Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Salford
In recent years those suffering from a drug or alcohol dependency has risen massively compared to past years. More and more people have been turning to substance abuse to help them avoid the stresses and anxieties that are present in everyday life.
With so many people needing help and asking for said help is easier than ever it would only make sense that the treatment rates are also on the rise. The sad truth is, that even though many people struggle with drug or alcohol dependency only around 15% will actually come forward to get treatment.
This can be for a number of reasons. First of all, there is unfortunately still a perceived stigma surrounding those that are drug or alcohol dependent. They worry that coming forward to get the treatment they need will lead them to get in trouble with the police.
This will not be the case. Coming forward to get treatment for substance abuse will not result in your arrest. You are safe to book into rehab with no repercussions.
Secondly, while many do consider getting the treatment they attempt to do so through the free services provided by the NHS. While these services certainly do have their own merits they, unfortunately, are not widespread.
This results in long waitlists for outpatient treatments that will very likely be outside the Salford area.
When the decision to get treatment is made it is very important that the one asking for it is offered it as soon as possible. Otherwise, they are likely to change their mind and never actually get the help they need.
The final main reason for the statistic is that many suffering from a drug or alcohol dependency do not actually consider themselves to be substance dependent. Especially with alcohol, the UK’s drinking culture has normalised substance abuse. Many see their use as a habit rather than a dependency, a habit they can stop whenever they want.
The problem is that they never want to.
Prolonged substance abuse changes a person’s brain chemistry. It releases dopamine during early use but over time it becomes the only way for the chemical to be made.
The brain craves dopamine, so it craves the drugs or alcohol that provides it. When it doesn’t get what it craves, your body can react violently.
If you are concerned you or someone you know may have developed a drug or alcohol dependency you can identify the effects of prolonged substance abuse by looking out for these symptoms:
- Mood swings
- Anxiety/ depression
- Trouble concentrating
- Feeling the need to hide drug or alcohol use
- Memories issues
- Difficulty holding a conversation
- Dramatic weight loss or gain
- Being very defensive around their things and what they are doing
- Distance from relationships
If you are worried you or someone you know is suffering from a drug or alcohol dependency it may be time to get the help you need.
What we do
At OK Rehab we take the stress out of finding a rehab centre that works for you.
Our dedicated staff are on call ready to take the time to get to know you and what you need. This is done through our initial assessment where we hope to learn what you want to gain from your stay at a rehab centre.
We also want to understand why you are drug or alcohol dependent in the first place. This is so that we can find a rehab centre within the Salford area that has facilities to offer you the care you need.
With our services, you just have to ask for help and we will provide it. No need for long waitlists or having to travel to get your treatment. We will find you a local rehab centre that provides residential stays so you can best focus on your recovery journey.
What happens in rehab?
The first treatment you are likely to experience within rehab will be detox. The detox is the process of your body ridding itself of all drugs and alcohol, allowing you to work through the accompanying withdrawal symptoms in a safe and secure location.
Under certain circumstances, the detox process can be very dangerous as the withdrawal symptoms can prove to be too much for your body to handle. The detox should never be attempted alone.
Within a rehab centre, the entire process will be monitored 24 hours a day by fully trained medical staff there to keep you safe. They are also able to provide you with medications to relieve the symptoms should they prove too much for you to handle.
By clearing your body of all drugs and alcohol you are able to focus on your treatment rather than any cravings you may have.
The detox acts as a starting off point for your recovery journey giving you the best possible chance to achieve long term recovery. Following the detox, you will begin therapy.
The exact type of therapy will vary depending on your needs. Substance abuse tends to be a symptom of a deeper psychological problem that needs to be addressed. You may be recommended for private therapy sessions should your trauma require one to one care.
Most likely, however, you will take part in group therapy. This is where you and others staying at the rehab centre at the time will get to sit down and talk about your experiences together.
Here you can see you really aren’t alone, that people from every background struggle with substance abuse.
Life after rehab
Following your stay at the rehab centre, you will be offered aftercare services.
These will often involve follow up therapy sessions and a referral to a support group in the Salford area. These will give you someone to monitor your progress, with the accountability you can be sure that you are not now alone in your journey.
You are still supported just now by different people and without constant supervision.
You will also be given a relapse prevention plan. It will contain healthy coping mechanisms to replace your substance abuse. The tools within will help you avoid triggers for your cravings and help you readjust to everyday life drug and alcohol-free.
The best thing you can do now is accept that the recovery process is not something you can just do alone. Alone it is dangerous and much harder than it needs to be. Just ask for help and the journey to long term recovery will run much smoother.
All you have to do is give us a call on 0800 326 5559.