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Addiction is a serious problem that can strike anyone, regardless of wealth, social status, education or any other similar factors. If it does take hold, it can be extremely difficult to tackle alone. This is because addiction changes the way your brain works, affecting parts that are involved with pleasure, reward, impulse control and more. Addiction is also characterised by an impulse to continue to use the substance, even when there are negative consequences. All of this helps to explain why it is so difficult to beat addiction without professional help guided by a scientific and evidence-led approach.
Drug and alcohol addiction in Brighouse
If you are suffering from an addiction, a drug and alcohol rehab in Brighouse or further afield may represent your best chance of breaking free from that vicious cycle and going on to make a full and lasting recovery. Rehab addiction treatment programmes are tailored to your own individual circumstances and use a range of proven, evidence-based techniques to treat every aspect of addiction. There is no magic ‘cure’ for addiction but with hard work and the right support in place, it can be successfully treated.
Outpatient vs inpatient rehab
One of the biggest choices you will have to make is whether to go for outpatient or inpatient rehab. Inpatient rehab is generally the most effective way of treating serious addiction problems for a number of reasons. You will be treated in a safe, calm and non-judgemental environment, away from the people and places associated with your past drinking and/or drug use. You will be surrounded by expert professionals providing round the clock care and support and will take part in a tailored package of therapies and other treatments aimed at helping you deal with the psychological aspects of your addiction. You will also be able to undergo the difficult stage of detox under direct medical supervision.
Addictions treated at Asana Lodge
At Asana Lodge we treat numerous forms of addiction including:
- Alcohol addiction – Despite being legal and socially acceptable, alcohol is one of the most harmful drugs around and associated withdrawal symptoms can be severe.
- Cocaine addiction – Cocaine and its crack cocaine derivative is one of the most addictive substances and its use is on the rise.
- Cannabis addiction – Some believe cannabis to be a harmless drug, but addiction can have a severe psychological impact and trigger or exacerbate some mental health conditions.
- Prescription drug addiction – Illegal drugs are not the only harmful ones when misused and misuse of prescription drugs can easily lead to addiction.
- Gambling addiction – Some behaviours can also be addictive and compulsive gambling can have a huge negative impact on your finances, relationships and mental well-being.
What is a detox?
Detox, or detoxification, is the process in which all traces of drugs and alcohol are expelled or metabolised by the body. It is an important part of recovery and usually forms a major part of rehab – although some people do attend rehab having not used drugs or alcohol for a while.
One reason why it is so hard to go through this process outside rehab is because addiction results in your body being used to having these chemicals in the system. They affect how the brain works and when they are suddenly removed, this can cause unpleasant and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms vary between individuals and depending on the substance involved, but could include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fatigue and exhaustion
- Chills and/or fever
- Muscle aches
- Flu-like symptoms
- Extreme anxiety
- Panic attacks
More extreme withdrawal symptoms could include hallucinations, seizures and in some cases could even prove fatal.
The aim of a supervised detox is to minimise the unpleasant and harmful effects of the process, making it as safe and comfortable as possible. Trained clinicians may be able to prescribe medications to help with withdrawal symptoms and cravings (but only where this is appropriate) and to provide medical care and assistance where needed.
Therapies for addiction treatment
Detox is an important stage but it is far from the end of the journey. During your stay in rehab, you will also undertake a programme of therapies and other treatments with the aim of treating your body and mind and addressing every aspect of your addiction. For some this can be just as painful as detox, as it involves exploring your emotions and the root causes of your substance misuse with as much honesty as possible.
Many different kinds of therapy can be useful for this. At Asana Lodge, the cornerstone of our treatment is a range of psychological therapies carried out by experienced, qualified psychologists and counsellors. This will include cognitive behavioural therapy, which has been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of addiction, as well as mental health issues like depression and anxiety.
Other therapies we use include the likes of:
- Trauma and abuse counselling
- Satori therapy
- Stress management
- Relapse prevention sessions
- Family therapy
- Mediation therapy for disputes
- Reflections & hope group therapy
Some of these may be familiar to you, while others are less widely used and more innovative (but still safe and evidence-backed). Satori therapy, for example, uses the Satori Chair, also known as the ZRO Touch Wellness System. Using proprietary technology, the Satori Chair can help to realign an imbalance in brain chemistry using vibration and sound therapy.
Other therapies to improve your overall sense of well-being (which can help with relapse prevention further down the recovery road) include:
- Meditation and mindfulness sessions
- Art therapy workshops
- Relaxation and sleep management
- Self-help sessions
- Holistic therapy
At Asana Lodge, we also specialise in treating coexisting addiction and mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, stress and PTSD. This approach is called dual diagnosis and can be very important as addiction, substance misuse and mental health can all have an effect on each other.
Contact us today
If you’re worried about your drinking or drug use, it’s always best to seek professional help as soon as possible. Our trained and friendly team can answer any queries you might have and signpost the best way forward – whether it is with us or not. We also offer a family referral service for people who have been watching their loved ones damage themselves and those around them with drugs or alcohol.
Get in touch today and it might be one of the most positive steps forward you ever take.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you convince someone to go to rehab?
There is no set path to getting someone the help they need. You don’t know how people will react and it can turn into a very stressful situation. Getting educated about addiction as a disease, researching possible rehab options and looking for professional help are good ways to approach the topic. Having answers for possible reservations and being supported by a professional may put the person you are trying to convince more at ease and more amenable to the idea. The best thing you can do is to be understanding and avoid negativity.
What should I pack for rehab?
You should only bring the essentials when you come to rehab. Enough clothes to last (laundry will be done for you), outdoor clothing, clothes to exercise in, toiletries, prescribed medication, maybe a book. Bringing electronics such as your phone or a laptop is fine, but you may be limited to how much you can use these devices. Rehab is about getting away from the distractions of the outside world to focus on getting better.
What is outpatient rehab?
Outpatient rehab is when you undergo addiction treatment during the day without staying full-time at the facility. If you want to keep your normal day to day routine, then outpatient rehab affords you flexibility and you don’t have to take time away from your family and friends. With outpatient rehab, you will still receive the same high standard care as inpatient rehab but are more likely to come up against daily triggers and temptations. Outpatient rehab has a lower success rate but is the cheaper option and might be more suitable for those with milder addictions.
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