When life is difficult, it is easy to just ignore your problems so that you can try to carry on like normal.
It is a very British thing to do when you think about it. The idea of keeping calm and carrying on was a brilliant wartime slogan. Still, now for many living with a drug or alcohol dependency, it has become a harmful ideal.
The stiff-upper-lip mentality may seem reasonable in theory, but what it encourages people to do is keep their problems to themselves. Take those bad feelings and push them down so that they don’t have to deal with them today.
It would be nice if the answer to a drug or alcohol dependency was to ignore it until it wasn’t there anymore.
If you could do that, then you wouldn’t need to admit you are struggling with a loved one, and you wouldn’t have to confront your vulnerability. We know it is scary to just think about having to come forward about your substance abuse and how you are feeling.
But you will never be able to achieve long-term recovery by ignoring your substance abuse. If anything, that will only make it worse, allowing your mental health to spiral and your physical health to decline.
The calm and collected exterior most people want to project often doesn’t have much to do with others in their lives. While they may be afraid of how they may think of them, no one wants to have an honest conversation with themselves at the end of the day.
It is a very serious conversation where you have to come to terms with the fact that you are living with a drug or alcohol dependency, and it has gotten out of control. You can not get past this and achieve long-term recovery alone.
You need the help and care only found in a drug and alcohol rehab centre in the Westhoughton area.
Keeping calm and carrying on doesn’t mean you should put on a stoic front and ignore all your problems. On the contrary, it means that you have to do what’s best for you despite the fear and anxiety you may be feeling.
A stiff upper lip doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be open and vulnerable with your emotions and the state of your mental health. Instead, it means you have to be brave and put your trust in a medical professional to give you the help you need. We know you must be feeling very overwhelmed right now.
You may still be tempted to just ignore your drug or alcohol dependency and hope for the best. But you deserve to live a life that isn’t ruled by your substance abuse. One that gives you a chance at being happy and healthy.
We want to give you a chance at that life. So we only ask that you listen to what we have to say so that you can understand why a drug and alcohol rehab centre in the Westhoughton area is the best place for you.
We are OK Rehab, and we really hope that you let us help you.
Why a drug and alcohol rehab centre can help you
To put it very simply, the journey to long-term recovery is not something you can do alone. Not only do many of the treatments involved require the help of a fully trained medical professional, but they are also dangerous if attempted alone.
Now, you may be wondering why treatments are required in the first place. After all, TV shows and movies have constantly put forward the idea that the way to deal with a drug or alcohol dependency is to lock yourself away for a few days to sweat the toxins out.
Well, real life is much more complicated than TV and movies would suggest.
First of all, what is often portrayed as the only step in the recovery process is actually only half of the core treatments offered at a drug and alcohol rehab centre. It is known as the detox and can be very dangerous if it is done alone and outside of a medical facility.
The detox is simply a process that allows your body to naturally rid itself of all toxins in a controlled and safe environment. These toxins include any drugs or alcohol in your system that can trigger cravings.
The reason the detox should never be attempted alone is because of the withdrawal symptoms you will experience as the drugs or alcohol leave your system.
Withdrawal symptoms occur when your body has become dependent on drugs or alcohol. This happens because when you first abuse a substance, you cause a big rush of the feel-good chemical dopamine to be released.
As this rush results in you experiencing pleasure, your brain begins to crave more. However, the danger is that over time your brain will get used to the higher levels of dopamine and will need more drugs or alcohol in order for you to experience the same rush again.
This panic is the withdrawal symptoms, and they can be very uncomfortable and even dangerous under the right circumstances.
The withdrawal symptoms you may experience are:
- Muscle pain
- Muscle spasms
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
In a drug and alcohol rehab centre, the fully trained medical staff will monitor you night and day until the detox process is over so they can keep you safe.
Most importantly, they can administer special medication that can relieve the withdrawal symptoms should they prove too much for your body to handle.
As we already mentioned detox is not the only necessary treatment. There is also therapy.
Talking about your problems may feel uncomfortable, but you will never be able to achieve long-term recovery if you don’t figure out what caused your substance abuse in the first place.
Substance abuse is often used as a way to self-medicate, so you don’t have to deal with the pain you are experiencing.
Unfortunately, you can’t just fix your mental health problems that easily.
It requires time and dedication and, most importantly, the help of a trained professional. For example, in a drug and alcohol rehab centre, you will work with a therapist to understand what caused your drug or alcohol dependency.
You will also work to understand what triggers your cravings so that you can avoid a replacement once you leave the centre.
Therapy will give you a chance to find healthier coping mechanisms to replace your substance abuse and allow you to live a happier and healthier life.
How we can help you
Your long-term recovery journey doesn’t start and end with a drug and alcohol rehab centre in the Westhoughton area.
It is a lifelong commitment that you work towards every day. But you don’t have to do it alone.
At OK Rehab, we are here to stand by your side and support you at the start of your journey. We understand how scary the idea of finding a drug and alcohol rehab centre in the Westhoughton area can be.
So we want to be there for you to make it just a little bit easier.
We do this by asking you to give us a call at 0800 326 5559, so we can talk you through the services a drug and alcohol rehab centre can offer.
We will also ask you to complete the free initial assessment that we will then use to refer you to the rehab centre in the Westhoughton area with the best possible facilities to cater for your needs.
This won’t be an easy time for you, and we can’t promise that you will enjoy it. But we can promise you that this is the right thing to do.
We have seen thousands of people who have changed their lives for the better by working towards long-term recovery. We want to offer you the chance to be one of them.
Just give us a call so we can help you on your way to your new drug and alcohol-free life.
Good luck, we can’t wait to hear from you.