Addiction is a serious problem right across the UK. It affects thousands of families every day, destroying lives and relationships. According to figures published by the NHS there were more than 25,000 hospital admissions directly related to drugs in 2019 in England and Wales. There were also nearly 3,000 deaths from poisoning by drug misuse (overdose). Alcohol abuse affects even more people and it can be extremely difficult to overcome addictions, especially without help
Evidence-based programmes ran by trained professionals in dedicated drug and alcohol treatment centres can give you the best chance to beat your addictions.
At Action Rehab we can help you find the most suitable treatment service that will give you the very best chance of overcoming your addictions. We work with rehabilitation centres all across the UK and can find you the best rehab in Kent for your own individual requirements.
About drug or alcohol addiction
There is a difference between drug and alcohol abuse and addiction, although misuse can often lead to addiction. Addiction is a continuous and chronic state that sees the addict craving the substance despite negative consequences.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse says: “[Addiction] 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 compares addiction to other diseases such as heart disease, as both affect normal functioning, have serious health impacts and, if left untreated, can ultimately lead to serious illness and even death.
One important thing in the Institute’s definition is the inclusion of the phrase ‘if left untreated’. Because, while it can be extremely difficult to overcome drug and alcohol addiction, it is never impossible. It might sometimes feel that way to the addict and their loved ones but given the right help and support, anyone can beat their addiction and start to live a healthier life free of drugs and alcohol.
Getting the right addiction treatment
Finding the right treatment is a large part of that battle. We never forget that every person who suffers from a drug or alcohol addiction is also an individual with their own specific circumstances and requirements. Some treatments work better for some people and also for different types of addiction. We can find the right drug rehab UK services and drug and alcohol treatment options that can help you to kick your habit and make a lasting long-term recovery.
Detox and treatment programmes
One of the most difficult and potentially dangerous parts of the recovery process is detoxification, or detox. In general terms this refers to the process of removing harmful toxins from the body. In rehab terms, it specifically refers to the period of time it takes to metabolize the drugs and alcohol already in the system. This is only a part of the overall recovery process, as cravings and other physical and psychological symptoms will remain, but it is a very important one.
Even if an addict has determined to try to get well – an incredibly important step in itself – it is likely that they will fall at this hurdle without help. Depending on the type of addiction, the withdrawal symptoms can be severe as the active parts of the toxic substance leave the body and the cravings kick in with a vengeance.
Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the substance. Some, such as cocaine, marijuana, and ecstasy produce relatively minor physical symptoms but can have produce serious psychological and emotional symptoms. Others, like alcohol, opiates, and tranquilizers can lead to serious physical symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms can include (but are not limited to):
- Sleep disruption
- Lack of concentration
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe muscle aches
This can be scary and very difficult to deal with if the addict is going through ‘cold turkey’ alone, or even with the help of family and friends. Severe withdrawal can also be dangerous.
Going through this detox process is never easy but a professional detox clinic with a structured, supervised programme and expert medical support can provide the safest and most effective way to get through this crucial stage.
Drug and alcohol rehabilitation
Detox is an important step but it is only a part of an ongoing rehabilitation process. Our alcohol and drug rehab clinics offer a wide range of treatment program options, which are designed to help you to rid your system of drugs and alcohol then provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to help you stay that way. This applies not only to the time you spend in any particular rehab centres but also once you leave. Overcoming addiction can be a lifetime struggle and a holistic drug or alcohol rehab programme will help you to prepare for this.
As well as a supervised detox programme, an alcohol or drug abuse treatment rehabilitation programme is also likely to offer a range of therapies and treatments that could include:
- Drug awareness workshops
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Group counselling and speech therapy
- One to one counselling
- Diet and fitness workshops
- Art therapy
- 12 step programmes
- Support groups
- Relapse prevention programmes and aftercare
We know that admitting that you have a problem and looking for help can be a difficult step to take. That’s why we also offer support and information for family members, friends co-workers and others. It is often not the addicts themselves who take that vital first step so contact us confidentially if you have any concerns about drug or alcohol addiction.
If you’re looking for a ‘drug or alcohol rehab near me’ Action Rehab can help because we a referral service that aims to seek out the best possible treatment options available.
So if you’re looking for Drug and Alcohol rehab Kent or elsewhere, contact us today