In 2021, the highest rate of deaths from drug misuse was observed in the North East.1 Northumberland did not fare as badly as nearby Tyne and Wear, but the problem cannot be overlooked. It’s also worth remembering that deaths only represent the tip of the iceberg regarding substance misuse. Many more people struggle with health and social issues to do with drug misuse, while alcohol addiction can be every bit as serious.
If you are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction in Ponteland, it might be time to consider getting professional help. Admitting you have a problem is a huge and positive step forward, but getting the right help is vital.
What is an Addiction?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences”.
It adds: “It is considered a brain disorder, because it involves functional changes to brain circuits involved in reward, stress, and self-control. Those changes may last a long time after a person has stopped taking drugs.”2
All these factors help explain why it is so difficult to break free from the vicious cycle of alcohol and drug addiction without expert help. Other factors can include a growing tolerance to the substance – which means that you need to use more and more for the same effect – and a dependency that can lead to physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms when you stop using it.
The good news is addiction can be successfully treated like other disorders and diseases. The science behind addiction and its treatment are increasingly more understood. There are still some things to consider when selecting addiction treatment in Ponteland.
GP Services in Ponteland
Despite reports of GPs being under strain, this is still the first port of call for many people. Your GP might not be able to offer dedicated addiction treatment, but they will be able to signpost and refer you to the best options in the area, which might include outpatient addiction treatment in Ponteland or further afield. They will also be able to assess, advise and treat any accompanying health issues that may have been triggered or made worse by your substance misuse.
The NHS also has a Find a GP tool that you can search by town, city or postcode.
Outpatient Treatment in Ponteland
Northumberland Recovery Partnership (NRP) is a partnership between the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Changing Lives and Turning Point. It provides a dedicated service for adults in Northumberland who are experiencing issues with alcohol or drugs, up to and including addiction.
Support available includes:
- Group and community-based 12-step programmes
- Harm reduction such as needle exchange for intravenous drug users
- Medical support including prescription of substitute medications and supporting detoxification programmes
- A dedicated Recovery Co-ordinator to motivate and support you during recovery
- Ongoing support to help with areas such as employment, housing and health
Addiction support Groups in Ponteland
As well as the Northumberland Recovery Partnership mentioned above, you might also be able to access local support from national groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). In-person meet-up locations can change, but you can find your nearest ones on the organisations’ websites. As Ponteland is relatively small, it’s possible that you might have to travel to Newcastle or another larger town or city for some support and outpatient services.
It’s also worth remembering that AA, NA and other charities and support groups will have telephone and online services that you can access from Ponteland or anywhere else in the country.
What are the Benefits of Private Drug and Alcohol Rehab?
Another option is private drug and alcohol rehab, which has a number of advantages over outpatient or community-based treatment. With inpatient rehab, you stay at the centre as a resident for the duration of your programme. Unlike outpatient programmes, this puts you in a safe and tranquil environment away from the people and places associated with your usual drug or alcohol use.
Many triggers and temptations will be removed, and you will not have the ‘easy’ option to go for a drink or a hit of drugs when the going gets tough. This can be particularly important when going through a drug and alcohol detox, but cravings and moments of weakness can strike at any time. In rehab, you will have access to round-the-clock support but no access to drugs and alcohol.
With outpatient rehab, you might also have to attend treatment and support sessions at different places, which takes a lot of organisation and motivation. This can be a problem when you are in the grip of an addiction. Yet another issue is detoxification – the process during which your system rids itself of drugs and alcohol and is often accompanied by withdrawal symptoms. With an outpatient programme, supervision will be limited during this period. With inpatient rehab, you will have access to a fully supervised medical alcohol and drug detox with all the support and care you need.
Recovery with Action Rehab
Some people will go to rehab without having used drugs or alcohol for a while, but for the majority, detox is an important first step in the process. It is far from the last one, however. A holistic addiction rehab programme will address every aspect of the addiction, including psychological aspects and the root causes of your substance misuse.
This is done largely through a range of therapies. The exact make-up of any programme can vary but will generally involve evidence-based techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy, psychological counselling and group therapy. There may also be well-being therapies to improve your physical and mental well-being. When you leave, a comprehensive aftercare plan can help you maintain your recovery.
Action Rehab works with many rehabs, and our priority is to find the best one for your personal circumstances and needs. If you are looking for drug and alcohol rehab in Ponteland or nearby areas, get in touch today to find out how we can help. If you would like to speak directly to a staff member, call 0151 268 6992.
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