In 2018, it was estimated that over 35 million people across the world suffered from drug use disorders. Many people don’t speak out from fear of judgment, especially as they feel alone. But this issue is so much more common than they think.
Luckily, that also means there’s plenty of help available for those ready to recover! Below, we have details on the kinds of treatments you might encounter during drug and alcohol rehab in Whitburn.
In addition, we also have some advice on what to do if you feel like someone you care about could be suffering from addiction.
Treatment can generally be divided into two categories and then furthermore into various stages. It might all seem a bit complicated at first, especially if you try and look it up and are hit with a million answers at once.
But it’s important to remember that:
1. It will probably be different based on your individual circumstances, so you’re not just looking at one treatment path
2. You don’t have to learn and absorb anything right away – this page is just supposed to give you a certain level of knowledge, so that you won’t have as much fear of the unknown and will know what you’re going into
3. If you contact Rehab 4 Addiction, we’ll also be able to help you sort through anything you’re confused about
Now, let’s get back to discussing those two categories: inpatient and outpatient. The treatments you’ll receive during both will be largely the same. The main difference is in the environment and the context.
Inpatient treatment is completed “in” a residential facility. It’s difficult to put a proper time on it (and that’s not advisable anyway, as it risks turning the whole thing into a ticking clock when you should be focused on your recovery).
Having said that, generally most stays in residential rehab last around 30 to 90 days.
Outpatient treatment on the other hand happens “out” of a residential facility. Instead, it happens at home, with regular visits to a centre.
This is less intensive and puts more of your treatment into your hands. Inpatient treatment is generally recommended more. But if you have a less severe issue and are more comfortable staying at home, this could be the option for you.
Finally, the stages of drug and alcohol rehab in Whitburn, or anywhere else, are:
As you’ve probably already guessed from it being first on the list, this is the stage that occurs when you first contact us. We’ll chat with you before completing a more formal assessment. Then, we’ll come up with a treatment plan based on our discussions.
This is the biggest physical stage of rehab, where your connection with the substance you’re addicted to will start to be broken down. To avoid withdrawal symptoms, which can be highly unpleasant or even dangerous depending on what you’re addicted to, your intake will slowly and safely be reduced over about 3 weeks, give or take. Due to those aforementioned withdrawal symptoms, you should never try to detox alone.
This next stage varies a bit more depending on your individual situation. But generally, it’s a combination of mental health treatments like motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy and group therapy, alongside physical treatments like massages and acupuncture and workshops designed to teach you life skills. You should always research the place you’re going to anyway, but it’s especially important for you to look at the treatments that each place has available. That way, you’ll know if it’ll truly suit you.
As we’re going to discuss in the next section, addiction is a continual journey. Aftercare is essentially the adjustment period, where you’ll continue to access treatment while you readjust to your new, post-rehab life. A lot of the treatments at this stage will be the same as the ones you went through previously but at a more localised level.
An unfortunate truth of addiction is that it isn’t really possible to cure. Instead, the aim of drug and alcohol rehab in Whitburn is to help you manage your addiction in the long term.
It’s not enough for you to get clean during rehab and leave: to live a better life or even save your life in a lot of cases, you’ll need to continually work towards permanent recovery.
This is especially true if you have a more severe addiction issue. Unfortunately, addiction tends to worsen with time, so the longer you leave it without getting help, the more deep-set it is likely to become.
That doesn’t mean that recovery isn’t possible. It just might be a bit of a harder road to get there.
Addiction also affects you on both a mental and physical level, so it’s important that both sides are fully confronted. We’ll look at your past trauma, your present behaviour and any other main drivers behind your addiction, in enough detail for you to fully confront them.
Aside from how difficult addiction itself can be, it’s also hard to see someone you care about suffer from it. It might be the hardest option, but the best thing you can do is try to talk to them about their potential issues.
It’s likely that they’ll be in denial and they might even get angry or confrontational with you. But it will at least put the issue out in the open, which is much better than sweeping it under the rug, where it then gets much worse in most cases.
At Rehab 4 Addiction, we can also offer you as much advice and support as you need.
If they have a severe enough issue, an intervention might be the key to getting them the help they need. That’s something that Rehab 4 Addiction can help with too.
All you need to do is get in touch. Call us today on 0800 140 4690