For centuries, addiction has created problems for those living with the issue and people close to them. With all the negative consequences, it’s not surprising that many people want to quit.
Those who love someone with an addiction often live with many complex and conflicting emotions too.
Quitting isn’t easy, though.
It’s important to bear in mind that people use drugs and alcohol for many reasons. Some use it to self-medicate and ease mental health problems, for example.
With most substance use, especially in the early experimental stages, some people enjoy what they feel are positive effects.
Alcohol and drugs often make a person feel relaxed, more confident, and as though life is easier to face.
With this in mind, it’s natural that for some, it’s tempting to use a substance again and again. Every part of society includes those who live with addictions.
It is a non-discriminatory disease that affects all.
There comes a point beyond the desired side effects where things start to deteriorate. Using alcohol and drugs causes a huge amount of damage whatever the initial causes for experimentation.
Addiction, like any illness, comes with symptoms. For the person experiencing the addiction, this can be hard to identify and accept.
Denial marks the early stages of a person’s abuse.
There are many explanations for this. To start with, there is a large amount of stigma in society attached to addiction.
This is mainly due to a lack of understanding.
Addiction isn’t a habit people can just “give up”. It’s a disease that affects and damages the brain, its chemical balances, hormonal functioning and vital organs.
It has huge repercussions on the physical and mental health of a person.
When a person has developed a problem, it’s common that when the substance is beginning to exit the body, there will be psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms.
These include the following:
There are a number of signs you can look out for in someone you love, or ask yourself honestly about if you think that you might have a drug or alcohol problem:
There often comes a point when someone develops an addiction that it is impossible to deny.
This can take a long period of time for the person with the addiction, despite how often people around them might try to point it out.
The most efficient way to heal and recover from an addiction is through accessing drug treatment. Throughout the UK, thousands enter treatment every year and are successfully treated.
The most common substances people become addicted to and are treated for are:
It’s common that people will develop addictions to more than one substance. It’s also very likely that people entering treatment for addiction will also suffer from mental health problems.
The two conditions are highly correlated.
When a person has an addiction it affects all parts of who they are as a person and the different parts of their lives. This is why it’s essential that treatment addresses every aspect of a person’s life.
People need to find the most appropriate rehabilitation programme to suit their individual circumstances.
This is where Rehab 4 Addiction can support people: towards finding the best local service for their needs.
The first thing to consider when deciding where to access drug and alcohol treatment is whether inpatient or outpatient services will suit you better. There are various factors that influence what will suit a person.
Some people might have dependents at home that they can’t leave. Others might be able to invest money into treatment. The severity of the addiction will also impact what treatments will suit.
Inpatient services are where a person will go to stay at a rehabilitation clinic for a length of time. Residential stays can last anywhere from a week up to twenty-eight days.
They provide a total approach to treatment which is intense. It includes a full timetable of therapy and group work. This is especially useful for rehabilitating severe addictions.
Outpatient services are where people access clinics as and when suggested after a discussion with professionals.
Drug and alcohol services have timetabled activities and support sessions which occur usually on a weekly basis.
People can drop into these as and when they want to and might also be offered some one-to-one therapeutic work.
There are many types of treatments that create the optimum level of recovery support. A person needs to undergo a physical detox, psychological therapies, and alternative therapies.
Physical detoxes ensure that the body clears toxins. A medically supervised detox is essential for those who have physical dependencies.
A clinical team is able to make sure that this happens safely and as comfortably for the patient as possible.
Psychological therapies provide the basis for long-term healing. This is where the cause of addiction and new strategies to cope with the present is focused on.
Alternative therapies such as mindfulness and yoga as well as group work such as those following 12 Step guidelines are also provided.
To find out what the local drug and alcohol services are in Wetherby, contact the Rehab 4 Addiction team.
A member of staff will ask a series of questions to understand your situation and then can make the most helpful recommendations for you.
Call us today on 0800 140 4690.