If you’re looking for drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in Hertfordshire, we can put you in touch with the right treatment centre for you.
Drugs and alcohol are a growing problem in all parts of the UK, including the home counties of southern England. Addiction can affect people from all sections of society and does not respect any divisions on the basis of age, class or social standing. It can be extremely difficult to break free of an addiction without professional help but addictions ruin lives and the longer you leave it, the more potential there is for harm.
Some people feel embarrassed or ashamed of their addiction and find it difficult to seek help. Others refuse to admit that they have a problem – sometimes even to themselves. We can provide help and support to friends, family members and other concerned parties.
And, for the people with the addiction problems themselves, we can find the best facilities for your needs. If you or someone you know needs the services of a rehab in Hertfordshire, get in touch today. We never judge and will answer your call or message in complete confidence.
Is addiction a disease?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse says: “Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences. It is considered a brain disorder, because it involves functional changes to brain circuits involved in reward, stress, and self-control, and those changes may last a long time after a person has stopped taking drugs.”
It adds that the initial decision to take drugs is generally voluntarily – although many complex social and other factors may be involved. As addiction takes hold however, a person’s ability to exercise control becomes seriously impaired. Studies that have used images of the brain in people with addiction have shown physical changes in areas of the brain that are involved with judgment, decision-making, learning and memory, and behaviour control. This is one reason why beating a drug or alcohol addiction is so difficult without expert help.
Addiction can certainly be seen as a disease. It can worsen over time if left unchecked and it can be physically and mentally harmful. Addiction can also damage areas of the addict’s life such as work and relationships. The good news is, like many other diseases, addiction is treatable. If you are struggling with addiction, drug and alcohol treatment centres may offer your best chance of kicking the habit and making a long-term recovery.
What types of addiction can you help with?
Our alcohol and drug rehab clinics can help people who are struggling with addiction of different types, including (but not limited to):
This is a common form of addiction in the UK, partly due to the socially acceptance and ready availability of alcohol. Despite the fact that it is legal, alcoholism can be extremely damaging and can wreck homes and lives.
Cocaine does not cause the same physical dependency as some substances, but the psychological and emotional dependency can be very intense.
Cannabis is often seen as a ‘soft’ drug but can still be addictive and long-term use can lead to physical and psychological harm.
Opiates such as heroin can be extremely damaging and also extremely addictive, both physically and mentally. Detoxing from this type of drug can be particularly difficult and potentially dangerous as the withdrawal symptoms can be extreme.
- Prescription drugs
A dependency on prescription drugs can start with misuse (illegal consumption) or with legitimate use for a condition such as chronic pain or insomnia. You should only use prescription drugs as directed by a medical professional, because they can be very addictive if misused.
There are numerous other ‘behavioural addictions’ but the impulsive disorder known as compulsive gambling can be particularly harmful. Here at Action Rehab, we can connect you with the best addiction and mental health specialists whatever addiction problem you are struggling with.
What does detox involve?
Detox is the process of ridding your body of the toxic elements – the alcohol or drugs in other word – that are still in your system. The physician and psychological withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on the substance you are flushing out but the process is always difficult and can be potentially dangerous. It has been shown that the most effective and safest way to detox is to follow a structured programme delivered and supervised by experts in a professional detox clinic.
What other treatment programmes are available?
Detox can help you to get rid of the alcohol or drugs in your system but overcoming an addiction is a marathon rather than a sprint. A drug rehab UK centre will provide a range of treatment options that will help you to understand your addiction, start to deal with the root causes and equip you with the tools you need to deal with the danger of relapse and make a genuine long-term recovery.
A treatment program or professional addiction treatment service could include:
- 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
Some rehab centres may assign you a personal counsellor or support worker and some can offer relapse-prevention aftercare programmes, as well as putting you in touch with support groups and other relevant sources of support.
Why choose a drug or alcohol rehab clinic?
There is some level of drug and alcohol treatment available on the NHS but resources are extremely stretched, especially at the moment. Residential facilities or programmes are extremely rare and even where they do exist, there tend to be extremely long waiting lists. When in the grip of an addition it’s important to deal with it quickly, as you could do irreparable harm to yourself or your loved ones while you are waiting.
If you’re in Hertfordshire and you’re looking for a ‘drug and alcohol rehab near me’ we have plenty of options, including relatively cheap rehab facilities and ones that offer payment plans to help you spread the costs.
The cost of not dealing with an addiction problem can be much higher, so contact us today to find out how we can help.