If you are struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, you may feel like you have nowhere to turn. Addiction is a vicious cycle that only gets worse over time and it is very difficult to break free from without expert professional help.

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It can also be very painful to watch a loved one hurt themselves and those around them with substance misuse and addiction.

If you are experiencing these issues, your best option could be drug and alcohol rehab in Croxley Green. Our rehab treatment programmes use evidence-based techniques that are effective through both research and experience. If you want to break free from the grip of drugs or alcohol, get in touch to find out how we can help.

 

What is Addiction?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that addiction is “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences”. It adds that it is considered a brain disorder because it involves “functional changes to brain circuits involved in reward, stress, and self-control”.  Those changes may last a long time after a person has stopped taking drugs.1

The compulsive side of addiction and the fact that it changes how the brain works helps to explain why addiction is so hard to tackle without expert help. Physical dependency can also develop, meaning you are likely to experience strong cravings and potential withdrawal symptoms if you stop drinking or using drugs. Alcohol treatment helps you to overcome all these issues, essentially resetting your system and helping you to explore ways of living without the crutch of drugs or alcohol.

 

Signs of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

He signs of an addiction can vary depending on the substance and the individual. The classic idea is of a person with no control who is living a chaotic lifestyle and this can certainly be the case. There are also many so-called ‘functional’ addicts who might seem to be holding things together but are in turmoil beneath the surface. Some signs to look out for include:

  • Taking more and more of the substance
  • Needing more for the same effect
  • Craving drugs or alcohol
  • Feeling withdrawal symptoms when you do not drink or use drugs
  • Feeling anxious about securing drugs or alcohol
  • Drugs and alcohol are becoming a priority
  • Avoiding situations where you can’t drink or use drugs
  • Spending money you need elsewhere on drugs or alcohol
  • Feeling like you can’t get through the day without it
  • Continuing to drink or use drugs despite negative consequences
  • Frequently becoming very intoxicated

Other signs and signals can vary from person to person, such as mood swings, low-level illnesses and infections, defensiveness and secrecy (hiding evidence of your drinking or drug use).

If any of these things apply to you, you might have a harmful relationship with drugs and alcohol, even if it is not full-blown addiction. It is always best to seek expert help at the earliest opportunity.

 

Drug and Alcohol Rehab: A Timeline

Rehab treatment programmes can vary in length and will be tailored to your own unique situation and needs. That said, there will be some common elements that most people will experience, and a duration of 28 days is not uncommon.

The three main stages of rehab are:

Detoxification

Some people attend alcohol and drug rehab, having not drunk alcohol or used drugs for a while, but for most, the recovery journey starts here. This is where you process the drugs or alcohol already in your system and manage the impact of that, which can include intense cravings and physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. The timeline for this can vary widely depending on the individual and the substance involved, but dealing with the after-effects typically takes a lot longer than the process of physical drug and alcohol detoxification itself.

One of the main benefits of residential rehab is that you are in a safe environment, away from the triggers and temptations that usually surround you and with no access to drugs or alcohol. This allows you to take a step back, rest, reset and really focus on your recovery. A managed alcohol and drug detox in rehab is the safest and most effective way to deal with this challenging part of the process.

Therapeutic programme

Detox will be followed by, or sometimes overlap with, a comprehensive therapeutic programme. This uses a range of therapies to address the psychological aspects of your addiction, as well as helping you to explore the root causes of your substance misuse. You will also have sessions aimed at helping you to improve your overall physical and mental well-being and develop strategies to help you cope and avoid relapse.

Aftercare

While your rehab treatment will help you to clean or sober up and prepare for life without drugs or alcohol, there will still be challenges. A tailored aftercare package will help you to meet these challenges and at Asana Lodge, you will be offered 12 months of aftercare following your rehab programme.

 

Does Treatment End After Rehab?

You can access aftercare after your rehab stay, which can take various forms. Regular weekly catch-up sessions can allow you to re-engage with trusted therapists and fellow former residents. Helplines and local support groups can also be useful in providing the support you need, when you need it. The 12 months following rehab or any other form of addiction treatment are typically the most challenging and when you are most vulnerable to rehab. This is why we offer a year-long aftercare programme to everyone completing our rehab courses.

 

We Can Help

If you are sick and tired of drugs and alcohol making you sick and tired, get in touch today. We can help you to break the vicious cycle of addiction and move forward into a happier and healthier life free from drugs and alcohol. Call our team today on 01908 489 421 or contact us on our online form.

 

Sources

  1. https://nida.nih.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/drug-misuse-addiction

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is outpatient rehab?

To join outpatient rehab means that you’ll remain staying at home whilst visiting our drug and alcohol rehab each day to receive your addiction treatment. This is the main difference between outpatient rehab and inpatient rehab, as with inpatient rehab, you stay overnight at our rehabilitation centre until you’ve completed your programme. Both treatment options have their own advantages and disadvantages, whichever works best for you will be dependent on your own circumstances and the nature of your addiction.

How do I prepare for rehab?

To ensure that you are prepared to enter our drug and alcohol rehab, there are several things that you can do. Firstly, we recommend asking us any questions that you may have surrounding treatment, your time in our rehab and our facilities. In doing so, you will have all of the information you need, and you will find that you feel more at ease when the time comes for you to commence treatment. We also recommend informing your loved ones and others, such as your employer, that you will be attending rehab. Although you may want to keep your addiction and recovery a secret, upon attending our rehab, you will be required to remain within our centre for at least 28-days as you complete treatment. During this time, you will not be able to work, nor will you be able to leave to return home.

How do I pick the right rehabilitation programme?

Only you can decide what’s right for you. It’s vital to consider your budget, whether you want to go through rehab on an inpatient or outpatient basis and if you wish to go to rehab close to or far away from your home. The need to get treatment might feel urgent but making a quick wrong decision will hamper future efforts at staying clean—so take the time to research.