Living with drug and alcohol addiction is incredibly hard, and it can be even harder to reach out for help.
But there is plenty of support out there for you if you know where to look.
Before you start any of that, having a good base of knowledge concerning addiction can be incredibly useful.
That’s what this page is here for, to go into depth on some of the most important parts of the recovery process and the services available to you in Walthamstow or nearby throughout London.
That way, you can feel a lot more confident when you go into this process.
We’ll talk a bit more about our services later, but if you have any more questions, we may be able to answer them here.
Get the help you need from a drug and alcohol rehab in Walthamstow by calling our expert team today on 0800 326 5559
Acknowledging your issues
The first and most important stage when healing from addiction is acknowledging that you have a problem in the first place. Even taking that first step to start researching is a good start.
Many people may avoid treatment as they fear having to confront issues they’ve packed away for a long time. This could mean trauma, uncomfortable feelings or even just your addiction in general.
However, it is always better to face these things rather than run away.
Whether it’s addiction or any other issue, putting it away in a little box doesn’t make it go away. As easy as that might seem, it’s not healthy (mentally or physically) in the long run.
That’s without even mentioning that addiction often worsens over time. The longer you leave it before getting help, the more deep-set your addiction will be and the harder it will be to treat.
This will then make any form of treatment you go for a more difficult road in the long run.
During therapy and addiction counselling, you’ll be able to work through these issues with professional assistance, rather than just running away from them.
You’ll also learn techniques and strategies to deal with them, so you can move forward once your initial treatment is done.
Beat addiction once and for all at a drug and alcohol rehab in Walthamstow by calling us on 0800 326 5559
Key signs of addiction
There is obviously a difference between use and addiction, and between addiction and dependence.
There’s even a difference between abuse and addiction, although if the former isn’t dealt with it can very easily lead to the latter.
There are a few vital signs that indicate addiction is developing, with some being more obvious than others.
The first is the one that truly defines addiction: the inability to stop using, in spite of all the negative consequences.
Alongside this, those who are suffering from addiction may experience withdrawal symptoms if they do attempt to stop.
This usually occurs at the stage of addiction where dependency develops.
To add to the list even more, an early sign of that is an increased tolerance for drugs or alcohol.
This shows that your body is becoming reliant on these substances.
Those struggling with addiction may also encounter personality changes – becoming more irritable, for example, or more secretive could be a sign of many things.
Although it obviously doesn’t apply to everyone, addiction is on that list.
Of course, you should look out for outward physical symptoms like bloodshot eyes and/or a disrupted sleep pattern.
These kinds of symptoms can also occur on an addiction-by-addiction basis, so the specific physical signs of your exact one should be something you research in the early stages.
If you think that you may be suffering from the early signs of addiction, get the help of a drug and alcohol rehab in Walthamstow by giving our team a call on 0800 326 5559
How our services can help you with drug and alcohol rehab in Walthamstow
Now that we’ve discussed the wider issue of addiction, let’s look at how OK Rehab can help you.
First of all, as we said previously, our helpline is open to anyone who needs it.
Whether you’re looking for treatment, looking for more information or looking at all of this on behalf of someone else, we’re here to help.
If you’d like something a bit more specific than just general advice, we can help you there too. In fact, we can create a whole treatment plan if that’s something you feel you need.
We’ll start off with a simple conversation, and then move into a more formal assessment.
Across both of these, we’ll be able to pin down the key factors that will influence your treatment.
Overall, we want to know how bad your addiction is, what you’re addicted to, the level of support that you have, how long your addiction has been happening for and your previous experience with treatment.
Once we know all of this and have created a treatment plan for you, you can then move forward with that plan.
This is where the key stages of rehab will start, which are detailed below.
To discover how we can support your stay at a drug and alcohol rehab in Walthamstow, talk to our expert team on 0800 326 5559
The stages of rehab
First of all, before you get started you’ll likely be asked to complete another full physical and mental assessment. After that, the first stage of actual treatment is detoxification.
This is a step designed to break down the aforementioned dependency that stops too many people from getting help.
We’ll try to stop withdrawal symptoms from happening by slowly decreasing your intake of addictive substances, sometimes using substitute medications, for a controlled period of time.
The amount of time this takes can vary quite a bit from case to case, but on average it lasts for about 3 weeks.
As a side note, the amount of time the entire process takes can vary a lot from case to case.
This is one of the reasons why it’s not really healthy or productive to put an exact date on it.
It can change based on many factors, including how severe your addiction is and how you react to treatment overall.
The next stage is rehabilitation.
Here, you’ll encounter aforementioned mental health treatments to heal your mind and change your behaviours.
There is a wide range of treatment options available, from personal addiction counselling to group therapy, individual therapy and many others.
These can include:
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Family Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Contingency Management
- Alternative and Holistic Therapies, (Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Equine Therapy, etc.)
You can also often access physical treatments designed to help you relax and lift your moods, like massages, reflexology and acupuncture.
Of course, everything you encounter at this stage in particular can be different based on your circumstances and treatment plan. It can also change based on what your chosen rehab offers, so make sure you look that up before you get started.
After you’ve completed rehabilitation, the third and final stage is aftercare
This is a transitional point, where you’ll continue to receive localised treatment, helping you to avoid relapse and maintain your sobriety in the long term.
And remember that if you’re ever struggling post-aftercare, you can always get back in touch with OK Rehab.
Battling addiction is a constant journey, so we’ll always be there with whatever support you need.
Make sure that you get the right treatment you need from a drug and alcohol rehab in Walthamstow by talking to us on 0800 326 5559
Getting help today
Addiction recovery is usually not an easy road.
As we said before, there isn’t an instant, magical cure, with the goal being long-term management.
But you can get your life back if you make the first step to get help.
We can also help you at any stage. It doesn’t matter whether you’re new to all of this, or if you’ve been through it 5 times already, we will always be there to support you.
Make the change you need to secure a healthy, happy future by calling us today on 0800 326 5559