Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Belfast
In the earlier stages of addiction, it can be easy to dismiss it as a minor or easily solvable problem. But if you’re struggling with addiction in any capacity, the best thing to do is reach out and get help. Addiction is a complex condition that works on multiple levels, physically rewiring the way the sufferers’ brain works.
There isn’t an easy fix. But going through drug and alcohol rehab in Belfast will help you to manage it, so you can finally get your life back on track.
At OK Rehab, we’re made up of people who’ve been through the exact same things as you, so we understand exactly what it’s like. And, through our helpline and other means of support, we’ll always be there to listen to you.
Addiction is a lot more common than you think
Many people who struggle with addiction issues feel ashamed about it. But statistics show that addiction is actually a lot more common than most people think. According to official NHS data, in 2019 in the UK there were 7,376 hospital admissions for drug-related mental and behavioural disorders.
That’s a 14% increase on the statistics from three years ago, but it’s still 30% higher than 2008/9. Even worse than that, in the same time period, there were 18,053 hospital admissions for poisoning by drug misuse and 2,917 deaths from the same thing.
In Northern Ireland specifically, from 2019 to 2020, a total of 4,264 clients were recorded on the substance misuse database as having reached out to services. You’re not alone in having these issues – and that also means there’s plenty of help available for those who need it.
The impact addiction can have
Addiction can have a devastating impact on not just the affected person, but those around them too. If you’re looking into all of this on behalf of a loved one, an intervention programme like the one available through OK Rehab could be the answer you’re looking for.
Many people who suffer from addiction struggle to admit that they need help. But with professional assistance behind you, you can get through to them.
Talking more about the impact of addiction there’s a reason why some of the biggest non-physical signs of addiction are negative changes or events in a person’s life. Major examples include drunk driving charges, consequences at work and negative impacts on your personal life.
Depending on how severe it is, you might not be able to fix all of the damage that’s been done if there is any. But seeking out professional help could be the best way to avoid further hurt, or to try and get things back to the way they were before.
Detoxing, the process of removing any and all addictive substances from your body, is one of the most important stages of professionally supported rehab. It’s where the majority of both at home and residential treatment processes start.
In a supported context, your intake of the substance you’re addicted to will slowly be reduced and replaced with specifically prescribed drugs.
Unfortunately, at-home detoxes conducted alone can become incredibly unpleasant or even dangerous, due to withdrawal symptoms.
These are the symptoms that occur when you try and stop using after you’ve already developed a dependence. They can vary widely depending on the substance you’re addicted to, with opiates and similar drugs generally causing the most extreme.
Generalising (so that the list doesn’t go on forever), some of the most common withdrawal symptoms include:
- Changes in mood
- Muscle pain
- Changes in appetite
A medically assisted detox like the kind you’d go through with a professional treatment plan will ease these symptoms. But it’s also very important to fully research the potential withdrawal symptoms for the substance that you’re addicted to (or for alcohol), so you can gain a fuller picture of recovery.
When you first get in touch with OK Rehab, we’ll discuss your specific circumstances, with the intention that your options will become clearer. After that, we’ll be able to advise you on the best treatment for your specific circumstances.
Many organisations and rehab facilities will also want to assess you for similar reasons. Some of the most frequently asked questions during this conversation are:
- What are you addicted to?
- How long has your addiction been happening for?
- Does anyone in your life know about your addiction?
- Is this the first time you’ve tried to reach out for help?
Inpatient vs Outpatient
There are a huge variety of drug and alcohol treatments available, covering a wide range of substances, circumstances and personality types. The rehabilitation process is widely divided into two categories: inpatient and outpatient.
Essentially, inpatient means you’ll receive treatment at a residential facility, whilst outpatient treatment is completed at home.
Inpatient treatment is the most common kind of treatment and is generally recommended to those with a moderate to severe addiction. Having continual access to treatments and support can be vital for some people, who thrive in a more intensive and supportive environment.
In addition, for those who have difficult home circumstances worsening their addiction, getting a fresh start away from all that can be highly beneficial. Then there’s the final, but probably the most important part: being kept away from temptation whilst recovering can be highly important to people with more severe addiction issues.
On the other hand, some people with less severe addictions who are more comfortable at home may do better accessing more localised treatment. If you choose to get in touch with OK Rehab, we can guide you on all of this, so don’t worry if you don’t know what’s for you yet.
What treatments are available?
As you’ve probably gathered already, a lot of the difference between inpatient and outpatient is primarily environmental. A lot of the treatments in both are actually either very similar or the same. One example of this is the wide variety of mental health treatments available.
Generally speaking, in both inpatient and outpatient treatment you’ll be able to access:
- Talking therapy – This one pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin. You’ll be able to talk to a therapist about any and all mental health issues you have, including both your addiction and the traumas that may have lead to it
- Motivational interviewing – In this counselling process, you’ll be asked a series of questions, with the intention that they’ll lead to you re-examining any negative behaviour. The idea is that you’ll be motivated to make a change in your own life, rather than being pushed by others.
- Counselling – Many people would conflate this with therapy, but they’re actually quite different. Whilst therapy is more direct and specialised, counselling is more generalised. A lot of people start off with counselling and then move forward
- Cognitive behavioural therapy – Cognitive behaviours are essentially toxic thinking patterns and patterns of behaviour. So the idea behind Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is that, with support, you’ll be able to change those toxic habits
- Group therapy – This is effective for similar reasons to support groups (which we’ll get into a bit later). Working alongside others with similar experiences can really go a long way towards making some people feel less alone and more motivated to make a positive change in their lives
Many physical therapies available through inpatient treatment will also be available if you’re going through outpatient treatment. The intention of such therapies is to put you in a positive mental headspace, so that the overall rehabilitation process goes smoother.
Three of the biggest examples are massages, acupuncture and reflexology. You probably won’t need an explanation of what massages are, but let’s go over the last two examples in more detail.
First of all, acupuncture comes from Chinese medicine. Specific points on the skin are triggered by very fine, tiny needles, in a way that is said to relieve pain and help with relaxation.
Reflexology (also sometimes called zone therapy) involves massages where pressure is applied to specific points on the hands and feet, where it’s believed that “reflex points” are.
Pretty much all treatments here are available in some way or another. But, like with a lot of other things, if you’re going to a specific organisation or residential facility, be sure to research what they specifically have available.
Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by creating an idea of treatment in your head that doesn’t reflect the reality of the specific place you’re going to!
Drug and alcohol rehab in Belfast
Now, speaking of being specific, let’s talk about what is available in Belfast. There are three main residential rehab facilities available, as well as lots of access to at-home therapy and physical treatment of the kind we just talked about.
If and when you speak to OK Rehab’s hotline, we’ll be able to talk to you about what you can personally access from whatever part of Belfast you’re in, so don’t worry too much about having to scroll and scroll yourself.
Confronting your past for a better future
One thing that a lot of people fear when talking about addiction treatment and therapy, is having to talk about the traumas that led to their addiction in the first place. A lot of the time, this is one of the aspects of recovery that people find most frightening. But in the end, it can lift a huge weight off your shoulders.
Even outside of an addiction context, many people suppress traumatic events, often leading to more damage in their lives later on. This isn’t a healthy thing to do, as like with addiction itself, pushing these issues down will only make them fester and get worse overall.
Confronting these underlying causes could be the key to freedom, from the trauma that they’ve caused you and the resulting addiction.
What to take with you
On a more specific note, there are a few things we would recommend you take with you to residential rehab if that turns out to be the kind of treatment that would suit you best:
- Clean clothes and any toiletries you might need
- A notebook and a pen
- Phone numbers and any other details of people you think you’d like to contact over the course of your treatment
- Sentimental jewellery eg. Wedding rings
At the risk of sounding repetitive, this is also something you should specifically check with the facility you’re going to.
How to reach out for help
If you feel ready to start your personal journey of recovery, simply Call OK Rehab on 0800 326 5559.