Drug and Alcohol Rehab Harlesden
About Drug And Alcohol Addiction
The National Institute on Drug Abuse says:
“Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain. It is considered both a complex brain disorder and a mental illness. Addiction is the most severe form of a full spectrum of substance use disorders, and is a medical illness caused by repeated misuse of a substance or substances.”
The fact that compulsions continue despite negative consequences and the fact that they can make long-lasting changes in the brain help explain why addiction is so difficult to overcome without expert help. Thankfully, like many other illnesses, addiction can be successfully treated and many people have gone on to make a long term recovery after attending an alcohol or drug rehab.
Addiction Treatment Options in Harlesden
There are a number of addiction treatment programmes available in Harlesden and surrounding areas. Outpatient or community-based treatment programmes are generally available on the NHS and may be suitable for people with less severe alcohol problems. In general, inpatient rehabilitation tends to have better success rates for people with a severe drug dependency or alcoholism problem. If you’re looking for drug and alcohol rehab in Harlesden, get in touch today to find out how we can help.
Why Choose Inpatient Rehab in Harlesden?
There are a number of things to consider when choosing between outpatient treatment or private drug and alcohol clinics that are residential in nature. An outpatient rehab programme will usually be cheaper – and free if delivered through the NHS – but there are some limitations. Resources may be stretched and there may be waiting lists. You will also have to manage your own treatment appointments, go through detox with limited supervision and you will be surrounded by all your usual stresses and temptations.
With inpatient rehab, you will be in a safe and secure environment away from such trigger points. You will be surrounded by positive, professional people who want to see you get well. You will also be able to participate in a structured treatment programme that usually takes far less time overall as treatments can be delivered in a condensed timeframe.
Inpatient rehab addiction treatment programmes will usually contain a number of elements, starting with detoxification. This is not always the case – some people do turn up to rehab having not drank or taken drugs for a while, but this is the exception rather than the rule. Detox gets you clean and sober but the process will also be accompanied or followed by a range of other treatments and therapies that are designed to help you stay that way. These therapies will help you to explore the root causes of your addiction and associated behaviours, develop coping strategies for when cravings strike and help you to deal with stress and problems without turning immediately to alcohol or drugs.
The Detoxification Process
Sustained heavy drinking or prolonged drug use can lead to a tolerance to the subject, meaning you need to consume more and more for the same effect. It can also have a profound effect on your brain and central nervous system, essentially rewiring your system and making you reliant on chemicals from the drug or alcohol. When the substance is suddenly withdrawn your system can react, leading to a range of different withdrawal symptoms. This period, when you metabolise the chemicals already in your system from the drugs or alcohol, is known as detoxification.
The withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on the substance involved and other factors such as length and heaviness of use but, whether you are going through alcohol detox or any other kind of drug detox, it can be a very challenging period. Despite alcohol being a legal drug, the physical withdrawal symptoms associated with it can be very severe and in some cases even fatal.
It is always best to undergo any kind of detox under medical supervision in a secure environment such as a residential rehabilitation facility.
What Are The Therapy Options?
At Cassiobury Court, we believe in a holistic approach to addiction treatment. That means we combine education, advice and guidance, along with structured therapy sessions aimed at exploring the root causes of your addiction and treating your body, mind and soul.
Our therapies include a range of psychological techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, 1-1 recovery planning, family intervention & mediation and group therapy. We can also provide ‘alternative’ well-being therapies including art and music workshops, acupuncture, relaxation and sleep therapy, mindfulness and dietary and nutritional therapy.
Mental Health and Dual Diagnosis
Some people also attend residential rehab to specifically address a mental health issue such as an eating disorder that is not necessarily connected to substance misuse or drug or alcohol addiction. In other cases, there may be a complex relationship between a coexisting mental health and addiction issue, with each affecting the other to differing degrees. In these cases, dual diagnosis treatment may be valuable as this approach is used to treat both elements simultaneously.
Aftercare and Relapse Prevention
Your recovery doesn’t end the moment you leave a drug and alcohol rehab. Returning to ‘real life’ can be a daunting process and cravings and temptations will almost certainly crop up. A comprehensive aftercare package can be a crucial part of relapse prevention, which is why all of our rehab programmes are accompanied by a 12-month structured and personally tailored aftercare plan. This can provide you with the resources and support you need when you most need them.
How To Access The Right Addiction Treatment
There are many different rehabilitation treatment programmes available in London and it’s important to find the right one for you. Our facilities meet all Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards and our evidence-based treatment programmes have helped many people to achieve the best outcomes and live a fulfilled life without the burden of addiction. Contact us today for confidential advice or to start the admissions process rolling.
Cassiobury Court can operate through a family and friend referral scheme, and sometimes we may be able to advise employers with getting help for their employees. The best way to find out if we are able to help you with your particular situation is to call our helpline and describe your situation to our helpline staff. Referring someone to rehab can be quite a delicate situation, and so we will try to make the process as simple and effective as possible.
Professional rehabilitation works in a multitude of different ways. The blend of physical and psychological addiction treatment alongside being in an environment that is detached from your normal day-to-day life are all critical to how rehab works. However, for rehabilitation to truly work, you must be prepared to make necessary changes to yourself. If you’re ready to change your life to overcome your addiction, then drug and alcohol rehab will work for you.
The dangers associated with detoxification which we touched upon before mean that you should seriously reconsider trying to detox by simply going cold turkey at home. Addicts have previously lost their life due to the side-effects of alcohol withdrawal; by entrusting your recovery to the safe hands of medical professionals means that you will be able to go through withdrawal as safely as possible.