Addiction was once seen almost as a character flaw and something to be ashamed of. We now understand a lot more about how addiction works and, consequently, how to treat it.
These days addiction is seen as a disease and, while some people may be more vulnerable due to genetic and environmental factors, it is widely acknowledged that alcohol and drug addiction can affect anyone.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) says: “Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences.”
It adds that people who have an addiction compulsively use substances or engage in behaviours despite harmful consequences. This helps explain why it is so difficult to beat an addiction using willpower alone.
Thankfully though, like other chronic diseases, addiction can be successfully treated using evidence-based therapies and addiction treatment programmes.
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How Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation in Bognor Regis can help
The most effective way to treat serious and long-standing addictions has been shown to be an evidence-based programme delivered through residential rehab. The term ‘rehab’ has come to be used to refer to both the process of recovery (rehabilitation) and the facility itself (going to rehab).
The exact details of the rehabilitation programme may vary but it will incorporate a number of elements – including detoxification, addiction treatment therapies and healthy living options such as nutrition, exercise and relaxation techniques.
All these things combine into a holistic rehabilitation programme designed to help you recover and move forward into a more positive drink and drug-free future.
Residential Rehab in Bognor Regis versus Outpatient Treatment
The two main methods of delivering addiction treatment programmes are via residential rehab and through outpatient programmes. Residential rehab is ‘live in’ meaning you remain at the rehab centre for the duration of your programme.
This will put you in a safe, secure environment where you can concentrate on the therapies and treatments offered without the usual pressures of daily life. You will also be away from the temptation of readily available drink or drugs and the people, places and situations that might trigger or be associated with your substance misuse.
You will have access to round the clock support and medical supervision when needed, such as when you are going through detox.
Compared to a private drug and alcohol rehab, the treatment offered on the NHS tends to be provided on a community or outpatient basis. This means that the patient has to attend appointments and will be around their usual temptations and triggers. They will also have to largely battle through the difficult process of detoxification alone.
What is a Detox Programme?
Detox or detoxification requires you to flush the toxins from your system. There are various types of detox but in drug and alcohol rehab terms, it refers specifically to getting rid of the drugs and alcohol already in your system. Some people do turn up to rehab without having drunk alcohol or taken drugs for a while but this is not generally the case.
Detoxification generally involves a range of withdrawal symptoms that can vary depending on the substance involved.
Alcohol, for example, might be legal and socially acceptable but withdrawal symptoms from an alcohol addiction can be particularly severe and could include:
- – Depression
- – Anxiety
- – Insomnia
- – Mood swings
- – Shaking
- – Fever and chills
- – High blood pressure
- – Nausea and vomiting
- – Headaches and muscle pains
- – Heart palpitations
- – Kidney and liver dysfunction
- – Hallucinations
- – Hyperventilating
- – Tremors and seizures
Not everyone will suffer all of these and some will experience more severe withdrawal symptoms than others. It is always safer and more effective to undergo the detoxification programme in a controlled and supervised environment, however.
As well as providing medical supervision and monitoring during the process, our doctors are also able to prescribe suitable medication approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to help get you through the worst of the withdrawal.
Addiction Therapy and Treatments available in Bognor Regis
A supervised detox can help you get rid of the drugs or alcohol in your system and to get over the immediate withdrawal symptoms but rehab is also about preparing you for long-term recovery and helping you to avoid relapsing once you leave drug and alcohol rehab.
There are a number of addiction treatment types for this purpose, including a range of talking therapies. These could include group therapy sessions and individual therapies such as one to one counselling, psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Some other cutting edge therapies available through Rehab Clinics Group that not may be available elsewhere include Satori Chair Therapy and Low Level Laser Therapy. Technology is increasingly being leveraged to treat alcohol and drug addiction but we only provide therapies that are safe and have been shown to be effective.
Addiction and Mental Health Treatment
Many rehab centres will also treat mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Addiction and mental health are often intertwined. Existing mental health problems can sometimes lead to substance misuse and addiction, while excessive substance abuse and addiction can often trigger or exacerbate mental health conditions.
It can be risky to treat one side of the equation without addressing the other as an untreated mental health condition could lead to an addiction relapse and vice versa.
What does the Rehab Admissions process involve?
Every addiction treatment programme is individually tailored and our thorough pre-admission screening and admission process is designed to determine your own situation and requirements. You will be interviewed and undergo a medical assessment to ensure that any treatment programme is sage to undertake before it begins.
What happens when I leave Rehab?
Leaving rehab can feel daunting. Cravings can continue and the first few weeks can be particularly risky. This is why we provide a full 12 months of complementary aftercare to provide support when you need it most.
How do I find a Rehab near me?
If you’re looking for a drug or alcohol rehab in Bognor Regis we can help find the perfect place for your individual needs. All it takes to start the ball rolling is a call or message so contact us today.