Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Ashton Under Lyne
It may surprise you to know that consumption of drugs and alcohol is statistically very high. In England and Scotland, according to official studies, 24% of adults regularly go over the Chief Medical Officers’ low-risk guidelines for alcohol.
In fact, the same statistics showed that 27% of those who drink in Britain fell into the category of binge drinking on their worst days.
For many people, particularly those with addictive personalities or people in bad circumstances, this use can spiral and turn into a full-blown addiction. If you feel like you can’t stop, no matter how much it hurts both yourself and those around you, it could be time to seek help.
This doesn’t just apply to drug and alcohol addictions of course: there are behavioural addictions that can be just as harmful. These include addictions to gambling, working, video games and even shopping.
No matter what kind of addiction you have, if you feel like you’re going out of control and you don’t know what to do next or where to go, our helpline is always open. If you’d like us to, we can even create a personalised treatment plan. The number to call is 0800 326 5559.
The underlying causes of addiction
Before you treat any kind of addiction, you first need to understand the causes behind it. So, going along that theme, right here, we’re going to go over some of the most common causes of addiction. We’re also going to examine in a bit more detail how they can be dealt with through rehab.
That way, you’ll have a fuller view of the process and the intentions behind some of the most common treatments used during it.
One of the biggest motivators in addiction is often trauma. People who’ve been in traumatic situations or have been through traumatic events, sadly often end up turning to either alcohol or drugs. They use these substances to try and fill voids in their lives.
This is why therapy and counselling are so often key parts of the rehab process. In both inpatient (residential) and outpatient (at home) treatment, you’ll finally be able to tackle these underlying causes properly.
In addition, once you’ve finally confronted said traumas, you’ll then learn to deal with them properly. Even outside of addiction, any kind of emotional distress is bottled up for too long, it won’t be healthy in the long term.
As a side note, on the subject of learning, another way that residential rehab, in particular, can really help you is via the workshops that they offer. Through these sessions, in addition to the therapy and counselling we were just talking about, you’ll learn healthy coping strategies and ways of living. In the long run, these will hopefully prevent you from relapsing.
Another big driver in many addictions is the home and/or social environment of the person suffering from it. This links in with what we were just discussing – the way drugs and alcohol are often used as an unhealthy coping mechanism for emotional issues.
If you’re not in a place, emotionally or physically, where you feel like you’re being supported, then that might be something you’re encouraged to change during your treatment.
For people in these kinds of circumstances, getting away to residential rehab, in an environment that’s isolated from the outside world, can be highly beneficial. If you choose to discuss your situation with us, together we can figure out what’s right for you.
Signs to look out for
Like many other disorders, addiction has several signs to look out for. These apply if you’re worried that you have an addiction, or if you’re researching this on behalf of someone you care about. You should probably get help in either scenario if:
- You notice changes to personal hygiene
- If you can’t stop no matter how much damage is done to your life, as we said previously
- You notice physical symptoms, such as bloodshot eyes, sudden weight loss, enlarged or small pupils, insomnia slurred speech and/or poor coordination
- Ignoring or abandoning relationships, hobbies, or commitments that you wouldn’t have otherwise neglected
- If attempts to stop have resulted in withdrawal symptoms (this is a sign of dependence, meaning your body has become reliant on the substances you’re addicted to. This can be resolved with a detox, but this has to be done with the right professional support, or withdrawal symptoms could become dangerous)
- If you start to realise that you need a higher dosage or more alcohol to get the same effect you had previously (this is another sign of dependence)
- If you don’t notice risk factors
If you’re worried about someone you know potentially having an addiction, it can be hard to know what to do. We’d often recommend trying to have a conversation with them about it and get them help, but that can become tricky as personal circumstances come into it. Before you try to confront them, if you contact OK Rehab, we can give you advice designed for your specific situation.
Many people who try to confront potential addicts find that they’re faced with anger and denial.
Getting past that stage is one of the most important parts of recovery. One of the best ways to get through to someone who’s still in it is an intervention programme, which OK Rehab offers if you need it.
Why should I seek out help?
As you’ll probably have guessed from the underlying causes section, addiction is vast and complicated. The truth is that it’s incredibly tricky to deal with alone. In fact, it can’t really be cured, only managed. But, if the right treatment for you can be found, you can learn how to manage it.
Once you’ve done this, you can move forward towards a brighter, drug and/or alcohol-free future.
All the strategies we talked about earlier, that you can learn throughout treatment, won’t really be available in another format. The best thing you can do to get better is to seek out the support of people with the right resources and experience to help you heal.
Drug and alcohol rehab in Ashton Under Lynne
Now let’s talk specifically about what’s available in terms of drug and alcohol rehab in Ashton Under Lynne. There are quite a few residential facilities that are accessible locally. Some of the most popular are Branching Out, Tameside Addiction Dependant Solutions and My Recovery Tameside.
On the other hand, you might think that at-home outpatient treatment could be for you. If that’s the case, there will also be several choices locally to aid your physical and mental recovery. If you choose to call us, we’ll be able to specifically discuss which treatment options are right for you over the phone.
Before you get started with any kind of treatment, it’s also important to do as much research as you can into all of your options. Make a list of any and all organisations and centres you’re looking into. Then, go through all of them one by one.
Look on their websites, find out what their rules are, find out what treatments they offer. That way, you can make a fully informed decision, rather than rushing into something that isn’t actually right for you.
You might remember that we mentioned a personalised treatment plan earlier. A lot of such plans will also include some kind of aftercare. This stage of treatment is just as important as any of the others. During aftercare, you’ll take those strategies we talked about earlier and will finally put them to use in a real-world context, whilst continuing to access mental and physical treatment.
Even after you’ve fully finished with both your main treatment and aftercare, you can always get in touch with us again if you’re struggling and need more advice. Just call the number at the top of this page.