Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Northamptonshire
Looking for drug and alcohol rehab in Northamptonshire can be a long hard road. Addiction is a huge and complex disorder, that can easily make its way into every corner of sufferers’ lives. The best way to fight against it is always to seek professional help.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to fully and completely cure addiction. But with the right help, it can be managed and you can get your life back on track.
Many people in circumstances like these feel ashamed or are worried that they may face judgment once people know about their problems. This often also translates into a reluctance to get the help that they very much need. But at OK Rehab, we understand exactly what you’re going through. In fact, we’ve been through it ourselves. And we only want to help you move forward.
Before you back away in fear from pre-conceived ideas at something you don’t think is going to suit you, addiction treatment isn’t all just residential facilities. There are a huge array of treatments available, designed for every substance and kind of addiction, every personality type, and every other set of circumstances that need to be taken into consideration.
But before we go over that in more detail, let’s look at some of the key signs that someone might have an addiction in the first place…
Signs of addiction
You might need help if:
- You’re unable to stop participating in addictive behaviour or consuming addictive substances, no matter how much it wrecks various parts of your life
- There have already been consequences in your life as a result of your addiction (these can range from being caught drink driving, to personal relationships being negatively affected, to decreased socialisation, to negative consequences at work.)
- You’ve binged/gone out of control regularly
- If and when you do try and stop you experience physical and/or psychological withdrawal symptoms (we’ll go over what those can be in a bit more detail later)
- You’re experiencing other physical symptoms, such as weight loss, memory loss, changes in speech (eg. Slurring), bloodshot eyes or an increased tolerance to drugs and/or alcohol
- You’re experiencing disrupted sleep and/or insomnia
- You’re more willing to take risks, more willing to lie to those around you, are less interested in activities and hobbies you used to enjoy, are more willing to neglect important obligations and are more likely to neglect your work and personal life.
- People around you have started to notice changes in your behaviour
These might not apply to every single addiction, but if you recognise even one of them, it could be time to get treatment.
Withdrawal symptoms occur when you’ve become dependent on an addictive substance. More specifically, they occur when you suddenly take said addictive substance away. They can vary widely depending on what you’re addicted to, with opiates causing some of the most extreme.
For this reason, it’s very important to fully research the withdrawal symptoms of the specific substance you’re addicted to, or take a look at the withdrawal symptoms for alcohol if that’s your problem. That way, you can get a fuller picture of what you could potentially be facing in your specific circumstances.
But to generalise, some of the most common withdrawal symptoms are:
- Changes in mood
- Changes in appetite
- Muscle pain
Assisted detoxes are some the most common ways to start treatment, as they allow you to rid yourself physically of the harmful substances that are wrecking your life, right from the start.
Over the course of an assisted detox, you’ll be able to slowly reduce your intake of these substances, which will be replaced with specifically prescribed medication. This is very different to simply stopping on your own, for reasons we’re going to discuss below.
Why is treatment the best choice for me? And what kinds of treatments could be available to me?
First of all, the above list should give you an idea of why detoxing alone is a bad idea. Beyond withdrawal symptoms, going “cold turkey” is also very unlikely to work, as is trying to recover completely on your own in any way.
Do you remember when we said that addiction was complex at the start of this page? That’s specifically because addiction sets into your brain and your body, working on both a psychological and physical level.
Without the support and assistance of people who are experienced and know what they’re doing, in the long term, one person can’t handle that alone.
Going forward, addiction treatment will also teach you the life skills you need to be able to manage your addiction. For example, many residential rehab facilities offer workshops on topics ranging from addiction and health to nutrition.
In both residential and at-home rehab, therapy and counselling are often both very important. Healing emotionally, from both your addiction and from any traumas that might have caused it (or that may have happened as a result of it), could be the key to your healing in the long term.
Facing your past in such a way may seem like an intimidating concept, but it’s often one of the most freeing parts of the process.
When you get in touch with OK Rehab’s helpline, we’ll talk about your specific circumstances in detail. Then, we’ll be able to come up with a personal treatment plan for you, directing you towards various centres and services.
Many rehab facilities will also ask you to complete an assessment before they start working with you, so they can get a better idea of your circumstances. Rehab treatment in general, is usually very specific to the person being treated, no matter who you go to. Some basic questions they might ask you are:
- How long has your addiction been happening for?
- What are you addicted to?
- How many other people know about it?
- Have you tried to get help before?
These are all factors that can heavily influence the kind of treatment you need. For example, knowing what you’re addicted to and how long you’ve been addicted for could give us an idea of the depth of your addiction.
Similarly, knowing if you’ve been through rehab before could allow us to eliminate any treatments that didn’t suit you last time, so you’ll have a better experience this time.
What is rehab?
When talking about the rehab process, this is obviously one of the most important questions to answer! To put it simply, rehab is short for rehabilitation and describes the process of recovering from addiction, within any category of treatment.
Rehab treatment can generally be divided into two categories: inpatient and outpatient. Outpatient is the term used to describe a stay in a residential facility, whilst inpatient describes treatment completed at home. Whichever one you pursue will depend entirely on your specific needs.
Residential rehab is generally recommended in cases of moderate to severe addiction, for a few reasons. First of all, being in an environment where you have continual access to care can be the best thing for those who are struggling the most.
Second of all, many people in those kinds of circumstances benefit from being put into a new environment during the hardest parts of their treatment process. This is especially true when people are coming in from difficult home circumstances, which may be negatively impacting their attempts at recovery.
On the other hand, others who have no problem with their home environment and who have a less severe addiction may do better at home. At the end of the day, we can advise you on the better decision for you, but it is your choice.
What should I take with me?
Now, to get more technical, if you feel residential rehab might be for you, you may be wondering what to pack. Our list of course doesn’t cover what every facility specifically recommends and similarly we can’t apply the rules of every rehab facility.
But here’s a general list which should cover most places:
- Names and phone numbers of people you might like to contact over the course of your treatment – for many people, it can be very important to keep in touch with those closest to you
- Some kind of sentimental jewelry – a prime example of this is wedding rings
- A notebook and a pen– This can be particularly helpful for the workshops we talked about earlier
- Clean clothes and any toiletries you might need – However, some places may have regulations on clothing, so make sure you do your research!
On the other side of that, there are often various things you’re not allowed to take with you. Items on this more negative but just as important list often include:
- (This should go without saying but) Drugs, alcohol, and certain medications
- Any toiletries that might contain alcohol
- Other items that could be misused, such as nail polish or cleaning products
- Outside food and drinks
A quick guide to aftercare
Just before we go, let’s talk for a bit about what will be available to you after either inpatient or outpatient treatment. Most treatment plans don’t just stop after the initial stay at a residential facility, or at-home healing.
Common and popular forms of aftercare are counselling and therapy, as well as support groups and the same kinds of physical therapies you’d typically be able to access at a residential facility. To use more specific examples, some popular options are massages, reflexology (also sometimes called “zone therapy”), and acupuncture.
Like all examples of treatments listed here, these may not be for everyone, but they can be incredibly beneficial. Specifically, they’re used because they lift your mood and make you feel relaxed, meaning other more direct kinds of treatment can work more effectively.
Getting back to the subject of aftercare specifically, the intention of all these treatments is to ease you into your new alcohol or drug-free life. Because of how powerful addiction is as a disorder, it’s a lifelong battle. Continual work is often needed to prevent relapse, so aftercare is often a good start towards that.
But remember, even if you’ve been through all of this until you’re blue in the face and you feel like there’s no hope left, we’ll always be there to help guide you to a better path. If you’d like more localised information specific to drug and alcohol rehab in Northamptonshire, all you need to do is call 0800 326 5559.