Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Lowestoft
Even if you have accepted that you need help, and are keen on the idea of going to rehab, it can be highly difficult to navigate the many different options out there.
That’s where OK Rehab comes in – we can provide you with expert guidance and consultation, and ultimately make an informed decision on which rehab facility would give you the best chance of recovery.
We can also talk you through any concerns you might have, and provide advice on the practical side of things, such as finances and taking care of your other responsibilities while you’re away at rehab.
One of the biggest hurdles a person may come against when facing addiction is acknowledging that they even have an addiction in the first place. Addiction denial can be very difficult to overcome, and is often facilitated through an intervention from family and loved ones.
When you are ready to accept and deal with your addiction, you can call us on 0800 326 5559 to begin your initial consultation over the phone.
The purpose of this consultation is to get to know you better as an individual, as well as better understanding the specific details of your addiction. For example, we might ask you questions about how long you have been using, and the ways in which your substance abuse has affected your life.
We understand that you may be apprehensive about being asked this kind of questions by a stranger, but the only reason we do so is to ensure that you get the right help.
Every rehab facility has a slightly different approach, and once we know more about you, we will be able to use our expertise to refer you to a place that is appropriate for you.
We treat all calls with the strictest of confidence, and will not pass on your information to any third party without your permission. Your information is safe with us.
We only refer to private facilities at present. This means that you will need to pay for treatment – we will be able to tell you exactly how much this will cost once you have been assessed. By the same token, it also means that you will not have to get stuck waiting a long time for treatment, as you probably would if you sought a rehab placement through the NHS.
This rapid turnaround can be a huge boost to your chances of making a full recovery.
Dealing with the Stigma around addiction
We have made great progress over recent years in terms of combatting the stigma around mental illness. Despite this, addiction, which is a mental health issue as much as a physical one, is still something of a taboo subject for some.
There are misapprehensions that people suffering from addiction are just weak, or lack self-control, or are choosing to be addicts. This is not helpful at all to the people who are struggling, because it can deter people from getting the help that they need.
Some people can live for years in addiction without calling out for help, perhaps because of this stigma.
This is what is often referred to as ‘functional addiction’ – a person plodding along through life and suffering in silence, despite addiction making their life much more difficult. Please be aware that you should not feel ashamed, or weak, if you have developed a substance addiction.
It is something that could happen to anyone, of any background, in any walk of life. However, you should acknowledge that it is a real psychological condition which requires treatment.
The Long-Term Effects of Addiction
The negative consequences of addiction are endless and cannot be understated. Of course, narcotics and alcohol abuse have the potential to end a person’s life prematurely through overdose or endangerment.
Even if this doesn’t happen, long term substance abuse is likely to lead to a litany of physical health problems, such as cancer, damaged brain cells, heart and liver disease, and organ failure. The damage addiction can have on mental health is just as grave, such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia.
All this is before we even mention the damage that addiction can cause to a person’s financial health, their interpersonal relationships, their career, and their overall sense of wellbeing.
There is no limit to the damage that addiction can do, and by seeking treatment, you have nothing to lose, and nowhere to go but up.
The Process of Rehab
When you arrive at rehab, you will be shown around your new surroundings and allowed to settle in, before beginning detox as soon as it is feasible.
This will likely involve reducing your consumption over a period of several days – this is the safest way to do it, especially with alcohol dependence. You will be guided and supervised by medical professionals, who will be able to help you with any withdrawal symptoms that may present themselves.
This could include feeling faint or anxious, increased irritability, muscle aches or spasms, and chronic headaches. These sensations can be very unpleasant, but they will soon pass.
You will then move on to therapy, which is arguably the most valuable part of a stay at rehab. You will get a therapy plan that is tailored to your needs. It is more likely to involve individual counselling sessions, as well as group therapy sessions. Your individual sessions give you the chance to get to the bottom of the issues that may have led you to addiction in the first place.
Through group sessions, you will have the chance to connect and share with people who are going through the same thing as you, and to learn from them. Other types of therapy in your plan could include cognitive behavioural therapy, stress management education, as well as light physical activities such as yoga or tai chi.
Your plan is bound to do wonders for your physical and mental health, sending you on your way to a full recovery.
The final part of rehab is preparing for successfully reintegrating into society once you leave. This will involve putting together a detailed plan for the prevention of relapse, which you can put together with the help of a professional on-site.
Detoxing and going through therapy are both wonderful achievements, but you should be mindful that it will be challenging to stay in recovery when dealing with the stresses of the outside world. This is why the plan is an essential part of your recovery journey.
Contact us Today
OK Rehab can help you to get into a rehab in the Lowestoft area very quickly.
In just a few short weeks, you could come out of rehab sober, informed, and focused on a brighter future.
Although the process of rehab can be very challenging, it provides you with something worth more than gold – the chance of healthy life in recovery. Call us on 0800 326 5559 to get help today.