Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Stirling
Admitting that you have a problem is a hard enough step in the addiction recovery process. Attempting to research the kinds of treatment available can often make the whole thing even more confusing. If you want our support, OK Rehab will be there for you, every step of the way.
Many people don’t realise how much these issues can vary from addict to addict. Your experiences of both rehab and addiction can be different depending on what you’re addicted to, your home environment, how long your addiction has lasted for or even your personality in general.
As such, at OK Rehab, we make sure to treat every person who comes to us on an individual basis. If and when you choose to come to us, and if you’d like us to, we’ll assess you to establish what your specific circumstances are. We’ll then be able to go from there to establish what kind of treatment you need!
If you’re only just starting to learn about all of this and still need to start the groundwork knowledge-wise, we have that sorted for you too! Below is a guide to (nearly) all things rehab and recovery.
If you have any lingering questions after reading it or would like to discuss treatment on a more personal level, you can always call our helpline on 0800 326 5559. We have advice on drug and alcohol rehab in Stirling and everywhere else.
Going clean may seem like a difficult choice, but it is the right choice for any level and type of addiction. If you continue to use in any capacity, in the long run, you’ll only worsen your issue.
Unfortunately, after a long time of struggling with addiction, many people develop dependencies. This means that their body has become accustomed to and reliant on the drugs they’re using. If they do attempt to stop, they’re likely to experience withdrawal symptoms.
These symptoms can range quite a bit in severity, from tremors to seizures. It often depends on both what you’re addicted to and the severity of your addiction.
But if this applies to you, there is still hope for you to get sober! Overall, one of the first things done during any addiction rehab process is nearly always some kind of detox.
During this process, your intake of drugs and/or alcohol will be slowly reduced and replaced with prescribed medication. Said medication will then stop the worst withdrawal symptoms from happening.
Both physically and psychologically, this is one of the toughest parts of the process. But once you make it through, you’ll be able to move onto and fully take in the other kinds of treatment available (and as a side note, there’s more on that below).
Types of treatment
So, once you’ve been through a detox, you may now be asking what comes next?
Generally, therapy and counselling are staples of the rehab process. This is an especially important part of treatment, due to the strong connections between addiction and mental health. In both inpatient (residential) and outpatient (at home) treatment, sessions available to you will allow you to unpack the traumas that may have either caused or come from your addiction.
To speak specifically on the former for a second, going back into your past in such a way may seem scary. But bottling away all of your feelings isn’t a mentally healthy thing to do in any circumstance. Letting it all out could set you free.
While therapy and counselling focus on your past, other parts of the process can also put the spotlight on your future. Something really important that rehab does for patients is to help them to build the life skills to continue improving, even after their treatment ends.
The workshops often on offer in residential rehab are a big part of this. Their subjects can include health, nutrition, healthy living and of course, addiction specifically.
On the physical side of things, there are not just detoxes either! One other example of common physical treatments are massages, which can help lift your physical mood, improving the process as a whole.
Of course, you might not be reading this because you yourself have a problem. You could be doing all of this research for the sake of someone else. If that is the case, you might be pleased to hear about our intervention programme. If you feel it’s necessary, we can help you get through to anyone that you’re concerned about. Like with everything else, all you need to do is contact us.
Getting ready for rehab (plus inpatient vs outpatient)
One of the most important ways you can plan for rehab is by doing as much research as you can. Learning from this page is a good start, but you should also go elsewhere afterwards to learn even more.
One of the biggest decisions in the process is whether you should go to a residential facility or stay at home. This is primarily determined by both home environment and how bad your addiction is.
Generally, those with more severe issues do better in an environment where they’re constantly surrounded by treatment. Those with less support at home also might not do so well healing in a toxic environment.
If you’ve decided that residential rehab is for you, then you might also wonder what you should take with you. Most places will also have lists of what you’re allowed and not allowed to take with you.
This is, of course, likely to change depending on the centre you’re going to, but there are some consistent ones amongst most of them. On the “allowed” (and in a lot of cases necessary) list, these are:
- Clean clothes (some centres have lists of what clothes specifically to bring, so look out for that on any centre websites and make note of it)
- Any toiletries you might need
- A notebook and a pen
- Sentimental jewellery (wedding rings are a good example of what’s meant here)
- A small amount of money for vending machines
- Contact details of anyone you’d like to get in touch with over the course of your treatment
Items that make the most banned lists are:
- Obviously, drugs and alcohol
- Any toiletries that could contain alcohol
- Outside food
- Unapproved medications
A long term, lasting impact
No matter what stage of addiction you’re at, professional help is one of the best and only ways to heal that has a long term, lasting impact. Like a lot of other issues, suffering in silence will likely only make your problem worse in the long run.
It may seem like a hard journey at first, but we can promise you that it will be so worth it in the end.