Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Aberdeenshire
If you’ve been in the grip of addiction for a long time, you might feel like there’s no hope left for recovery. But it’s never too late to make a lasting change in your life.
Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Aberdeenshire is easy to access – you just need to know where to look. That’s where OK Rehab comes in. If you contact our helpline, we’ll be able to direct you to treatments that fully fit your specific needs.
We recognise that every individual case of addiction needs to be handled differently, as every case of addiction itself is different. Even just beyond the multitude of addictive substances that can wreck the lives of those who fall victim to them, people can have different traumas and mental health issues.
It even often comes down to different personalities, meaning patients may respond differently to different treatments.
Signs and symptoms of addiction
Let’s start off by looking at the key signs that someone may have an addiction in the first place. Some are common and some are lesser-known, but they can all be vital in identifying a problem.
As a disorder, addiction works on both a psychological and physical level, which is why it can often be so complex to treat. This even comes down to the signs, which can be split into physical and mental and/or behavioural.
One of the most significant and well-known behavioural signs is an inability to stop consuming whatever the addictive substance in consideration is. No matter how much it wrecks both their own lives and the lives of those around them, in terms of work, personal relationships and everything else, they can’t stop.
To go into physical signs for a second, those with addictions who do try to stop may also experience withdrawal symptoms. These emerge as a result of dependence, considered to be one of the later stages of addiction.
Depending on both the substance and the severity of the addiction, these can range from tremors to hallucinations and seizures. This is the main reason why we always strongly advise against detoxing alone, the other one being that it very rarely works.
It’s very important to research all of the withdrawal symptoms of the specific thing you’re addicted to, to gain a full understanding of it before you go into any assisted detox.
Another psychological sign of addiction is those around you noticing a change in behaviour. If you’re concerned for a loved one but feel as if you can’t get through to them, we also run an intervention programme.
Finally, those experiencing addiction may also suffer from memory problems, tiredness, mood swings, agitation and defensiveness. Going back to outward signs, there’s also disrupted sleep patterns, going into insomnia, in addition to lack of concern for hygiene or appearance.
All of these signs and symptoms can of course be different from case to case, but if you’ve noticed any of them in a significant amount, it may be a good time to reach out.
Why is it important to get help?
Getting assistance and strong support is one of the most significant things you can do whilst battling addiction. This is primarily due to the complexity of the disorder, making it almost impossible to fully manage alone.
Kinds of treatment will most likely vary, but there are three main aims of all strategies used. These are putting you in a good mental place to heal, then helping you to heal on a physical and emotional level, and then teaching you long-term strategies that will stop you from relapsing. All of these are only really things you can do via specific, targeted treatments.
One major example of the latter is the workshops that are often a big part of addiction treatment. Their subjects can range from nutrition and healthy living to addiction itself, giving you all the skills you’ll need to stay on the right path after your initial treatment plan ends. Aftercare also exists for that function, but that’s something we’ll go into later.
Treatments that can put you in a good mental headspace to recover are primarily physical ones, such as acupuncture, massages, and reflexology. They may not be for everyone, but they can be very beneficial. Another incredibly important physical treatment is a detox.
This is an assisted process usually done right at the start of treatment, where your intake of addictive substances is slowly reduced until it’s fully out of your body.
Having said all of this, you should also check the specific places you’re accessing treatment from, to see what they offer and what they don’t. Almost every place will be different, so this is another area where it’s important to do your research after an initial assessment.
Getting support from others
A big reason why professional treatment is so much more effective than simply trying to manage on your own is the level of support you’ll likely require from others during this process. For example, support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are some of the best-known forms of treatment for a good reason.
Hearing from others who’ve had similar experiences to you and getting to share your own experiences in turn, is incredibly emotionally fulfilling.
Even letting out your emotions via a helpline like ours, or sharing your feelings with loved ones, can lift a huge weight off your shoulders.
At the end of the day, in this context, it doesn’t matter if you’re getting support from a helpline, from those around you, or from a support group. The most important point here is that you never have to face something like this alone.
Going into root causes of addiction
As addiction is so often caused by mental health issues and traumas, in treatment you may have to go back into some of those past events. This may seem daunting, especially if you’ve suppressed the traumas that have led to your addiction.
But trust us when we say that going into these issues in a therapy or counselling context is often the best way to move past them.
To finally be as free of your addiction as you can be, you may first need to get free of events that caused them in the first place. But that in itself can be freeing too.
Even if your underlying issues are simply mental health ones that don’t have a particular trigger, confronting it head-on could be the answer to finally moving forward. Addiction treatment could be a fantastic opportunity to finally fully clean up your life, in more ways than one.
You may also be scared to reach out due to the fear of judgment that many people in this position suffer. But OK Rehab is made up of people who’ve been through addiction issues. No matter what your past is, no one here will judge you. We just want to help.
Can I access localised treatment in Aberdeenshire?
When it comes to drug and alcohol rehab in Aberdeenshire, there’s plenty available on a local level. There are local support groups and there are various kinds of therapy. There are also several options for residential rehab facilities in/or near the area. Two of them even have a five-star rating, so you have a variety of good options.
Inpatient vs Outpatient
One of the biggest distinctions in drug and alcohol rehab is inpatient vs outpatient. But what does it mean? To put it simply, inpatient treatment involves a stay in a residential facility, whilst outpatient treatment is completed at home.
Whichever one you’re directed towards will mostly depend on the same factors that will influence all of your treatment decisions.
- The severity of your addiction (residential rehab is primarily designed for those with a moderate to severe addiction). Those with a more severe problem will likely benefit from the continual access to support that residential rehab provides.
- How long you’ve been living with your addiction, as this will likely impact both the severity of your addiction and the kind of treatment you require
- If you’re in a difficult home situation or an environment that has impacted your addiction, or if you’d be more comfortable recovering in a home environment
What should I take with me to rehab?
If you’ve decided to go down the route of residential rehab, there are a few things we’d advise you to take with you.
- Some money
- Sentimental jewelry (with wedding rings is a good example)
- A notebook
- The names and phone numbers of anyone you’d like to contact while you’re in rehab
- Clean clothes and any toiletries you might need
Many facilities will also have their own specific lists, so that’s something you’ll need to pay attention to if and when you’re researching places.
How will OK Rehab support me throughout this process?
You might remember us talking about our helpline before – now let’s go into more specific detail on how we can help you. If you call us (the number is at the bottom of this landing page), we’ll go over your specific circumstances, then a more detailed image of your case should start to emerge.
After that, we’ll advise you on what kind of treatment would suit you best and where you should go to get that treatment.
If you’re directed towards another organisation for treatment, they may also ask you to complete an initial assessment.
Some of the questions you may be asked include:
- How long have you had an addiction?
- What are you addicted to?
- Is this the first time you’ve tried to get help? (plus other similar questions about previous treatment if you’ve had any)
- Does anyone else know about your addiction?
And remember that our helpline is always available no matter what stage you’re at.
Drug and alcohol treatment doesn’t just begin and end with rehab. Unfortunately, this is a lifelong battle for the vast majority of sufferers, with relapse always needing to be avoided. Common aftercare treatments include further mental health therapies, support groups, and continued access to emotional support.
A majority of places that provide inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment also have aftercare programmes, so make sure you research that along with any other treatment you’re looking into.
All the information here may make this large and complex topic seem overwhelming to learn about. But don’t worry – although it can be good to know a decent amount about the process before you start, you don’t need to be an expert on addiction to get treatment.
If you reach out to, OK Rehab will guide you on where to go next. All you need to do is call on 0800 326 5559. We’ll be there to support you every step of the way.