Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Dundee
You are not alone. According to a charity study, around 1 in 3 people in the UK are addicted to something. Though these addictions differ in severity and substance, the hardships and struggles of dealing with an addiction are similar for thousands of people across the country.
You’re also not alone when it comes to being nervous about reaching out for help. Every day, people struggle to admit they need help and avoid asking for it, and as a result, they miss out on crucial addiction treatment that could have saved their life.
We recognise why this happens, and understand that the stigma attached to addiction and rehab can lead to feelings of shame or embarrassment.
Here at OK Rehab, you don’t need to be ashamed of anything. The majority of our team have been where you are now and have experienced various addictions themselves in the past. They are proof that recovery is possible, and that yours can be too. Because of this, we know better than anyone what it is you are experiencing right now, and are the best equipped to help with your situation.
We offer an understanding, judgement-free space to discuss your addiction and your needs for treatment, and can help you self-refer into a suitable drug and alcohol rehab in Dundee.
Don’t delay in reaching out any longer, and don’t let others stop you from seeking the help that you not only need but deserve.
Call us today on 0800 326 5559 to begin an enquiry, or fill in our online form to receive a callback.
Admitting you have an addiction
As the popular saying goes, “the first step is admitting you have a problem”.
Of course, this step isn’t always the easiest, and denial can be a huge factor in someone not realising how dire their situation is until it is too late.
So how do you figure out that you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol? Firstly, you may recognise common signs of addiction in your daily life such as an increased tolerance for the substance you use each time you use it, or the fact that you only use it as a coping mechanism for difficult emotions.
Breaking through the self-deception of denial even if you are experiencing some of these signs can be challenging, and many people dealing with addiction have to hit a low point until they realise the severity of their condition. This low point can vary from person to person but could be anything from the realisation that you are neglecting other hobbies, to more serious lows like divorce or an injury.
It can be incredibly hard to admit these things to yourself, so maybe talk it over with a trusted friend or family member, more often than not, they will be supportive of you taking ownership of your problem.
Lastly, getting in touch with an addiction professional can offer more insight into what it is you are experiencing, and what your next steps should be.
How to prepare for rehab (5 things you can do)
Entering a drug and alcohol rehab in Dundee can be scary and stressful. It is undoubtedly a big change, and leaving your life behind, even for just a few weeks, is sure to make you even more nervous for what lies ahead.
However, there are a few things you can do before a rehabilitation programme to not only make your time in rehab more successful but also ensure that your life awaits you just as you left it when you return home.
1. Mentally prepare
It is important to remember that rehab is no vacation or relaxing spa treatment to be enjoyed. Rehab is difficult and will require a lot of hard work and effort from you in order for it to be successful, and yield the desired results.
Ensure you are open to all treatments that are recommended to you and prepare to participate and speak up in therapy and counselling. It may sound clichéd, but having a positive mental attitude can greatly impact your progress in rehab, just as entering rehab with a pessimistic, unwilling mindset can delay any progress from being made at all.
2. Physically prepare
We will strive to get you placed in your chosen drug and alcohol rehab in Dundee as soon as possible, so you won’t be waiting too long to begin treatment.
In this short span of time, it is important you abstain from further drugs or alcohol, to ensure that no additional harm is caused to your brain or body.
It is important, if you can, to not be alone during this time. Employ a friend or family member to stay with you until your admission into rehab.
3. Admin and organisation
To make sure your life does not fall apart in your absence, get to work tying up loose ends.
This can include anything from putting pets in shelters for the duration of your time in rehab, setting up automatic payments for bills that will need to be paid during this time, or asking a trusted friend to visit your home regularly to water plants or check for mail.
4. Pack the essentials
Now is the time to focus on yourself and healing your addiction. Whilst it may feel comforting to bring plenty of things from home to rehab, it is not always necessary for your journey to recovery.
Make sure you are only packing what is essential and not distracting. Also, pack with your chosen rehab’s banned items in mind.
5. Tell the people in your life
Arguably the scariest aspect of entering rehab for some is having to tell those around them.
Although this may be difficult, it is important and sometimes necessary to let the people in your life know about your admission into rehab.
Tell friends and family about where you will be and the importance of this step, you may be surprised by their reaction. If they are supportive, they can visit you in rehab and even participate in family therapy sessions.
Equally important is telling any employers about your plans. Having a job to go back to is a great motivation to return to normal life after rehab, so make sure to ask if you are able to take the time off and come back when you are ready. If possible, arrange cover for the workload you will be unable to fulfil in your absence.