Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Surrey
In the wake of Covid 19, surveys have revealed a drastic increase in substance use nationwide. Understandably, periods of lockdown induced feelings of boredom and isolation, which led people to self-medicate using alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, the worrying rise in substance dependency includes the Surrey locale and has put a strain on pre-existing NHS services.
If you’ve been battling an addiction behind closed doors, or know someone who has, it may provide some relief to know that you aren’t alone. In Surrey, there are many others struggling to overcome this chronic disease, and solidarity is higher than ever.
At OK Rehab, we’ve helped those from all walks of life to access the treatment they deserve. By creating personalised referrals, we guide those in need towards a rehab centre most suited to their situation.
What is addiction?
Otherwise known as substance use disorder, addiction is a disease characterised by the compulsive need to use a substance, or engage in specific behaviours. The ASAM has stipulated that it’s a “chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry”. What this means is that those suffering from addiction aren’t simply unwilling to stop: they cannot.
Often, if alcohol or drugs are absent for as little as a few hours, an individual will start to feel the adverse effects of withdrawal. The sudden cravings, psychological distress, and symptoms of illness make it difficult to overcome this disorder using willpower.
Although for some, research naming it a chronic long-term disease can seem frightening, it’s done wonders for the way addiction is viewed. Medical science has mostly removed the stigma of shame from those affected- meaning that they’re more likely to seek professional help.
How to recognise the need for treatment
A common theme among those with an acute addiction is denying that there is a need for treatment. In an attempt to keep reality at bay, individuals may seek to rationalise an addiction. This can present in a variety of ways: from claiming that concerns have been blown out of proportion, to wilful self-deception
. In actual fact, the denial process is normal among those with substance use disorder. If you recognise this behaviour in someone dear to you, or even yourself, it’s time to look for other signs that a habit has developed into an addiction.
1. Physical symptoms
Outward changes to the body and how this affects behaviour are normally the easiest signs to spot. While withdrawal symptoms are associated with someone trying to give up, they can be present in other situations too. With some substances, withdrawal symptoms can appear even if their levels in the body have dipped.
If someone has missed a dose, or not taken as much for whatever reason, symptoms such as shakiness and nausea may appear. Other signs of a withheld substance include insomnia, fatigue, muscle aches, and bowel issues.
In the case of narcotics or marijuana, individuals with an addiction may exhibit appetite changes. If the substance in question is cocaine or amphetamines, the appetites of those using will decrease. Weight loss is common in these cases, as these drugs block feelings of hunger.
However, this can work both ways. For someone battling a marijuana dependency, their appetite may increase dramatically- leading to binge eating and an increased desire to eat.
2. Psychological distress
While mental health is often an internal struggle, the psychological side of addiction often appears externally, too.
As addiction becomes more severe, obsessive behaviours often increase and become more noticeable. Time once spent on other responsibilities might now be funnelled into using a substance. As the need to use grows stronger as a result of cravings, obsessive behaviour will continue to get worse.
Someone’s behaviour may also become secretive, as they wish to hide the addiction from loved ones. This is especially prevalent among those with a high functioning addiction, as they seek to balance daily life with the upkeep of a substance dependency.
Whether due to withdrawal or the exacerbation of underlying mental health issues, anxiety or depression may also increase. As addiction takes hold, you may notice an aversion to social interactions, which can have a negative effect on relationships.
For those with addiction-induced depression, you may notice higher irritability, mood swings, and withdrawal from activities.
How can rehab care lead to long term recovery?
In order to treat such an all-encompassing illness, inpatient care is often the only way to produce long-lasting results. One option you may already have considered, or even tried, is NHS or outpatient care. While there are benefits to each, certain factors make it difficult to treat severe addictions.
Since the pandemic, NHS services have found themselves under increasing strain- meaning patients have to contend with long delays. While private outpatient care may be more accessible, problems can arise when patients have to frequently return home. This environment may contain triggers, or exposure to a substance, which makes abstinence difficult to achieve.
If you wish to reap the rewards of on-site treatment and avoid the long waiting lists of NHS care, then rehab is the best option for you. Understandably, you may be sceptical about the narrative of extortionate pricing surrounding private rehab centres.
In decades past, countless movies and TV shows have depicted rehab clinics as being exclusive to the rich and famous. This has led to the general assumption that private rehab care is unaffordable for the majority. While private care is pricier than NHS treatment, at OK Rehab we’re here to assure you that there are price ranges to suit everyone.
We take every budget into careful consideration and have a selection of rehab centres in Surrey to suit each preference.
Aside from its affordability, rehab care structures its treatment in a way that is conducive to long term recovery. This is done by creating a personalised care programme for each client. This means that each treatment you receive at rehab is informed by your personal history, goals moving forward, and any mental health needs.
Throughout your stay in rehab, cognitive assessments and talks with a counsellor may reveal an underlying mental health condition. Any discoveries will increase the success of treatments, as a dual diagnosis allows for the recovery of an individual as a whole. Getting to the root cause of an addiction is usually only possible via inpatient care, as more exposure to therapy leads to greater self-awareness and knowledge.
Here at OK Rehab, we liaise with hundreds of leading rehab clinics in The UK, with a dedication to providing the highest quality treatment.
Each of our treatment providers has been approved by the Care Quality Commission, and are recognised for their success rates. If you’re ready to regain a life free from addiction through rehab’s personalised treatment, let’s take a look at the referral process.
Creating your bespoke referral
When someone with substance use disorder decides it’s time to reach out, we know that there’s often no time to waste. The sheer amount of rehab centres available in Surrey can quickly become a burden, and impede the recovery process. This is why at OK Rehab, we’ve made it our mission to provide an easy to navigate referral process. Once completed, the referral will be fully personalised to your individual situation.
After initially reaching out, a member of the team will be on hand to carry out a phone consultation. While this might sound formal, in reality, it’s a chat with one of our specialists about you as an individual. The questions asked will mainly revolve around your care preferences. This could include your specific budget, and whether you want to be placed in a rural rehab, or in a city such as Guildford.
Of course, there’s more to a treatment plan than the setting in which it takes place. As part of our referral, we’ll perform a quick health assessment to ascertain both mental and psychical wellbeing. This will include an exploration of any current withdrawal symptoms, any genetic predispositions, or diagnosed health conditions.
We’ll also ask about the substance you’re struggling with, and how long you’ve been taking it for.
This may seem like a lot of information to get from one phone call, but our friendly team is here to make you feel at ease. This consultation and assessment will help both us and you to choose the best rehab centre: one that suits you entirely.
What treatments could I receive in a leading rehab centre?
When considering inpatient care, a fear of the unknown often pervades those seeking recovery. The term “rehab” conjures unrealistic images presented by the media, meaning it can be hard to pin down what to expect from a short term residency. While there’s no “one size fits all” treatment plan, there are certain types of therapy, detox supervision, and holistic methods that will be present.
For all patients, initial treatment comprises a detoxification phase. Before beginning therapy, it’s essential to gradually remove alcohol or drugs from the body, within a safe environment. During this time, usually around one week, you’ll have round the clock access to a group of specialists.
With years of experience in rehab for addiction, this team will be invested in your recovery, and there to support you every step of the way. As detoxification can lead to withdrawal symptoms, we often recommend that patients accept medical supervision to ease the process. This is often in the form of low dose opiates like Subutex, or mild sedatives.
Once toxins have been purged from the body, you’ll start varying sub-types of the following therapies as part of your personalised care plan.
1. Individual Therapy
One-to-one therapy in the treatment of addiction has been the key to much success over the years. At least once a week, you’ll meet with a counsellor or psychiatrist to engage in talking therapy. Together, you’ll work to uncover the emotions and thought pathways that underpin a substance dependency.
This is often achieved through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a type of psychotherapy that aims to change thinking patterns.
By recognising the negative thought pathways that lead to substance use, patients can work to change these into positive ones. Taking its lead from CBT, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy aims to tackle not just thoughts, but the emotions surrounding addiction. This can include healing from past trauma, or learning to create positive emotions moving forward.
2. Group Therapy
Many who have gone through substance use disorder can agree that feelings of isolation are common. In order to replace feelings of loneliness with camaraderie, group therapy is essential to staying sober. During these sessions, therapists will lead discussions between groups of around 6-11, providing a safe space in which to voice emotions.
On a weekly basis, patients can work through the complex emotions involved in recovery, together. This can include celebrating successes, failures, and even engaging in healthy confrontation.
3. Holistic Therapy
This type of treatment is often seen as providing a break from more rigorous talking therapy, but it has its own undisputed benefits in the field of addiction recovery. Holistic methods aim to inspire a renewed connection between mind and body.
This means taking all areas of daily life, such as eating, sleeping, and hobbies- and making them better for us. From workshops on nutrition to mindfulness, yoga, and painting- there’s something for everyone. The purpose is to cultivate a healthier life upon the return home, by practising what makes us feel good.
4. Post-rehab support
While rehab provides a safe space in which to recover, a return to normality is the end goal. You’ll be able to put all your hard work to good use, armed with new insights into trigger management. However, the transition can be difficult, which is why at OK Rehab, we offer a comprehensive aftercare programme. For 12 months after you leave rehab, you’ll continue to receive support whenever you may need it- at no additional cost.
This package includes regular checkups with one of our professionals. You can update them on how you’re doing, and inform them of progress and setbacks alike in order to keep on the right track.
Alongside this, we’ll provide you with support groups local to Surrey, such as alcoholics or narcotics anonymous. To continue the healing process, it’s important to talk to those in similar stages of recovery. These sessions often follow a similar structure to the group therapy offered by rehab centres, with a focus on wellness through togetherness.
In many cases, substance use disorder affects an individual’s family and friends and can be an emotional time for all involved. With this in mind, we’ve designed our aftercare package so that your loved ones receive all the support they need. They’ll be provided group therapy sessions specifically for the family and friends of those in addiction recovery.
These will be selected depending on where you live, as there are fortunately many support groups in the Surrey area.
Are you ready to reach out?
If you’re based in Surrey and seek rapid rehab care, a member of our team will receive your call whenever you’re ready. Phone us on 0800 326 5559. We value the importance of patient confidentiality, and all our calls are confidential.