Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Herefordshire
If you are struggling to cope with an addiction and are nervous about the prospect of professional help, you are not alone. According to a charity study, around 1 in 3 people in the UK are addicted to something.
Unfortunately, because of the stigma attached to addiction and rehab, many of these individuals will avoid reaching out for the help that they need, and will not receive life-saving treatment as a result.
Here at OK Rehab, we want to end this pattern, so we strive to help anyone and everyone who is dealing with an addiction to self-admit themselves into suitable treatment, no matter their circumstances.
With us, there is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed about your situation. The majority of our team have experienced addiction themselves in the past, and know better than anyone what it is you are going through at this time.
Because of this, we can offer a safe, judgement-free space to openly discuss your addiction, and any other concerns that may be considered awkward to speak about, such as your financial situation.
Below are some frequently asked questions about addiction and the options that are available for treatment. If you do not find the information you are looking for here, feel free to give us a call on 0800 326 5559, or fill in our online form for a callback.
What is an addiction?
Addiction is defined as “not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you”.
It is most commonly associated with drugs, alcohol, gambling, nicotine, and now even computer games. However, it’s possible to be addicted to quite literally anything, such as work, collecting certain items, shopping, and the internet. The main distinction between these addictions is the harm they cause.
Addiction is not just something that impacts the body, but also the brain too, which is why professional treatment strives to heal both aspects. Detoxes and medication for the body, with therapy and counselling to help ease the psychological ramifications of addiction.
What causes addiction?
Addiction is all about the ‘high’.
With addictions such as shopping or collecting items, the high is the buzz of excitement you may feel from getting a new thing, with work it may come from completing a tough task, but with drugs and alcohol, it is much more internal.
Drink and drugs alter the way you feel, both mentally and physically, by releasing chemicals into the bloodstream and brain. This works to make you feel less stressed and more relaxed.
For those trying to cope with any number of ‘triggers’, such as traumatic events, dysfunctional families, abusive partners, pressuring friends or just general stresses of day to day life, using a substance to do so can quickly turn into a bad habit.
The constant need to recreate this feeling and also not wanting to experience withdrawal symptoms can lead to this unhealthy habit becoming a serious and dangerous addiction.
An addiction can get even more out of control as it continues, as the body’s tolerance for the substance increases with each use, meaning individuals have to up the dose each time in order to achieve the same high that they have grown accustomed to.
When should I seek treatment?
Many who are dealing with a drug or alcohol addiction struggle to decipher when the right time is to reach out for help, and many believe that only the most severe addictions actually require this help.
This is not true at all, and professional treatment such as treatment that is administered through residential rehab programmes can be beneficial to anyone suffering from an addiction, no matter the seriousness of the case.
There is no checklist you have to fulfil in order to require rehab; whether you have been struggling for years, have tried many times to quit before but have failed, or are only now beginning to see signs of an addiction crop up in your life, you should be seeking professional and medical treatment.
The earlier we catch an addiction, the quicker recovery is usually reached, and there is a much lower chance of long-term damage being inflicted on your body. Because of this, we recommend reaching out as soon as you admit to yourself that you may be dealing with an addiction.
If you’re still unsure as to whether or not what you are experiencing is in fact an addiction, ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you more on-edge, angrier or easily agitated than usual?
- Is the substance you use and when you will next use it all you can think about?
- Are you experiencing heightened symptoms of an existing mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety?
- Do you struggle to focus on anything else if you are not using the substance?
- Has your appearance changed drastically recently?
- Have you lost weight unexpectedly?
- Is your sleeping pattern unusually disturbed, or are you having trouble sleeping altogether?
- Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you have not used the substance for a short period of time? (Symptoms can include muscle pain, nausea, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, mood swings, and shaking)
- Have you noticed your tolerance for the substance you use increasing with each use?
- Because of this, have you continued to up the dose each time you use it to achieve the same effect?
- Are you more withdrawn in your social and work life than usual?
- Are you avoiding important responsibilities that you used to perform with no problem?
- Do you have a secret stash of the substance hidden away somewhere?
- Are you lying about your use of the substance to loved ones?
- Are you denying help from loved ones?
- Are you lashing out at loved ones when they express concern over your use of the substance?
Those are a few of the signs and symptoms of addiction, split into how they can impact your life mentally, physically, and socially. If you answered yes to a number of them, it may be time to seek help with OK Rehab, and consider attending a drug and alcohol rehab in Herefordshire.
What happens in rehab?
Whilst we cannot detail exactly what your time in rehab will look like due to every client having different needs and therefore requiring different treatments than others, we can briefly lay out the general processes to expect:
- With our help, you will be admitted to your chosen facility, whether that be a drug and alcohol rehab in Herefordshire or one further afield. Upon arriving, you will meet the team and will likely be shown around where you will be staying for the next few weeks.
- You may meet with a doctor, who will further evaluate the state of your mental and physical health, which will help us and the team determine which treatments you should receive.
- If you have not detoxed already, you will undergo a drug and alcohol detox. This is a daunting step in the journey to recovery, but a necessary and important one if you wish to help heal your body from the toxins that substances leave behind.
- Whilst undergoing a detox, you may experience several side effects of withdrawal. If needed, you will be prescribed medication to ease these symptoms until they subside.
- After the detox phase, you will be ready to begin to take part in the therapy and counselling sessions that have been recommended with your needs in mind. There are many types of therapy, and most work better when combined with others, as each therapy aims to work on different aspects of recovery and preparation for a substance-free life.
What treatments will I receive?
Some forms of therapy you might encounter in rehab includes: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), family therapy, group therapy, individual therapy, art therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and motivation enhancement therapy.
There are also other methods of treatment that you may take part in during your stay in rehab, such as contingency management, which rewards desired behaviour with incentives like money and prizes.
Through multiple combined therapies and other treatments, you will be able to come to terms with your addiction as an illness, understand what led you here, identify triggers and root causes of your addiction, learn to avoid them, discover healthier coping techniques to replace the old ones, learn to control yourself around substances, and overall prepare for life back home.
What happens after rehab?
Eventually, you will be ready to leave the care of your chosen rehabilitation facility.
This is not where the hard work ends, and after you leave the responsibility to ensure your recovery is continued will fall to you.
This may seem like a lot of pressure, but we ensure no client leaves rehab without being deemed ready to do so, and you will receive a bespoke aftercare plan which will guide you through life back in the real world. This plan will also detail everything you have learned during your time in rehab, and can be referred back to at any time.
If you do ever require further support, our helpline is always open, and sometimes additional appointments can be made for you at your chosen clinic if necessary.
We suggest taking up new hobbies to improve your overall mental health and lift you out of old, unhealthy routines and habits.
Examining the social groups you surround yourself with is also a good idea; ask yourself whether the people in your life will support your recovery journey, or tempt you towards relapse. Make your recovery a priority, and try to alter aspects of your life that are potentially harmful to your wellbeing.
How long will I be in rehab?
The average length of time of a residential rehab programme is around 28 days.
For the majority of clients, this is enough time to undergo a detox, experience withdrawal symptoms, partake in several therapies and counselling sessions and fully prepare for a drug and alcohol-free life back home.
Of course, this will not be the case for everyone, and there is no shame if you require longer than the expected time. This is usually down to many different aspects of you and your addiction that are out of your control, and a recovery is still possible regardless.
Equally, if you are someone who does not require the full 28-day programme, this does not mean you are ‘cured’ or that the work and effort can stop there. You will still need to remain vigilant throughout your recovery at home, and be aware of possible signs of a relapse.
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.