Drug and Alcohol Rehab Gravesend
In the past few years, Gravesend has been voted one of the worst places to live in the United Kingdom. Since that message was delivered, the local council have been working hard to regenerate the area, uplift local people and ensure a better quality of life for residents.
But what they’re struggling to combat is the spiralling numbers of Gravesend locals in need of drug and alcohol rehab. This isn’t a problem specific to West Kent. In fact, the whole of the United Kingdom is seeing something of an addiction epidemic: never before have so many people been addicted to substances.
At Cassiobury Court, the drug and alcohol rehabilitation service we offer has never been more important. With NHS resources stretched and waiting lists frustratingly long, some people suffering from addiction feel like they have nowhere to go for help. Get in touch with our team, and there will always be somebody that can help you.
In today’s article, we’re going to look at what addictions are. We’ll look at how these addictions affect people in the Gravesend area, and explain why drug and alcohol rehab centre in Gravesend can help you start your life again.
What is an Addiction?
Addiction is a medically diagnosed mental illness. We’ll bet you didn’t know that addiction has been classified as a serious illness. We don’t blame you – most people don’t. Unfortunately, many people in the United Kingdom completely misunderstand what an addiction involves. They see it as a weakness, and something addicts need to quickly get over.
The reality of addiction couldn’t be further from the truth. Drug and alcohol addictions consist of the physical and psychological inability to stop abusing substances – even when you know they’re causing harm.
The fact is that the chemical makeup of an addict’s brain is altered. The human brain responds to substances that make it ‘feel good’, and quickly demands more and more of it. Even when an addict is aware that their situation is disintegrating as a result of addiction, they often find it difficult, almost impossible to stop abusing substances.
Let’s take a closer look at drug and alcohol addictions specifically.
Drug addiction, while obvious on the outside, can be difficult for users to identify and accept. When you’re suffering from a drug addiction, you find it almost impossible to deny the urges you receive from your brain. No amount of drugs is enough, even though you’re aware of the harm that drug addiction is causing you.
Interestingly, many people assume that drug addiction only relates to illegal drugs. Far from it. There are now record numbers of people addicted to perfectly-legal opioids and other prescribed drugs. If the battle against drug addiction wasn’t difficult already, it’s now becoming even more of a challenge.
There is no one specific reason a person will become addicted to drugs. History of drug addiction in your family can increase your chances of becoming addicted, but studies have been far from conclusive. People of every age, background, religion and social standing become addicted to drugs. These are some of the symptoms:
- Succumbing to urges to use drugs frequently;
- Taking more drugs than you need to, and for longer periods of time than necessary;
- Continuing to purchase drugs you can no longer afford;
- Suffering from headaches, sickness, and dizziness when there are no drugs in your system.
Many people attempting to overcome their drug addiction will receive substitute prescribing. Sadly, this is an ineffective way of dealing with any drug addiction, and users are prone to relapse. Private support services are significantly more effective.
Although alcohol addiction can be equally damaging, often it isn’t given the attention it deserves. In the UK, many alcohol addicts are ignored, and it’s easy to hide the symptoms. In a society that prides itself on the ability to consume large quantities of alcohol, addicts can find themselves in social situations where their addiction is ironically encouraged. This can leave young people with a poor perception of safe drinking limits and means that many people are vulnerable.
Alcoholism is the most serious case of a drinking problem. Users will suffer from a strong, almost uncontrollable urge to drink, and drink heavily. These are some of the most obvious signs of alcohol addiction;
- Stopping at the pub after work, or drinking every night of the week;
- Drinking when there is little or no reason to;
- Finding that after having one drink, you find it difficult to stop;
- Suffering from alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Like drug addiction, there is no one reason that people become addicted to alcohol. When people do, it’s an illness that suddenly takes over day-to-day life: the only thing that matters is getting more alcohol.
Rehab with Cassiobury Court
For many addicts, rehabilitation services are the only way to overcome any addiction. Family members, tragically watching their loved ones lose complete control, will urge you to speak with our team in a free and confidential call. We’ll be there to listen, advise and take your recovery to the next stage.
We hope that drug and alcohol addiction will soon be a thing of the past. Make the most of our private support services to give yourself the best possible chance of putting your illness behind you. Everybody suffering from addiction in West Kent deserves the chance to live a full, happy life without addiction: that includes you.
Our drug and alcohol rehab treatment centre in Gravesend is ready for you when you decide to get in touch. Every day you delay is another day of suffering for both you and your family. Our experienced staff will make sure that you’re comfortable in our luxurious, private centre. Once you’ve settled in, we’ll talk you through the personalised, effective treatment plan which promises to get you on the road to recovery.
Get in touch today by calling 0800 001 4070. Alternatively, text HELP to 83222. There’s no better time than now, and we can help you embrace your recovery from addiction.