Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Aldershot
Many people starting drug and alcohol rehab for the first time will inevitably be nervous, for a variety of reasons. First of all, acknowledging that you have a problem can be massively difficult for a lot of people. This is especially true considering denial is such a common symptom of addiction.
Outside of not wanting to admit to themselves that they need help, a lot of addicts may also be afraid of judgement. Because of this, we want to reassure you of two things right from the start. First of all, people are a lot more understanding and addiction is a lot more common than you might think.
Second of all, OK Rehab is a judgment-free zone. We’re made up of people who’ve been through addiction and we only want to help.
Finally, fear of the unknown can also stop people from seeking out the help that they need. That’s where this handy guide to the process comes in! Here, we’re going to look at the reasons why professional help is the best way to manage addiction.
Then, we’re going to discuss the withdrawal process specifically. And as a final point, we’re also going to talk about accessing drug and alcohol rehab in Aldershot.
Why choose professional help? (plus a little bit more on treatment)
Drug and alcohol rehab (and addiction in general) is a pretty large and complex topic. But through all the variations in treatment, one thing is always true: professional support is the absolute best way to manage addiction.
Even with a full rehab programme, addiction can’t be cured, only managed. So, with that in mind, you can see how going it alone is not the best choice for any circumstance. Rehab can be completed at home, where it’s known as outpatient treatment, or in a residential centre, where it’s known as inpatient treatment.
Whichever one you go for, your treatment will give you skills and strategies to deal with both the mental and physical sides of addiction.
One way this is done is through therapy and counselling. There are various kinds available, from standard talking therapy to music and art therapy. Group therapy is also highly beneficial for a lot of people, as it allows you to recover with a support network of people going through the exact same thing.
Workshops that help you develop healthy living skills, groups like alcoholics anonymous and narcotics anonymous and group therapy can also really benefit a lot of people.
Another major reason why professional support is needed to recover is withdrawal symptoms. We have a bit more on that below…
A guide to withdrawal
Withdrawal symptoms occur when your body has become dependent on drugs or alcohol. Essentially, as you’re reliant on these substances, your system will react when said substances are taken away. We’re generalising a bit here for the sake of brevity, but some of the most common withdrawal symptoms are:
- A runny nose
As our generalisations might have indicated, this is another case where you need to research for your specific circumstances. Although a detox of the kind we’re about to discuss should stop the worst of these symptoms, it’s important to know everything about the situation you’re stepping into before you start.
At the start of most treatment plans, for a period that usually lasts up to three weeks, your intake of drugs and/or alcohol will be slowly reduced. To get over the dependency issue, said intake will then be replaced with specifically prescribed medication.
Accessing drug and alcohol rehab in Aldershot
Now that we’ve established why rehab is so important and we’ve looked over what treatment actually entails, let’s talk about how to access it. If you call OK Rehab at the number below, you’ll be able to get instant advice and support from our helpline. We can help you with any addiction-related issue.
Even if you’re not the person with the addiction, we can give you any advice you need.
For people in those situations, we also offer an intervention programme. It can be very hard to see someone you love go through something as hard as addiction. But you don’t have to be alone either.
If you need something a bit more specific, we can also create a personalised treatment plan. As you can probably tell from the variations we’ve already discussed, most treatment is very specialised depending on the person it’s targeted at.
With a simple assessment, we’ll be able to establish the kind of treatment that will suit you and your circumstances. There are a few questions you’ll likely be asked in such an assessment, which are as follows:
- What are you addicted to? Different substances can affect people in very different ways, so different treatments will be required based on your answer to this question
- How long has your addiction been happening? As you’ll probably know from our previous discussion on withdrawal and dependence, the amount of time you’ve been suffering from addiction can also change things quite a bit
- Does anyone else know about your addiction? Something we haven’t really touched on yet, which is very important, is the home environment that you’re in right now. One of many reasons that residential rehab works well for people with more severe addictions, is that many of them are currently living in spaces where they’re not being supported in their recovery. This question will give us a better idea of the level of support you currently have, so we know what level of support you’ll need in your treatment overall
- Have you tried to get help before? We also need to know how new you are to the process, so we can then know how much you’ll need to be informed before we start your treatment. Knowing what has and hasn’t worked for you in the past is also very important
If you’d like to get in touch with us to access drug and alcohol rehab in Aldershot, please call: 0800 326 5559. We can support you with anything you need. All you need to do is reach out to us.