Rehab 4 Addiction

Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Sweden

Sweden has had a stringent no drug tolerance policy in government and law enforcement matters for many years now, reflected in laws, policies, medical practitioner procedures and budgeting for services like addiction treatment and drug prevention.

The result of this strict approach to drug use is levels of addiction and drug abuse that are far below the average of the rest of Europe.

However, this does not mean that there is no problem at all.

Whilst deaths at the hand of drugs and alcohol have been declining steadily since 2001, hospital admissions for the same reasons have increased slightly, indicating that there are still many individuals in the country in need of crucial addiction treatment and support.

This is true for all generations, as even though drug use has proven to be more popular with 18-34-year-olds, alcohol abuse is seemingly dominated by 50-64-year-olds. Mixed abuse is also common among most age groups.

If you are looking for support for a drug or alcohol dependence, we can help. We are Rehab 4 Addiction, an advisory and referral service that aims to help anyone battling addiction.

With our guidance, you could soon be referred to a suitable drug and alcohol rehab in Sweden, and on your way to a substance-free life.

The process of admission into rehab

We understand just how scary being admitted to a rehab facility can be, which is why we work hard to ensure that the admissions process is as simple for our clients as possible, to make the transition a little easier.

All we need from you during this process is your cooperation and honesty.

We will need information from you regarding your character and your addiction (such as the length of time you have been dependent on the substance, what substance you use, and any other personal requirements you may have), which will help us to narrow down and finalise your options for a treatment facility.

This information will be gathered during two simple assessments – one over the phone, and one later in the process at a treatment facility.

Psychological vs. Physical addiction

Though physical addictions such as drug or alcohol addictions are usually more common, there are still many people who suffer from predominantly psychological addictions, such as shopping or gambling addictions.

Psychological dependence is categorised by its more emotional symptoms, whereas physical addictions are associated more with the development of tolerance and physical withdrawal symptoms that are not primarily cognitive in nature.

However, despite these differences, the two overlap in many ways, and to say that a person could experience an addiction that is purely one way or the other would be wrong.

This is because even though we may be battling a physical addiction, we can still easily be influenced by several psychological activities, and if we were dealing with a mostly psychological addiction we would still have the power to make our own physical decisions.

This is why the two extreme phrases, ‘addiction is a choice’ and ‘addiction is not a choice’, can be extremely damaging, and can hide the truth that addiction is often more complicated than it seems.

The alcohol detoxification process

A detox is the process of completely flushing alcohol from your body, and maintaining any withdrawal symptoms that appear as a result.

The initial symptoms of withdrawal will usually appear within the first 6-12 hours. These will be mild symptoms such as nausea, irritability, shakes or headaches.

When the first day of your detox draws to a conclusion, you may be experiencing the same symptoms but slightly more severe, and you may also experience hand tremors or seizures.

The most painful symptoms will continue through to day 2, and some clients may even experience panic attacks as the body fully begins to adjust to the lack of alcohol.

During the first week, symptoms may come and go. This period of time is also the stage where you are most likely to experience life-threatening symptoms, though these are obviously much rarer.

After your first week of withdrawal, you should notice symptoms slowly reducing, though some can at this point develop Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).

This is the prolonged effect of withdrawal and can cause anxiety, trouble sleeping, delayed reflexes and fatigue.

The team at your chosen drug and alcohol rehab in Sweden will be monitoring you throughout your alcohol detox and will be able to prescribe the appropriate medication to ease some symptoms if necessary.

The drug detoxification process

The first step of any recovery journey is usually detox. If you are suffering from drug addiction, you will need to undergo a drug detox in order to allow your body to rid itself of the substance before you begin the rest of your treatment.

As your body slowly adjusts to the lack of drugs in your system, you may experience a number of withdrawal symptoms, that range from the very common and mild, to the rarer, more aggressive symptoms.

Some of the mild side effects that you may encounter include nausea, flu-like symptoms, dizziness, fatigue, mood swings, and headaches, whereas some of the more severe symptoms can include seizures, tremors, disorientation and hallucinations.

The whole process and length of time a drug detox takes can vary, depending on the seriousness of your addiction, how long you have been using for, and the drug or multiple drugs that you have used.

The average is a few weeks – but some mild symptoms may last up to a year.

Dual diagnosis and addiction

Often times a person experiencing a drug or alcohol addiction will also suffer from a mental health condition – this is referred to as a dual diagnosis.

The most common mental health conditions in dual diagnoses include:

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

If you are experiencing one of these mental health disorders alongside your drug or alcohol addiction, it is in your best interests to inform us of this right away.

Having this information about you beforehand can help us greatly with treatment planning, and ensures that you receive the best care possible for both issues.

Those with a dual diagnosis will need more specific and detailed treatment plans in order to reach a full recovery, which addresses both disorders equally and effectively.

How much time will I spend in rehab?

The average length of a rehab programme in a drug and alcohol rehab in Sweden is 28 days.

However, rehabilitation is not a race to the ‘finish line’, and this number will vary depending on the person and the type of addiction. So, don’t worry if you need a little longer than rehab than others – your recovery is possible regardless.

Similarly, if you end up not needing the full 28 days in your chosen rehab, this is not an excuse to be lax with relapse prevention and aftercare – you will still need to put in work after rehab to stay on track.

No matter how long you spend in rehab, try to focus on yourself, on your treatment, and on your recovery journey, and you will soon be living a substance-free life.

Therapy and counselling in rehab

Therapy is a hugely important step in your journey to a substance-free life, and recovery would be decidedly harder to reach without this crucial treatment.

Through different forms of therapy and counselling, clients can discover more about themselves and their addictions, meet others in similar situations to them, learn about their own triggers and how to avoid them back home in order to prevent a relapse, and find new coping mechanisms that can replace their substance use in much healthier ways.

Overall, therapy is the preparation needed for a relapse-free return to the outside world.

The specific forms of treatment that you experience will be decided throughout the admissions process, to ensure that each treatment you partake in is beneficial to you.

Some common treatments to expect include:

To find out more about what treatments you may encounter during your time in a drug and alcohol rehab in Sweden, get in contact with Rehab 4 Addiction today.

12 steps to a recovery

Across many mutual support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), the famous 12 step programme is still used to coach those dealing with drug or alcohol addictions towards a successful recovery.

These 12 steps, referred to by some members of AA and NA as ‘not just instructions, but a way of life’, has been adapted overtime to keep up with ever-changing modern life, but the meanings of the steps remain relatively the same across the board.

1. Honesty

starting the recovery journey with an honest admission that you are helpless or powerless over your addiction. Friends and family can take this step too, admitting to their loved ones how the addiction has also impacted them.

2. Faith

Admitting the possibility of the existence of a higher power that may be able to help with your recovery journey.

3. Surrender

Realising that this journey will only be possible with the help of others.

4. Soul-searching

Identifying your problematic behaviour and how it has impacted you and your loved ones.

5. Integrity

Openly admitting your wrongs to another person.

6. Acceptance

Accepting the ‘flaws’ that you cannot control, and letting them go.

7. Humility

Being humble and honest about the limits of your self-will and determination.

8. Willingness

Making a list of people that you feel you may have hurt throughout your addiction.

9. Forgiveness

Seeking forgiveness by making your way through the list and mending any damaged relationships.

10. Maintenance

Making sure you are staying on track in all aspects of your recovery.

11. Making contact

Discovering the plan your higher power may have for your life.

12. Service

Serving those that need your help by passing on your knowledge and experience of the 12 steps.

Relapse prevention planning in rehab

Your chances of relapsing decrease the longer you stay sober. On average, around 21% of people relapse in their second year of recovery, whereas only 7% relapse past their fifth year.

To decrease these chances even further, we usually create a rehab prevention plan with all our clients.

This plan will detail what to do if you do experience a relapse, and how to avoid one in the first place by taking your history with substances, the substance you use, and your personal triggers into consideration.

Though of course, you will not want to relapse, don’t be ashamed or discouraged if you do experience one.

Progress is never linear, and there will be ups and downs throughout your recovery journey. Stay on track, and remain focused on your goals of a substance-free life.

Alcoholics Anonymous / Narcotics Anonymous

If you are experiencing a substance addiction, or are living in recovery and aiming to maintain the progress you made throughout rehabilitation, you may find fellowship groups such as AA and NA to be exactly what you are searching for.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and branches of these groups for loved ones of those impacted by someone’s substance use such as Alateen and Al-anon, are open to anyone of any age, and require no fee to join.

They focus on acceptance, honesty, and the willingness to change, all of which help guide those struggling with addictions or those living in recovery to reach their respective substance-free goals.

Research has shown that people aiming to change their behaviour should seek out others working towards the same goal to increase their chances of doing so, and mutual support groups like AA and NA offer this crucial sense of community through their group meetings and sponsorship programmes.

Before committing to a fellowship group, we recommend doing your own research about which specific group would be best for your personal situation.

Though some groups offer expansive and all-encompassing support for any type of dependence, some specialise between the different types of addiction, and some go even further and focus on one substance in particular.

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