Part of what makes addiction so damaging is the way it comes into every part of your life. It can mess with your job, your health, all kinds of relationships and every part of your personal life.
It might be impacting you in ways you haven’t even noticed. Unfortunately, many people in the early stage of addiction are still in denial and don’t recognise that they have a problem until it’s too late.
Addiction is a disorder that gets worse over time, so early intervention is very important. If you get in touch with Rehab 4 Addiction, we can talk to you about drug and alcohol rehab in Worsley right away.
All you need to do is call, or drop a message on our website.
Every case of addiction is unique, due to the variety of complex factors that create and drive it. As a result, it’s important that we know your exact circumstances before we get started.
We usually establish this via two assessments: one when you first speak to us and another physical and mental one before you get started on any treatment. In the first, through a series of questions, we’ll attempt to establish the length and severity of your addiction.
Alongside that, it’s also important that we know your previous treatment history and what support systems you have in place. With this information, we’ll then be able to make a recommendation on treatment.
That may all sound intimidating, but we want to reassure you that Rehab 4 Addiction is a relaxed, judgement-free space. We have several resources in Manchester and Greater Manchester, including centres for inpatient and outpatient treatment.
We’ve already touched on how addiction can affect personal relationships of all kinds. On the flip side of suffering from it yourself, watching someone you care about struggle with something so hard isn’t easy.
But there are ways you can help them through.
If you think someone needs help but won’t admit it, the first best thing you can do is attempt an open, honest conversation with them. It won’t be an easy discussion, especially as denial is very common in the early stages.
But acknowledging their issues is a vital step towards recovery and it’s something you can help with if you approach the situation in the right way. However, it goes without saying that you should always be sensitive and tread carefully.
Going in all guns blazing without planning what you’re going to say could make the situation worse. At Rehab 4 Addiction, we can also help with an intervention, if that’s something you need.
In a work environment, you might need to be even more sensitive. You might also want to reconsider your workspace to make the person more comfortable.
You could even take a look at company policies if you’re in a senior position.
No matter what your relationship with the potential addict is, the best thing you can do is to support them in every way that you can. If they know that they have people around them who care and who will help them through,
Now we’re going to discuss two of the most important kinds of addiction treatment, the first being detoxes. These usually start any treatment plan and last for around three weeks, although this can change from person to person.
As you abuse drugs and/or alcohol more and more, toxins will build up in your system. You may also develop a dependence, where your body becomes reliant on the substances you’re taking.
This can also lead to withdrawal symptoms if and when you attempt to stop. Detoxes intend to get these toxins out of your system and break the physical hold that these substances have on you.
It’s also important that any detoxes are done in a safe, controlled and supported environment. Withdrawal symptoms range quite a bit from substance to substance, but they can become incredibly dangerous in certain circumstances.
So, if you’ve developed a dependency, just stopping right away with no professional guidance isn’t a good idea.
Many other common rehab treatments fall under the umbrella of therapy and counselling. Mental health is often a huge factor in recovery.
For a lot of people, learning to live with addiction whilst keeping it under control means learning how to manage the mental health issues that have either been caused or been caused by it. Among other things, of course.
If someone mentioned therapy in rehab to you, talking therapy is probably what you’d first think of. As the name would suggest, this is the simple but effective kind of treatment where you sit down and talk to a therapist.
It works because it allows you to let out and unpack all of your emotional issues.
Another well-known one is cognitive behavioural therapy, often shortened to CBT. The main aim of CBT is to break down the negative and toxic thinking and behaviour patterns known as cognitive distortions.
Strategies employed to achieve this aim include:
If you’re a very creative person, you may also get a lot out of art and music therapy. Expressing yourself through these mediums can be very freeing and might even be easier than saying what you’re feeling out loud in some circumstances.
Finally, group therapy is very beneficial for many addicts, as it gives you access to a whole network of people going through the same things as you. This is very important in addiction treatment especially, as it can make sufferers feel very alone.
This is also why support groups are an incredibly important part of both inpatient (residential) and outpatient (at-home) treatment.
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