Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Northampton
Seeing someone you care about go through addiction can often be just as hard as going through it yourself. At OK Rehab, we can give you all the support and advice you’ll need if you’re trying to support someone going through addiction.
We also have more specific information here about Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Northampton, if you’re trying to educate yourself on the subject.
How to spot signs of addiction
First of all, you may be wondering how to tell if the person you’re thinking of is even suffering from addiction in the first place. There are a few key signs – if any of the following apply, you should encourage them to seek help:
- They won’t stop participating in addictive behaviour and/or consuming addictive substances, no matter how much it hurts them or those around them
- They’ve tried to stop using the addictive substance, but can’t
- They’ve started to miss commitments they would’ve previously gone to, such as work or social events
- They seem less motivated overall
- You think they could be lying about where they’ve been
- They keep asking to borrow money
- They keep saying they feel sick
- They have regular headaches
- When they have attempted to stop, they get withdrawal symptoms
- They’re increasingly irritable
- They’re experiencing mood swings
Noticing many of these signs might depend on how well you know the person potentially suffering from the addiction. You should of course take context into account before jumping to conclusions – for example, out of context some of these symptoms may be perfectly harmless. But if it’s all adding up from your reading this, then reaching out to OK Rehab for advice might be a good idea.
If you’re not sure of how to react to the addiction of someone you care about, we’ve got more information below.
One of the most frustrating things about a loved one struggling with addiction is how much denial they’re often in. That’s why, in addition to directing those who need it towards treatment, OK Rehab also offers an intervention programme. This may sound drastic, but it truly could be the key to getting through to them.
But even if you don’t necessarily want intervention and just want to talk through your situation, our helpline is always open to anyone who needs it. You don’t need to be worried about reaching out if you’re not an addict yourself. Our mission is to help you with any and all issues related to addiction, whether it’s you or someone you know suffering.
How long does recovery from addiction take?
Recovery from addiction is a lifelong battle, so it really is impossible to put into a place a solid date where you or your loved one will get better. The truth is, there is no cure for addiction. But with the right help, it can be managed. The lives of sufferers can get back on track and what they lost previously can be found again, with the right help and support.
Speaking generally and more technically, an average stay in residential rehab lasts for around 30, 60 or 90 days. But that of course also depends on the severity of the case and the personal circumstances of the person being treated.
Getting in touch with OK Rehab allows those we help to talk through these circumstances, which in turn allows us to develop a personalised treatment plan. As you’ll see in the segment below, there is a huge range and variety in addiction treatment available.
Kinds of treatment
Although it is what people think of when they think “rehab”, a residential facility might not be the only choice. And even within the categories of inpatient (residential) and outpatient (at home), there are a lot of different treatment options.
Having said that, nearly all treatment plans start off with a detox of some kind. The aim of a detox is to get whatever you’re addicted to out of your body physically, so you can then get on with the process of removing it from your life altogether. This is usually done by slowly reducing the intake of such substances and replacing them with specifically prescribed medication.
But a quick note for anyone struggling with addiction themselves reading this. Of all the kinds of treatment for addiction, this is one that we absolutely recommend you don’t try alone, due to both a small chance of success and often dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
Depending on both the substance you’re addicted to and the severity of your addiction these can range in severity, from tremors and sweating to hallucinations and seizures.
Even if you’re about to do an assisted detox, it’s very important that you research any potential withdrawal symptoms for the specific substance you’re addicted to. That way, you can gain a full understanding of what you’re entering into.
Beyond detoxing, most other treatments can be divided into two further categories. As addiction itself works on both a mental and physical level, treatments for it also match this, covering both mental and physical health.
1. Mental health treatments
Healing mentally is one of the most important parts of the recovery process. As such, therapy and counselling are often major parts of treatment plans. The difference between the two is that therapy is more specialised, whilst counselling is more generalised.
Like every other part of recovery from addiction, whichever one you’re recommended will primarily depend on various factors. The most significant ones will be your personality, the severity of your addiction, how long you’ve been suffering from addiction for and what you can access in your local area.
Three of the most popular kinds of therapy used to treat addictions are talking therapy (where you simply talk to a therapist), group therapy (with the same benefits as support groups, which we’re going to talk about in a bit), and art therapy. Remember that point we made earlier about personality? If you’re a very creative person who likes to express yourself, that last one could work perfectly for you.
Support groups can also be highly beneficial for a lot of people. If you’re in a residential facility, these will be organised within that context. In outpatient rehab, the two most popular are Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
Primarily, they allow you to talk through all of your feelings and share your story during the process of recovery, and hear others’ stories in return. This exchange of emotions can be incredibly freeing, as much as talking through your trauma in therapy.
2. Physical treatments
You might not typically think of addiction as something to physically recover from, but a lot of treatment providers also have a large range of physical treatments available. Beyond the initial detox we talked about earlier, some of the most popular kinds are massages, acupuncture, and reflexology.
All of these are added into addiction recovery to improve your mental state, which in turn could make other kinds of treatment easier going.
It should also be noted that different kinds of addiction will likely require different kinds of physical healing. Different drugs will have different effects on your body and alcohol is different too. In addition, like with any other treatment, different places may offer different things, so make sure you do full research into the organisation you’re recovering with.
Finally, many residential rehab facilities also offer workshops on various subjects. Some of the most common subjects of these workshops are addiction, health nutrition and decision making. The intention is to help you develop the skills you’ll need to have a healthier lifestyle once your treatment ends. This is another way that treatment will allow you to heal permanently as much as you can.
How to support a loved one going through addiction
Reading all of this on behalf of someone you care about, you may be daunted by it yourself. The best thing you can do for your loved one in these circumstances is to give them all the love and support you can. And remember that you’re allowed to feel upset about the situation too.
There is hope for them if they can get the right treatment and the right support. The fact that you’re reading all of this right now and researching this process in as much detail as you can, shows that they already have plenty of the latter on a personal level. And you can help get them the former too!
If you want to get in touch with OK Rehab, for yourself or on behalf of someone you know, for drug and alcohol rehab in Northampton, all you need to do is call 0800 326 5559.