Ideal for those that live in the South West of England, our drug and alcohol rehabs in West Sussex provide state-of-the-art treatment to those battling drug and alcohol addictions.
If you are concerned that someone close to you is silently suffering from an addiction but you are not one hundred percent sure if the changes in their behaviour are a result of a drug or alcohol addiction, we are here to help.
We interact with individuals that are dependent on alcohol and drugs every single day. As a result, we can help you to determine if an addiction is present.
Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction
In England alone, over half a million people are dependent on alcohol. However, only 18% of these people have sought treatment for their addiction.
In 2019, the NHS reported that there were over one million hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption and addictions.
The majority of those admitted were found to be suffering from a concoction of medical conditions including cancer, high blood pressure, mental health disorders and liver-related issues.
Alcohol addictions can be challenging to spot, especially if the individual in question is a functioning alcoholic. While the psychological signs that an addiction is present may not always be evident to the naked eye, you will likely have observed some physical changes in those battling an addiction.
If you have spotted any of the below signs and symptoms in your loved one or even a colleague, an addiction is likely to be present.
- – Changes in physical appearance such as facial discolouration
- – Not taking pride in their hygiene
- – Lack of commitment to responsibilities
- – Inability to focus on and complete simple tasks
- – Appearing to be more tired than usual
- – Changes in personality such as becoming agitated quickly or becoming increasingly unreliable
- – Smelling alcohol on them at various times throughout the day
Although not all of these warning signs will be present, you may notice at least two or three of them.
Signs and Symptoms of Drug Addiction
Similarly to alcohol addictions, drug addictions can have devastating outcomes on the lives of those battling the addiction. As a result, it is imperative to seek support from a drug or alcohol rehab in West Sussex sooner rather than later.
In 2019, the NHS confirmed that there had been over 7,000 hospital admissions for drug-related mental disorders. In addition, 18,000 people were admitted to hospital because they had suffered from drug misuse poisoning. Out of those admitted throughout the year, almost 3,000 people lost their lives to their drug addiction.
Spotting the signs and symptoms of drug addictions can ultimately save lives. The substance being abused may cause symptoms to differ, however, you will generally notice at least one of the following signs in someone that is suffering from a drug addiction;
- – Changes in physical appearances such as weight loss, changes in skin colour and bloodshot eyes
- – Heightened mood swings
- – Changes in their personality
- – Becoming increasingly private about what they are doing or where they are going
- – Lack of attention and interest in things that they usually enjoy
- – Wanting to be alone and desiring space from others
- – Becoming absent from events, meetings, work and home life
- – Having trouble sleeping and suffering from insomnia
- – Seeming anxious or on edge
- – Constantly looking at their phone but acting extremely secretive
The Impact Drug and Alcohol Addictions Have
Unfortunately, due to their very nature, drug and alcohol addictions have a severe impact on the physical and psychological health of individuals.
As touched on above, signs and symptoms that someone is battling an addiction will only be physically apparent to others. However, those battling addictions are also likely to be suffering from mental health disorders including depression, anxiety or schizophrenia.
It is possible that individuals with a substance addiction were experiencing mental health problems prior to becoming addicted to a substance. They may have turned to drugs or alcohol to relieve the feelings associated.
Without professional treatment from a drug and alcohol rehab in West Sussex, drug or alcohol abuse can rapidly turn into a vicious cycle that is hard to escape.
Where a substance has been used to relieve stress, anxiety or depression in the short-term, individuals will begin to rely on drugs or alcohol to continue to diminish their feelings. Gradually, this increases the prospect of an addiction becoming present.
Individuals suffering from addictions will not often understand or believe that they are addicted to drugs or alcohol. They may think that they can stop taking a substance if they need to. However, upon doing so, they will experience withdrawal symptoms.
Sadly, they are likely to assume that withdrawal symptoms are related to their mental health conditions, rather than their addiction.
This will see them once again turn to the substance of their choice to soothe their physical and psychological feelings.
How to Ensure That Someone Seeks Help
Although you may believe that you can ensure that your loved one or colleague commits to a recovery programme, it is imperative to remember that you cannot force someone to seek help.
Addiction recovery requires commitment, which is why we can only admit people to our drug and alcohol rehabs if they want to change their life.
If you believe that an intervention is necessary, here at Rehab Clinics Group, we welcome family and professional referrals. This referral process typically consists of someone else referring an individual that has an addiction to us.
Upon gathering information such as the symptoms you have observed, we will attempt to contact the individual in question. If they are ready to seek professional support, they will then be invited to a pre-admission meeting.
Here, we will discuss their addiction and the treatment available to them at a rehab in West Sussex. To stage an intervention and refer a loved one or colleague to our drug and alcohol rehab in West Sussex, please call our team today.
Your actions could potentially save someone’s life.