Drug & Alcohol Rehab in St Helens
There are many misconceptions surrounding rehab and recovery from addiction. Thanks to negative stereotypes of rehab – that are most times far from the truth – being portrayed on-screen and online, many people are discouraged from attending rehab at all.
Here at OK Rehab, we know that professional treatment through a drug and alcohol rehab in St Helens is the best option for those struggling with an addiction who wish to reach a full recovery, so we strive to get those that need help into a suitable rehab near them.
With our help, you can cut through all the noise of hunting for the right treatment and instead focus on yourself, whilst we take over the search for you. Through our services, you can then smoothly self-admit yourself into the treatment we recommend for you. This way, you have the chance to receive the most suitable treatment for you, without the hard part of figuring out what exactly it is that you need.
We believe your recovery is possible, and we aim to get you there as easily and quickly as we can. For more information on what we can offer you or a loved one dealing with an addiction, call us today on 0800 326 5559, or fill in our online form for a callback.
Not an overnight fix
Whilst we can promise to help you towards recovery from your drug or alcohol addiction, we cannot do this all on our own and will need your cooperation throughout.
Addiction is not an illness that can appear overnight, therefore rehab cannot be an overnight fix. Rehab requires a dedication of your time, work and effort in order to work to its full potential and give you the results you seek.
Before you enter into a drug and alcohol rehab in St Helens, we suggest preparing yourself for the hard work that lies ahead. Don’t assume rehab is a vacation from your normal life, or that the team at your chosen clinic are miracle workers that can ‘cure’ your addiction. Recovery is only possible if you realise this, and are willing to adapt to what rehab requires.
Be open to any and all treatments that are recommended to you, participate in therapy and counselling sessions, and overall, prioritise your recovery.
Why at-home recoveries never last
For many people across the UK searching for treatment for a drug and alcohol addiction, an at-home recovery has either already been attempted once or twice or is an option they’re considering due to the expected easiness, and many times also the lower price tag.
Unfortunately, though for some people DIY detoxes and home administered treatment are a viable option, this is rarely the case. An at-home recovery can actually be incredibly dangerous to the individual attempting it, and in severe cases, sometimes even fatal.
This is down to many complex factors of dealing with an addiction that many people forget or brush aside as not as important as a simple detox.
For one, the ease at which an individual can access further drugs and alcohol at home is unmatched when it comes to other treatment options.
At home, you can even have alcohol delivered straight to your front door, and when you are vulnerable, alone, and struggling to cope with withdrawal symptoms and heightened cravings for your substance, it is hard to resist. This leads many people down the path of multiple failed attempts of recovering, all ending in early relapse.
Another obstacle faced by those attempting to withdraw at home is the lack of support. For many struggling to deal with an addiction, a supportive network of family or friends is unheard of, and they will try to go it alone. Whilst not entirely impossible, it is decidedly more difficult to fully withdraw from drugs and alcohol – and then continue to stay withdrawn – without the help of others.
The biggest reason why at-home recoveries never last, is that people usually push aside the notion that addiction is caused by and is continued by a host of psychological factors. Many assume that all they have to succeed with is a physical detox and that after this process they will be cured – this is far from the truth.
Addiction is a brain disorder and is usually caused by a number of ‘triggers’ like emotions, events, or even people. To fully treat addiction, and live a drug and alcohol-free life, both sides have to be treated; the body and the brain.
This is why during a stay in rehab you participate in a number of therapies and other treatments that directly work to treat the mental aspects of addiction, but at home, without the help of professionals, this is next to impossible.
By refusing – or just being unable to – treat the mind as well as the body, even if a home detox is successful, relapse is just around the corner due to the root causes and triggers of the initial addiction still being very much present. Without knowing what your triggers are, learning how to identify them and avoid them, and finding new ways to cope with them rather than reaching for a substance, a full recovery is much less likely to be possible.
Why rehab is recommended
For all the reasons mentioned above and a whole host more, rehab – especially a residential rehab programme – is usually recommended for those suffering from an addiction.
In a rehab setting, all concerns regarding at home recoveries are nullified. Rather than having easy access to further drugs or alcohol, rehab cuts the individual off completely from being able to get any more, meaning more time for them to focus on recovery, rather than thinking about their next use of the substance.
Where dangers of detoxes going wrong often crop up with at-home treatment, rehab ensures all procedures are carried out safely and properly by medical professionals.
Though at-home recoveries only tend to focus on the physical aspects of addiction, rehab aims to treat both simultaneously, with safe detoxes and medication for your body, and multiple forms of therapy and support for your mind.
Rehab also offers a great disconnect from your home environment, which is usually where many triggers for addiction can reside. Being removed from this possibly toxic place and instead placed somewhere where you can feel comfortable and cared for is a huge help when trying to recover, and can speed up the healing process.
With constant care and attention from the team at your clinic, treatment taking place all under one roof, and every aspect of your addiction receiving focus, it is no wonder why rehab is the most recommended option for addiction treatment.
The in-between to both options (residential rehab and at-home treatment) is outpatient treatment.
Not as heavily recommended as residential rehab programmes though still very effective in treating addiction, an outpatient option involves you undergoing detox at home, and also mostly residing at home, but visiting the clinic daily or weekly to check-in and receive further treatment.
This option for addiction treatment can give clients a sense of independence and freedom, whilst still providing all the care they need through regular visits.
However, this option is only recommended for clients who are able to look after themselves and be trusted after the scheduled appointments. It takes a lot of personal strength, willpower and self-motivation in order to succeed with any addiction treatment, but especially when you are left to your own devices for a short period of time.
There is no shame if outpatient treatment is not suited to you, as it just means you are someone who requires more attention, or that your addiction is much more severe than those who could succeed alone.
For any more information on what forms of treatment you are likely to encounter on your journey to recovery, call us on 0800 326 5559.