Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Swindon
Although there are underlying factors that often make it more likely, addiction can affect anyone at any time. There also isn’t a full cure for it, due to its large and complex nature. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be managed.
The earlier you get help, the easier the process of recovery will be in the long run.
But what if you don’t know where to turn to get said help? That’s where OK Rehab comes in. If you call our helpline at 0800 326 5559, we can give you advice and support and can even create a personalised treatment plan.
On the other hand, if you’d like to learn more about the overall process of addiction and recovery from it, we have more information right here.
Even if you’re doing this research on behalf of someone else, there’s plenty of support that you can access. Our advice helpline is open to you too. And we have an intervention programme if you’re struggling to get through to the person you think might be fighting addiction.
Whether it’s a friend, family member, or someone you know less well like a colleague, this is always a situation where you’ll need to tread carefully. For example, if you try to speak to them directly about it, without any advice, support or research into dealing with this kind of thing, you’re likely to be met simply with anger and denial.
That doesn’t help anyone! To avoid any embarrassing situations, you should also be fairly certain that they really do have an addiction.
This is especially important if your situation falls under the aforementioned category of “person you don’t know as well”.
If you’re at an earlier stage and are trying to figure out whether your loved one actually has an addiction in the first place, we have a handy guide to all the classic signs and symptoms below. They might be the ones with the addiction, but you don’t have to struggle either.
The main causes of addiction (and how treatment can help with them)
One of the main reasons addiction is so tricky to treat is that it often has many underlying root causes. A large part of addiction treatment involves taking a look at all these underlying causes and dealing with them all.
For example, something that often really drives addiction is trauma. Just as addiction itself mostly gets worse from attempts to bottle it up and put it away, the same can be said of the events that often cause and drive it.
Treatments like therapy and counselling will help you to get to the root of these traumas, so you can finally start to move on.
On a basic level, the reason why so many people end up with addictions is the way that the substances change the way you’re feeling. That’s the reason that trauma often drives addiction: drugs or alcohol replace the happiness that you felt before the trauma.
So if you confront it and then learn how to cope with it better across the course of your treatment, that will then make everything easier overall.
This obviously doesn’t apply in every case, but if someone is in a difficult home environment, that can also cause or worsen addiction. It’s not the only option, but this is one of the areas where residential rehab benefits a lot of people.
As well as the initial act of getting away for a while, many people find that their time at such a facility causes them to really reflect on the life that they were living.
Overall, recovery and management of your addiction will likely require permanent lifestyle changes. If the people you have around you right now will be supportive of you throughout this process, be sure to maintain those relationships. If the opposite is true, eventually you might need to take a step back in whatever way you can.
As a side note, the other option in terms of treatment is outpatient. But we’ll go over that a bit later, in our guide to rehab.
Signs and symptoms of addiction
Linking to our earlier discussion about detecting an addiction in someone (or in yourself), here we have a few of the most important signals that something isn’t right:
- If you or someone you care about can’t stop consuming addictive substances or participating in potentially addictive behaviour such as gambling, in spite of consequences in any and all parts of their life
- If you experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop
- If you can’t cope with life events without the consumption of addictive substances
- If you experience (or notice in someone else) physical symptoms such as sudden changes in weight, poor physical coordination, a decline in hygiene, bloodshot eyes or slurred speech
- If you struggle to talk openly about addiction, or if your first response when confronted about it is denial
If any of those symptoms seem a bit too familiar, reaching out for help and advice is probably the next step you should take.
A guide to rehab
Although there are a huge variety of paths and treatments in the rehab process, the first two stages are nearly always the same. First of all, if you choose to start a conversation with us, we’ll assess your needs to figure out what specific treatment path would be best for you.
To do this, we’ll ask a series of questions:
- What are you addicted to? – This is one of the most important questions, as the substance you’re addicted to can create many variables. For example, some substances are far more addictive than others, they can have different effects and different withdrawal symptoms.
- How long has your addiction been happening for? – This will give us a fuller picture of your journey so far and might also give us a better idea of how deep your addiction runs
- Have you told anyone else about your addiction? – Tying in with our earlier point about environments and social circles, this will give us a good idea of the level of support you already have.
- Have you tried to get help before? – What’s worked and what hasn’t worked in your potential previous experiences may also inform the best treatment for you this time around.
You of course don’t have to be assessed and have a treatment plan developed if you call our hotline. If you want, we can just give you more general advice. But if you want to actually start the process of treatment, this is the best way to do it.
Whether you stay at home for outpatient treatment or go to a specific place for outpatient treatment, you’ll also be asked to complete a second, similar assessment to the one above. Then you’ll likely go through a stage of detox, to physically cleanse your body of whatever you’re addicted to.
More specifically, your intake of alcohol or drugs will slowly be reduced in a supported manner and will be replaced with specifically prescribed medication. Due to withdrawal symptoms that can become highly unpleasant and worst and dangerous at best, we don’t recommend you try to detox alone.
Then, from there, your treatment will vary based on your specific needs. But it’s likely to be a combination of counselling and therapy, support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous and physical therapies such as massages and acupuncture.
Drug and alcohol rehab in Swindon
If you’re specifically looking for drug and alcohol rehab in Swindon, you’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of highly-rated residential facilities in the area. There are also a variety of local choices, in terms of both support groups and therapy/counselling.
Make sure you thoroughly look into each option before deciding for certain where you want to go and what you want to do.