Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Stretford
When you worry a loved one has developed a drug or alcohol dependency, you want to do everything in your power to help them.
You want your loved ones to always be happy and healthy, so seeing the slow deterioration that goes hand in hand with substance abuse can be hard to see. You just want to help them so that they can be safe.
It’s easy to see the signs of drug or alcohol dependency in other people. They become skittish, protective over their drug or alcohol use, experience mood swings and see a general deterioration in physical and mental health.
It is easy to see when a loved one is going through this. It is much harder to see when it is in fact you who is struggling. Are you worried that your substance abuse has developed into a full blown dependency? That it is no longer just recreational use but rather a habit that is used to sustain yourself?
If you recognise the signs in your loved ones, then you can also recognise them in yourself.
At this point, you still may be unsure if you are experiencing symptoms of drug or alcohol dependency. It is perfectly normal to be hesitant to believe it at this stage. The best way to identify a dependency is to look for the symptoms of withdrawal.
Withdrawal is what happens when your body goes without drugs or alcohol for an extended period of time. Substance abuse changes your brain’s chemistry.
When you use drugs or alcohol you are giving your brain a dopamine rush, the danger is that eventually, you will require more and more drugs or alcohol to get the same rush. Your body will become dependent on substance abuse for dopamine.
When this happens, once you take away what was providing the dopamine your body reacts violently. You will experience:
- Muscle pain
These symptoms can prove dangerous to your life and attempts to avoid them can easily result in an overdose. If you experience any of these symptoms it may be time to consider checking yourself into a rehab centre.
At OK Rehab we take the time to get to know you. What you need and what you want so that we can make the best possible referral to your ideal rehab centre within the Stretford area.
Why use our services?
It is perfectly understandable to be hesitant at first.
After all, our country provides the wonderful services of the NHS for free. While we love and respect what the NHS does, the sad truth is that when it comes to mental health services they are overworked and spread very thin across the entire country.
In order to even access their rehabilitation services you first have to prove you are struggling enough. This involves interviews and proof that can take a very long time and be very taxing mentally.
Even once you have convinced them you need their help you will still be placed on a waitlist until a spot opens up for you. You could remain on this waitlist for weeks, possibly even months.
When you are finally able to get treatment, it is very likely that it will not take place in the Stretford area and you will have to travel to outpatient treatment centres. Without services you don’t need to prove you are struggling with drug or alcohol dependency. All you have to do is ask for our help and we will give it to you.
We know that speed is key in getting treatment. We aim to refer you to a rehab centre within the Stretford area as soon as possible and to provide residential rehab centres so that all needs can be catered for.
The first treatment you are likely to experience during your stay at the rehab centre will be detox. The detox is the process of ridding your body of all drugs and alcohol and allowing you to go through withdrawal in a safe and monitored environment.
While withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous when experienced alone, within a rehab centre you can be monitored 24 hours a day by fully trained medical staff. They can keep you safe and as comfortable as possible throughout the Detox process.
Most importantly, should the withdrawal symptoms prove too much for your body to handle, the staff at the rehab centre can provide you with medications to relieve the symptoms. The Detox provides the best possible starting off point and allows you to focus on the rest of your treatment rather than your cravings.
Substance abuse in most cases is a symptom of more serious underlying mental health problems.
Those suffering from anxiety, depression or unresolved past trauma may try to self medicate and as a result develop a drug or alcohol dependency. All rehab centres will offer therapy in one form or the other. In some cases, it may be private sessions where you are able to work through your problems with a therapist.
In most cases, however, you will take part in group therapy sessions. Here you will work with the others staying at the rehab centre at that time towards improving your mental health and understanding why you are drug or alcohol dependent in the first place.
The end goal of a rehab centre is to give you the tools to continue on with your recovery once you have left the centre. Workshops offered within the centre are designed to give you skills to take into your everyday life to help you work towards long term recovery on your own.
One common workshop is a nutrition class. Here you will learn how to prepare well-balanced meals and begin to repair the damage done to your body from prolonged substance abuse.
During these, you will also develop a relapse prevention plan. This plan contains tools for you to take into your everyday life so you have to avoid triggers for your cravings and live a happier and much healthier life.
Life out of rehab
Once you leave the rehab centre you will be offered aftercare services.
These involve follow up therapy sessions and a local support group within the Stretford area. This gives you people to monitor your progress and a chance to talk to people who understand the recovery process and are able to support you in your next steps.
The best thing you can do now if you are serious about beginning your recovery process give us a call on 0800 326 5559
We are ready and waiting to help you begin the work to achieve long term recovery. This is the first step towards a drug and alcohol-free life.