Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Plymouth
Are you an addict looking to move forward with your life? Are you wondering what the key signs and symptoms of addiction even are? Are you looking for guidance in the rehab process?
OK Rehab is made up of people who’ve been through everything you’re experienced and who want to help. Here, we hope we can answer some questions below, to ease some of your fears about addiction treatment.
We’ve got all the information you could need to know about drug and alcohol rehab in Plymouth, or anywhere else.
You may also be scared of judgement or shame – but we want to assure you of two things. The first is that addiction is actually a lot more common than you think and is nothing to be ashamed of.
In fact, between April 2018 and March 2020, official statistics show that 270,705 adults received some kind of help for addiction.
The second important thing you need to know is that no one at OK Rehab will judge you, at all. Like we said before, a majority of us have experienced all of this, so we understand how tough it can be. You don’t need to suffer in silence.
Psychological signs of addiction
The psychological symptom you’ll probably be most familiar with is that all-encompassing inability to stop, no matter what the cost might end up being. Some others are increased paranoia, increased anxiety, a decrease in coordination, insomnia, confusion, drowsiness, panic attacks, decreased concentration or even hallucinations.
These will all likely be less visible than the physical symptoms we’re about to list below, but they’re as significant as any other side effect. As a disorder, studies have shown that addiction rewires your brain, leaving its mark in many corners of victims’ lives.
Physical symptoms of addiction
Addiction doesn’t just cause changes to your behaviour – it leaves many physical traces too. These include:
- Red eyes
- Slurred speech
- A dry mouth
- Weight loss
Like other symptoms of addiction, these will of course vary depending on what you’re addicted to. Some may also be more noticeable or more extreme than others – but all of them can be significant, especially if they’re happening alongside the psychological symptoms we’ve already mentioned.
Many other physical side effects of addiction fall into the category of withdrawal symptoms. The biggest difference between this and other symptoms of addiction is that, whilst other symptoms occur due to the substances you’re addicted to, withdrawal symptoms happen when they’re taken away.
They can be just as unpleasant as other physical symptoms of addiction, sometimes more so and can even become dangerous in some cases. Some of the most common are:
- Hot and cold flushes
- Muscle cramps
We should also note that these withdrawal symptoms can often be very different depending on what you’re withdrawing from, so it might be a good idea to research based on your specific addiction.
We’ll talk about medically assisted detoxes in more detail later, but all of these symptoms will either be lessened or won’t occur at all if you detox with assistance, rather than attempting to do it alone.
Attempts to do it alone will also most likely fail due to the tricky nature of addiction, or could even become dangerous with some of the symptoms we’ve listed above.
Should I get treatment?
If you’re struggling with any of the symptoms we’ve discussed above, the answer to this question is an emphatic yes. Reaching out is the best way to manage addiction on a long-term basis, especially as it’s a complex disorder that can often have multiple root causes.
You may also feel overwhelmed, or not know where to even start when it comes to rehab. But if you get in touch with Ok Rehab, we’ll be able to direct you towards all the right services. Some of the most common are residential rehab, physical treatment and counselling/therapy.
We should also note that, while the latter two may fall into the same category, they’re actually quite different. Whilst counselling is more generalised, therapy is more specialised. You may go through one or both, and you may experience both in different amounts. It all just depends on what works best for you.
Before all of that, whilst we’re on the subject of helpful processes we should also let you know that a medically assisted detox is the usual way that addiction treatment begins. This attempt to get any and all addictive substances out of your system can be a vital part of the recovery process.
To diverge topics slightly again, if you’re looking specifically for drug and alcohol rehab in Plymouth, nearly all of these treatments are available.
And they’ll be available on a local level when you’ve finished either inpatient or outpatient treatment, in what’s known as aftercare. If you would like to know more about that, we go into further detail on it below, in the segment called “What will happen after rehab?”.
Reaching out on behalf of a loved one
Addiction isn’t just hard on the person experiencing it. If you’re concerned for anyone you know, we can also help with our intervention programme.
For all the brain changing reasons we mentioned above, it can be incredibly difficult to get through to someone who needs help and to watch them spiral. But, like treatment itself, if you reach out it can get easier.
If you are reading this for the sake of someone else, we also want to assure you right here that they can get better and manage their addiction. It might just take a bit of time and effort.
How far back can therapies go?
Now that we’ve mentioned therapy, you may be wondering how deep into your past you’ll actually have to dive in such sessions. The truth is, many addictions stem from past trauma, so if you go through therapy to heal your addiction, there will come a time when you need to talk about it.
Going out of your comfort zone in that way might seem scary, but processing and confronting the causes of your problems in this way could be the best way to recover.
And even if you do have to go back to some traumatic events, remember that it’s only your past, which is impacting your present and won’t be in your future.
Should I take anything with me to residential rehab?
Most residential rehab centres will let you take personal items with you, or will even encourage it.
If you go down this road, you should research the place you’re planning on going to specifically, but here’s a general list of what’s usually allowed and/or advised:
- A notebook
- Sentimental jewellery, with one descriptive example being wedding rings
- Pictures of loved ones
- Some money
- A notebook
- Clothes, toiletries and anything else you might need on a practical level for day to day living
How long will treatment usually last?
This is another one that can vary quite a bit depending on the severity of your addiction. It goes without saying that some people need to spend longer in rehab, whilst some people will finish treatment much more quickly.
This will of course also change depending on the kind of treatment you’re looking into. But we can say that in our experience, an average course of residential treatment lasts for around 40 to 19 days.
It’s also very hard to pin an endpoint on the recovery process, as it will really likely be a lifelong journey. This might not be easy to hear, but at OK Rehab we believe that addiction can’t ever really be fully cured, only managed.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t go back to the life you had before. Rehab will give you the skills you need to get all of that back and get your world back on track.
What will happen after rehab?
Healing from addiction is a continual journey. As such, after you’ve finished initial treatment, we highly recommend seeking out aftercare. This usually primarily consists of the same treatments we listed above, such as physical and mental health therapies.
Even if you’ve been to residential rehab and have returned home, continuing to access support is always a good idea. As we said above, this is likely to be a continual journey no matter what your level of addiction is.
Aftercare is offered for an addition 12-months once you leave the rehab. You can return for weekly aftercare sessions at the weekend, as well as attending fellowship meetings such as Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery or Alcoholics Anonymous.
But no matter what stage you’re at, there’s plenty available when it comes to drug and alcohol rehab in Plymouth. All you need to do is get in touch with Ok Rehab, and we can advise you on where to go next.