Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Northumberland
Issues with addiction are a lot more common than most people think. Between April 2018 and March 2020, 270,705 adults received help from drug and alcohol rehab services, matching trends of previous years. The number of people getting treatment for opiate use also increased slightly, going from 139,845 to 140,599. You may feel alone during the addiction recovery process like no one understands what’s you’re going through. But there are plenty of people experiencing similar issues.
OK Rehab is made up of people who’ve been through the same things as you and who want to help. We’ve got plenty of information on drug and alcohol rehab in Northumberland and in various other places. All you need to do is get in touch with us.
How OK Rehab works
The journey you pursue as you take steps towards conquering your addiction will differ largely based on your personal needs, as well as its severity and the substance you’re addicted to. But if you contact us, the people at our helpline will be able to direct you towards a multitude of rehab and treatment services. Over a phone call, we can chat in more detail to determine these factors and then subsequently choose the best course of action.
Addiction can have many underlying causes, particularly trauma and other mental health issues. A majority of addiction treatments aim to confront both of these, as they both need to be resolved to some extent for you to make progress. If you want more information on specific kinds of therapy, counselling and other mental health treatments typically available in these circumstances, check out the below section, “How is treatment administered?”.
Addiction also works on a physical level, in addition to a mental one – that’s why it can often be so hard to treat. That physical level is where detoxes, which we’ll go into later, come in. Your mind and your body both need to heal for you to manage your addiction in the long run.
Reaching out on behalf of someone else
Even if it’s a friend or family member you’re concerned about, we can still advise you on how to handle the situation and where to go next. You don’t need to be alone either. To get more specific, if you’re trying to get through and they won’t listen, we have an intervention programme that could help, alongside all of the treatments that we can facilitate. We know how tough it can often be getting through to someone with addiction issues and, as with everything else, we’re here to help.
How realistic is recovery?
The sad truth is that addiction is a chronic condition that can never be fully and completely cured, only managed. But that doesn’t mean you can learn to control it and that you can’t have a happy, healthy life whilst living with it.
Through addiction treatment, whether it’s inpatient or outpatient, no matter what kinds of therapy you go through, you’ll be able to learn vital skills that can make life with addiction so much easier. With help, you can recover from the state you’re in right now, no matter how bad that is.
Why is rehab the right choice for me?
Some form of rehab is the right choice for pretty much everybody with an addiction, whether it’s smaller or more severe. In a way, addiction is like many other illnesses – early treatment could be the key to beating it. If you don’t get help, the problem could get much worse. Or it could already be much worse than you realised in the first place, with the potential to damage your life in ways you hadn’t even considered.
There are of course different kinds of rehab that would suit different people better. For example, residential rehab often fits those who have a moderate to severe dependency and would do better far away from their usual environment. Continual access to care is also a bonus for many people in those circumstances.
On the other hand, some people may do better recovering in a familiar environment, with at-home detoxes and localised therapies/counselling and physical therapy. This is commonly called outpatient treatment, with the residential option being inpatient treatment, to use the technical terms.
After you complete initial treatment, a variety of aftercare treatments will also be available to you. These will include all of the mental and physical options, as well as support groups, that we’re going to talk about below.
Like with all treatment, you don’t have to take advantage of any of this, but we would highly recommend that you do, to solidify the progress you will have already made at that point. These kinds of support may also be available from whoever you completed your initial treatment with, so that could be something to research.
How is treatment administered?
The answer to this question largely depends on the kind of treatment you’re recommended. A typical treatment with the guidance of OK Rehab involves an initial, medically assisted detox, followed by rehab, which can take multiple forms.
To go into both of those in more specific detail, first of all, a detox is a medically assisted process to rid your body of any alcohol or substances still there at the start of your treatment. If you choose to pursue treatment with the guidance of OK Rehab, we’ll be able to arrange this for you, either at home or in a residential facility. If you choose the latter, we’ll also let you choose which facility you go to. The most important thing is that you’re comfortable wherever you go, with whatever kinds of treatment you pursue.
After detoxing, the next stage will most likely be some kind of rehab. We’ve already made a distinction between inpatient and outpatient treatment – but what happens with each? The biggest difference is the level of access to care and the environment you’re being treated in. Many of the actual treatments themselves are very similar.
Addiction works on both a mental and physical level, so you’ll be able to get help for both. Popular physical therapies (other than the detox we mentioned earlier) include reflexology, acupuncture and massages. These might not seem significant to recovery at first, but they can be very beneficial in helping you to relax and feel physically recovered, so any other treatments will be more effective.
Under the umbrella of mental health, we have various kinds of therapy and counselling, including motivational interviewing, talking therapy and group therapy. Speaking of groups, support ones such as alcoholics and narcotics anonymous can also be a very rewarding experience.
To go into more detail on motivational interviewing, as it’s generally a lesser-known kind of mental health treatment, it essentially involves you being asked questions that eventually encourage you to change your long-term behaviour. Re-examining your behaviour in this way could really go a long way towards helping you to recover long-term.
If you’d like to stay local for your treatment, as many do, a majority of the processes and therapies listed here are available in Northumberland. If you choose to discuss your situation with us, we’ll be able to talk about what’s closest to you in more detail.
Going back to your past
While we’re back on the subject of mental health treatment, let’s discuss a hard truth. If past trauma is a root cause of your addiction, like it is for many people, it’s likely that you will have to confront those events at some point. This may seem scary, but it could be the key to freeing you from the situation these events have put you in.
Another reason you might not want to talk about such events is shame and fear of judgement. But as we said right at the start, at OK Rehab we’ve all been there. No one will judge you here – we only want to help you heal.
Withdrawal symptoms often occur during attempts at detox, which we mentioned earlier. Essentially, as your body has developed a dependency, becoming accustomed to the substance or drink over the course of your addiction, it will then react when you take it away.
They can of course vary widely from person to person, depending on many factors, the biggest one being the substance you’re addicted to. The drugs with the most severe withdrawal symptoms are opioids and other similar drugs. But alcohol withdrawal symptoms and the kinds you get from other types of drugs can be just as unpleasant.
Now, to go over the potential withdrawal symptoms we’re discussing in more detail themselves, some of the most common are:
- Hot and cold flushes
- Muscle cramps
- Difficulty sleeping
Some of the more dangerous symptoms on that list are the main reason we would advise against attempting to detox on your own. Even if you do go through an assisted detox, it might be a good idea to research the specific withdrawal symptoms of what you’re detoxing from, just to give you a wider view of the process.
What should I take with me?
Now let’s get more technical and specific. If residential rehab is what you need, there are a few things we would recommend you take with you and/or that most rehab centres would allow you to take:
- Clothes and any other toiletries you might need
- A notebook
- Sentimental pieces of jewellery, such as wedding rings
- A list of names, addresses and phone numbers of anyone you might like to contact during your treatment
- Pictures of loved ones
- A small amount of money
Of course, this is just our list. Although they will mostly be similar, a majority of residential rehab centres will have their own, so remember to check the specific place you’re going to, just like with the withdrawal symptoms.
How long do rehab and recovery typically take?
This is a difficult question to answer for certain. First of all, every personal addiction journey is different, so different people will need different types of treatment, as well as different treatment lengths. At OK Rehab, as we said earlier, we also believe that there isn’t really a cure for addiction.
Recovery is a lifelong journey, so you can’t truly pin an endpoint on the overall process. But, as we also added before, that doesn’t mean you have to give up all hope of managing your addiction and going back to the life you had before it took hold.
That being said, if we’re talking about residential rehab, an average course of treatment can range from 14 to 90 days. It also depends on the facility you go to and what they can offer. But there’s no need to feel overwhelmed by all this information – OK Rehab will help you sort through everything, to figure out what you specifically need.