Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Coventry
Are you considering attending a drug and alcohol rehab in Coventry? Are you unsure where to start? We can help.
We are OK Rehab, a recovery advocate service run by individuals who are all in recovery themselves. We know better than anyone what you are experiencing right now, and thanks to our experience dealing with other clients across the country, and also experience struggling with addiction ourselves, we can support you in seeking suitable addiction treatment.
This can be a confusing time, so we strive to make this process as simple and easy as possible so you can get the care you need in no time, with much less stress.
If you are someone looking for help for a loved one dealing with an addiction, we also offer intervention services, support, and general advice about what your next steps should be.
For those who wish to know more, some frequently asked questions are answered below. If you don’t find what you’re looking for on this page, however, feel free to give us a call on 0800 326 5559.
What is an addiction?
Addiction is a brain disorder. It is characterised by an individual frequently and compulsively engaging in a certain act that offers some kind of reward, despite the consequences.
According to a charity study, around 1 in 3 people in the UK are addicted to something. Though this may seem high, it is worth noting that you can be addicted to almost anything.
Drugs and alcohol are not the only substances that can cause an addiction, in fact, anything from shopping and collecting items to gambling and the internet can become highly addictive and produce adverse effects just like drink or drugs, though these addictions usually inflict less damage to the actual body.
What causes addiction?
Put simply, an addiction usually develops from a habit, and a habit can occur because of a whole host of reasons.
Many individuals use drugs and alcohol recreationally at least a few times a month, and when paired with a healthy diet and only consumed in moderation, this can stay at a healthy level for their whole lives.
Unfortunately, there are times when recreational use of these substances can become a habit – drinking a few pints every weekend at the pub or having a glass of wine with each dinner, seemingly harmless acts can soon develop into much more.
When this becomes a habit, it is easy then for the individual to become accustomed to the high that comes with using the substance, leading them to desire and chase that high more.
This can lead to addiction when the individual’s tolerance for the substance begins to increase with each use due to the frequency of it being consumed. This usually results in the person having to up the dose each time to reach the same desired effect, which in turn leads to more serious addiction and more and more harm being done to the body each time.
This is a very simplistic view of what causes addiction, and for some, it is caused by using drink or drugs as a tool to cope with certain aspects of life, rather than just a bad habit.
When consumed, drugs and alcohol release chemicals into the brain and these chemicals work to make us feel looser, happier, and more carefree and stress-free. Because of this, many individuals who are struggling with addiction now began by drinking or using drugs in order to avoid negative emotions, or ‘triggers’.
These triggers can appear in many different forms such as dysfunctional families, abusive relationships, peer pressure, work stresses, and traumatic events. When a person begins to use a substance as a coping mechanism to avoid the heavy emotions that come with these triggers, addiction is very likely to occur.
How does rehab cure an addiction?
Because addiction impacts you both physically and mentally, rehab works to treat both the body and the brain together.
Whilst there is no definitive ‘cure’ or remedy for addiction, treating the body with detox and taking care of the mental aspects of addiction with therapy and counselling is the most effective way towards recovery from drugs and alcohol.
It is no immediate or overnight fix, and recovery requires work and effort to be put in by you too, in order for it to be successful and lost lasting.
This dual approach to treating an addiction is why so many at-home recovery attempts fail so soon. Whilst DIY detoxes may succeed in ridding the body of the substance, the emotional and psychological triggers remain, and without treating those too, relapse is much more likely than with professional help.
Through multiple therapies and other treatments in a drug and alcohol rehab in Coventry, you can slowly come to terms with your addiction, see it as an illness, learn more about yourself and what led you to this point, identify your triggers and the root causes of your addiction and how to avoid them when you leave rehab, and discover new ways in which to cope with negative emotions and events.
You will most likely experience a combination of a few different types of therapy, as they tend to be more successful when paired together. What you participate in will be decided through an evaluation of you and your addiction, which will help us narrow down what options will best suit your personal needs.
Some of the types of therapy you may encounter in rehab include: Family therapy, art therapy, group and individual therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivation enhancement therapy, CBT, and DBT.
You may also take part in other treatments such as contingency management, which incentivises good behaviour with money and other prizes.
How should I prepare for rehab?
When preparing for rehab, there are some things you can do to ensure your stay is more comfortable and rewarding.
Admin preparations can include letting the people in your life know where you will be going, and why. It is important to have people, if possible, waiting for your return and offering their support for your recovery, as this will be a great help when you eventually leave rehab.
Also, make sure to let any employer know this information too, and if it helps, maybe find cover for your workload whilst you will be away. Having a job to go back to will ensure that you have some sort of purpose and distraction when you leave our care.
Tie up any loose ends, such as setting up automatic payments for bills that will need to be paid whilst you are absent, or getting a friend to look after any pets.
One of the most important preparations you can do, however, is internal.
Rehab is no vacation, and it will be hard to recover from your drug or alcohol addiction. Get yourself ready to put in the work and effort it requires, and make sure you are open to any and all treatments that are recommended to you. Entering rehab with a positive mental attitude can greatly improve your chances of recovery.
How do I stay sober after rehab?
Leaving rehab won’t mean that you are on your own, and we will still be available 24/7 via the helpline if you need us.
To help you stay sober when you’re back home, we recommend a few things:
Examine your social group (and even your family) for anyone that could be potentially dangerous to your recovery. You need, now more than ever, to surround yourself with the right people who will support you.
Take up a new hobby – getting creative or joining a club or sports team can greatly improve your overall mental health and offer a great distraction for any temptations that may be around.
We also suggest you stay vigilant and always be on the lookout for any potential warning signs of a relapse. We are just a phone call away if you do become concerned about your safety or recovery.
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.