Drug and alcohol addictions wreck lives. They can have a huge detrimental effect on the physical and psychological health of the addict but being addicted to alcohol or drugs can also affect your loved ones and other people around you.
You’ve probably heard it said that admitting you have a problem is a large part of the battle. It’s certainly a hugely important first step and we know that denial and self-deception is a large part of addiction. It is only the first step however, and even if you want to quit it can be extremely difficult – and potentially dangerous – to do so without expert help.
Statistics show that you have a much better chance of kicking your habit for good and making a long-term recovery if you undertake a full drug and rehabilitation programme. This could include a number of treatment options, including attending a detox clinic and participating in various therapies and other types of drug and alcohol treatment.
Finding the right rehab in Cumbria
If you are serious about dealing with your addiction to alcohol or drugs you have a number of options. Firstly you can try to go it alone, but this is very unlikely to be successful. The Harvard Medical School recognises addiction as a chronic disease that changes both brain structure and function. It says that addiction manifests in the brain in three distinct ways: Craving for the object of addiction, loss of control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite adverse consequences.
By definition, the addict has very little control over their continuing use of drugs or alcohol. Even with the help of committed friends and family, any attempt to break the destructive cycle is likely to fail.
Secondly, you could turn to the NHS. There are many wonderful things about the NHS but they do not always have the resources to provide effective treatment programmes for drugs and alcohol. Residential drug and alcohol treatment centres are rare and there is likely to be a lengthy waiting list. For the addict and their loved ones, time can be very much of the essence.
The third choice is to find a drug and alcohol rehab clinic. This can provide structured, evidence-based addiction treatment delivered by experts in the field of addiction and backed up with medical care where necessary. Staying in a drug rehab UK centre can take you away from the pressures and distractions of everyday life, as well as the people and settings that can act as triggers, allowing you to concentrate on overcoming your addiction and getting well.
Finding a cheap rehab option is always good but it’s more important to find the right one. At Action Rehab we never forget that every person struggling with an addiction is an individual with their own unique circumstances and requirements. We work with a wide range of different alcohol and drug rehab clinics, so you can find the right one to help you get clean your way – and stay that way.
What happens in rehab?
Alcohol and drug rehab clinics typically offer a wide range of treatment services. This typically starts with a detoxification or detox programme. One of the most important and delicate stages of any recovery is the point where the addict actually stops taking the substance they are addicted to and allows the body to flush itself free of the toxins.
This can lead to sever intense cravings and severe withdrawal symptoms. The exact nature of withdrawal can vary widely depending on the substance, the individual and other factors such as the length and heaviness of use. It tends to be an extremely difficult challenge for anyone going through the struggles of addiction but a structured program in a detox clinic with 24-hour support and medical supervision can provide the individual with the best chance of getting through this crucial phase.
Just like admitting that there is a problem in the first place, detox is a crucial step but it is only one step in an ongoing process. Rehab centres will also offer a full treatment service or treatment program that will give you the best chance of making a full and lasting recovery.
This could include treatments such as:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Group counselling
- Speech therapy and one to one counselling
- Physical therapy
- Addiction workshops
- Diet and health workshops
- Support group
- 12-step work
- Meditation and mindfulness
The idea is not only to get the drugs or alcohol out of your system but to provide you with the knowledge and coping strategies that you will need to stay clean and sober going forward. Even after any physical withdrawal symptoms have faded, cravings and psychological issues can last for weeks, months and even years. Many addicts describe a lifelong battle but the tools you are equipped with in a drug or alcohol rehab and treatment centre can give you the very best chance of winning that battle.
Information for family and friends
As we’ve already mentioned, admitting that they need help or that they have a problem in the first place can be a difficult step for any addict. There’s often a tendency to lie – to themselves and to others around them – along with other destructive behaviours.
It is very painful to watch a loved one destroying themselves with drugs or alcohol but we can offer advice and support for friends and family who are worried on somebody else’s behalf. This is actually a common route to alcohol and drug recovery due to the fact that many addicts are in denial about their problems. It may be possible to arrange an intervention between the addict, the person who was looking for help and a representative a treatment centre.
Where can I find a drug or alcohol rehab near me?
At Action Rehab, we work with the best addiction treatment centres throughout the UK. Whether you’re looking for drug and alcohol support in Cumbria or elsewhere, we can find the right place for you.