Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Buckingham
Attempting to deal with an addiction whilst juggling multiple other aspects of daily life can be exhausting, overwhelming and stressful for anyone. Add seeking help for your addiction into the mix, and it can all become too much to handle.
This is where we here at OK Rehab can step in.
We can help you, or a loved one dealing with an addiction, self-admit into suitable treatment, and begin the long journey to a full recovery. Thanks to our smooth-running services and friendly admissions team, you can rest easy whilst the hard work of finding the right drug and alcohol rehab in Buckingham is taken over for you.
Unfortunately, there are plenty of misconceptions surrounding addiction and treatment in rehab that is reinforced by negative stereotypes on screen and online. We want to reassure you that rehab is no place to fear, and your recovery is possible no matter your circumstances.
At this time it is understandable to have many queries and concerns. Some of our most frequently asked questions are briefly answered below, but if you require any further information on any topic, or wish to begin an enquiry for yourself or a loved one, call us today on 0800 326 5559.
How do I know I definitely need rehab?
Rehab can be for absolutely anyone struggling with an addiction. Regardless of the substance, the severity and length of the addiction, or the particular person impacted by the addiction, rehab offers the chance of a full and long-lasting recovery.
For this reason, there is no level you have to reach in order to warrant medical or professional help. Whether you are only now noticing signs of addiction in your life, or you have been aware of your addiction for years, rehab is recommended.
Of course, the earlier an addiction is caught then the higher chances there are of a quicker recovery, and the less likely long-term harm will have been done to the body and brain.
So, as soon as you begin to notice symptoms of an addiction, you should be seeking treatment.
If you are unsure of the exact signs of addiction, some of the main symptoms are listed below and split into three categories: Physical, psychological, and social.
- Drastic and unexpected changes in your physical appearance, such as losing weight
- Trouble sleeping, or an unusually irregular sleeping pattern
- Increasing tolerance for the substance you use each time you use it, resulting in a higher dose needed each time to reach the same high
- Withdrawal symptoms when you have not used the substance for a short period of time (symptoms can include muscle pain, dizziness, fatigue, shaking, nausea and headaches)
- More intense emotions; you are more easily agitated and on-edge than usual
- Constant thinking about the substance, and the next time you will use it
- Heightened symptoms of existing mental health conditions like depression or anxiety
- Social symptoms
- Avoidance of responsibilities in your work and social life
- Avoidance of events, gatherings, or parties
- Hiding stashes of the substance in secret places
- Lying to loved ones about your use of the substance
- Denying help from loved ones
- Lashing out at loved ones for expressing concern over your use of the substance
- Becoming more withdrawn in your social and work-life
If you have noticed any of these signs crop up in your life, it may be time to reach out for help. This is not an exhaustive list of symptoms, but we can take you through the rest over the phone and discuss your specific situation in more detail. We can help you determine what the seriousness of your addiction is, and what your treatment options are.
Is rehab my only option?
It’s true that a drug and alcohol rehab in Buckingham is not the only option available to you for addiction treatment, but it is the best.
Residential rehab programmes boast the highest rates of recovery in clients and have a whole host of benefits such as: Bespoke treatment, around the clock care and attention from highly trained medical staff, multiple therapy and counselling sessions that aim to heal the psychological aspects of addiction, safe detoxes and other treatment procedures carried out by professionals, detachment from possible triggers of your home environment, a network of support being available 24/7, constant monitoring of your progress so you can see how far you have come, and full preparation for a life back in the outside world.
Your other two main options are:
1. At Home detox and recovery
Rarely ever recommended, this option means all treatment, including a drug and alcohol detox, is administered by you in your home.
This option brings with it many drawbacks.
Firstly, detoxes at home can be incredibly tough to perform, and can, if done incorrectly, cause lasting damage to the body, or even death.
Secondly, it is much harder to attempt recovery at home if you have no one to support you throughout, which many people who are struggling with addiction, unfortunately, do not.
It is also much easier to access further drugs or alcohol when you remain at home during recovery, and by being surrounded by many emotional triggers in your home environment (which is where triggers and root causes of addiction usually reside), you are more likely to also be tempted to use again. With easy access to more of the substance you use and a plethora of reasons pushing you to relapse, a recovery becomes almost impossible.
This option is rarely recommended, but if it ever is, it is for clients with much less severe addictions or those who use a low-class substance, and even then, those clients must be able to prove they have the personal strength, will-power, and necessary support at home to be able to go through with it.
2. Outpatient treatment
Sort of the in-between of residential rehab and at-home treatment, outpatient treatment combines detoxing at home with regular visits to the clinic.
With this treatment option, you have all the freedom and independence of an at-home recovery attempt but are still under the watch of the team at the clinic every day/week. It also means that you have guidance and support from professionals, so you can ensure every process you do at home is correct and performed safely.
Whilst this option is viable for some, it won’t be feasible for every client, as it still requires plenty of self-motivation and willpower. This is because even with regular visits to the clinic and advice and help from the team, you are still mostly residing at home, surrounded by your usual routine, old habits, and possible triggers. It also is still hard to avoid temptations whilst not at the clinic.
How should I prepare for rehab?
Rehab can be a daunting prospect, and not knowing what lies ahead of you is understandably scary. Whilst we cannot detail exactly what your rehab experience will look like, or what treatments you will be receiving, we can give you some things to do at home before you enter rehab, to make your life a little easier, and to lessen your nerves about the journey ahead.
1. Tie up any loose ends
It is important that when you return to your life after leaving rehab, your life is not too hectic, as you will have yourself to worry about. Having stressful to-do lists to go back to can result in you being overwhelmed when you eventually leave rehab, and can take up precious time that should be spent ensuring your recovery journey continues.
To help minimize these concerns, ensure that anything that has to be taken care of whilst you’re away is looked after, such as finding family members to look after a pet, or setting up automatic payments for bills that will need to be paid during your stay. The less stressful the environment you return to is, the better for your recovery.
2. Tell people
Similar to tying up loose ends, it is helpful and sometimes necessary to tell the people in your life what is happening.
Tell loved ones where you will be going and why, and they might surprise you by being supportive of your decision. Keeping your substance use a secret is never healthy, and friends and family should know what your plans for rehab are.
If you have a job, it is extremely important to let any employers know what your situation is, and how long you will be away for. If you are lucky, they will understand and be able to schedule you back when you are ready to return. If it helps them out, maybe find cover for your workload.
3. Prepare to get to work
Don’t assume rehab is a vacation from your regular life. Rehab is not an easy process, and can only work if you work too.
You’ve made the time, and have paid the costs, but now you will need to make the effort and prepare to work hard towards recovery in order to reach it. Be open to all treatments that are recommended to you, be honest in therapy, and don’t rush – rehab is not an overnight fix.
How will I remain sober after rehab?
It is understandable to panic about the prospect of leaving rehab and returning to the ‘normal world’. Outside of rehab, there are many temptations, triggers, and people that can lead to a relapse, but with our help and your hard work, that will hopefully not be the case.
When you leave rehab, the work doesn’t stop there, and you will need to continue with treatment on your own. You will receive an aftercare plan detailing everything you will have learnt during your stay in rehab, and also guidance on how to continue living a drug and alcohol-free life.
If you do require any further support, our helpline is always open, or additional appointments can be made for you at your chosen rehab if needed.
However, there are a few things you can do to make sober living easier:
1. Change your social group
You may want to examine whether the people you surround yourself with are supportive of your recovery journey, or are more likely to tempt you towards relapse. If the latter is the answer, it may be time to change around your friend group and find new people to socialise with. Your recovery should have priority.
2. Be on the lookout
Without constant attention from staff, the onus will be on you to watch out for possible warning signs of a relapse, or returning symptoms of addiction. If you do notice anything, give us a call or contact a trusted friend to help you out.
3. Get a new hobby
Starting a new hobby, getting creative, or joining a club or sports team are all great ways to improve your overall mental health, and give you something to throw yourself into. Breaking old routines and habits are sometimes crucial to continue recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction, so get out and try some new things.
If you wish to know more about our services or would like to start an enquiry for yourself or a loved one, call us today on 0800 326 5559, or fill in our online form to receive a callback.