Did you know that alcohol misuse is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability among 15-49 year-olds in the UK, and the fifth biggest risk factor across all ages?1 Misuse of prescription and illegal drugs is also a growing problem and drug-related deaths have risen to record levels across England and Wales.2 Addiction to any substance is a serious issue that can have a serious impact on your physical and mental health, as well as relationships, families, work, school and every other aspect of your life.
If you or someone you know is struggling with drugs or alcohol, it’s important to get the right help as soon as possible. Addiction is difficult to overcome alone but can be successfully treated using evidence-based techniques and treatment programmes.
What is an Addiction?
Essentially, addiction is the inability to stop engaging in potentially harmful behaviour, although there may be negative consequences. This may mean involve drinking or taking drugs, but behaviours like gambling can also be addictive.
The American Society of Addiction Medication says: “Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviours that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.”3
It adds, however, that “prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases”.
What To Do if a Loved One has a Drug and Alcohol Addiction in Pontefract?
Knowing how to approach a loved one you suspect has a drinking or drug problem can be difficult. It’s important to try to remain calm and not resort to attacks or recriminations, even if the person’s behaviour has negatively impacted you. However, there’s a delicate balance between being supportive and enabling their continued substance misuse. Sometimes you might have to remove yourself from the situation, especially if the person is putting you or themselves at risk.
Many support groups and charities can provide help and advice, but at the end of the day, the person involved must consent to seek help themselves. Staging a professionally guided intervention is one possible option; this can sometimes help people see the extent of their problem and its effect on others.
Support Groups in Pontefract
Well-known organisations like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) hold meetings throughout the UK. The exact locations and times can change but you can easily search their websites for your nearest meeting by entering your postcode or town. You can also access online or phone meetings if there is not currently an in-person meet-up in Pontefract or the surrounding area.
Many other organisations are also dedicated to helping people struggling with drugs and alcohol. We Are With You, for example, offers support to people with drug, alcohol or mental health problems, as well as their friends and family, while Talk to Frank provides confidential advice and information about drugs, their effects and the law.
The mental health charity Mind has a good list of resources and organisations that can help throughout the UK.
Speaking to Your GP and Accessing Drug and Alcohol Services
One of your first ports of call could be your GP. Some people might feel embarrassed about speaking to their family doctor about a drug or alcohol problem but GPs deal with all sorts of issues non-judgementally, and you can speak to them in confidentiality. While they may not be able to offer specialist addiction treatment, they can signpost or refer you to the appropriate services and can also check whether you have any other potential health issues related to your drinking or drug use. Alcohol alone is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including several types of cancer, high blood pressure, liver cirrhosis, and depression.4
There are a number of GP surgeries available in Pontefract including:
You can also use the NHS website’s searchable database to Find a GP in your area.
For drug and alcohol services you may have to look a little further afield than Pontefract. Inspiring Recovery provides drug and alcohol services for adults age 25 and over via two main hubs (Wakefield and Castleford) and satellite sites across the district.
Wakefield Council says that Inspiring Recovery it offers a number of valuable services including:
- Information and advice
- Interventions on site and in the community
- Wellbeing and healthcare
- Harm reduction interventions
- Needle exchange
- Group work
- One to one appointments
- Drug and alcohol detox and prescribing
- Shared Care services across the district working with local GPs providing interventions in the community
- Specialist Outreach Services and Workers
- Specialist alcohol team
- Links to the criminal justice system
- Peer Mentors
Why Choose Private Drug and Alcohol Rehab?
While outpatient treatments outlined above can be very useful for some people, they have limitations. Resources are often stretched, and there may be waiting times involved. Additionally, as you remain at home while undergoing treatments, you will still be surrounded by all the same people, places, triggers and temptations associated with your drinking or drug use.
With residential drug and alcohol rehab, you are safely away from that environment in a tranquil place where you can focus entirely on your recovery. You will not have easy access to drugs or alcohol so there is no chance that you will give in to cravings or a moment of weakness. You can undergo a medically supervised alcohol and drug detox with round the clock support and take part in a comprehensive, tailored treatment plan involving therapies, counselling and other evidence-backed techniques.
The fact that you are resident in the rehab means that more sessions can be packed into a relatively short time frame (typically 28 days although this can vary) and therapeutic sessions are generally far more in-depth than those offered on an outpatient basis.
Relapse prevention sessions can help prepare you for life outside rehab, and a tailored aftercare plan can also help make sure you continue your recovery.
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