As you start to seek out drug and alcohol rehab in Sherbourne, online or in any other format, you might be overwhelmed with all the options available to you.
Furthermore, you might not understand everything you’re faced with at first. And that’s ok – there’s a lot to take in and a lot that most people wouldn’t know.
This might make the whole thing seem like too much energy in an already stressful time, or it might induce a fear of the unknown.
Here, we have more information on the process, so that fear might be lessened a bit. Of course, knowing what your options are going in will also make things easier overall.
Let’s start with some of the most significant signs that someone could be suffering from addiction. These of course vary from person to person and from substance to substance, but there is a bit of room for generalisation.
Addiction symptoms are usually divided into three categories: physical, behavioural and psychological.
Probably the most significant behavioural symptom is also what defines addiction overall: the inability to stop using, despite negative consequences.
You could be enduring damage to your personal life, professional life and even your health, but you’ll find that you still won’t and/or can’t stop.
On a physical level, any attempts to stop may also be hindered by withdrawal symptoms, another massive sign that you need help.
Withdrawal symptoms will occur if you’ve developed a dependency, which happens when you’ve used so regularly for so long that your body becomes reliant on drugs and/or alcohol.
There’s quite a bit of variation in withdrawal symptoms. Some of the mildest are tremors and sweating, while some of the most severe are hallucinations and seizures.
Make sure you research the withdrawal symptoms for what you’re specifically addicted to, so you know exactly what you could be facing.
Along with the end of that previous sentence, those withdrawal symptoms may sound frightening. But in professionally supported rehab, we’ll be able to help you through detox, to prevent the worst of these symptoms from occurring.
Usually lasting around 3 weeks, this involves your intake slowly being reduced in a controlled way, whilst being replaced with medication. This is also usually the first part of treatment, to break the physical connection that addiction has formed with you.
Another sign that addiction is worsening is an increased tolerance to the substance you’re addicted to, as it could mean that dependency is developing.
Those suffering from addiction may also experience bloodshot eyes, a disrupted sleep pattern, and/or an increased disregard for hygiene.
Finally, on the behavioural side of things, some common symptoms are increased secrecy, lack of interest in hobbies you previously engaged in, a decreased commitment to appointments you would’ve previously kept and increased irritability.
You might have noticed us mention different kinds of treatment – now let’s look at what some of them are in a bit more detail. There’s a division into categories again, this time to represent the different levels of addiction that we need to tackle.
Poor mental health can be a huge driver of addiction, so mental health treatments are a huge part of addiction treatment. Various kinds of therapy and counselling may be used in your treatment plan, as we attempt to tackle the mental blocks that could be stopping your recovery.
One way this is often done is via cognitive behavioural therapy, also commonly known as CBT.
Through sessions with a therapist, you’ll look at your current behaviour patterns and ways of thinking, looking out for what’s known as cognitive distortions. These are toxic thinking and behaviour patterns that can prevent change if they’re not dealt with.
Another part of cognitive behavioural therapy is going through scenarios, to see where things could change.
A counselling strategy that encourages you to change your behaviour is motivational interviewing. In this process, you’ll be asked a series of non-judgmental questions.
The intention of these questions is to help you re-examine your situation and your behaviour.
We’ve already discussed the most significant physical treatment, that being detoxes. Other physical treatments don’t have quite as much impact but are still important.
Things like acupuncture and massages can really help to lift your mood, which can make you feel better during drug and alcohol rehab in Sherbourne overall.
Not every treatment works for everyone, so this is another area where full research is important. If you get in touch with Rehab 4 Addiction, we’ll first chat with you to establish your needs, then do another full official assessment.
From there, we’ll be able to recommend treatments to you and create a plan if that’s something you need.
The main way that rehab helps you is through management strategies and life skills. Addiction can’t be cured – it’s too complex and runs too deep for that.
The intention of treatment is to help you manage it, so you can have a better, sober life when you come out.
Getting treatment locally can also be a big help for two reasons: the first is convenience. It’ll be much easier for you to access treatment long term if you’re accessing it close to where you live.
Some people who aren’t in toxic home environments may also feel more comfortable being treated closer to the home overall.
Relating to that, another big decision to be made is whether you should go for inpatient or outpatient treatment.
The main difference between the two is environmental: while inpatient treatment is completed in a residential facility, outpatient treatment is mostly completed at home, with regular visits to a centre.
Which one works best for you will depend on both the severity of your addiction (as residential treatment is usually more intensive) and which one you’re more comfortable with.
In general, that’s the most important thing – that you feel secure and comfortable with whatever treatment you go through.
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