Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Nottinghamshire
Being in the depth of an addiction is one of the loneliest places a person can be. Many feel ashamed, or like they have no one to reach out to who will truly understand.
But if you contact OK Rehab, people who’ve experienced everything you’re going through right now will be able to advise you on the best course of action. We can direct you towards a wide variety of services, from physical treatment to therapy, to residential rehab and even a multitude of support groups.
Every journey is different, so everyone who deals with addiction usually needs different kinds of help. Different cases may involve different addictive substances, different traumas, different underlying mental health issues, different overall personalities. Addiction is always complex and tricky to handle – there is no one size fits all cure.
We have plenty of information here on drug and alcohol rehab in Nottinghamshire and countrywide. But first, let’s look at the choice to start treatment in the first place…
Why is treatment the right choice?
Whether it’s inpatient or outpatient (residential or at home), some form of rehab is nearly always the best choice.
Addiction changes the way your brain works on a physical level. It’s entirely unrealistic to expect one person to take on and manage something that huge on their own. This is the main reason why a huge majority of attempts to go “cold turkey” end in failure. Withdrawal symptoms can also make this a dangerous technique, but we’ll get to that a bit later when we talk about both detoxes and withdrawal symptoms.
Many people on the verge of recognising that they have a problem may also believe that it’s only a minor one, that doesn’t require help. But that’s usually a tad too optimistic. If you ignore an addiction, there’s a large chance that it could become much worse.
When you’re in the eye of the storm, you may also not realise how much your addiction is hurting you and/or the people around you. And you definitely shouldn’t keep it bottled up, or try to hide it from those around you. Like many other mental health issues and disorders, suppressing it will likely only make it grow.
If you still feel like you can’t tell people in your life about your issues for fear of judgement, contacting OK Rehab and letting it all out could be a good choice. As we said earlier, we’re made up of people who’ve had addiction issues, so we can promise that everyone here will be completely understanding and willing to listen.
Can addiction truly be cured?
The harsh but simple answer to this is no. At least not fully anyway. As we touched on earlier when talking about treating yourself, addiction is a chronic brain disorder that is really managed rather than being fully and permanently cured. Even if your treatment is successful, this will be a continuous battle. But things can and will get better. Your life can absolutely go back to the way it was before whatever you’re addicted to took over everything.
1. Withdrawal symptoms
The majority of addiction treatment starts with some form of detox, to physically and mentally rid you of the substance or alcohol you’re addicted to. This involves slowly reducing your intake of drugs and alcohol, replacing them with specifically prescribed medication.
But in every scenario, we would strongly advise against you attempting to detox off drugs and alcohol alone. Withdrawal symptoms can become extremely unpleasant or even dangerous if detox is not undertaken with professional guidance. It can vary widely depending on what you’re addicted to, but generalising, some of the most common are:
- Hot and cold flashes
- Muscle cramps
- Flu-like symptoms
- Trouble sleeping
The most severe of these tend to happen with opiates and similar drugs, but all addictions have some kind of withdrawal symptoms attached.
That may seem like a frightening list to read, but don’t worry, these symptoms can be controlled in an assisted detox. And even on a non-physical level, OK Rehab can support you emotionally during what can be one of the toughest parts of the process.
2. Kinds of treatment
Alongside detoxes, there are plenty of other treatments available to help you recover from addiction. Addiction is a disorder that impacts you on two levels. There’s a physical side and a mental side, so both need to be looked at for you to eventually move forward and make progress.
One of the most well-known kinds of mental health treatment is talking therapy, where you simply sit down with a therapist and discuss any and all mental health problems you might have. Counselling is similar but is more generalised.
Group therapy can be very beneficial, as recovering with the support of others is always good. That’s also why support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are so often a key part of the process. With both these kinds of treatment, you get the chance to hear stories that are similar to yours (especially in a support group), which can go a long way towards you feeling less alone.
Getting to talk through your own feelings with people going through the same things can also really help you to recover, just as we mentioned earlier when talking about our helpline.
Addiction is largely influenced by cognitive distortions, aka toxic, often negative and repetitive patterns of thinking. Cognitive behavioural therapy aims to change those thinking patterns, to give you a healthier mindset moving forward. Like many of the mental health treatments listed here, this doesn’t just help with addiction and its related issues. It’s also used to treat depression, anxiety, eating disorders and a huge variety of other conditions. It’s widely considered to be one of the most effective mental health treatments there is.
It might not be one you’d think of right away, but Art Therapy can also be a huge help for a lot of people. For those of you who are creative, expressing yourself could be another great outlet.
On the physical side, we also have massages, acupuncture and reflexology. In the context of addiction recovery, all three of these will help you to relax, relieving your anxiety and putting you in a good mental headspace while you recover. Other, similar kinds of physical treatments may also be offered depending on who you’re recovering with, so be sure to do your research on what is available.
Finally, workshops on subjects such as health, addiction and nutrition can really help to prepare you for a life without drugs and/or alcohol after your initial period of recovery is over.
Speaking of life after, the third category of treatment that takes place after all the others listed here is aftercare. This is usually a combination of continued mental health therapies, support groups and physical therapies. When you’ve been through everything in your initial treatment plan, it can be difficult to adjust to normal life again, especially if you’ve been in residential rehab.
The intention of aftercare is to continue your treatment at a localised level, so you can continue to get support while you move forward to the next stage of recovery. We’ll do everything we can to stop you from relapsing at any stage.
Many addiction organisations and facilities also offer aftercare packages, so this is another case where it’s important to specifically research who you’ll be recovering with.
4. Going back to the past
Something that many people fear when starting addiction treatment is having to confront past traumas. If a trauma is the root cause or one of the root causes of your addiction, it is unfortunately likely that this conversation will come up. You might want to put it in a box and never touch it again, but really the best way to truly get past it is to talk about it and confront it.
That would be true even if it wasn’t linked to addiction. It may seem incredibly daunting, but you’ll feel so much better in the long run.
And to answer the often-asked question of just how far back any therapies you go through might end up going, the answer to that is a simple one. If you have trauma that needs to be talked about, no matter how long ago it was, there’s a very high chance that you will end up talking about it at some point during your treatment.
What to take with you
If you’re going to residential rehab, there are a few things we’d advise you to take with you:
- Clean clothes and toiletries
- Sentimental jewellery, with one example being wedding rings
- A small amount of money
- Significant phone numbers and contact details
- A notebook
But this will of course all depend on the residential rehab you go to so, like with treatments, be sure to research what their specific advice is and what their rules are.
Drug and alcohol rehab in Nottinghamshire
Now let’s talk about what is specifically available in Nottinghamshire. There are several residential rehab facilities if that’s what you need. There are also alcoholics anonymous and narcotics anonymous, with all the benefits we talked about earlier, in addition to emotional and physical therapies.
For a lot of people, being close to home is one of the most important things towards making them feel comfortable during their treatment (although some may also have difficult home circumstances, but that’s another issue). Like with everything else, the most important thing is what you want and need.
Where to go next
All this information may seem overwhelming – but you don’t need to learn all of this by yourself. Through an over the phone assessment done through our helpline, we’ll examine your specific needs and then create a plan from there. If you go to a specific place for rehab, they may also assess you in a similar way. Some common questions that usually come up during this process are:
- How long have you been struggling with addiction?
- Does anyone else in your life know about it?
- What are you addicted to?
- Is this the first time you’ve tried to get help?
- How committed are you to the recovery process?
If you’re struggling and need help, all you need to do is call OK Rehab on 0800 326 5559. And remember that no matter what stage you’re at with treatment, we’ll always be there to talk it out.