Are you struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol? Addiction is a vicious cycle and users will often go from consuming drugs and alcohol for the euphoric effects, to experiencing terrible withdrawal symptoms, to wanting to consume drugs or alcohol again to make them feel better. The cycle goes on and on and it can often feel like there is no end in sight.
If you are struggling in this way, it’s time to get some help. The best way that you can overcome the internal battles that you are facing is to tackle them head-on through a rehab treatment program.
Naturally, it can be hard to overcome addiction alone and you may even want to just give up and go back to using. This is where rehab plays a very important part of recovery.
Here at Action Rehab, we offer residential facilities and high-quality rehab treatments which are designed specifically to help you reach your recovery goals. Choosing to attend a rehab centre to overcome your addiction is the best choice you will ever make.
If you are looking to turn your life around and enjoy life without dependency on drugs or alcohol, get in touch with us today to find out more about how we can help you achieve this dream.
How Does Someone Begin with an Addiction?
Addictions usually start out with certain warning signs, usually seemingly innocent. Whether it is just a drink or two after work to de-stress from the day or to try a drug with some friends. This can all seem very innocent at first but can quickly take over a person’s life or slowly progress over time.
There are a few factors that could increase the likelihood of someone dealing with addiction.
- Frequent binge drinking
- Poor mental health
- Family history of addiction
- being around friends or family that use drugs or alcohol
- experimenting with drugs or alcohol
How Can I Tell If I/Someone I Love Has an Addiction?
When considering reaching out for help with an addiction, whether it is for yourself or someone you love, you may find yourself asking if the addiction is bad enough to seek help.
This is a question asked by many. The truth is, if you find yourself asking this question then it is likely that support is needed in this situation.
Here are some signs of addiction to look out for.
- Seeking out situations where the substance is being used
- Withdrawal symptoms
- High tolerance
- Strained relationships
- Memory loss / forgetfulness
- Unable to reduce the use of the substance
- Taking risks
- Ignoring relationships
If some of these fit yourself or the loved one you are thinking of, then they may need to seek support for addiction.
What Is Next for Me?
If you find yourself needing support or realising you’re suffering your first step is to admit it to yourself. Admitting you have the problem and to be willing to change it is the biggest step in recovery.
You must take recovery seriously as it is one of the most important decisions you will ever make in your life. If you do not take recovery seriously, it will not be effective, this may cause a relapse and spiral. So to first admit the problem and to be willing to do everything it takes to recover is the first and bravest step to take.
Next would be to find your chosen path of support on your journey. There are a number of ways to get support on your journey, from group support to doctors, from hospitals to rehab. Rehab seems to be the most beneficial for those wanting the full package of support on their recovery journey.
You will then go into detox where you ride your body of the toxins. This can be extremely dangerous, so be sure to never do this at home or alone.
Medical professionals should always be supervised, especially with alcohol withdrawal as this can be extremely dangerous. You will most likely suffer withdrawal symptoms ranging from mild to severe depending on how much you use and how frequent.
Withdrawal symptoms can consist of depression, anxiety, vomiting, hallucinating, seizures, heart failure and more. For this reason, while under medical supervision you will likely be treated with medicine to make you more comfortable and to prevent serious withdrawals.
How Can I Help a Loved One Going Through Addiction?
It is tough when you care about someone with an addiction, this may also make you feel depressed. It is important to take care of yourself while you try to care for someone dealing with addiction. There are a few things that you can do to show you care or to help them with their addiction issues.
Here is a list of things to help.
- Try to keep their environment a sober environment
- Educate yourself on their addiction. Learn why and how they happen.
- Express concern, let them know that you have noticed their issue
- Offer to help them find support
- Offer to attend meetings with them
- Try to minimise triggers
Let the person struggling with addiction know they are loved. Try to encourage them to get the support that they need.
Is Recovery Worth It?
Absolutely. And you are worthy of recovery. It may not feel that way now, but if you give it a shot you might find that you have a new positive life at the end of addiction.
If you decide to go down the route of rehab, you will definitely reap the benefits. Rehab is there to support you.
When you leave rehab, the support doesn’t end there, you will be supported by an aftercare team who will do everything in their power to make your new sober life more positive and comfortable.
They will help you with life after rehab including jobs and accommodation and will even help you find a local support group and will attend with you. Recovery doesn’t stop after rehab, it is ongoing but so worth it.