Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Worcestershire
When looking into drug and alcohol rehab in Worcestershire, you might have a lot of ideas about the process and about addiction itself already.
But it’s actually a lot more complex than a lot of people think – as a disorder, addiction physically changes the way your brain works. It also works on both a psychological and physical level – all these factors combined can make it very hard to beat without the right support and treatment.
But if you’re inexperienced in these things, it can be very hard to know where to turn or even how to start. That’s where OK Rehab comes in. We’re made up of people who’ve experienced addiction and we’ve dealt with many, many cases of it. If you talk to us about your specific circumstances, we can advise you on where to go next.
Here, we also have an in-depth guide to various aspects of addiction and recovery, so you can gain a deeper understanding of the subject before you start looking into treatment.
The devastating impact of addiction
As addiction affects both the mind and the body, as we mentioned previously, it can leave a devastating trail of destruction in sufferer’s lives. One of the biggest examples is the changes in personality it can bring about, especially in the long term.
This can destroy relationships and can even increase reckless behaviour, which is by the way another psychological effect that can be incredibly damaging.
One of the most common signs of drug or alcohol problems is changes in behaviour, obvious damage to the sufferers’ personal and/or professional life and an inability to stop using in spite of all that.
And of course, drug and alcohol misuse all too often leads to overdoses and alcohol poisoning, which can both be deadly.
In addition to damaging your work and personal life and without discussing overdoses, addiction can also really damage your health in the long term. For example, some of the effects of long-term heavy drug and alcohol use could be strokes, liver problems (this one particularly applies in the case of alcoholics), heart issues and even some kinds of cancer.
The longer you leave getting help, the worse your addiction will get, meaning your likelihood of experiencing such side effects will increase.
The best way to avoid all of these side effects (and the ones listed in the segment above) is to get help in managing your addiction as soon as possible. Unfortunately, addiction is so far-reaching that there isn’t really a cure.
In fact, for a majority of people, like many other kinds of mental illness, this is a lifelong battle. But you can get your life back on track.
Types of treatment
As addiction itself is such a vast and complex issue, the treatments for it can also vary widely. Factors that will go into deciding the right kind of treatment for you or your loved one are:
- Yours (or their) personality – Different types of people will respond to treatment differently – what works for one person won’t always work for another.
- The length of their addiction – As we said previously, as a general rule, the longer an addiction is left the worse it will likely get. More intensive treatment will probably be required if the addiction has been left for a long time.
- The severity of their addiction – This one kind of goes without saying, but generally more severe addictions will require more intense levels of treatment, as well as different kinds of treatment.
- The home environment that the person looking into treatment is in – People who are currently living in difficult circumstances may find that this worsens their addiction. As a result, many people in those kinds of circumstances find that getting away to residential rehab, known as inpatient treatment, is the best thing for their recovery. On the other hand, others may be more comfortable recovering at home, in what’s known as outpatient treatment. The environment in which you’re being treated is the primary difference between the two, as many of the same actual treatments are available through both.
One of the major components of both inpatient and outpatient treatment is therapy and counselling. And you might think that these are the same thing, but they’re actually quite different.
The primary difference is that, whilst counselling is more generalised, therapy is more focused and specialised. Speaking generally, through counselling you might even be directed towards a therapist that specialises in the issues you need help with.
The kind of therapy where you sit down and talk is technically known as talking therapy, but there are multiple other kinds too. One unusual example especially common in residential treatment is art therapy.
This is one of the ones where personality plays into your treatment. If you’re a very creative person who likes to express themselves overall, then it could really help.
Going further back, nearly all experiences of both inpatient and outpatient treatment start off with some form of assisted detox, to cleanse you of the drugs and alcohol that could still be in your system in a safe way.
If you attempt to do this alone, first of all, it’s not likely to work due to the aforementioned complex nature of addiction. Second of all, especially depending on what you’re addicted to, you could start to experience dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
Detoxing generally put into the category of physical treatment, but it also allows you to start the mental journey of breaking toxic habits.
You might think of it as a cliché, but support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous do genuinely really help a lot of people. Sharing your experiences in a supported, understanding and confidential environment, with other people going through the same thing, is incredibly freeing. Group therapy works well for a similar reason.
Depending on whether you’re going through inpatient or outpatient treatment, the support groups available to you may vary. For example, in the context of outpatient treatment, any support groups you go to will be localised groups and the timetabling of sessions may differ in comparison to the schedule of a residential rehab facility.
Some people are also surprised to learn that physical therapies such as massages, reflexology and acupuncture are also a common part of addiction recovery.
But they can really help to lift your mood and take away your tension, making other more direct forms of treatment easier. No matter what combination of treatments you end up going through, it will all come together to help you heal.
OK Rehab’s helpline
Reading through all the different treatment options and seeing how much they can vary, you may feel a bit overwhelmed. But you don’t have to make these choices alone. At OK Rehab, we’ll take every aspect of your specific situation into account and from there we can create a personalised treatment plan.
If you go to a residential facility or arrange to recover with a specific organisation, they’ll likely want to assess you too, for similar reasons. In any assessment, the same or similar questions will also likely come up. These are:
- What are you addicted to?
- How long has your addiction been happening for?
- Is this the first time you’ve tried to get help?
- Does anyone else know about your addiction?
- Where are you located?
Like every other aspect of this process, the questions asked during initial assessments can also vary a bit, so don’t take that list as absolute. But, speaking generally, it does cover a majority of what you could be asked.
Now let’s talk more specifically about drug and alcohol rehab in Worcestershire. There are a good few residential facilities available across the area. Considering you have so many options, it might take a while to find the right fit for you.
Although you should obviously try and get help as soon as possible, so you shouldn’t take too long deciding, it might also be a good idea to fully research every available option in a lot of detail.
Look on the website of every place you’re considering, look into the treatments they offer, the rules they have, their location. You’ll have the most successful experience if you choose a place that works perfectly with your needs.
This is especially true in the context of residential rehab, but it also applies to outpatient treatment. If that’s what you’re going for, you should also look into the organisations running each treatment in a lot of detail.
What to take with you
On a more technical level, you might have noticed we mentioned rules in the last segment. Every individual rehab will have their own specific lists of what you are and aren’t recommended/allowed to take with you.
Some of the things you’re generally advised to pack are:
- Clean clothes and any toiletries you might need
- A notebook and a pen
- Names and numbers of anyone you’d like to contact during the process
- Sentimental jewellery, such as wedding rings
Some of the items that most commonly make the list of banned items are:
- Drugs, alcohol and certain medications
- Toiletries that might contain alcohol
- Items such as nail polish that could also be misused
- Outside food and drinks
The first steps towards help
When facing any form of mental illness that requires treatment, the most important two first steps are admitting that you have a problem and then getting help for that problem. As we mentioned previously, addiction also gets worse over time.
Getting to it as soon as possible will likely make treatment a much easier process, like with any other illness.
One last note – we’ve aimed a lot of this page towards people who are just starting to reach out, for either themselves or a loved one, and who are looking for more information on both addiction and recovery.
But even if you have been through recovery before and are reading this because of a relapse, our services are still open to you. We’ll always be here, to talk through any issues you might be having and to offer you advice based on our experience.
So many people have made it through addiction issues and are now living much happier, healthier lives due to various kinds of treatment. No matter how much it feels like you can’t right now, you can do this too.
If you’d like to get in touch with OK Rehab for any addiction related issue, the number to call is 0800 326 5559.