Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Chester
Living with an addiction is extremely difficult. This is the case for those experiencing the problem as well as the people who care about the person. It’s common that when a person has an addiction they develop a lifestyle that supports drinking or taking drugs.
This makes things even harder to approach when a person decides that they want to access treatment. When people have partners and friends who also misuse or abuse a substance, the decision to quit can be both isolating and affect mental health.
Many lifestyle choices and habits have to change in order for the person to be able to become sober. In the depths of an addiction, it can be tough to know where to start. Especially as the symptoms of associated mental health problems can make it more difficult to see how to begin the healing journey of recovery.
After years spent feeling trapped in behaviours that damage your relationships, it can be hard to know who to turn to or even what to say. This is why speaking with a non-partial, yet an understanding person can help. The entire team at OK Rehab are highly experienced in the addiction field.
When you contact our team, we’re able to listen to everything you say and provide expert knowledge on the treatment services in Chester.
How addiction affects your life
Even at the mildest level, using a substance has negative effects. Consider alcohol which many consider fine due to it being legal; this doesn’t negate the fact that even drinking small amounts regularly is known to increase the risk of developing many types of cancer.(1)
Addiction affects people in the following areas:
When people have put a toxic substance into their body regularly for some time this begins to take its toll. Drug and alcohol abuse damages vital organs. This reduces the resilience of a person’s immune system and increases the chances of illnesses and diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and dementia.
It is possible for the body to repair if a person quits the unhealthy substances, eats healthily and becomes active (in terms of regular exercise).
Addiction causes mental health problems, at the same time, it can be caused by them. Research shows that the two are linked. Alcohol and drugs upset the chemical and hormonal balances in the body. This affects thoughts, moods, and emotions.
People with addictions often also experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. Substances can also lead to hallucinations, psychosis, and schizophrenia, which takes more input and treatments to manage.
Loving or caring for someone who has an addiction can be the cause of much emotional pain. Many people might feel lied to, deceived, disappointed, let down, and heartbroken. When a person experiences these feelings they might reach a point of needing space from the addicted person. It can also cause arguments as well as constant worrying and stress.
Usually, deep down a person with addiction won’t want to be the cause of these problems. Addiction is, unfortunately, incredibly challenging to face and to stop, especially with the associated withdrawal symptoms.
People often change who they associate with when they have an addiction. They might lose touch with friends who don’t use drugs or drink in the same way. Often, people will spend time with those who enable or encourage unhealthy behaviour.
When a person decides they want to quit a substance, building new social connections can really help a person maintain an abstinent lifestyle.
Many who use drink and drugs regularly accrue debt. This might be with dealers, family and friends, with banks, or payday loans. The stress of this in itself can trigger a person into drinking and doing drugs again.
Rest assured that when you access treatment and support, there are workers who are trained to support you in navigating this area of your life. No situation is helpless.
When a substance takes priority in a person’s life, other aspects fall to the background. People can find themselves losing mortgages or rented accommodation. Having somewhere to live is a basic human need and the stress of having nowhere to live can exacerbate addiction triggers.
7. Education and career
Many people who live with an addiction can find the goals they once had around education and/or a career have disappeared. Drugs and alcohol affect a person’s ability to focus, concentrate, and achieve the way the individual would usually be able to.
People might end up dropping out of education or losing jobs.
Will rehab support me in all the areas I need?
Fortunately, rehab programmes in Chester are designed to support the whole of a person. This means taking a holistic approach to their recovery. Every aspect of a person, the physical, mental, and social are supported.
There are highly experienced and trained workers who are invested in seeing people recover and make the most of their lives.
For a person to create a healthy new lifestyle, a sense of purpose must be found. New hopes and goals must be outlined. A person has to find things to hope in and focus on.
Rehab provides physical and psychological treatments as well as providing access to practical support in other areas too.
When’s the best time to enter rehab?
The reality is that quitting an addiction is hard at any time. However, the sooner you quit, usually the less long-term effects you have to work on and heal.
People sometimes say they’re waiting for the right time to go to rehab. This can be problematic because life throws unexpected events at us at unexpected times and that can make things more difficult.
The best time to go to rehab is as soon as you’re thinking about it. Contacting OK Rehab means you’ll access a quick referral. This can make all the difference in getting your rehabilitation programme started quickly while you’re motivated to do so.
What level of commitment is needed?
For a person to give up a substance it takes a high level of commitment, willpower, and determination. It means being able, to be honest with themselves and others. It requires strength to think and feel things that might have been numbed by the drink and drugs for many years.
It can be very uncomfortable. This is why having a team of highly experienced professionals around you is essential in equipping you to have the most smooth and solid start to your recovery and healthy future.
What’s the difference between inpatient and outpatient services?
Outpatient services are treatment programmes that happen within the local community. This is helpful for people who want to access support while living their regular lives and staying at home. People are able to attend one-to-ones and groups at local centres when it’s possible to book in. This a great option for those with a mild addiction and those maintaining an abstinent life.
Inpatient services are rehab clinics. These provide 24/7 intensive support programmes for people with moderate and severe addictions. People stay overnight for up to 28 days. There are physical, psychological, and holistic treatments, as well as regular peer groups to attend.
Is there a rehab in Chester I can go to?
Yes, there are a variety of rehabilitation options for you in Chester. To find out the most suitable for your needs, contact OK Rehab today. We would be delighted to help you on your journey to recovery. Simply call us on 0800 326 5559 for a free initial assessment. A lovely helpline advisor will guide you through the process of getting help for yourself or a loved one.