According to a report from North Yorkshire’s Joint Alcohol Strategy 2016-19, in fact, alcohol in particular is a local priority as hospital admissions for alcohol-related conditions are rising at a faster rate than the national average. This is a serious issue as alcohol misuse is known to be the biggest risk factor contributing to ill-health, disability and even premature deaths for people aged 15-49 in England.
Alcohol is more widely used than illegal drugs, due to its legality, ease of availability and comparative social acceptance, but for the individuals involved, drug use is just as dangerous. Drug or alcohol addiction can lead to a wide range of illnesses and injuries. Addiction can ruin health and kill. It can contribute to reckless or criminal behaviour, it can poison relationships and wreck jobs and careers.
Despite knowing all this, it can be extremely hard to break the cycle of addiction. One of the defining characteristics of addiction is that the addict will continue to use the substance or indulge in the behaviour, despite the risk of negative consequences. This is why it is so important to seek the right help. Drug and alcohol rehabilitation programmes have been proven to be the most effective way of tackling a serious addiction problem. If you’re looking for rehab in Skipton we can help you to go through the options and find the right place for you.
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Not all treatment options are suitable for everyone. Different people have different requirements and some addiction treatment may be better suited for your own individual needs than others. Some factors might be the type of substance involved, the heaviness and length of use, your age and any existing health issues. You might have a preference of whether you are treated locally or would prefer to be further afield. Some people prefer to be treated on an outpatient or community-based programme, although these tend to be more suited to people with milder addiction issues, who are able to manage things like making and actually attending appointments.
For others, a stay at residential rehab places for drugs and alcohol is the only way to break away from people, places and triggers and really focus on getting well.
There are numerous options available and you might not feel up to doing the research yourself, especially while you are in the grip of an addiction. We can help by finding the right place for you, whether you are looking for cheap rehab in Skipton, facilities in North Yorkshire or treatment that is available further afield.
Going through detox
While facilities and programmes can vary and will be tailored to your own requirements, there are some common threads and one of these is the professional detox clinic. Detox, or detoxification, refers to the process of your body metabolising the toxic elements of the substances you can consume and this can be a very difficult and delicate time. Going through ‘cold turkey’ alone can be extremely difficult and even dangerous as there will be a range of physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms as the chemicals leave your body. These can sometimes be severe and can last a long time after the alcohol or drugs themselves have physically left your body. Even if you have the help of a friends, family or some other support network, they are unlikely to have the knowledge and experience to guide you safely through to the other side.
Going through detox at a rehab centre is still a difficult process but you will be supervised by trained and experienced professionals, with support and medication and medical assistance available where this is appropriate. This will give you the best chance possible of getting clean or sober but that is only one part of the process.
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Making a lasting recovery is a marathon, not a sprint. The common mantra is ‘one day at a time’ and there will always be challenges ahead. Cravings can be difficult to resist and there may be a temptation to return to drink or drugs when things go wrong in your life. Sometimes the opposite can be true – if you are a recovering alcoholic, for example, celebrations where others are drinking can be dangerous occasions.
As well as detox, a holistic rehab programme will also help you to explore your addiction and change the way you think about it. This will generally take the form of a combination of therapies and workshops designed to give you the tools you need to stay clean and sober once you leave the rehab clinic’s doors and return to everyday life.
When to seek help
There is only one answer to the question of when you should seek help for an addiction problem and that is, ‘As soon as possible.’
Left untreated, addictions can soon spiral out of control, causing untold damage to your health, relationships and pretty much all aspects of your life. Worsening addictions also become harder and harder to break free of as your brain and body increase their dependence on alcohol or drugs.
Even if you believe your addiction to be relatively mild and do not think a stay in drug or alcohol rehab is required or is the best option for you, it is best to deal with these issues before they do get worse. We can still offer advice or point you towards the people, places and resources that can help you to take control of your substance misuse.
On the other hand, even if your addiction is serious or advanced, it is never too late to seek help. Drug and alcohol treatment centres do not offer a magic remedy. You must still want to change and beating addiction will be very hard work but entering rehab is a huge step forward and puts you in the very best place to both get clean and then make a long-term recovery.