Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Skipton
If you’re looking for drug and alcohol rehab in Skipton, or anywhere else, you’ve come to the right place!
Many people aren’t aware that alcohol addiction, in particular, is a growing issue, not just in Skipton but across Yorkshire. The North Yorkshire Alcohol Strategy of 2016 showed the severity of the issue. Statistics within the report estimated that 20 to 22% of the population were categorised as increasing risk drinkers.
Elsewhere, 7 to 8% of the population were higher risk drinkers and 71 to 74% were lower risk drinkers.
If you’re struggling with alcohol yourself, hopefully, the above statistics will demonstrate something very important: you’re not alone in your struggles.
No matter what your addiction issue is, OK Rehab is always here. We have a helpline offering advice and support to anyone who needs it. We can also make a personalised treatment plan for anyone who requests it or we can direct you towards services and organisations if you’re lost on where to go.
Finally, we have a handy guide to addiction treatment right here, with subjects including kinds of treatment, the right timing for treatment, specific information on detoxing and more about drug and alcohol rehab in Skipton.
When is the right time to get treatment?
The best possible time to get help for addiction is as soon as possible. It grows, like many other disorders and early treatment is always better. Addiction is so large and complex that it can’t really be cured, only managed. But it will be much easier to manage if you’re in the earlier stages of it.
Early intervention can also help you to avoid some of the worst long-term impacts of addiction.
As well as the psychological scars that drugs and alcohol can leave after years of intensive use, the scars it can leave on your long-term health (generalising across various addictive substances include:
- Liver problems
- Heart problems, including heart attacks and increased blood pressure
- Brain damage
- Motor damage
- Lung damage
The suppressed appetite from continued cocaine use can even cause many addicts to develop eating disorders in the later stages of their addiction.
And it means that you’ll be far less likely to develop a dependency, where your body gets so used to the substance you’re addicted to that it starts to become reliant on it. This can result in nasty withdrawal symptoms, which can even become deadly with certain substances.
Some of the worst are hallucinations, seizures and vomiting. Some tamer but still unpleasant withdrawal symptoms are sweating, tremors, diarrhea and insomnia.
They can also vary quite a bit from substance to substance and can be different for alcohol too. Like everything on this page, it’s very important that you take what we’ve given you here and use it as a springboard for your own research.
That way, you can go into an infinite amount of depth (we don’t exactly have the space for that), searching for as long as you need to. It also means that, after we’ve been through the basics, you can individualise everything else that you learn.
The importance of early prevention doesn’t mean it’s too late to get help if you have been suffering for a long time. Addiction is still manageable at nearly all stages – it might just be a harder, slightly more intensive road to get there.
Inpatient vs Outpatient treatment
One of the most important distinctions to learn when discussing drug and alcohol rehab is the difference between inpatient and outpatient treatment. If you can understand what the essential experiences of both are on a practical level, the path for you should soon become clearer.
Essentially, inpatient treatment is completed “in” a residential facility and is generally suited to those with moderate to severe dependency. Outpatient treatment is the less common of the two. It’s completed at home “out” of a residential facility.
Many of the same treatments are available in both – but the environment changes the context. Residential rehab is more intensive, as it puts you in an environment where you’re surrounded by the healing that you’re doing.
Kinds of treatment
The kinds of treatment you’re likely to encounter across inpatient and outpatient treatment are:
- Talking therapy – This is the stereotype that most people have of therapy in any circumstance, but it’s also a core part of treatment. As the name would imply, it’s a process where you sit down and have a conversation with a therapist. This often really allows you to get into the underlying causes of your addiction, which can often seem vast and complex otherwise. This may seem like a daunting concept, but in the end it’s usually very freeing to finally get everything off your chest.
- Motivational interviewing – This is a slightly more unusual counselling technique, where you’re asked a series of non-judgmental questions. The intention behind these questions is encouraging you to re-examine your behaviour and make permanent change.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy – Speaking of changes, cognitive behavioural therapy is an attempt to break down cognitive distortions, which are often a key driver of addiction. Cognitive distortions are toxic thinking patterns that can very easily get worse and become entrenched if they aren’t ever dealt with.
- Massages – This might not be what you’d necessarily think of if someone said “addiction treatment”. But they can really help lift your mood during what can be a very difficult time. As a result, it makes the entire process easier.
- Support groups – These are highly present in both inpatient and outpatient treatment plans. Much like talking therapy, here you get to share your story with people who are going through the exact same things as you. You also get to hear their stories in return, which often goes a long way towards making everyone involved feel less alone. As a sidenote, all of the reasons why this works so well are also why group therapy is an extremely prevalent part of rehab.
We’re also yet to mention one of the most important aspects of the process, which is included in nearly every treatment plan: detoxes. That’s because we have in-depth information on it below.
Before you go through any other kind of addiction treatment, a majority of plans will start off with some kind of detox. By definition, to detoxify something means “removing poisonous qualities”. In rehab detoxes specifically, we’ll try and slowly reduce your intake of either drugs or alcohol (or both in some cases). If you’ve developed a dependency of the kind that we mentioned earlier, we’ll also give you prescriptions of medication.
If you read that section and saw some of the withdrawal symptoms that can occur in an at home, unsupported attempt at detox, you’ll also understand why we never recommend detoxing by yourself. Outside of withdrawal symptoms, it’s also very unlikely to succeed. Anyone attempting it won’t have the right support, the right medication or the general experience needed to achieve something that’s actually quite hard. Addiction is just too difficult to face and control alone.
Drug and alcohol rehab in Skipton
If you think residential rehab in or near Skipton could be for you, there are actually quite a few options. Some of the highest ranked are Oasis Recovery Bradford, North Yorkshire Horizons and Linwood House.
This is another area where it’s very important to do your own independent research. Take every place you’re considering, then look on their website and find out as much as you can.
If the information you want isn’t up online, try to find a number so you can speak to them directly. You could even write down a list of questions before you do, so you’ll be better prepared for the conversation you’re about to have. This is also advisable if you call anyone during this process, as it just makes things a lot less nerve-wracking.
Speaking of phone calls – for more information on anything discussed here, you can call 0800 326 5559.