It can be extremely hard for people to admit that they have a drink or drug problem.
Despite all the physical, psychological, social, and financial effects, some might still refuse to accept this.
However you feel about your use of drugs and alcohol, you can speak with the Rehab 4 Addiction team for information around drug and alcohol services in Wem.
There are phases of drug and alcohol use that people tend to go through before reaching the point where they admit there is a problem.
When drugs or alcohol are first taken or drunk, it’s usually in an explorative environment. It might happen with friends or at a party where there’s a lot of fun and excitement in the air.
When a substance enters the body it interacts with bodily functions and causes the release of “happy chemicals”. Many reports feeling euphoric or high, or the feeling of a buzz.
Others might describe the feeling of pain being numbed.
These effects along with the setting a substance is taken in means that a person might decide to do it again.
Although the early phases might be termed exploratory or social, it isn’t long before problematic use can unfold, leading to addiction.
This process usually happens completely by accident. It can be extremely difficult for a person to look back over six months or a year, perhaps, and realise that what started as a “bit of fun” has turned into a serious issue.
Alongside this, many feel embarrassed to admit to having an addiction because of the stigma attached to it.
The truth is, addiction is an illness and although a person might have chosen to take the substance at the start, addiction has transformed this choice and turned the behaviour into a compulsion.
If you’re concerned about someone you care about having a drug or alcohol problem, it’s important to address it.
The approach has to be with an open mind, one without judgement and with useful but not pushy suggestions.
Many will find this difficult. If this is the case for you, you could involve your local GP. This would be known as an intervention.
When you decide to talk to the person, it’s probably best to involve only one or two people.
If the person feels as though lots of people have been talking about them, it could immediately set the conversation off down a negative path.
It’s important to bear in mind that loving someone with an addiction can be extremely difficult.
Not because they are unlovable, but because sometimes the person might do upsetting things. Also, the person might not be interested in receiving treatment for a long time.
After a while, this can take its toll. This is why it’s really helpful to approach local 12 Step groups that support the people connected to the person who is ill too.
These groups help people understand how to better support the addicted person while looking after their own needs.
There are a variety of options for you to choose from in the Wem area in terms of rehabilitation programmes. It’s useful to know the structure of them and what they offer before choosing which will suit.
Outpatient services are where people live at home but are linked to a clinic or centre. There will be a series of group activities throughout the week that people can go to.
A caseworker will be attached to you and will arrange one-to-one therapy and counselling sessions where necessary.
Many people use outpatient services after they have used inpatient services. Others will use it in order to gain support around mild substance misuse. This structure is really helpful for people who are in the abstinence phase too.
There are different types of groups that are appropriate according to where you are in the journey of the addiction.
Inpatient services are what are popularly known as rehab. These are clinics that have private bedrooms so that residents are able to stay for a length of time.
Most people stay for the longest period of time which is twenty-eight days, some will stay as little as seven days, but this is rarer.
From the moment you arrive, you will be welcomed. The clinics are made to feel as relaxed as possible because this provides the best atmosphere to support your recovery.
You’ll have your own private room and there are communal areas for you to spend time socialising. Along with this, there are also the clinical rooms where you will go to receive therapeutic treatments in the form of talking therapies.
Group sessions provide a safe space for you to share your experiences with peers or to do a lot of listening and learning.
Perhaps you’ve no idea how to get into rehab. It can be difficult to find out about all the private clinics that are available to you as well. There’s no need to worry, this is where we at Rehab 4 Addiction come in.
We’re linked to top-level rehab clinics throughout the UK. As such, we have extensive knowledge as to what’s available right now.
To find out what would be most suitable to treat your needs you can call us for a chat and we will guide you through the options in Wem and beyond.
At rehab, you’ll come up with a plan with the professionals around what to do when you leave the clinic.
There will be ideas on positive lifestyle changes you can make, ongoing support you should access locally to your address, and what to do in the event of relapse.
It’s important you’re committed to change and determined to do everything it takes.
It’s also very beneficial to connect with your local 12 Step groups for ongoing support. Rehab 4 Addiction can advise you in this area too.
All you need to do is contact Rehab 4 Addiction.
Our team will answer any questions you have and will be very happy to take care of your referral and secure you a place at rehab.
Call us today on 0800 140 4690.