Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Tyne & Wear
Addiction and substance abuse cause an immense amount of social damage across the whole of the UK, not least here in Tyne & Wear. As well as affecting adults of all ages, substance abuse is also a huge problem with the younger generation. A recent study identified the top 10 locations in the country for under-18s being hospitalised for drinking too much over the last 3 years.
In a nationwide study, 5 of the areas identified took place within the Tyne & Wear area, with Sunderland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Gateshead and Stockton-on-Tees all appearing in the top 10. Teen binge drinking is a long-standing social issue, and sadly, a lot of these adolescents will develop into addicts in adult life.
Addiction can have a devastating effect on the lives of people suffering from it, as well as those around them. If you are concerned that you or a loved one might have developed a substance addiction, the best thing you can possibly do is go to rehab for treatment.
This is where OK Rehab can help – we have the means to get you referred to rehab within the Tyne & Wear area that is right for you. Once you call us on 0800 326 5559, we can begin an initial telephone consultation and find out a little more about you as a person, and how addiction has affected your life.
Once we have a clearer picture of your addiction, we will be able to refer you to a rehab facility near you as quickly as possible.
One of the toughest parts of fighting addiction is taking the first step – admitting that you have a problem. This can take a long time to come to terms with, with some people struggling on for years, or even decades, before finally saying “enough is enough” and accepting that addiction treatment is needed. When you are ready to accept that there is a problem you are ready to treat that problem at rehab.
Even when you reach this stage, however long that takes, it is still hard to make sense of the countless different options out there for treatment. A quick google search will likely reveal dozens of different rehab facilities within your local area, all of which will have their own way of doing things.
This is why it is a good idea to take advantage of our in-depth knowledge and network of contacts within those rehab centres.
How OK Rehab Can Help
We are an expert addiction referral agency, and we have links with a huge number of rehabs across the UK, including here in the Northeast. We have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all these different rehabs and the different kind of treatments which they emphasise. If you are looking to get into a rehab facility, you can take advantage of our expertise to find a centre that is right for you.
When you are ready to accept and acknowledge your addiction, you can call us on 0800 326 5559 to speak to at rained OK Rehab advisor. Whenever you’re ready, they will begin an initial consultation with you over the phone.
This will involve us asking some questions about your addictions, such as how long you have had issues with substance abuse, and how it has affected your life, specifically. We may also ask some questions about your current life situation – how your home life is, if you have any dependents, etc.
We understand that you may be a little hesitant to speak to a stranger about such personal matters, but we only ask these questions in order to make it possible for you to get the help that you need. Once we have enough information about you, and your current circumstances, we will be able to make the right decision as to which rehab centre to refer you to.
We do this because rehab is a personalised experience, and everyone has different needs and goals around recovery. Please also be assured that we will treat any information that you give us with the strictest confidence.
Once we have made a decision as to where you should be treated, we will be able to tell you how long you will need to stay, and how much it will cost – we currently only refer to private rehab facilities.
We will also be able to answer any other questions or concerns that you might have, such as finance options and arranging care for any dependents while you are away at rehab. Despite the images often portrayed in the media, rehab is not something that is just for the rich and famous – rehab is affordable for most people.
Rehab Close to Home
We offer placements at many different rehab facilities around the Tyne & Wear area. Through our experience as an agency, we have found that most service users prefer to stay close to home while they go through rehab. Staying in the Tyne & Wear area will mean that you are not too far from your support network and that you will be able to complete rehab in relatively familiar surroundings.
There may even be the opportunity to involve your loved ones in some of your therapy sessions, although this will only be suggested by the professionals at rehab if they think it is appropriate for your treatment plan.
In some cases, there may be the possibility of attending rehab as an outpatient, staying at home overnight, and travelling to the rehab facility by day. However, this is not common.
Outpatient treatment would only be recommended if your level of addiction was less extreme, and there were no potentially harmful factors in your current home life, such as an abusive partner or toxic neighbours. This is something that can be discussed during your consultation.
Why Should I Go to Rehab?
Rehab offers service users the chance to receive a wide variety of different treatments under the same roof, within the same period of time – usually around 28 days. You will be able to get help and guidance with every different aspect of addiction – the physical challenge of detox, the psychological challenges of therapy, and the practicalities of preparing for life after you leave rehab, and staying in recovery for the long term.
When you arrive at your facility, you will be assessed by a mental health professional, who will be able to identify your needs and current state of mind. From there, you will put together a personal treatment plan, with the help of a professional.
This will involve a number of different therapies, all of which can help you in different ways. Your plan will almost definitely include cognitive behavioural therapy sessions, individual counselling, and group therapy. It may also include slightly more novel therapies, such as art therapy and motivational therapy.
As well as these sessions, you will likely be encouraged to take part in more holistic activities, such as yoga, mindfulness meditation, and other mindful activities such as gardening. Although some of these activities may not be familiar to you, all of them will be beneficial to your recovery in different ways, as long as you approach each session with a positive attitude and an ongoing commitment to the recovery process.
Going Through Detox
Although it can be quite unpleasant, detox is a necessary part of any rehab treatment plan. At rehab, you will have the safety of undergoing detox with full medical supervision, which is vital. Attempting to detox by yourself is extremely dangerous, and can often be deadly, so please do not attempt to do so before you get to rehab.
It is likely that your detox will involve reducing your substance intake over a few days, rather than stopping immediately – this is especially the case with alcohol consumption. As your consumption decreases, you will be likely to experience some of the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal. The medical staff at the centre will be able to help you through this.
On the physical side of things, withdrawal symptoms could include intense sweating or shaking, headaches, nausea, or muscle pain. You may also be prone to bouts of dizziness, increased anxiety, and even hallucinations. Although these symptoms can be very distressing, they will soon pass, and the medical staff will be able to help you get through them safely.
Life After Rehab
Getting through rehab successfully is a fantastic achievement for anyone, but in the grand scheme of things, this is only the start of your recovery journey. Your new life truly beings when you leave rehab on the last day. This is something that the staff at rehab are very mindful of when they are planning out your treatment plan towards the start of your time at rehab.
As you come to the end of your scheduled stay at rehab, you will have the chance to sit down with a qualified professional, and put together a personal relapse prevention plan, taking into account your own specific needs around staying in recovery. This might include identifying areas of your old life to stay away from going forward.
For example, you may be advised to cut off contact with an old friend who might jeopardise your recovery, especially if they are still in a cycle of addiction. You may also be advised to avoid certain locations which may be triggering, such as a pub or a casino.
It all depends on the characteristics of your addiction, what your triggers are, and other personal factors.
There will also likely be proactive steps involve in your prevention plan, such as attending ongoing therapy sessions, whether that is in a group setting like Alcoholics Anonymous, or one-on-one counselling with a qualified professional. Although some of these steps might be challenging, your plan is set out with your continuing recovery in mind. There is nothing else that is more important than staying in recovery and enjoying your new life free from the pain of substance abuse.
Call OK Rehab Today
We hope that you now have a much better understanding of what is involved in the rehab process, and how we at OK Rehab can help you to get the treatment that you need to beat your addiction. We understand that addiction is a horrible place to be and that you may have any number of concerns and anxieties about reaching out to us.
Please be assured that all of our staff are friendly, highly trained, and deeply sympathetic to what you’re going through.
In fact, some of them will have had the first-hand experience of addiction and rehab. Whenever you’re ready, they will be able to begin your consultation, and then get you referred to a facility in Tyne & Wear as soon as possible. Please know that, no matter how deep into addiction you are, recovery is always achievable, and always worthwhile.