Quitting drugs and alcohol will change your life. It is, however, one of the most stressful and difficult situations you will ever face.
This is why accessing treatments is imperative. With support, you can start a new life focused on sobriety instead of the substance.
People go to rehab for many different reasons. Where there is mental health or addictive issue and the need for recovery, there are rehabilitation options and clinics to suit.
Nowadays, it’s common for people to go to rehab to treat addictions, eating disorders, gambling addictions, as well as newer types of addictions that have developed through the rise of technology such as porn addiction and social media addiction.
In terms of substance misuse issues, people are regularly treated for addictions to the following:
All drugs, stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens, are treated through drug services. Where people use more than one drug, this is also addressed.
Drug and alcohol addictions have caused problems for people for centuries.
Over the last hundred years, addiction treatments have progressed alongside an understanding of how substances affect brain chemicals and hormonal balances.
Now there are many effective treatments. When professionals from different schools team up together in a private clinic, this provides the ultimate space for recovery to begin.
A collaborative approach to support a person covers all areas.
Firstly, it’s important to consider how important recovery is. Choosing to give up a substance that has had negative effects throughout all areas of life requires effort, time, and diligence.
For the majority, giving up drugs and alcohol is the hardest challenge they will ever face. This is why it’s important to think seriously about how dedicated you will be to quitting.
It’s true, though, that inpatient stays aren’t suited to everyone. Some people will have mild substance misuse issues and children to look after, meaning a stay at rehab might not be the best option.
In this case, outpatient services are available.
Outpatient services are where people have access to various groups and therapeutic support sessions at a clinic.
After a psychiatric assessment with a doctor, this will be discussed with the person and a suitable timetable of treatments will be created.
An addiction has many underlying causes and reasons for its continuing to exist. Psychological treatments are essential for a person to recover in the long term.
Evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy are proven methods of treating people with addictions.
These therapies guide people to understanding where the addiction came from.
They also help people to sit in the uncomfortableness of these causes and to find new ways of processing distressing thoughts and emotions.
Therapists equip patients with the tools to manage their thought patterns, this then affects emotions, which then affects behaviour. It’s a process that takes work and time to master.
It’s possible to achieve this with a determined attitude.
Physical addictions are very uncomfortable for people. Where alcohol and heroin addictions exist, the withdrawal phases can be extremely distressing and even dangerous.
This is why a supervised detox overseen by clinical staff is essential. A person’s safety is paramount and a clinical team ensures this by observing and prescribing any necessary medications to ease symptoms.
Alternative therapies are another area of rehab programmes. Many people find this nurturing and enjoyable. It is also often a space where people begin to explore other sides of themselves.
It can be a space for spiritual and/or artistic learning and growth. A stay at rehab offers residents access to yoga, reiki, equine therapy, mindfulness sessions, and artistic groups.
Peer work is the final part of treatment. 12 Step groups have supported millions of people to maintain an abstinent lifestyle since the 1930s when they were first developed.
Sharing the experiences of addiction with others who are in a similar situation often provides people with really important social connections.
Rehab clinics are welcoming environments. Staff endeavour to make people feel as comfortable as possible. There are various rules and boundaries outlined from the start (i.e. mobile phones might only be accessible at certain times of the day, for instance).
This is discussed up-front and is important in order for people to be able to focus on recovery.
There are relaxed communal areas for people to spend time together outside of therapeutic sessions. There are also clinical rooms and offices where one-to-one work takes place.
There are various types of rehabs according to what might be appropriate to your needs. For example, some women might benefit from an all-women rehab stay if they had experienced a history of traumatic events around a male partner.
A stay at rehab differs for every person. This is due to what is thought most suitable to your needs.
When you go through the referral and admission process, you’ll share information about your lifestyle, this might include your responsibilities linked to work, children, etc.
There are other factors that are considered such as the severity of your addiction and the nature of the problem substance. There will also be a discussion around your available budget as this will influence what is on offer.
Whatever your circumstances, there will be options for you. Rehab 4 Addiction can discuss this with you.
A stay at rehab usually lasts between seven and twenty-eight days. The initial part of the stay will be focused on a detox before moving on to the psychological treatments.
A stay at rehab supports thousands of people to begin a life of abstinence. Rehab works. The question you need to ask yourself is whether you’re ready to make it work for you.
Rehab will take your commitment, even at the hardest of moments for it to be successful. This will include implementing lifestyle changes when you leave rehab.
Rehab programmes offer 12 months of aftercare services. This will support your reintegration into life outside of the clinic and future abstinence.
To find out about drug and alcohol services available in the St Ives area, contact Rehab 4 Addiction today.
Call us today on 0800 140 4690.