We all have different definitions of addiction, which makes it difficult to know when you’ve passed the threshold from healthy to unhealthy consumption of alcohol or drugs.
However, the fact that you’re on this page indicates that substances may be negatively affecting your life, and that you’re ready to do something about it.
Generally, addiction is defined as a strong dependency on something. If you are in the habit of consuming alcohol or drugs, and the thought of giving it up feels impossible, that is an addiction.
Drug or alcohol dependency has an impact on your physical and mental health. Physically, you may experience muscle cramps, sexual dysfunction, and liver issues.
Concerning mental health, conditions such as anxiety and depression are incredibly common among those suffering with addiction. Combined, all of these effects cause an unfulfilling lifestyle.
If you’ve just decided that you don’t want to live this way anymore, you may be tempted to try to overcome it alone. However, it is virtually impossible to achieve sobriety without accepting help from professionals, as well as support from loved ones.
Individual attempts at sobriety are often characterised by a lack of motivation and a continuation of the lifestyle that introduced you to drugs or alcohol in the first place (e.g. spending time with drug or alcohol users).
Of course, it’s entirely your choice whether to stay dependent or attempt sobriety. Yet, all choices come with consequences, and continued substance abuse produces many negative ones.
At its worst, drug or alcohol abuse can lead to premature death. Other negative impacts include crime, failed relationships, and poor mental health. Rehab 4 Addiction can lead you away from all that.
Asking for help is certainly not the easy option, but it is bound to bring the most happiness in the end.
Do not underestimate the bravery of requesting help in your journey to sobriety, as it can often be the most challenging step.
At Rehab 4 Addiction, we aim to honour your request for help by taking action as quickly as possible following our initial contact.
We will place you with a residential rehab or an outpatient clinic that will carry you through your difficult journey with expertise and empathy. If you put the work in, you can prepare for your career, relationships and social life to be revitalised.
The exact structure of residential rehab is individual to each centre, as well as each specific client.
We place you with a centre that fully understands you. This means they will take into account your medical history, addiction, and personal preferences when organising a personalised treatment plan for you.
Drug & alcohol rehab in Cheshire is an extremely supportive environment. All clients are there for similar reasons, and all staff care about your personal journey with drugs or alcohol. You will rely on expert psychologists and addiction specialists to help you understand and cope with your addiction.
While your month-long treatment in rehab is individualised, you are guaranteed to experience detox and therapy in any centre.
Detoxing is the process of removing impurities from your body, effectively making you free from drugs or alcohol.
As you can experience significant withdrawal symptoms from detoxing, it may feel counterproductive.
Thus, it’s important to remember that you will feel worse before you get better, particularly if you have a long history of drug or alcohol consumption. You may experience nausea, shakes and weakness during the few days of detox. Fortunately, medical staff will be present to help guide you through it in a healthy way.
You will be pleased to know that detoxing only lasts a couple of days, and then you are free to focus on improving your mental health.
A combination of therapy, exercise, and healthy eating is employed to put you in the best mindset for recovery.
After around 28 days, your journey at rehab will come to an end.
At this point, you will return home and put into practice everything you have learnt at the centre.
It is important that you keep up with regular exercise, healthy eating and therapy, as these activities help you to stay mentally well, meaning you are less likely to give in to substances.
Several forms of therapy are used in residential rehabilitation centres.
You will have the opportunity to try out different types and discover which ones you prefer.
For some, individual therapy is the most successful as they feel more able to open up emotionally in a one-to-one setting.
On the other hand, some clients thrive in group therapy, where the secrecy of addiction is exposed and everyone is encouraged to share personal stories with one another.
Motivational sessions also feature in residential rehab. This is a positive external influence that can serve as a reminder of the benefits of recovery.
Within individual and group therapy, different types of therapy are used.
One popular form is CBT (cognitive behavioural therapies). This is based on the theory that there is a strong link between our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. If we begin to unpack our thoughts, we can better understand our feelings, and therefore behave differently.
For instance, we may think that we aren’t good enough, making us feel insecure, which could lead to self-harming behaviours such as drug or alcohol consumption. CBT encourages you to choose a better coping mechanism in this situation, such as mindfulness.
Talking therapy is also commonly used in residential rehab. It involves talking through your thoughts and feelings with an unbiased therapist. More often than not, through regular discussion, you will have breakthrough moments that you would not have had without engaging in talking therapy.
Overall, all types of therapy help you to cope with your thoughts and feelings surrounding addiction, setting you up for a successful sober life after rehab.
In spite of the coping mechanisms you will gain from therapy, it is extremely difficult to maintain a sober lifestyle outside of the intense month in rehab.
Though many clients believe they can do it alone, it very rarely works.
You must shift your entire lifestyle to fully embrace sober living, including potentially discarding relationships and jobs that no longer serve you.
Thankfully, you are never alone in doing this.
Our aftercare plan is in place for a whole year after your time in rehab. It includes a relapse prevention plan, as well as promoting support groups for you to attend regularly, such as AA meetings.
If you feel ready for a referral to a premium rehab centre or outpatient clinic in Winsford, contact us at 0800 140 4690.
We promise to listen to your story and take immediate action to help you.
Whether you choose residential rehab or an outpatient clinic, we will do all we can to make your transition into sober living as smooth-sailing as possible.