Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Cambridgeshire
Are you located in the Cambridgeshire area and are wanting to seek help for your addiction? OK Rehab can offer you help and specialised support allowing you to progress into recovery as soon as possible.
By getting in touch with us today we can help you take back your life and strive towards a brighter future.
When you reach out to us an advisor will initiate a short assessment that allows us to gather information about your addiction. In turn, this then means we can select treatment options best suited to your needs.
What is addiction?
Addiction is defined by the NHS as ‘not having control over doing, taking, or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you’. This is often a gradual decline meaning your addiction can progress without you or those around your realising the severity.
Addiction is a chronic dysfunction meaning the brain craves substances and rewards itself when the specific substance has been consumed.
Whilst this feels good, for people struggling with addiction it can quickly become dangerous and fatal. What seems like a fun experiment with substances can soon creep into a dependence treatable only by specialist medical care.
Whilst you may associate the Cambridgeshire area with prestigious colleges, stunning views, and historical architecture, there is still a saddening rise in deaths related to substance abuse. According to the Office for National Statistics, there were 115 deaths related to drug misuse between the years of 2016 to 2018, the highest number recorded since 2001.
Within the UK the rising number of drug-related deaths have been linked to morphine and heroin as well as cocaine, ecstasy, and prescription drugs. It can feel scary to reach out for help, but we are here to support you every step of the way.
What options do I have for treatment?
There are many treatment options available in the Cambridgeshire area including:
- Outpatient treatment
- Inpatient treatment at a residential facility
- At-home detox programmes
Outpatient treatment programmes require the patient to attend a clinic during the day. Usually, after treatment at a residential facility has ended your clinic will offer outpatient care in the form of weekly therapy sessions. If your addiction is classed as not severe or life-threatening, outpatient treatment will be offered to you.
Inpatient treatment means you will live in a residential clinic, for what is usually, a stay of 28 days though this could be shorter or longer depending on your specific treatment plan. This is usually thought of as the most effective form of treatment and has the highest rates of successful recovery.
Choosing to attend residential rehab means you can leave behind distractions and triggers that may be found at home and allow yourself to recover in a luxurious clinic with around the clock care from trained medical professionals.
Other forms of treatment include at-home detox programmes. This type of programme may be offered to you if you cannot commit to the full-time regime of rehab. If your addiction is severe this type of treatment will not be effective, and we advise you to enter residential rehab to ensure you can recover safely and effectively.
Home-based programmes are often offered to those suffering from mild addictions and can be used in conjunction with outpatient treatment meaning the patient can attend therapy and counselling to make the treatment as beneficial as possible.
Should I attend rehab?
Attending rehab can be life-changing in the best ways for both your body and mind. At OK Rehab we know it can be incredibly difficult to acknowledge that you have a problem. Admitting that you do can be considered the first step toward life-long recovery. If you feel like you are ready to seek help for your addiction there is no better time to seek help than today.
With addiction, seeking professional help and accessible treatment options are the only way to get better. Whilst the NHS offers free services for drug and alcohol addiction, they are often very limited and result in long waiting lists. Addiction needs to be dealt with immediately which is why many choose to opt for private treatment such as ours.
Once you can accept that you have a problem the next step is how you decide to get sober and abstain healthily. Take a look at the criteria below to consider if it is time to get help for your addiction.
- Do you feel a lack of control?
- Have you tried to quit but failed?
- Do you experience cravings if you stop taking drugs or alcohol?
- Have your personal relationships suffered as a result of your substance use?
- Have you suffered from a loss of interest in things you once enjoyed?
- Have you felt withdrawal symptoms physically and mentally?
If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, we advise you to immediately get in touch with us to discuss admission into one of our Cambridgeshire residential facilities. Even if you don’t believe you are suffering from a severe addiction, we would still recommend you seek help for your substance abuse before it becomes an addiction.
I’m worried about someone I know; how can I stage an intervention?
An intervention is a structured conversation between loved ones and a person struggling with addiction. This conversation is usually supervised by a professional interventionist.
You may have tried to talk to a loved one or friend in the past about their addiction but were shut down. A group intervention can be beneficial as the intervention specialist can mediate the conversation as well as supply professional information regarding addiction and rehabilitation.
Before you stage an intervention, it is important to learn and rehearse what you want to say. Your goal is to see the individual into recovery so you must learn specific ways to try and convince them to seek help. Interventions can help trigger a ‘moment of clarity’ and by doing this in a group setting you can help the inflicted individual see the damage their behaviour has had on themselves but also those around them.
We know this is tough, but we also offer support for friends and family of those struggling with addiction. If you need help or simply want more information about staging an intervention reach out to us today.
How to get friends and family to acknowledge your addiction
You may have recently realised that you have an addiction and have tried to talk to friends and family. Perhaps they are supportive and acknowledge you on your journey to recovery, which is great!
Or, perhaps they are trying to convince you that your problem isn’t severe, in which case you may be faced with reactions such as “you’re fine!”. If you are in this situation, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Do these friends also use drugs or alcohol?
They may not want to lose a friend to socialise with. They may also be avoiding acknowledging and taking subsequent responsibility for their abuse of substances. If you reach out for professional help the chances are that they might start to think about their relationship with drugs and alcohol. A friend is someone we should be able to count on at all times and support us through our hardships.
If someone you call a friend is trying to discourage you from seeking help it may be worth evaluating if they are truly trying to support you and see you recover.
2. Have you hidden your substance use from them?
If you have hidden your addiction from your friends for a long time, then they may not even realise there is an issue. They may never suspect you are facing serious problems with substances in which case it can feel incredibly tough to be truthful. Talking to your friends about your plans to enter rehab can be comforting as they can provide you with the vital support you need before you enter treatment.
During your time at the rehab, if they live close, they can visit you to encourage and motivate you to complete treatment. Try and be as honest as possible, if you require support for how to talk to friends and family about addiction, our advisors can help you.
3. Would you feel comfortable telling them that they have a substance problem?
You may have a friendship in which it is hard to remain serious and talk openly about things that are worrying you. Perhaps you are concerned about ruining a friendship and don’t know what to do. Try and put yourself in their shoes and think of how you would approach a friend if you saw them struggling with substance use.
Your friends should always support your healthy decisions and want what is best for you. Choosing to go to rehab is a brave thing to do and your commitment can result in a successful life-long recovery.
Always remember that unless your friend is qualified to give you correct information regarding addiction, it is always important to seek advice from a medical professional who can analyse the situation accordingly and provide subsequent treatment options.
Do I really need help? I’m still attending work
Many people are struggling with addiction who still perform high responsibility roles. This could be in terms of their career or perhaps in family life. Although you may be able to maintain aspects of your lifestyle, you can still struggle with severe substance abuse issues. This is often known as being ‘high-functioning’ and can mean you are living a double life.
One of the biggest issues high-functioning people struggle with is denial. Having many responsibilities and managing them successfully may make you feel like you are in control of your life. This is dangerous as your addiction could be a lot worse than you think.
Often with these kinds of people, it takes a life-changing event for them to see how severe their addiction is. Don’t wait for something serious and dangerous to happen, seek help now.
If your addiction isn’t classed as severe you may be offered outpatient treatment. This means that you can still attend work and don’t have to take time off. This can be beneficial if you work full time however we still urge you to seek the correct form of treatment by getting in touch.
Rehab is your best option
It can be very difficult realising that you need to attend rehab and take time out of your life to do so. It may feel like a huge decision but remind yourself it is only temporary. By allowing yourself to access help and support you are actively deciding to make a better future for yourself.
Quitting abruptly in what is known as ‘going cold turkey’ will not give your mind the psychological help it needs to eliminate the need for drugs or alcohol. By entering residential rehab, you can help both your body and mind recover. During detoxification, you will be assisted at all times by medical staff who can prescribe medication if it is needed to help with withdrawal symptoms.
Recovering from addiction involves changing the way you think and feel about substances. Rehab gives you the chance to do this through various forms of therapy. By speaking to peers and therapists you can begin to determine your cause of addiction and take steps to prevent it from happening again in the future.
With your support worker, you can draw up plans for relapse prevention to avoid returning to substance use once you have completed treatment. You can also develop skills to ensure you are living a healthy and happy life. If you are committed to getting better and devoted to recovery you can succeed in many ways.
You may find that relationships with loved ones improve upon leaving treatment and your physical and psychological wellbeing recover too. Deciding to enter treatment really is your best chance at combatting addiction so get in touch with OK Rehab today. You can reach out to us on 0800 326 5559.