An estimated 200,000 children live with an alcohol-dependent parent and more than 160,000 working hours are lost because of alcohol each year. Clearly, alcohol misuse has a major impact on both individuals and society as a whole.
Illegal drug use is not quite as widespread, due at least partly to the fact that illegal drugs are not as freely available or socially acceptable. They can be just as dangerous though and addiction to any substance can have a huge negative impact on the user’s health, relationships, work, education and every other aspect of their lives.
If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, finding the right treatment programmes in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres is the most effective way to deal with these problems. We can help you find the rehab in Stevenage that can allow you to break free from the destructive cycle of addiction and take the first steps towards a new, healthier life.
The signs of addiction
Addiction can lead to a wide range of often unpleasant symptoms and behaviours. Addicts can be very defensive and may be in self-denial about the extent or even the existence of their problem.
Some things to watch out for in yourself or your loved ones could include the following (although signs can vary depending on the substance involved and other factors):
Physical and psychological symptoms of addiction
- Failure to look after yourself/not caring about appearance
- Losing or gaining weight
- Constant tiredness and disrupted sleep
- Infections and general ill-health
- Anxiety, depression and paranoia
- Memory and concentration problems
- Feeling bad (physically and psychologically) when not drinking or taking drugs
Behavioural signs of addiction
- Temper or mood swings
- Secrecy and lying
- Poor judgement
- Lack or reliability/ failing to meet responsibilities
- Making excuses for using the substance
- Avoiding situations where they cannot drink or use drugs
- Increased or constant usage
How to help someone who is suffering from addiction problems
It is often the case that it is friends, relatives or loved ones who first contact drug and alcohol treatment centres on someone else’s behalf. We can give help and advice in complete confidence. It is worth remembering that the person with the problem must be fully on board to benefit from addiction treatment but you can still help them to face up to their problems and offer vital support.
How you approach a person with a substance misuse is very important. Some people respond to a quiet and honest word while some might benefit from a full-scale intervention involving family members, friends and others who care about them. Some people might react differently depending on who approaches them. It can be useful to let the addict know how their behaviour is affecting others around them but anger and recriminations can be counter-productive.
Booking into rehab places for drugs or alcohol
Once you have admitted that you have a problem and resolved to do something about it, you need to weigh up the options. The best time to look for help is always as soon as you can because, left unchecked, an addiction can continue to get worse even as it causes damage to your own life and the lives of those around you
There are a number of drug and alcohol treatment options available. You could opt for community-based or outpatient treatment for example. This is the type of programme most commonly available on the NHS. It is suitable for some people but there are a number of reasons why drug rehab clinics are more effective.
Firstly, you will have all the round the clock support and medical care that you need, with non-judgemental professionals who have a wealth of experience in helping people to beat drug or alcohol addiction. This can be very important when it comes to the detox part of the process, which is where your system processes the toxic elements already present. Going ‘cold turkey’ alone can be dangerous due to the withdrawal symptoms and most addicts fall at this steep hurdle. You are far more likely to be able to get clean or sober in a supervised setting like a detox clinic and further treatments and therapies can help you to stay clean once you have left rehab.
A medium to long-term stay as an inpatient at a drug rehab UK centre can also help you to focus on your recovery, away from the stresses and strains of your normal life. Some people, places and circumstances can also serve as triggers for your drinking or drug use and you will be safely away from them for the duration.
Making a long-term recovery
A successful addiction treatment program is not just about the time you spend in a rehab centre’s doors. It’s also about how you cope when you leave. Fighting addiction is a war rather than a single decisive battle and you need to have the right tactics and equipment in place when you leave
This is why a full treatment programme will not just deal with your detox – important though that is. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of other treatments and therapies designed to help you explore your own behaviour and the root causes behind your addiction
A technique like cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), for example, can help you to change your behaviour by changing the way you think and feel about your addiction and substance misuse. Other therapies like talking, group and art therapies can also be valuable while educational workshops can help you learn how to live a healthier lifestyle
If you need help to embark on a new drink and drug-free life, don’t delay. Contact us today and find out how we can help.