When you start to experience symptoms of a drug and alcohol addiction, it doesn’t mean you are just beginning to be affected by it. It’s actually a very dangerous sign that your body has been struggling for a long time.
This means that you must seek help as quickly as possible when you realise you have a substance abuse problem.
It may take months to restore your health back to normal, but it will be worth it. If you complete treatment, you can look back and be proud of yourself for breaking free from the terrible disease of addiction.
What’s more, fellow sufferers of addiction will look to you as an example of someone who has successfully recovered.
To break free from addiction, you need to withdraw from the substances you are dependent on. However, you cannot withdraw from them suddenly as this is incredibly dangerous.
The best way to safely get sober is to attend a rehab centre where you will undergo a physical detox and have regular therapy sessions.
The reason detoxing helps you to get sober is that it removes any trace of drugs and alcohol from your system, forcing your body to learn how to cope without these substances.
At first, your body is likely to react badly; you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as strong cravings, tremors, nausea, or headaches. However, after a few days, your body remembers how to function without drugs and alcohol and you are left feeling much healthier.
As vital as detoxing is, it is not a sustainable way to get sober as you will still be psychologically dependent on drugs and alcohol. The only way to deal with the mental aspect of addiction is to get therapy.
This helps you to get to the root of your addiction problem, which is usually some form of trauma or mental health condition. When you heal from this trauma, you will find it easier to let go of drink and drugs as a coping mechanism.
As well as the detox and therapy, there are steps you can take to break free from addiction. Firstly, we encourage you to accept that recovery is challenging.
If you are in denial about how difficult it is to get sober, you may be tempted to give up as soon as things get hard for you. However, if you embrace the difficulty of recovery, you will be capable of overcoming the battles that arise along the way.
Secondly, it’s important that you surround yourself with people who support your decision to get sober. If you’re around people who romanticise addiction, you are much more likely to relapse.
However, if you have people in your life reminding you of the importance of sobriety, it will be easier to stay away from drink and drugs.
Finally, be willing to make changes in your life if you want to stay sober long term. No amount of therapy will fix the fact that you go to the pub every week or keep returning to toxic relationships.
You need to turn your life around if you want to recover sustainably, which may involve changing friendships, jobs, and hobbies.
Rehab 4 Addiction offers a free assessment over the phone. We will ask you questions about your addiction to learning more about how we can help you.
In this phone call, it is vital that you let us know about any treatment preferences you have so that we can find a rehab facility that you are happy with.
For example, if you want to be able to engage with group therapy, let us know and we will make it happen.
We find a facility by researching local organisations and gathering information about their services. We will only refer you to a drug and alcohol rehab in Battle if it has excellent success rates.
It is very common for people with a drug and alcohol addiction to struggle with their mental health. For this reason, rehab centres are used to accepting people with mental health diagnoses.
We call these people dual diagnosis patients.
If you have been diagnosed with a mental health condition, let us know when you contact us and we will find you a centre that can help you.
There may even be certain types of therapy you can engage with that are proven to help with your mental health condition.
For example, some facilities offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy) which is commonly used to treat PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
The most common mental health conditions that cooccur with addiction are depression and anxiety. Generally, the therapy that you will get at rehab is successful at treating both of these conditions too.
You are likely to have something like CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioural therapy), ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), psychotherapy, counselling, or talking therapy.
Some rehab centres offer holistic therapies such as yoga, reiki, and meditation. They explore the link between your physical and mental health, helping you to heal your mind, body, and spirit.
Part of this involves practising mindfulness which means learning to focus on the present and block out other thoughts.
In terms of addiction, this could mean taking in your surroundings as a soothing technique rather than dwelling on past mistakes or worrying about the potential of relapse.
Delaying treatment can be deadly. Make the right decision today and call us on 0800 140 4690 to find out how we can help you secure treatment in Battle.
We are likely to recommend residential rehab thanks to its wonderful success rates. However, if you’re interested in a home detox or an outpatient programme, we would be more than happy to arrange that for you.
Alternatively, if you’re seeking help from a friend or family member, call us and explain your situation. Our advisors will guide you through the process of finding support for a loved one who is dealing with addiction.