When you are in the grip of an addiction it can feel as if it is the drugs or alcohol that control your life. It is true that a drug or alcohol addiction can be very difficult to tackle alone.Many people who are dependent on drink or drugs are very aware of their situation and will repeatedly try and fail to quit, which can feed into the vicious cycle and only make things worse. Others will be in denial about their problem and may not even admit that they have one.
The good news is that, like other illnesses, addiction can be treated. And, with the right help and support, you can kick drugs and alcohol for good.
Attending rehab in Colwyn Bay could be the step you need to help you turn your life around and take back control.
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How Rehabilitation in Colwyn Bay could help
Addiction used to be something of a dirty word. Many people still feel shame about their addiction and substance misuse issues, as if it is a personal feeling. These days much has been done to de-stigmatise the illness of addiction. There has also been a lot of research and practical work done to further the science of addiction recovery.
The rehabilitation process uses all this knowledge to provide tailored recovery programmes using evidence-based treatments. What’s more, these programmes are delivered by professionals in the field in a completely non-judgemental setting.
While everyone’s story and journey is different, your fellow clients will be facing similar issues meaning you are all in the same boat together.
What happens in the Rehab Referral and Admissions Process?
Every addiction treatment programme begins with a thorough admissions process that will be used to assess your needs and make sure the treatment you receive is the most likely to be effective.
During a pre-admission screening process you will be asked questions about your physical and mental health, personal circumstances and drug or alcohol use – all in the very strictest confidence of course. Before embarking on any detox and rehab programme you will also undergo a medical examination to ensure that you are safe to do so.
As already mentioned, many people will be in denial about the extent of their problem, which is why we also offer help and advice for the loved ones of people struggling with addiction. Addiction and the accompanying substance misuse and related behaviours do not just have an impact on the addict but also on those around them.
This is why we also offer professional, employer and family referrals.
What happens during Detox?
You might have heard of rehab centres referred to as detox clinics. Actually, while the detoxification programme is generally a vital part of any recovery, it is only a part of the wider treatment programme that is offered in a residential rehab centre.
Put simply, detox is the process during which you flush out the toxic elements left in your system from prolonged drug use or drinking. In other words, this is the part where you ‘sober up’. Over time your body and brain will have become used to these chemicals being present.
They change the way your brain deals with a number of areas including pleasure, reward and compulsion control. These are all elements of why beating an addiction is so difficult on your own and without the expert help provided by a rehab in Colwyn Bay.
Suddenly removing these chemicals also results in withdrawal symptoms. The exact nature of these can vary widely depending on the substance involved and other factors such as the severity of addiction and length and frequency of use.
Some substances such as opioids (heroin, some prescription drugs) and alcohol tend to have severe physical symptoms while others such as cocaine have withdrawal symptoms that are predominantly psychological.
Withdrawal is never easy though and going through detox in a medically supervised environment, with access to appropriate prescription medication is both safer and more likely to succeed.
What Addiction Treatments and Therapies are available
Detox is an important stage but private drug and alcohol rehab will also offer a range of treatments and therapies aimed at equipping you with everything you need to stay off drink and drugs once you leave.
This could include talking therapies such as group therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). There may also be workshops on nutrition, relaxation techniques and other areas that will help you to live a healthier, happier lifestyle.
What are the main signs of Addiction?
There are many signs and symptoms of addiction but three questions you should ask yourself include: Do I drink or take drugs despite knowing there may be negative consequences? Do I need more and more of the substance to get the same effect? Do I feel anxious and feel physical and psychological symptoms when I don’t drink or use drugs? If the answer to any of these is ‘yes’ you are likely to have a problem and may have a full-blown addiction.
How long does Rehab take?
The duration of rehabilitation can vary quite widely depending on your own situation and what you want to achieve. Some stays may be as little as a week, although this is not generally enough time to deliver complete addiction treatment programmes. Programmes of 28 days, 12 weeks or even longer are more likely to be effective in the long run and to help with relapse prevention when you do leave.
What happens after I finish Rehab?
That issue of relapse prevention is very important. Hopefully you will leave rehab with the tools, knowledge and motivation you need to stay clean and sober going forward but it is always a challenge, particularly during the first couple of months. At Rehab Clinic Groups we can offer a complementary aftercare plan for the first 12 months, which can help keep you focused and motivated, as well as providing vital support when you need it.