Rehab 4 Addiction

Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Saudi Arabia

If you are living in Saudi Arabia and seeking help for a drug or alcohol addiction, you are not alone.

Around 7-8% of Saudis have admitted to using drugs at least once in their lifetime, with the most abused substances being amphetamines, heroin, alcohol, and cannabis.

There are many legal – as well as religious – prohibitions against possession or consumption of alcohol/narcotic substances in Saudi Arabia, yet the number of individuals battling addiction continues to slowly increase.

It is more of a problem for younger generations, however, with around 70% of all people who use drugs being 12-22 years old – therefore largely in the overlap between ‘Generation Z’ and the ‘Millennial’ generation.

Many of these users are also addicted to multiple substances at once.

Here at Rehab 4 Addiction, it is our job to help those in need of addiction treatment, receive it.

By contacting us today you could get one step closer to finding the perfect drug and alcohol rehab in Saudi Arabia, and recovering from your addiction.

The rehab admissions process in Saudi Arabia

With a little cooperation and honesty from you, the admissions process can go ahead smoothly and quickly.

We will need some general information from you at first, such as your age, gender, and details of your addiction – such as what substances you have used and how long you have been using for.

This data will allow us to quickly determine what your main needs for treatment are.

As not all drug and alcohol rehabs in Saudi Arabia are the same – some will cater more towards alcoholism, and some will deal more with high-risk patients – having this information will allow us to make sure we are referring you to the most suitable facility.

There will be two assessments of you to further determine what your specific needs for treatment are.

One will likely take place over the phone, and the second will usually take place in person with a doctor, at one of our rehabilitation facilities.

The second assessment will look more into your physical and mental health.

If you remain honest with us during these assessments, we guarantee that the admissions process will be much simpler and that your treatment plan will be as beneficial for you as it can be.

Physical vs. Psychological addictions

No addiction is the same.

Knowing the difference and distinctions between the variations of addiction can help greatly when it comes to treatment planning, understanding you as a client, and further understanding how different addictions can impact individuals.

The two types of addictions are physical and psychological.

Though it is important to remember that these types do not exist in isolation and do overlap in many ways, there are many distinct differences between the two.

Physical addictions usually refer to the most commonly known drug and alcohol dependences, whereas psychological addictions include addictions such as gambling and collecting items.

Whilst physical dependence usually exhibits withdrawal symptoms and a tolerance for the substance, psychological addictions are associated with a number of emotional and cognitive symptoms.

The myth that addictions that are psychological are not as serious as those that are physical shows a deep misunderstanding of the two – they are not mutually exclusive, so cannot be treated as such.

In fact, some psychological addictions can take much more of a toll on clients than some physical addictions do.

The alcohol detox process

A detox is the first step on your journey to recovery from alcohol addiction.

Its function is to fully flush the alcohol from your body, allowing you and your body to begin healing before you start any other treatment.

Alcohol works like a depressant which, over months or years of drinking, your body begins to rely on.

Your brain and body ultimately stop producing the certain chemicals that they receive from the substance after a long period of use, becoming dependent on the alcohol.

It can take time for your body to fully adjust to not receiving these chemicals anymore, which is why a detox – and a lot of patience – is needed at this stage.

Though withdrawal symptoms are normal and common in every client undergoing alcohol detox, it is highly likely that those who have struggled for years will suffer from more extreme side effects during their detox, compared to those who have been using for a shorter amount of time.

However, some mild symptoms of withdrawal can last up to a year for any client after the detox has taken place.

Rest assured that any detox you undergo at a drug and alcohol rehab in Saudi Arabia will be carried out safely by trained professionals, and your symptoms will be monitored closely and treated with the appropriate medication if necessary.

Drug detoxes

The goal of drug detox is to flush the body of all substances and toxins left behind from drug use and to minimise the potential physical damage that may occur from quitting this drug after a sustained period of use.

The whole process can take a few weeks, or it can take a few months, depending on many aspects of you and your addiction.

Side effects of drug detox can depend on the substance used, and the seriousness of the person’s dependence on their drug of choice.

Some common withdrawal symptoms include; mood changes, including feelings of anxiety, depression, and agitation; body changes, such as flu-like symptoms, nausea, muscle pain, shaking, headaches and dizziness; and cravings, usually for the substance the individual is withdrawing from.

If you wish to undergo a full drug detox, get in touch with Rehab 4 Addiction today and we can find the perfect drug and alcohol rehab in Saudi Arabia for you to begin in.

Dual diagnosis

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 45% of people battling addiction will have a co-occurring mental health disorder. This is sometimes referred to as dual diagnosis.

Common mental health disorders that are linked to substance abuse – and are therefore common in dual diagnoses – include:

  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • And schizophrenia.

Symptoms of a dual diagnosis will obviously vary from person to person, and generally depend on the drug or alcohol used, the exact disorder the individual is battling, and the severity of both the addiction and the mental health disorder.

Some of the most common signs of a dual diagnosis include:

  • Sudden changes in general behaviour
  • Neglecting health and hygiene
  • And delusional thinking.

If you believe you are suffering from a mental health disorder as well as an existing addiction, speak to us here at Rehab 4 Addiction immediately.

We can ensure you receive correct and integrated treatment for both issues, meaning you have the highest chances of a full recovery.

This information will also be necessary to our search for a suitable drug and alcohol rehab in Saudi Arabia, and we can narrow down your options for care even more if we can understand which issues you are battling beforehand.

Rehabilitation takes time

28 days is the average length of time for a residential rehab programme in a drug and alcohol rehab in Saudi Arabia to be completed.

If you are someone who ends up needing more time in your chosen rehab, you have nothing to be embarrassed about.

This will largely be decided by factors of your addiction that are out of your control, such as the general seriousness of your dependence, the drug you are dependent on, and the method of your use (injecting, smoking, etc).

We always recommend focusing less on the number of days you will have spent in rehab and more on the journey as a whole, taking time to note how far you have come since the beginning.

Therapy and counselling in rehab

Therapy will be a major part of your treatment at your chosen drug and alcohol rehab in Saudi Arabia.

Through various forms of therapy and counselling, you can hope to learn more about yourself and your addiction.

You may also identify your personal triggers, learn how to avoid them once you are back home, discover new coping techniques that will slowly replace the old ones, and generally prepare for a substance-free life in the outside world.

Your treatment and the specific therapies you participate in will be decided by the earlier-mentioned assessments during the admissions process.

However, some of the most common therapy and treatment methods that you might encounter include:

12 steps to a recovery

The famous 12 steps, derived from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), are a spiritual base for personal recovery from a substance or behavioural addiction.

Not only can they greatly help the person affected by the addiction, but they can also help their friends and family too.

Though the steps have been slightly adapted over the years, the premise of each step remains mostly the same across all 12 step models in current recovery programmes; they are:

1. Honesty – The road to recovery begins with a simple admission of being powerless over your drug or alcohol use

2. Faith – Believing that a higher power can help

3. Surrender – Realising that you cannot do this alone

4. Soul-searching – Identifying your own problems and how your behaviour has impacted your loved ones

5. Integrity – Admitting your wrongs in front of your higher power/another person

6. Acceptance – Accepting your character ‘flaws’

7. Humility – Embracing humility as a good and sometimes necessary trait

8. Willingness – Making a list of those you harmed before starting your recovery journey

9. Forgiveness – Healing relationships and making amends

10. Maintenance – Maintaining the progress you have made so far, and admitting where you are continuing to act selfishly

11. Making contact – Finding out whether a higher power has a plan for your future

12. Service – Passing what you have learnt to others in need

Relapse prevention planning at rehab

When it comes to preventing relapse, the more detailed the plan the better.

The more details that are specific to you and your addiction, the fewer chances you have of relapsing once you have left your chosen drug and alcohol rehab in Saudi Arabia.

The important factors to remember when creating a personal relapse prevention plan include aspects of yourself, your personality and your character, your history with drugs and alcohol and the specific substance or multiple substances you have used.

With this information, the team at your chosen rehab can begin to establish a plan of action for you, which will guide you through what to do if you do experience a relapse.

The longer you remain sober after rehabilitation, the more likely you are to not experience a relapse, so be patient with yourself, and take each day as it comes.

Don’t be scared to relapse either, as progress is not always linear and your recovery is still possible even if you relapse multiple times. A relapse is not the end.

Aftercare / Fellowship groups

Once you have left your chosen drug and alcohol rehab in Saudi Arabia, you may wish to join a mutual support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

This can be a great way to continue your recovery journey, as these groups can help you make connections with those with similar experiences who will support you throughout your journey.

You also gain access to helpful literature that can guide you through your new substance-free life, and can monitor your progress with a reward for each milestone (coins, medallions, tags, etc; rewards are dependent on the specific fellowship group).

There is usually no fee to participate in AA or NA, as most are not-for-profit and are focused solely on coaching those in need to stay on track with their recovery.

You can also not be too old or too young to join – the majority of aftercare groups are open to all.

To find out more about attending AA or NA after your rehabilitation, get in touch with us today to start your enquiry.


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