bad habit to you, could actually be a significant physical and psychological dependence on drugs and alcohol.
It’s also important to consider that addiction increases in severity over time and becomes harder to recover from, the more ingrained it is. That’s why it’s important to seek help as soon as possible after you suspect that you may have an addiction problem.
One of the reasons that addiction is difficult to overcome independently is the fact that prolonged usage can actually change how your brain interprets your normal functions, such as decision-making abilities, memory recall and perhaps most significantly, self-control.
Once this physiological dependence has formed and changes occur in the brain, your addiction becomes a compulsion and is considered a disease.
As with any disease, addiction requires medical treatment. There are now incredibly successful addiction treatments available, which have been formed through many years of research and trials.
Professionally structured rehab programmes contain leading aspects of these treatments and offer the very best opportunity to recover from your addiction.
Once you’ve made the positive decision to source addiction recovery support, it’s time to consider which type of treatment programme will be the most beneficial to you.
The NHS offer certain types of rehab treatment, however, these usually consist predominantly of community-based outpatient services. Some people with more minor addiction issues can benefit from this type of programme, however, it’s important to realise that they require much more significant self-reliance and independent addiction management in order to achieve success.
Minimal residential addiction treatment programmes do exist within the NHS, however, unfortunately, this is an underfunded area and places are incredibly difficult to find. Many people will experience long waiting lists, during which time, addictions intensify and reluctance to recover can fester.
Private drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres offer leading treatments and substantial professionally trained staff are available day and night, to ensure that you receive adequate care and encourage your recovery.
Rehab facilities are designed with recovery in mind and therefore are set in secluded and relaxing locations intended to provide an immersive and calming environment away from the usual social and lifestyle triggers you experience in the real world.
Of course, treatment in private facilities is not free of charge, however, there is a range of options available to suit different budgets and many facilities offer payment plans.
When weighed against both the financial and the other lifestyle factors that will suffer at the expense of your addiction, the cost can be easily justified.
Whilst the majority of rehab treatments will vary between facilities and each independent programme, detox will be a necessary part of your treatment. It’s important to your recovery that the physical dependence on drugs and alcohol is broken, and this can only be done if all
toxic remnants of the drugs and alcohol are removed. Withdrawal symptoms are a challenging, but vital part of detox, and it’s important that you are supported throughout this process by a medical professional.
Attempting to detox independently and deal with the withdrawal symptoms and cravings by yourself will not only lead to relapse but can be detrimental to your health.
Symptoms experienced during withdrawal will vary depending on what type of addiction you have and how long you have been struggling with addiction, however, some of these can be very serious and require immediate medical attention.
Either way, having professional care whilst you go through detox will help minimise the symptoms and reduce their impact.
At a drug treatment centre, you will be supported as you go through detox by trained professionals who have seen all these withdrawal symptoms and more. You will also have access to medical care and medications where these are appropriate.
Once your detox is complete, you will be in the best possible physical state to enter the next phase of treatment. This is likely to include a wide range of psychology-based treatments such as counselling sessions, cognitive behavioural therapy and group therapy.
These will be tailored to your precise needs, but have the main goal of addressing any mental health issues, whether they are pre-existing or have resulted from your addiction.
You will learn how to reduce your addictive behaviours, ignore your triggers and make healthier lifestyle choices once you return home. You’ll have the opportunity to learn coping mechanisms and take part in educational programmes, as well as alternative therapies.
As addiction is a lifelong disease, you will need to be willing to exercise continued effort to maintain your sobriety outside of rehab. Whilst this can be daunting for many people, especially following a period of 24-hour care, there’s no reason for concern.
Many of the treatment programmes include substantial aftercare support and others will be able to refer you to outside community-based recovery groups. Building up a strong support network at home and in your social life will help you to maintain motivation and stay accountable for your own sobriety.
Recovery is a continuous journey, but one that will result in longer, healthier life, as well as a happier life for you and those who care about you. Speak to our referrals team today for guidance towards the next positive step.
Call us today on 0800 140 4690, and take the first steps into your new life.