Despite the fact that lockdown is easing, it doesn’t mean that mental health issues are disappearing. In fact, it is quite the opposite. The implementation of the ‘new normal’ is bringing about a whole range of challenges that individuals are having to cope with. Here at Asana Lodge, we offer…Read More
The chances that you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction is now higher than ever. Nobody ever thinks that an addiction will happen to them, but it is extremely common. Drug and alcohol addictions can happen to anyone from all walks of life. It can often be impossible to break out of the habit once you’re in it.
At Asana Lodge, we offer a private drug and alcohol recovery rehab program that is tailored to every individual’s needs. If you live in or near the Aldershot area, get in touch with us today to find out more about how we can help you.
The Impact Of Alcohol Addiction
Many people struggling to cope with mental health issues, trauma, grief and more may turn to alcohol to comfort them. Alcohol can act like a tranquiliser, this helps the user to feel relaxed for a short period of time.
It can make the brain convince the user that using is helping them by allowing the person to numb emotions for a very brief period of time and release positive endorphins every time they use. This causes addiction and can feel almost impossible to get out of as the user often doesn’t want to stop.
Every aspect of an alcoholic or a drug addict’s life will be negatively impacted eventually, often the user will not notice how much the substance is destroying their life. Substance addiction affects your health, both physically and mentally.
However, it can also affect other aspects such as social and financial. Relationships are bound to suffer due to the fact it is almost impossible to maintain a good relationship with anyone, including yourself when you have a substance addiction.
They may find that their memory is poor and they are no longer functioning as well as before they began with an addiction. They may lose their job, house, money and most importantly, relationships with family, friends and loved ones.
In terms of mental and physical health, these are impacted significantly. Unfortunately, people suffering from addiction have often turned to drugs or alcohol to help them cope with their mental state.
They may believe that drinking alcohol or using drugs is helping them when, as a matter of fact, it is doing the opposite. Alcohol is a depressant and causes severe anxiety, not to mention terrible hangovers that can often cause panic and severe depression.
Both alcohol and drugs can mess up your brain chemistry and can cause a number of mental health issues including paranoia, psychosis and hallucinations.
Not only will a person’s mental health suffer but also their physical health. Your physical health can be impacted dramatically and is often fatal due to complications and overdose. Just some of the health complications are listed below.
- Heart failure
- Liver failure
- High blood pressure
- Damage to the nervous system
- Lung disease
Where Do I Go From Here?
The first step to your recovery journey is admitting to yourself and those around you, that you have a problem. This is a very difficult step to take as addiction makes a person believe that the cure to their problems is the drugs or alcohol they use.
When they finally realise their problem sometimes the addict may not want to stop, this is also very common and unfortunately a reason as to why someone may relapse. When deciding to go sober, you must take it seriously. Recovery is not easy and will require you to surrender to your addiction fully to make a change.
If you feel you are ready to take the steps towards a chance at a new, positive, healthier and sober life then the next thing to do is to decide on your sources of support. You may find it easier to cope by telling a loved one and confiding in them.
Some people visit their GP for advice and others call support helplines. Often people will attend a support group, this is a very popular way to start your recovery journey. Attending a group with others who are in a similar situation as you may be comforting.
One of the best ways to embark upon your recovery journey is to attend a residential treatment clinic or ‘rehab.’ When attending rehabilitation, you will be assisted with all your need and given full support. You will be assessed and given a full treatment programme to fit your needs and your specific situation.
Upon entering rehab, you will be assisted through detox. Detox is when you rid your body of all traces of drugs or alcohol, this is essential to beginning recovery. Detoxing alone is very dangerous and can be fatal, especially when detoxing from alcohol.
You can suffer many side effects from depression, anxiety and nausea to more serious side effects such as hallucinations, seizures and heart failure. Therefore, it is extremely important to be supervised by a medical professional.
When detoxing in rehab you will most likely be given medications to make you more comfortable and to prevent any serious side effects. You are also likely to be given a meal plan containing the nutrients your body will be lacking and will need to get better.
After the detoxing stage, you will have one to one therapy with a psychologist, this will continue throughout your stay. You will also attend group therapies and wellbeing therapies. The support is non-stop and you will learn to be more self-aware.
During your stay in rehab, you will learn about yourself and your addiction. You will learn strategies to cope with your addiction moving forward.
Finding a Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centre in Aldershot
If you are struggling with addiction, there is no better time than now to reach out for help. Get in touch with us today on 01908 489 421 and our friendly, helpful team will help you with any questions you may have.
We will also help to guide you through the admission process to make it as easy as possible for you.
Whether you are personally in recovery or are concerned that your loved one is at risk of experiencing a relapse, we would recommend looking out for the following warning signs; – Insomnia – Sleeping too much – Suffering from exhaustion – Feeling run down – Isolation from others – Changes…Read More
Many people with an eating problem are also diagnosed with a mental illness, and in order to treat one condition, we also need to look at the other. That’s why the team at Asana Lodge includes experts in both mental health problems and eating disorders, giving you a better chance…Read More