Drug and Alcohol Rehab Ellesmere Port
Some people might also think that there is something wrong or shameful about suffering from addiction and going into rehab. Addiction can affect anyone, however. It’s true that there are some demographics that are more likely to be affected by substance misuse issues and some individuals might be more susceptible to some types of addiction than others. Anyone can become addicted to drugs or alcohol though and, once they do, it can be very difficult to break free.
Addiction is considered to be a disease or disorder of the brain but there will probably always be people who remain judgemental about the whole issue. This doesn’t apply to anyone working within drug and alcohol treatment centres, however. Our professional staff and resident experts have a wealth of experience dealing with all aspects of addiction and people from all sorts of situations. Rehab places for drugs and alcohol can offer discrete and confidential advice and treatment in a secure and completely non-judgemental environment.
Why is addiction so hard to beat?
As mentioned, addiction is a serious disease or disorder.
Psychology Today says: “Substance use and gambling disorders are complex conditions that affect the reward, reinforcement, motivation, and memory systems of the brain. They are characterized by impaired control over usage; social impairment, involving the disruption of everyday activities and relationships; and craving.”
Crucially, a key characteristic of addiction is that the addict will continue to use the substance or pursue the activity regardless of any physical and psychological damage or other negative consequences. This means that it is extremely difficult for the addict to simply stop drinking or taking drugs because they are aware of the harm they are doing to themselves and others around them.
Addictions can also get worse over time, as tolerance for drugs or alcohol increase and the withdrawal symptoms when the addict does not get the substance they crave get progressively worse. Many addicts do want to stop but will fail to do so as the cravings and withdrawal symptoms prove too much to overcome. This can lead to a constant yo-yo-ing with addict’s confidence and self-esteem damaged every time they fail to quit or fall back off the wagon. This can be counterproductive and can even lead to the problem getting worse.
Thankfully though, addiction CAN be treated and a stay in a drug rehab UK clinic is perhaps the single most effective way to break that destructive cycle.
Coming off drugs or alcohol in rehab
Some people do attend rehab without having taken any drugs or drank alcohol recently, but it is far more common for an addict to go through detox as part of the treatment program. This is when alcohol or drugs leave your system and it can be a very difficult time to get through. Withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on a number of factors, including the substance involved and the heaviness and length of use. You will have access to round the clock support and medical assistance if required though, such as monitoring for delirium tremens (the DTs) for alcohol withdrawal.
The majority of withdrawal symptoms will have subsided within 10-14 days of starting detox, but some psychological issues could last much longer and cravings can continue to occur for a very long time.
Further treatment options for long term recovery
There are many reasons why people who have got clean and sober relapse and fall back into their bad old habits. There’s no guarantee and for lots of recovering addicts, that recovery is a long-term and sometimes a lifelong battle. There are things that you can do to minimise the risk of returning to drinking or drug use though, and that is the focus of the next part of most addiction treatment programmes.
Group and individual therapy sessions can help you to explore the roots of your addiction and the way you think about your relationship with alcohol or drugs. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can be very valuable in this regard. CBT works on the theory that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations are all connected. By breaking down overwhelming problems into more manageable parts and working on them, you can change the way you think and act and break vicious cycles of negativity. CBT is commonly used to treat anxiety and depression but can also be very helpful for a number of other psychological issues, including addiction.
Many addicts do suffer from mental health issues as well, which may be caused or exacerbated by the addiction and substance misuse. The relationship between substance misuse and mental health is complex but many recovering addicts find they need help during and after detox. We can ensure a range of highly skilled psychologists and psychiatrists are on hand to help you if you do suffer from these problems.
Our treatment service for drug or alcohol addiction does not stop as soon as you leave the premises either. We know that many people struggle with the threat of relapse so we will draft a personalised discharge plan accompanied with a range of aftercare options. We can also familiarise you with concepts like the 12-step programme and put you in touch with relevant and reputable charities and other organisations that can offer support going forward.
So don’t delay, get in touch today for your first steps towards a brighter life free from the misery of addiction to drugs or alcohol.