Drug & Alcohol Rehab in County Durham
Dealing with a drug or alcohol addiction is tough. When other aspects of daily life and addiction then pile up on you during this already challenging time, it can become too overwhelming to cope.
Coming to terms with your addiction, searching for treatment, telling loved ones, avoiding temptations and failing; the pressure can prevent you from seeking help altogether, but we are here to lend a helping hand.
We are OK Rehab, a recovery advocate service created and run by individuals who have experienced addiction themselves in the past. We can help you find and self-admit yourself into suitable addiction treatment, like a drug and alcohol rehab in County Durham.
We offer help to all, no matter the circumstances, and now we are offering that help to you. We even offer advice and intervention services to loved ones of those struggling with addiction.
It is understandable at this time to have many questions and concerns surrounding addiction treatments and rehab, below are some of our most frequently asked questions, but if you don’t find the information you are looking for, do not hesitate to give us a call.
Reach out to us today on 0800 326 5559 to begin an enquiry for yourself or a loved one, or for further information about anything listed on this page.
Why should I go to rehab?
Treatments via rehab, especially through residential rehab programmes that are available in drug and alcohol rehabs in County Durham, are the best option for those suffering from addiction and aiming for recovery.
Residential rehab boasts one of the highest success rates amongst other addiction treatments for successful recoveries and comes with a whole host of benefits to those who choose it as their treatment option.
Around the clock care from highly trained staff and therapists means that you are always well looked after and given the care and attention you need when undergoing detoxes and treatments.
Constant monitoring of you and your progress also means that you can look back and see the improvements you have made during your stay, which can propel you to carry on working towards recovery.
The excellent team at your chosen rehab will be on hand 24/7 for anything you may need and can offer support from their own life experiences of addiction.
At rehab, you can rest assured that you are in the best possible hands. With risky at-home recovery attempts, the wrong medication being taken or detoxes done improperly can lead to an unfortunate death, but under the watchful eye of medical professionals, you can rest easy knowing every process will be performed properly.
In residential rehab, all your treatments will take place under one roof, meaning you can participate in multiple therapies and counselling sessions with ease.
These methods of treatment will push you towards your goal in many different ways; you will learn more about addiction and how it impacts the body and the brain, you’ll work to identify the root causes and emotional triggers of your own addiction and how to avoid them in the future, and overall you will prepare for life back home after your stay.
In these therapy sessions, you will also have a chance to meet others who are in similar situations and discuss openly what led you all to rehab and to talk with your family about how they can assist with your recovery.
Another great benefit of residential rehab is the removal of you from your home environment. Whilst this may be a confusing advantage, it is an important one as it means you are detached from any possible triggers that may reside at home.
Addictions do not manifest spontaneously and are usually caused by ‘triggers’ such as: Dysfunctional families, abusive partners, stressful jobs, pressuring friends, or traumatic events and tragedies.
Because of this, and coupled with the fact that many of these triggers are born and remain at home, removing yourself from that environment as you try to heal from a drug or alcohol addiction can be incredibly helpful.
There are many other reasons why Rehab – especially residential rehab – is the route you should choose if you are aiming for a recovery. If you wish to know more, get in contact with us today.
When should I go to rehab?
Whether or not rehab is a good option is irrelevant if you an individual is not considering it to be an option at all. Unfortunately, though rehab can be beneficial to anyone at any stage of addiction, many believe that a certain level of addiction has to be reached before medical help is warranted.
This is far from the truth. Regardless of whether you are only now noticing signs of addiction within yourself or you have been aware of your addiction for years and have tried many times before to withdraw, rehab can be for you.
For those still in denial about the existence of addiction in your life, we know how comfortable you may feel where you are, but the earlier we catch an addiction, the more help we can offer and the quicker you can heal.
The bottom line is: If you have noticed any symptoms of addiction in yourself, now is the time to seek professional help.
Waiting until the last moment to reach out can prove fatal in severe cases, but this can easily be changed by just asking for help sooner.
If you are unsure of the symptoms of an addiction, some of the main signs are listed below:
1. Physical Symptoms
- Your physical appearance has drastically changed
- You have lost weight
- Your sleeping pattern is unusually disturbed, or you have trouble sleeping at all
- Your tolerance for the substance you use increases with each use, meaning you have to use a higher dose each time to achieve the same effect
- You experience withdrawal symptoms when you have not used the substance for a short period of time, these can include shaking, feeling sick, getting headaches, muscle pain and feeling dizzy
2. Mental Symptoms
- You are more on-edge and more easily agitated than usual
- You are experiencing heightened symptoms of exiting mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety
- All you can think about is the substance/when you will next use the substance
3. Social Symptoms
- You are more withdrawn in your personal and work life than usual
- You are avoiding certain social or work responsibilities that you used to perform with no problem
- You are lashing out at loved ones, especially when they mention concern over your use of the substance
- You are lying to loved ones about your use of the substance
- You have a secret stash of the substance hidden away somewhere
How should I prepare for rehab?
Though the prospect of rehab may seem daunting, there are a few things you can do to make your stay in rehab a little easier, for you and for the team who will be caring for you.
1. Tell loved ones
Don’t suffer in silence if you don’t have to. Tell your friends and family where you will be and why you are going, and you may be surprised by their reaction. Usually, families are glad to see you seeking the help you need, and if they want to, they can make arrangements to visit you in rehab or take part in family therapy sessions.
It will be helpful for when you eventually leave rehab if you have a network of support awaiting you, as they can help as you continue your journey to recovery.
2. Tell employers/employees
Try not to leave your workplace in a jam, and let your bosses know what is happening in your life, and where you will be. Give them enough time to arrange for someone to cover your workload, or arrange this yourself to help them out.
Having a job waiting for you when you exit rehab can leave you eager to return rather than nervous and can give you a much-needed distraction and sense of purpose after rehab.
3. Sort out loose ends
If you have pets you will need to make arrangements to ensure they are well taken care of, if there are bills to be paid during your stay at rehab you can set up automatic payments, or entrust them to a loved one.
Sorting out these types of loose ends will mean fewer distractions for you when you are in rehab.
4. Prepare yourself
You will be entering rehab and beginning crucial addiction treatment, usually including undergoing an intense detox phase.
Now is the time to prepare yourself both mentally and physically, and to understand that it’s not an easy task that lies ahead.
Try to stay optimistic and open towards treatments that are recommended to you like group therapy, etc., this way you will get more out of the treatments than you would if you entered believing they won’t work.
Prepare your body for a detox, stay hydrated and look after your body as much as you can.
Get ready to put in the hard work and effort that rehab requires.
What happens during rehab?
Your time in rehab will differ from that of other clients. Everyone is different, and therefore everyone needs and requires different approaches when it comes to treating their addiction.
At this time, we cannot detail exactly what treatments and therapies you will participate in, but we can explain briefly some of the different types that are available:
1. Family therapy
Mentioned briefly earlier, family therapy is a form of treatment that brings families together in order to discuss the individual dealing with addiction. With the individual present, family therapy works through how each loved one has been impacted by the addiction and can lead to families figuring out ways in which they can help.
2. Individual and group therapy
Usually working better when combined, these two therapies aim to help the individual dealing with addiction by allowing them to process and discuss their addiction both in a group of people and in a one-on-one setting.
This allows the person to feel a sense of belonging and feel less ashamed or embarrassed about their situation, whilst also working through triggers and causes of their addiction with a professional in privacy.
3. CBT and DBT
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy that aims to break down overwhelming seeming problems and feelings into smaller parts and teaches how to cope with these big emotions when they appear.
Dialectal Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is a form of CBT that strives to teach the individual how to deal with intense emotions without lashing out, how to recognise and regulate emotions, how to become more aware of themselves and others, and how to navigate conflicts appropriately.
There are many other forms of treatment available, such as acceptance and commitment therapy, motivation enhancement therapy, art therapy, and contingency management. What you encounter will be decided when assessing you and your addiction early on in the admissions process, to ensure you are only receiving treatment that is beneficial to you and most suited to your needs.
If you wish to know more about any of these treatments, or what a life in recovery could be like for you, give us a call today on 0800 326 5559.