Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Nottingham
Are you living in the East Midlands and are struggling to cope with an addiction? Are you unsure about what your next steps for recovery are?
It may be time to attend a drug and alcohol rehab in Nottingham, and we can help get you there.
We are OK Rehab, a recovery-advocate service that aims to help anyone dealing with addiction receive whatever treatment they need, no matter their personal circumstances. With our support, you could self-refer yourself to a local drug and alcohol rehab, and be on the road to recovery in no time.
We believe that your recovery is possible regardless of the obstacles you may be facing right now, and our job is to help you achieve your goal of a substance-free life.
Call us today on 0800 326 5559 to hear more about our services, or to begin an enquiry for yourself.
What is an addiction?
An addiction is defined as engaging in compulsive and sometimes damaging behaviour that offers rewarding incentives, in spite of the consequences.
Contrary to popular belief, substance addiction is not the only form of addiction out there, and individuals can actually become addicted to pretty much anything, such as shopping, collecting items, gambling, sex, gaming, the internet, and even exercise.
The main distinction between these addictions is the harm they cause to the individual, but the premise is usually the same; the simple chase of a ‘high’.
For addictions like shopping and collecting, the high or ‘reward’ can come from buying a new item, with gambling it is usually the feeling of winning, but when it comes to substances like drugs or alcohol, the high is a much more literal one caused by the release of chemicals into the bloodstream and the brain.
What causes addiction?
Addiction is not usually caused by any one thing, but rather a mixture of factors that combine to lead an individual to addiction.
Addiction is not your fault and can be caused by so many different aspects of life such as your environment, genetics, your circumstances, personal trauma, the social group you surround yourself with, and a number of physical factors.
An addiction can often begin as a harmless recreational use of substances, a bad habit, or it can develop from a coping mechanism for certain ‘triggers’ in a person’s life. No matter how your addiction began, you have the chance to reach a full recovery with treatment.
When should I seek help for an addiction?
You should reach out for help for addiction as soon as you notice the signs of one appearing in your life. The earlier we catch an addiction, the easier it usually is to treat, and the less chance there is of the long-term damage being inflicted on the body.
If you are concerned about a loved one’s substance use and they are refusing to seek help for themselves, the same still applies, and you should reach out to us on behalf of them before their condition has time to worsen. We offer professional intervention services that could benefit your loved one, and can also give you invaluable advice and support during this time.
If you are unsure of the signs of addiction and where to look for them, the main examples of some that can be spotted physically, socially and mentally, are:
- Changes in physical appearances, such as an unexpected loss of weight or a sudden lack of personal hygiene
- Changes in sleeping pattern
- Increased tolerance for the substance each time it is used, resulting in a higher dose being used each time to achieve the same desired effect
- Flu-like symptoms when withdrawn from the substance for a short period of time – can include nausea, dizziness, fatigue, mood swings, muscle pain and shaking.
- Sudden avoidance of responsibilities in work or social life
- Avoidance of social situations such as parties and other big events, especially if these are being avoided as an excuse to use the substance
- A stash of the substance being hidden away somewhere secret
- Lying about the use of the substance to loved ones
- Taking the substance as a way to cope with difficult emotions or events
- Heightened symptoms of an existing mental health condition such as depression or anxiety
- Being more on-edge or easily agitated than usual
- Spending a lot of time thinking of the substance or the next use of it
If you resonate with any of the signs listed above, you may be experiencing a drug and alcohol addiction, and we suggest taking immediate action today by calling 0800 326 5559 and beginning an enquiry. It is in your best interest to attend a drug and alcohol rehab in Nottingham as soon as possible, and to withdraw from the substance you use before your situation spirals out of control.
How do I prepare for rehab?
It is understandable that many clients fear the prospect of rehab, as it is a big change and upheaval from your regular life. We recognise you might be apprehensive about leaving your world behind to enter rehab, or what will happen when you leave.
There are a few things we can suggest you do to make your time in rehab a little easier and to ensure that your life awaits you when you do eventually leave the care of your clinic.
1. Tell the people in your life
It is important to let any employers know about your whereabouts, and enquire as to whether or not you will be able to take a break from your job and return when you are ready. If possible, find suitable cover for your workload to help your work out.
Equally important is telling your friends and family. Though this can be daunting and you may be unsure of their possible reactions if they are supportive they can help you through this journey to recovery with visits to rehab and participation in family therapy sessions.
2. Tie up loose ends
Admin-type preparations for rehab ensure that your life does not fall apart whilst you are not around. Put any pets in a shelter until your return or have a trusted friend take over their care, have someone check on your living space now and then for mail or to water plants, and maybe set up automatic payments for any bills that will need to be paid in your absence.
3. Prepare yourself mentally
Don’t head into rehab under the impression that it will be a vacation from your regular life, or an easy, overnight fix for your addiction. Rehab is hard and requires a lot of time, work and effort from you in order to reach its full potential and provide the desired results for your recovery. It sounds clichéd, but entering rehab with an open, positive mindset can directly impact your experience with treatment and recovery – just as going in with a pessimistic attitude and unwillingness to try treatments will make your time in rehab decidedly more difficult.
4. Pack only the essentials
Though it may be tempting to bring along all sorts of comforting things from home to rehab, it is not at all necessary. Rehab is for coming to terms with your addiction and dedicating time to focus on yourself and your healing journey, so distractions like certain ‘home comforts’ can actually hinder your progress.
Make sure you are also packing with the allowed and banned items of your chosen rehab clinic in mind.
For more information on what you should expect from a drug and alcohol rehab in Nottingham, call OK Rehab today on 0800 326 5559.