Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Bradford
It may seem like the stuff of TV dramas to some who haven’t been through it, but drug and alcohol addiction is actually a growing problem, in the UK and in many other places.
If you can feel yourself spiralling, the best thing to do is seek out professional help and guidance. It doesn’t matter if it’s you or someone you care about, what you’re addicted to or what stage of addiction you feel you’re at.
If you get in touch with OK Rehab, we can give you advice on any addiction related issue you have. If you’d like us to, we can even create a personalised treatment plan. All you need to do is call 0800 326 5559.
We also specifically have information on drug and alcohol rehab in Bradford, if you’re interested in treatment that’s local to you.
Before you start the rehab process, if you’re new to it, it’s also important that you learn as much as you can. In accordance with that, below, we have more information about the underlying causes of addiction, how to tell if you’re ready for rehab, the different kinds of treatment that will likely be offered to you and the early stages of getting help.
The underlying causes of addiction
Addiction often comes with a variety of underlying causes. Some of the most common are past trauma, home environment, career trouble and/or addictive personalities. Especially with regards to the first three, the essential theme is the same. People with addiction use whatever they’re addicted to fill some kind of void in their life, whether it’s physical or emotional.
It’s all of these complex factors under the surface that make addiction so hard to beat. As a result, the unfortunate truth of addiction is that it’s not really curable. It’s just too large and complex to fully eliminate. But, through the right kind of rehabilitation, you can learn to manage it. And once you have, you can finally start to return to the life you had before your addiction started.
Signs you’re ready for rehab
When you’re suffering from an addiction, it can be hard to see how things look to others. As such, many people are directed towards drug and alcohol rehab by people who care about them. If someone you love has tried to discuss your problem and has suggested that you seek out some kind of rehab or treatment, this is most likely a sign that it is time for you to get help.
If you’re on the opposite side of that discussion, desperately trying to get through to someone who is still in denial, OK Rehab can also help you! As we said previously, our helpline is always open for advice on addiction-related issues. We also have an intervention programme, if you feel like that’s something you need.
Overall, other than people around you noticing, there are a few more key signs that you might need rehab treatment.
The first is the definition of addiction – if you can’t stop yourself from consuming addictive substances or participating in addictive behaviour, even if doing so is clearly hurting you and those around you. Also fitting in with that is a lack of regard for risks. One good example of what we’re talking about is ignoring the health risks of sharing dirty needs.
Addiction can also often come with physical side effects, with some of the most common falling under the umbrella of withdrawal symptoms.
These symptoms are what happens when you become dependent on alcohol or drugs. Essentially, you use these addictive substances for so long that your body becomes reliant on them, resulting in unpleasant (or even dangerous) symptoms if you attempt to stop.
They can vary massively from substance to substance, but some well-known withdrawal symptoms are: diarrhoea, tremors, seizures, hallucinations, a runny nose, restlessness and/or muscle pain. Supported detoxes (which we’re going to talk about in more detail a bit later), will prevent the most severe of withdrawal symptoms.
But you should research and learn as much as you can about the withdrawal symptoms for what you’re specifically addicted to, to gain a fuller view of the recovery process.
These symptoms are also why we always recommend against detoxing alone.
Types of treatment
In line with what we said above about doing your own research, it’s also important to learn as much as you can about the treatments that are available before you get started.
First of all, mental health treatment is nearly always a key part of the process. In addition to various kinds of therapy and counselling, ranging from talking therapy to art therapy to group therapy, other types of mental health treatment are often used too.
One big example of this is support groups. And yes, that does include alcoholics anonymous and narcotics anonymous. These kinds of groups allow you to share your stories and hear about other people’s in return. Overall, much like group therapy, they allow you to heal alongside people who are going through the exact same troubles as you.
Now let’s wind back a little bit to discuss detoxes, as promised. Detoxes are what start off nearly all treatment processes. The main intention is to get rid of any remaining addictive substances, whilst also avoiding the withdrawal symptoms we talked about earlier.
This is done by slowly reducing your intake of said substances, whilst also introducing prescribed medication.
Detoxes are the primary form of physical treatment in most rehab processes – but they’re not the only kind. It might not be the first thing you’d think of if someone says “rehab” or “addiction treatment” but relaxation related treatments like massages can be highly beneficial.
The intention of such treatments being added is to improve your mood and help you to relax, during what can be a very hard, tense and intense process.
The early stages of getting help
Now that we’ve gone over the variety of help and support available for addiction, you may now be asking how to access that support in the first place?
If you choose to contact OK Rehab and would specifically like an assessment/treatment recommendation instead of just general advice, we’ll start with a few questions to establish your specific circumstances.
Almost every case of addiction is different, meaning that pretty much every case also requires different treatment. Making the right choice is a very important part of the process.
Here, we have a handy list of the questions, as well as explanations about why they’re included:
- What are you addicted to? – Your experience with addiction may differ greatly depending on what you’re addicted to. Different substances can affect people in different ways, may require different kinds of treatment and may even be more or less addictive than each other.
- Have you tried to get help before? – Knowledge of any previous rehab experience might let us know what’s right for you this time around.
- Have you told anyone else about your addiction? – The help and support you need may also depend on your home environment. For example, if you’re currently in a space where you don’t feel supported, then getting away via residential rehab will likely be the best option for you.
- How long has your addiction been happening for? – Addiction is like a lot of other disorders. The longer you leave it, the worse it will likely get. This is why it’s important to seek help as soon as you’ve admitted that you need it. It’s also why we ask this question – it gives us an indication of how deeply rooted your addiction might be.
Once we’ve gained more insight into your situation, we can then direct you towards local organisations and/or centres that suit your circumstances.