Beating a drug or alcohol addiction can be a difficult and drawn-out process. Some people still believe it is a matter of willpower and that being addicted to drugs or alcohol is some sort of flaw or failure. In reality, decades of research have taught us a lot about addiction and the complex effects that long-term substance abuse has on the brain and body.
A key characteristic of addiction is that the sufferer will experience a compulsion to keep using the substance, even when they know there may be negative consequences, which is one reason why it is so difficult to overcome through willpower alone.
Substance misuse and addiction can essentially rewire the way your brain processes things like pleasure, reward and impulse control. Addiction can be successfully treated but it requires dealing with the physical and psychological dependence, as well as the behavioural issues and root causes underlying the drinking or drug-taking. This is generally best done in rehab and we can help you find the right rehab in Birmingham if you are suffering from these issues.
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The Dangers Of Drug And Alcohol Addiction
Drug addiction of any kind can be extremely damaging and not just to the person involved but to their families, loved ones, friends and colleagues, as well as having an impact on society as a whole.
Depending on the substance, long-term or heavy usage can have a wide variety of negative short-term effects. Anything that impairs judgement can increase the risks of accidents and poor decisions, for example, and many substances carry a high risk of overdose or poisoning. Drinking and drug use can also cause or exacerbate a lot of physical and psychological conditions.
Alcohol might be a legally available drug but it is linked to various forms of cancer, liver disease, high blood pressure, stroke, mental health issues such as depression and anxiety and many other conditions.
Addiction and its related behaviours can also damage relationships, have an impact at work or school and lead to an ever-worsening spiral of neglect. It is always best to seek professional help for an addiction, whether it is longstanding or still developing.
Addiction Treatment Options in Soho, Birmingham
The main decision when looking for addiction treatment is whether to go for inpatient treatment, typically through a private rehab, or outpatient treatment. Some people find outpatient programmes suitable, especially if their addiction is less severe, but residential rehab offers several huge benefits.
Firstly, you will be in a safe and secure environment away from triggers and temptations that could easily derail your attempt to get (and remain) clean and sober. You can undergo a supervised and medically assisted detox in a comfortable clinical setting and access a structured, personally tailored programme of addiction treatment and therapies.
What Happens In Residential Rehab?
A pre-admission assessment process will help experienced professionals to design a tailored rehab programme specifically aimed at your own needs and requirements. This will usually start with drug detox or alcohol detox, which is the process during which you process the drugs and alcohol already in your system. This will be accompanied by a range of therapies designed to help you explore the root causes of your addiction and to develop tools and strategies to avoid relapse moving forward. A typical full rehab programme will last for 28 days, although this can vary between different rehab centres and individual treatment programmes.
Medically Assisted Detox
Long-term substance misuse can lead you to develop a tolerance, meaning you need to take more and more of the substance to get the same effect – and sometimes just to feel normal. You can also develop a physical and/or psychological dependence on the drug and this can lead to withdrawal symptoms when you stop feeding it into your system.
The forms of withdrawal can vary widely depending on the substance involved and the duration and severity of addiction, as well as other factors like any underlying physical and mental health conditions.
Some drugs, such as cocaine and marijuana, are associated predominantly with psychological withdrawal symptoms, while opioid and alcohol detox can lead to a combination of severe physical and psychological symptoms.
Undergoing detox in a specialist rehab facility means you will have support, medical supervision and access to prescription drugs that can help control the withdrawal symptoms, where this is appropriate.
What Are The Therapy Options?
A comprehensive addiction recovery treatment programme will also include a range of therapies. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that is commonly used to treat mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety but has also been shown to be extremely effective in treating addiction.
Group therapy and one-to-one counselling are also widely used and there may also be less common techniques and ‘alternative’ therapies such as art and music therapy, mindfulness and meditation workshops available.
Relapse Prevention And Aftercare
While your treatment programme will aim to help you develop the tools you need to avoid relapsing after you leave, the months and weeks afterwards can still be very challenging. A tailored aftercare programme can provide you with the help and support you need just when you need it, and many drug and alcohol rehab centres will also provide free aftercare as part of the programme, typically for the first 12 months.
Some charities, mutual support groups or fellowships such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous can also provide the support that many people find very valuable moving forward.
Finding The Right Private Rehab Facility in Soho, Birmingham
If you’ve decided that rehab is the right choice for you, we can help you to find the right rehab for you. This does not always mean the closest one – it is more important that you find the facilities and treatment options that are best suited to your own situation.
Get in touch today to find out how we can help you to embark on a journey to a new, drug and alcohol-free life.