When it comes to beginning the journey towards a drug and alcohol-free life. We understand that those first few steps are the hardest.
At this point, you may think working through the entire journey’s worth of treatments feel downright impossible.
But just because it feels impossible doesn’t make it so.
You will often hear that it is a lot easier to do anything hard with a good attitude. However, in our experience, we find a willingness to work even when things get hard will serve you a lot better.
You are not working through the recovery process to act as an inspiration to anyone. It is a long and hard journey and you are allowed to struggle. You are allowed to curse and grumble and you are allowed to ask for help.
The journey towards long term recovery alone is something to be proud of, you don’t have to act like a hero as well.
You are human and you will need support.
When many people make the decision to put a stop to their substance abuse, they believe they can do it alone. After all, if they choose to use drugs or alcohol they can simply decide when to stop right?
First of all, prolonged substance abuse leads to you developing a dependency.
A drug or alcohol dependency happens because substance abuse changes your brain chemistry. When you first start abusing substances you create a rush of dopamine.
Dopamine is a feel-good chemical and it results in your brain creating a positive connection with drugs or alcohol.
Over time it will take more and more drugs or alcohol to achieve the same effect as your brain has grown used to the rush.
A dependency is developed when your brain believes you need substance abuse in order to produce any dopamine. So it begins to crave drugs or alcohol so it can get that rush again.
When it is denied this rush your body reacts violently resulting in withdrawal symptoms.
You simply can’t decide to stop using drugs or alcohol on your own.
In order to actually achieve long term recovery, you need trained professionals who can help you work through your dependency and the side effects that come with the treatments.
If you are serious about your recovery process then the best possible place for you is in a rehab centre.
Unlike how they are painted by tv and movies, rehab centres are not scary places. They are simply hospitals that specialise in treating drug and alcohol dependencies.
Now more than ever there is a wide range of rehab centres available to you. You have many potential centres within the Poulton Le Fylde area that you can choose from.
While having so many options allows you a certain degree of control over what exact treatment you will receive, it can make the process of finding the right one for you a little overwhelming.
That is where we come in.
At Rehab 4 Addiction we are dedicated to finding you the perfect rehab centre in your area.
We do this by taking the time to get to know you through our free initial assessment. We find out about your history of substance abuse, the state of your mental health and what you hope to gain from your time at rehab.
With this information, we will refer you to a rehab centre that in our professional opinion will give you the best possible chance at achieving long term recovery.
We will support you every step of the way and remind you that you’re never alone in your journey. We only want to help you work through your journey in a safe and prompt manner.
We know that speed is the key to a successful recovery journey and we aim to have you in rehab as fast as humanly possible.
Rehab is simply where you go to receive treatment for your drug or alcohol dependency and to be somewhere it is near impossible to get your hands on any drugs or alcohol.
The first treatment you are likely to receive is detox.
The detox is the process of ridding your body of all drugs and alcohol so that you can focus on the rest of your treatments without the distraction of cravings.
It can be a dangerous step if it is done alone and outside the safety of the rehab centre.
As part of the detox, you have to work through the withdrawal symptoms which as anyone that has experienced them can tell you are very uncomfortable.
The symptoms are what make the process potentially dangerous as it is very easy for you to find them too much.
Outside the rehab centre, you will have to experience these alone and can easily find it overwhelming.
But in a rehab centre, you will be monitored 24 hours a day by fully trained medical staff capable of administering a medication that can relieve the symptoms.
Following your detox, you will be expected to attend regular group therapy sessions.
Here you, along with others staying at the centre at the time, will sit down as a group with a therapist and work to understand why you turn to substance abuse.
Substance abuse often acts as a symptom of a deeper mental health problem that needs to be addressed in order to achieve long term recovery.
The most common reason behind substance abuse is trauma which can be caused by a number of factors:
Substance abuse often acts as a coping mechanism to dull the pain. But this is a temporary fix that will work less and less each time.
You have to get to the core of the problem so you can begin to work on your mental health and create healthier coping mechanisms.
To start your journey all you have to do is give us a call on 0800 140 4690.
We are ready and waiting to help support you at every stage of your recovery journey.
Soon as you pick up that phone you can begin working towards a happier and healthier life.