A substance misuse problem evolves over time.
Initially people might experiment with alcohol and drugs socially. They might find the substances fun, or relaxing. Many use substances to boost confidence, and yet others use them in order to make life seem easier.
Whatever a person’s reasons for experimenting with alcohol and drugs, there are risks. No matter what walk of life a person comes from, an addiction can develop.
This is when a substance misuse problem starts to become the focal point of life, where other interests deplete and various aspects of life begin to disintegrate.
Addiction takes hold of a person’s choices through physical and psychological means. It’s a disease of both the mind and body which is incredibly hard to overcome.
It is possible to take back control of life and the addiction. Rehab 4 Addiction supports thousands of people to enter drug rehabilitation services and to recover.
You can too. With a referral from our team, the process of admission to treatment makes things much easier for you to face.
When someone has an addiction it usually comes with many signs. When it’s someone you love, this can be very distressing to live with and endure.
In the early stages it can feel difficult and as time goes on, impossible.
Many family and friendship relationships become damaged by the habits and behaviours linked to addiction.
Signs of an addiction include:
It’s important to keep in mind that not all addictions are visible. Many people are able to “hide” it well and function regularly.
Many people can’t go a day without drinking, for instance, but hold down a job, run a family, and maintain relationships.
Alcoholism can be harder to spot at times because alcohol is legal and so many people drink regularly and socially.
The acceptance of addiction is usually very difficult. It’s a huge reality to have to face. One reason for this is because of what it means.
Addiction isn’t just about drinking or taking drugs. There are many circumstances around the behaviours that all need to be addressed.
Addiction is deep-rooted. This means that rehabilitation treatment isn’t a simple case of taking a pill like it might be to treat other illnesses.
The causes, current triggers, the person’s mental health, and entire lifestyle need to be considered.
The majority of people who have addictions admit that even after years of abstinence, they are still addicted (hence why abstinence is essential).
A person will, arguably, never be “cured” from an addiction, but they can be treated, can recover, and are able to live meaningful and healthy lives without taking the substance.
Recovery takes time. Even after a stay at a rehab clinic, which will support a person to become sober and provide strategies to manage cravings, recovery is just beginning and is a life-long lifestyle.
A rehabilitation programme is the best method to treat addiction to alcohol and drugs. Addiction affects the brain and body and this has many knock-on effects.
All need to be approached in order for healing to take place.
For many people who have addictions, there will also be mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, which is incredibly common.
Others might also be living with drug-induced psychosis, paranoia, schizophrenia, and hallucinations.
Drugs and alcohol are powerful substances and they’re toxic to the body. They upset the natural balances of chemicals and bodily systems which keep a person functioning healthily.
This is how people can develop mental health problems as well as severe health problems.
A referral through Rehab 4 Addiction is the first step towards change. It’s possible for you to change what you put into your body and how you look after yourself.
There is a range of treatments offered in rehabilitation programmes. At the beginning of treatment, you’ll undergo a psychiatric assessment.
This informs the doctors and drug and alcohol workers to understand what treatments are most suitable to treat your addiction and the circumstances around it.
Physical detoxes are essential for people wanting to begin recovery and a life of sobriety.
Where a physical dependency exists, this is best and most safely carried out under the medical supervision of a doctor where the substance can be reduced in a tapered way.
Psychological treatments are essential in order to begin long-term healing. This addresses what caused the addiction, what triggers behaviours, how to change thoughts and how to create a lifestyle that supports sobriety.
Treatments are usually in the form of one-to-one sessions, family and couples therapy, or group sessions.
All three of these formats provide a web of support to keep you focused on making healthy decisions.
Starting life without drink and drugs that are focused on positive activities to create meaning and purpose takes commitment.
There are many traits that are required to give you the best chances of success. Honesty is essential.
After this, you’ll need determination, self-compassion, willingness to participate, and determination.
Taking back control of life requires a lot of work. You can do it with the right support.
As time passes, it becomes easier and easier. At the start, however, leaning on others for help is important, just as it is for people who suffer from other illnesses.
You can access admission to a rehab programme in Southborough by contacting the Rehab 4 Addiction team.
You’ll be asked a few questions in order for us to understand the addiction, how it’s affecting you, and what the most appropriate treatments are for you in the area.
With your permission, we’ll then lead you through the referral process to treatment services.
Call us today on 0800 140 4690.