Drug and Alcohol Rehab in West Yorkshire
If you’ve reached this landing page by searching for drug and alcohol rehab in West Yorkshire, there’s a pretty high chance that you need help and have just looked into getting it.
But fear of the unknown, or a fear of shame, may also be holding you back. Right here, we have a guide to some of the most common questions asked about the process of recovering from addiction.
Here, you can learn more about it and hopefully feel more confident in your choice to pursue rehab treatment. As for the other major reason you might be reluctant to get help which we just mentioned, you should also know that it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
In fact, it’s statistically a lot more common than you think.
And in addition, at OK Rehab we’re made up of people who’ve struggled with addiction. We know exactly how you’re feeling and no one here will ever judge you, no matter what your past, your struggles or your traumas are.
Of course, the above statement we made at the start about you personally needing help may not be exactly true. You may be searching on behalf of someone else in your life. Fortunately, we also have more detail on what to do in that scenario below.
Reaching out on behalf of a loved one
As well as knowing what it’s like to experience addiction first hand, we also understand how hard it can be to watch someone you love go through something as life-changing as this.
It can be incredibly hard to watch them struggle and it can also be incredibly hard to get through to them if they won’t acknowledge that they have a problem or get the help that they need.
That’s why, in addition to our treatment referrals and helpline, OK Rehab also offers an intervention programme. Like with everything else we offer, all you need to do is contact us and we’ll set you on the path to helping the person you care about.
How does the referral process work?
At OK Rehab, our main way of helping those who come to us is by directing them towards treatments and services that can help them with their addiction.
If you call our helpline, you’ll be able to discuss your specific circumstances with one of our experts and from there we can figure out a way forward.
If you end up being directed towards a rehab facility, they may also want to have a similar conversation with you.
If and when your personal needs are assessed in any context, you may be wondering what kinds of questions you’re likely to be asked.
Some of the most common include:
- What are you addicted to?
- Does anyone else know about your addiction?
- Have you previously attempted to seek help for your addiction?
- How long has your addiction been happening for?
- Are you fully committed to recovery?
Of course, these questions may vary depending on who you’re talking to and the general flow of the conversation. But the above list should give you a good idea of what to expect.
What treatments are available? A brief introduction
All across the addiction recovery process, there is a huge range of treatments available. They generally fall into two categories: mental health treatment and physical treatment.
This is because addiction itself works on a physical level. Both sides need to be treated for you to heal and move forward with your life.
1. Mental health support
On the mental health side, we primarily have a mix of therapy and counselling, in addition, to support groups. When talking about this, it might be a good idea to first establish the difference between therapy and counselling.
It’s actually fairly simple: whilst counselling is more generalised, therapy is more specialised. You may need one or the other, or a mix of both. Like with everything else, it just depends on what you specifically need.
Some common kinds of therapy, counselling and general mental health treatments undertaken during addiction treatment are:
- Support groups – support groups are a very common form of treatment, with good reason. If you go down this route, you’ll be able to openly talk about your struggles regularly, in a judgement-free zone, with people who fully understand. Hearing about their experience may also go a long way towards making you feel less alone
- Talking therapy – the clue is in the name on this one. It involves you sitting down and talking to a therapist about any and all mental health issues you may have. Such issues may be the underlying cause of your addiction, they may have resulted from it, or they may be worsened by it. But in any of those circumstances, talking through it could really help
- Group therapy – This kind of therapy can be very helpful for the same reasons as a support group. Working through your addiction and its underlying causes with other people going through the exact same thing can be really helpful for a lot of people
- Motivational interviewing – This is a kind of treatment where you’ll be asked questions designed to empower you to change. The person you’re speaking to won’t attempt to advise you, confronting you or warning you: instead, they’ll engage with you on an equal level
There is something else important that we should discuss while we’re on the subject of mental health treatment. Getting any kind of therapy might mean you need to reach into past traumas.
This may seem like a frightening or difficult concept and it may be hard at first. But once you’ve been through any traumatic events, it’s one step closer to being free of the grip that both they and the resulting addiction have had on your life.
2. Physical support
While the above treatments help you to heal on an emotional level, the following physical therapies will help you on a more practical level.
A majority of treatments start off with a detox of some sort. They can vary in length depending on the severity of your addiction, but detoxes can generally be described as a medically assisted and supported attempt to rid your body of whatever you’re addicted to.
It’s not recommended to try at home due to both its difficulty and the often dangerous withdrawal symptoms that can come with it. But detoxing is often the best step to move forward into a drug or alcohol-free phase of your life.
One of the biggest benefits of the other physical therapies often offered during rehab is the way that they help you to fully relax. This then means that you’ll be in a better position to recover overall.
First of all, there’s reflexology, which is a kind of therapy that focuses on certain points in the hands and feet. Pressure is applied to those specific points, using finger, thumb and hand massage techniques.
The theory behind it is that massaging those points causes positive changes to other areas of the body, hence the name reflexology. Although it is also known as zone therapy, just as a sidenote. Then there are regular massages, which help you to relax as we said before.
Last but not least, acupuncture is also a form of alternative medicine commonly used in physical addiction treatment.
A staple of Chinese medicine, it involves small, fine needles being inserted into your skin at specific points and at various depths.
Research has shown that it helps to relieve pain, although the exact way that it does this is a subject of debate. Some claim it has neurological effects, some say it rebalances a person’s energy.
Either way, there’s a wide consensus that it works well, which is what really matters.
Although we’ve tried to list some of the most common ones here, much like mental health treatments, physical health treatments can also often vary widely depending on who you’re being treated with.
For this reason, if you’re directed towards a particular organisation or place, you should always research what they specifically offer and/or recommend.
One kind of addiction treatment that doesn’t really fit into the mental health or the physical categories, but is equally important, is workshops.
Whilst you’re in residential rehab, if that is what you choose to pursue (some people are better suited to at-home treatments, but we’ll go into that a bit later), it may then be hard to adjust back to the outside world.
Even if you are treated at home, a long-term change in lifestyle will likely be important to stay on track after your initial treatment is over. Workshops can be used to teach patients about a wide variety of subjects, with two of the most popular being health and addiction and nutrition.
The main intention of such sessions is for you to learn how to live a healthier lifestyle going into the future, which could be the key to preventing relapse.
What if I don’t want to go to rehab?
If you mean residential rehab by that statement, you’ll be glad to know that that’s definitely not the only option! One of the main distinctions made between different kinds of addiction treatment is inpatient vs outpatient, meaning essentially, residential vs at home.
Some (primarily those with severe to moderate addictions) may benefit from having continued access to care and being in an environment of continual treatment. But others may do better in a home environment, where they might feel safer and more comfortable.
Another deciding factor maybe your home circumstances and the impact that they’re having on your addiction. People in difficult home environments impacting their addiction may do better if they get away from those situations.
The final major factor that we just touched on is, of course, the severity of the addiction itself, in the sense that some may not be able to complete at-home treatments without relapsing.
I feel ready to reach out
That’s a good sign of progress – now all you need to do is get in touch with OK Rehab and we’ll help you to find the right specific treatment.
Every addiction is different, just as every person being treated is different and usually comes from different circumstances. So, that also means that every treatment journey is different too.
There’s a chance that you won’t need to go through every treatment we’ve listed here, or you may need to go through a lot of them.
If you’re finding all of this stressful or overwhelming, don’t think about it in too much intense detail for now – all of this can be sorted out if and when you call us.