The first step to rehabilitating a drug or alcohol abuse problem is always admitting that you have a problem. This is often the hardest step for almost everyone, mainly because it can induce feelings of shame.
Substance abuse often has a deep association that can cause those suffering from it to feel humiliated when it comes time for them to ask for help.
However, addiction is categorised as a mental illness, something a lot of people suffer from, and it shouldn’t be something to be embarrassed about. With the same as any mental illness, as soon as you or a loved one becomes aware of it, you should seek professional guidance.
No matter how serious you may think the problem is, if you’ve only just recently been aware of an issue starting or if you’ve been struggling with it for a while, it’s important to get help as soon as possible.
The effects of substance abuse and alcohol addiction can cause severe long-lasting effects on our bodies, and our relationships. For this reason, it’s important to get help as soon as you can.
Receiving treatment from the NHS can be tricky, the waiting times are often long, and the treatment used might not be useful to everyone. Here at Woodley, you’ll be admitted almost immediately.
First and foremost, you’ll need to call us and book a health assessment. The initial assessment is done over the phone to ensure that when you can have your in-person assessment, it can be better tailored to you.
Our healthcare professionals want to ensure that you leave our centre feeling refreshed with a new outlook on life, so during your assessment, we’ll try to work on the root cause of your addiction.
Once you’re admitted we will then go through with the detox process. This is also known as the second-hardest step. It’s known to be unpleasant and uncomfortable but will lead to long-term recovery.
Due to this, we will require a 28-day commitment from you before we admit you, even though the detox process may only take 2 weeks to complete. During this time there will be medication on hand to make this experience easier, one of the medications we will use is called Librium. It’s an oral pill used to help ease anxiety, fear, and stress.
We also have 24-hour around the clock care, so if you need assistance, or you’d prefer to not be alone, all you have to do is call.
To ensure your long-term recovery, you’ll be busy with many other things as well such as:
Within your therapy sessions, we’ll embark on different types of treatments depending on what we have decided is best suited for you during your assessment.
These treatments include CBT, dialect behavioural therapy and 12-step work. Whilst you’re doing this with a trained professional, you can also dabble in holistic therapy. This includes art and music therapy and mindfulness. All of this is proven to help you work on yourself, and encourage a safe and healthy recovery.
Although this might not sound very practical to everyone, holistic therapy is known to work wonders. This is because it doesn’t just focus on one aspect of ourselves. It’s about exploring your mind, body and spirit and healing each part in turn.
Once you’ve completed your time here at Woodley, we’ll then transfer you onto an Aftercare programme which usually lasts about 12-months. This is to make the process easier for you and to ensure you have the support and help you need to continue in the real world.
Before you leave, we’ll ensure that we’ll have identified your triggers so that you can go on to avoid them, and then receive help from sponsors within this programme surrounding this as well.
There will be 24-7 around the clock help on our helpline as well that you can call whenever you need to.
It’s often hard to understand how a drink or a harmless night out with some friends can often snowball into something much more serious, which is why it can be so hard to identify when something is wrong, or when we need help.
Drugs and alcohol can alter how the brain works and thinks. Once it becomes part of your life, the substances can hypnotise the brain into a sort of lull that makes it almost seem like the brain itself can’t work until it has more of the substance in your body. Due to this, the habit is very hard to kick without professional help.
There are many reasons why this happens and why addiction can start. It’s an illness that feeds off of anxiety, trauma, stress, and depression, among other things. If you’re unsure if this is something that you or a loved one is struggling with, here are some signs we have compiled:
As we’ve said before, addiction can leave long-term effects on yourself, and your relationships. Some ways they can affect your body, however, are very serious.
In a general sense, your brain work has been altered, and so your mood can often switch quickly, but most develop a sense of deep depression, which in turn can also alter your behaviour. Some are prone to violent tendencies during this time as well.
Within your body, you can be prone to heart conditions, breathing problems, digestive system issues, brain damage, lung disease, strokes, heart attacks and high blood pressure. Of course, for some, all of this can then inevitably lead, sadly, to death.
Woodley Rehab centre is built with your comfort in mind. We want the best possible for those staying with us, which means every room, facility and area is clean, open, and calm.
Whilst this isn’t a holiday break, we want you to feel as at home as possible whilst you begin your treatment, and embark on your journey to recovery.
If you’re curious, want more information, or would like to book an assessment, call 0800 140 4690 and let us help you today. Rehab 4 Addiction offers help and support in Woodley and across the Berkshire area.