There comes a moment in life when you’re living with an addiction where the effects are undeniable. Perhaps you’re starting to notice the toll drugs or alcohol are having on your body or on your mind.
Other people might be pointing these effects out to you as it can be hard to see the effects clearly when you’re in the grips of the addiction.
Either way, when you accept this as reality, it’s time to decide what to do.
Is it a future where you continually use substances on the cards where you go on to experience the damage related to them? Or have you decided that you want a different life now?
A different life might seem daunting.
The truth is, though, for a person with an addiction, managing use effectively realistically means abstinence for those who successfully quit the substance and go on to live meaningful lives.
You don’t need to imagine everything that the other, healthy, life will include, for now, you just need to be open to healing, doing what it takes, and accepting help from a team of experienced professionals.
Rehab 4 Addiction can lead you to the most suitable team of addiction professionals in the Stamford region to treat your specific needs.
When people use drugs and alcohol regularly they might do so alone or around other people who do the same. This means that the way in which they view their substance use becomes “normalised”.
In order to begin a life of recovery, honesty has to be the foundation that you build on. Honesty with yourself as well as others are essential.
This means asking yourself what you use, how often, whether this has increased, and how it’s affecting other areas of your health and life.
It’s easy to “compare” yourself to someone else who uses more or the “same” as you to make yourself feel better, but think about your use in relation to not using at all because that’s ultimately the healthiest state for your body to be in.
Substances are incredibly toxic and problematic use inevitably results in seriously damaging health complaints.
This might not be visible immediately, but the damage is unfolding inside your chemical and hormonal balances as well as in your vital organs.
Many people make the mistake of assuming that a problem means using copious amounts of a substance every day. They might assume a person who enters rehab uses it every day.
This isn’t, however, always necessarily the case.
Problematic use includes any type of use where a person has lost elements of control. This might mean that they think about their “next drink” very often and that they can only relax when it’s in hand.
This same person might “only” drink twice a week. The stress related to wanting to drink, though, can be very uncomfortable.
Yes, addiction can wreak havoc but problematic use can also appear subtle. There are treatment services for every type of substance use whether it be mild to severe.
A mild problem is probably more likely to be treated through outpatient services, which is a more casual approach to rehabilitation.
In general, rehab clinics tend to offer two types of services: outpatient and inpatient. The first means a person will continue to live at home and go to work etc, but will be connected to a rehab clinic and will access various treatments.
On entering rehabilitation services, people undergo a psychiatric assessment and this along with a conversation with the professional staff will provide the structure on which treatments are prescribed.
Inpatient services are what are commonly known as “going to rehab”. This is where people stay overnight for up to a month in order to receive a daily timetable of rehabilitation treatments.
It’s an immersive approach and is especially effective for people who have moderate to severe addictions.
For those who stay as a resident at rehab in Stamford, there will be an aftercare programme set in place. This will have been discussed leading up to the end of the residential stay.
The team of staff and person in recovery will identify the most useful steps to take post-rehab to continue the healing process.
It’s usually the case that people in recovery continue to access peer groups and some therapeutic input.
This is especially important where the person is creating a new approach to life and will need support to set up and get in the habit of new lifestyle changes.
For a person to maintain a healthy life, they need to take part in activities that support this. Many people in recovery connect regularly to 12 Step groups as well as beginning new hobbies linked to sports and exercise, or meditative practices.
Others still might focus on education, careers, travelling, or simply and importantly, their families.
Filling life up with positive activities also provides environments for new social connections to be made. This has a knock-on effect of making recovery much easier to navigate.
It also reduces the likelihood of relapse.
Anyone who uses drugs and alcohol in an addictive way will understand the need for immediate support. There are moments where the conviction to stop using is really strong and this is the moment to contact Rehab 4 Addiction.
Our team is able to secure you a place at a private clinic very quickly.
This might even be within days. Being able to enter rehab quickly can make all the difference in maintaining a person’s motivation to recover.
It also supports a person to seek treatments immediately when they’re open to them, which makes handling withdrawal easier.
Rehab 4 Addiction can answer any questions you have about local clinics as well as clinics in other parts of the UK. To find out more contact us now.
Call us today on 0800 140 4690.