Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Stevenage
According to the office for national statistics, in the year ending March 2020, around 1.1 million 16- to 59-year-olds reported taking Class A drugs. As the pandemic went on, many users reported a less frequent intake. For some, of course, the trauma of the situation had the opposite effect, driving them towards addictive substances.
In addition, it will have almost certainly stopped at least some people from seeking out help.
If you’re suffering from an addiction, whether the pandemic made it better or worse, it’s still always a good idea to seek out help. Whenever it’s left, there’s always a high chance that addiction could grow in the future.
Especially if you’ve never sought out help and don’t have any of the right coping strategies. Waiting around will likely make the problem worse, ultimately making it harder to treat in the future. If things get really bad, you could even end up with a life-threatening overdose.
One of the hardest parts of going through addiction is admitting that you need help. But by even doing research to find this page, you’ve already taken a big step. If you get in touch with OK Rehab, we can help you reach the next point.
What to do if someone in your life is struggling with addiction
First of all, it’s very important that you establish that the person you’re thinking of does actually have an addiction, to avoid any embarrassing scenarios. You can check all the signs and symptoms in our guide below.
This especially applies if it’s not someone you’re particularly close to, like a friend or family member.
If you’re certain that someone you care about does have an addiction, one of the best things you can do is simply speak to them about it. You may be met with anger and denial at first (this is why it’s best to approach the issue gently/subtly), but someone else noticing their issue could be what makes them wake up.
If you’re an employer researching this issue out of concern for employees, nearly all of the above applies. But you need to be careful to also approach the situation in a professional manner. You should also step back, take a look it your workplace and figure out how to make it more addiction friendly.
Alongside this, you should make it clear that your company will offer them any and all support that they need.
No matter what your relationship with the potential addict is, sometimes it can be incredibly hard to get through to someone in denial. That’s why, in addition to all of our services for people who are suffering from addiction themselves, we also have an intervention programme. Just like our helpline, which we’ll get into more a bit later, it’s accessible via the number at the bottom of this page.
Key signs and symptoms of addiction
There are several key signs that someone could be suffering from an addiction. These can be divided into three categories: physical, psychological and behavioural.
To start off, some of the most common behavioural symptoms of addiction are: increased usage of certain substances, mood swings, defensiveness, bad judgement and secrecy. They may also try to avoid situations where they can’t use drugs or drink and they may become less reliable.
On the physical side of things, there’s insomnia, cravings, rapid weight loss or gain, ill health overall, and infections. Finally, psychological symptoms are generally a mix of physical and personality changes. Some of the most common are memory issues, anxiety, depression and paranoia.
If you notice any of these changes happening alongside each other, it could be time to seek out help.
Where to go next
Once you’ve admitted that you have a problem and that you need help, if you contact us at OK Rehab, we should be able to advise you on where to go next. If you’d like general advice, we can do that, or if you’d like a full treatment plan that can also be arranged.
Every case of addiction is different and every case needs to be treated differently, based on various factors. As such, if you go for the second option, we’ll do an assessment to establish your specific needs. The kinds of questions likely to be asked in such an assessment are:
- What are you addicted to? – this is because different substances may require different treatments and because some are far more addictive than others. It’s also an important part of your story, which we need to know fully to treat you effectively
- How long has your addiction lasted for? – this is another question that can give us an indication of the severity of your problem
- Does anyone else know about your addiction? – the level of support you have can be key in deciding whether you should go through inpatient (residential) or outpatient (at home) rehab
- Have you tried to get help before? – any treatments you’ve been through before will also be a big help in deciding what’s right for you
Once we have a clearer idea of where you should go, certain organisations and centres will probably then start popping into the conversation. This is a point where you should start doing full research on your own, to make sure you’ve found out everything you personally can about every place that you’re considering.
If you have any remaining questions, see if you can find a number and then give them a call.
An average stay in residential rehab lasts for around 28 days, but that can be shorter or longer depending on your situation and how you initially respond to treatment.
Long term recovery
The truth is, like many mental health issues and mental health adjacent issues, addiction isn’t something that magically disappears. It’s a continual fight, which can go through phases of being easier and harder. But, with the techniques you’ll learn through professional help and support, you can manage it and move forward to a brighter future.
One of the ways that this can happen over the course of your treatment is through the various types of therapy and counselling on offer. The sessions available through both kinds of rehab will allow you to unpack all of the underlying feelings that are likely driving your addiction.
Traumas are often a huge factor behind addiction So if you finally learn how to cope with said traumas through therapy, it should make your addiction far easier to handle overall. In addition, many people keep their feelings bottled up when going through something like this. It’s incredibly freeing to let it all out.
This is why another great support in terms of mental health can be support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Like therapy and counselling, sessions are usually available in both inpatient and outpatient treatment.
Something highly beneficial that’s primarily available through residential rehab is workshops. These sessions can cover a wide variety of subjects, especially addiction and healthy living. Like other aspects of the process, the intention is to set you up with life skills that will aid in your long term recovery.
If you feel that you’re ready to recover and would like more information on drug and alcohol rehab in Stevenage, please call 0800 326 5559.