Drug and Alcohol Rehab Nelson
It’s important to remember that you are not alone and that there is no shame in reaching out for help. Admitting that you have a problem and doing something about it is actually a hugely positive step. Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious problem throughout the UK and Lancashire has higher than average statistics for both alcohol and substance misuse. The county recorded 726 alcohol-specific hospital admissions per 100,000 of the population across 2018/19 for example, a full 100 more than the average of 626 across England as a whole. Illegal drug use is also a continuing problem in Nelson and surrounding areas.
If you are affected by these issues – either personally or via a loved one – you are certainly not the only one. Finding the right rehab in Nelson or another easily reachable location can help you to beat addiction and move forward into a brighter, healthier and happier life.
The dangers of leaving an addiction untreated
There are two main reasons why leaving an addiction untreated can be dangerous.
The first is that the addiction itself almost always worsens over time. The specifics of the process can vary depending on the substance involved, the individual and other factors but in general, the addict will start to build up a tolerance to the drugs or alcohol they take. This is to do with the way the brain processes the chemicals responsible for pleasure and reward and, without getting too technical, it means the user will need to use more and more of the drug to get the same ‘hit’. At the same time, the pleasure they get from other activities and situations can be suppressed, making the substance use even more of a priority for them.
As all this is happening, the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms when you don’t get the substance can also get worse. The compulsion to continue to use gets stronger and a primary characteristic of addiction is that this compulsion applies even when you know there will be negative consequences. All of these factors together make addiction increasingly difficult to break free from the longer you let it grow.
The second danger is simply the increased chance of your addiction having negative consequences the longer you leave it untreated. Addiction tends to go hand in hand with secrecy, dishonesty and erratic behaviour, which can damage relationships at home, at work and elsewhere. Substance misuse can also have a serious impact on your health. It can damage your immune system, make you more prone to infection and cause or contribute to a range of serious health conditions. It can also lead to risky behaviour, increasing the risk of accidents or being involved in violence and criminal behaviour. At the worst end of the spectrum, it can even lead to sudden death via alcohol or drug poisoning (overdose) or through related health conditions such as heart disease.
The longer you leave an addiction unchecked, the higher the risk that one of these dangers will have a serious effect.
Finding Rehab Help in Nelson
As you can see, it makes sense to seek help for any addiction problem as soon as possible. On the other hand, it is never too late to seek help and turn your life around. Addiction is treatable and although it might be tough, anyone can overcome this awful disease with the right help and treatment.
That is why a drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme can be so valuable. Staffed by experts with extensive training, qualifications and experience in dealing with a wide range of substance misuse and addiction issues, our rehab centres can give you the very best chance of getting well and staying that way.
Getting clean in a detox clinic
One of the most important steps in making a long term recovery is going through detox. This is the period where the toxic elements of the drugs and alcohol work through your system and is a very tricky and potentially dangerous stage of the process. Detoxing within the safe environment of drug and alcohol treatment centres means that you can get through withdrawal symptoms, which can be severe, under medical supervision. You will also have emotional and psychological support to deal with the cravings that inevitably come.
Therapies and other treatment options
Detox is only part of the process though, and a thorough and holistic treatment programme for alcohol or drugs will also offer a range of options aimed at equipping you with the tools and information you need to stay clean and sober moving forward.
This may involve a range of therapies and other treatments delivered on an individual one to one basis or as part of a group.
These could include psychological therapies such as:
> Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
> Family mediation
> Group therapy
> Motivational interviewing
> Stress management
> Mental health support
> Recovery planning and relapse prevention
An addiction treatment service might also offer a range of complementary therapies aimed at allowing you to improve your overall health and wellbeing.
These could include things like:
> Diet and nutrition workshops
> Relaxation and sleep management
> Mindfulness and meditation
> Art and music therapies
> Holistic therapies
> Self-help and self-care
Finally, it is important to make sure you are looked after and have the support you need after you leave the facility itself. Beating addiction is an ongoing process rather than a single step and most people find they still have challenging moments after they have left rehab.
Aftercare services can therefore be extremely valuable, providing crucial support when and where you need it.
Beating addiction is a long haul but attending a treatment programme at a rehabilitation centre can give you the very best chance of making it.