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The first step in addressing an addiction problem is acknowledging that there is a problem. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, it can be difficult to know where to turn. But rest assured, help is available. Here at Asana Lodge, we offer a comprehensive range of treatment services designed to meet the needs of our clients
Alcohol and drug abuse is a serious problem throughout the UK. According to leading charity Alcohol Change UK, there are an estimated 600,000 dependent drinkers in England alone, with less than a fifth of these accessing any kind of treatment.1 It’s more difficult to obtain reliable figures on drug misuse but data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales suggests that 2.1% of adults aged 16 to 59 years and 4.3% of adults aged 16 to 24 years can be classed as ‘frequent’ drug users.2
Not every drug user is addicted to the drug they use, but it can be a slippery slope from recreational use to dependency and addiction. And any addiction can be extremely difficult to overcome without expert help. If you are concerned about your own drinking or drug use, or that of a friend or family member, rehab could offer the best way out of that destructive cycle.
Do I need rehab treatment?
Substance misuse of any kind can be extremely harmful. Alcohol misuse is linked to numerous illnesses and health conditions and is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability among 15-49-year-olds in the UK, as well as the fifth biggest risk factor across all ages.3 It can have a serious impact on relationships, families, work and many other aspects of your life. It also has a wider impact across society, costing the NHS an estimated £3.5 billion per year and society as a whole £21 billion annually.4 Illegal and misused prescription drugs can be every bit as destructive, contributing to ill-health, crime, violence and lost productivity.
Behind every statistic, though, is an individual who is suffering. Addiction is characterised by a strong compulsion to continue to use the substance despite it causing negative consequences. Many people struggle every day with those consequences but find themselves powerless to stop. This is largely because addiction causes changes in the brain, affecting the way it works in areas including reward, pleasure and impulse control. This makes it very difficult to tackle an addiction alone, but addiction can be successfully treated.
Some signs that you may have an addiction or need help for substance misuse include:
- Using the substance more frequently
- Needing more of it for the same effect
- Continuing to drink or use drugs despite negative consequences
- Feeling ill-effects when you don’t drink or use drugs
- Feeling anxious about securing access to drugs or alcohol
- Avoiding social situations where you can’t drink or use drugs
- Using drink or drugs in inappropriate situations (driving, in charge of children, at work etc)
- Becoming defensive or secretive about your consumption
- Trying and failing to cut down or quit
If you are worried about your drinking or drug use, contact us today to see how we can help.
Why choose private residential rehab?
It is possible to access addiction treatment while remaining in your own home. This has benefits in the areas of cost and not having to take time out of your regular life, but that can also be a disadvantage. You will still be surrounded by all the same stresses, triggers and temptations, meaning it will be easier to relapse at any time. This can be especially risky during detox, when the temptation to alleviate cravings and possible withdrawal symptoms can be almost overwhelming.
At a residential rehab, by contrast, you will be in a safe and relaxing environment, far from those triggers, with the space you need to really focus on your recovery. You will have round the clock support from trained, caring, non-judgemental professionals and access to a world-class package of treatments. You will also be able to undergo a supervised detoxification, which is very important.
What happens at rehab?
The treatment programmes available at different rehab centres can vary but there are some common elements that you are likely to encounter in them all. A hugely important element of every recovery journey is detoxification, or detox, which is when you process the drugs or alcohol already in your system. Some people do go to rehab having been through this process, but for most it is a part of the rehabilitation programme.
This can involve severe cravings and a range of physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. These can vary widely depending on the drug involved and other factors. Withdrawal from alcohol and opioids such as heroin can result in severe physical symptoms including tremors, cramps and even seizures for example, while cocaine and cannabis are more commonly associated with only psychological withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal of any kind can be very unpleasant and potentially dangerous though, which is why it is always best done under clinical supervision.
The other main element of a holistic rehab programme will be a package of therapeutic treatments. At Asana Lodge we offer psychological therapies delivered by experienced, qualified psychologists and counsellors. These include standards like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which is commonly used to help people trapped in a negative cycle to manage their thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
Other therapies include:
- Trauma and abuse counselling
- Satori therapy
- Stress management
- Relapse prevention sessions
- Family therapy
- Mediation therapy for disputes
- Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
- Reflections & hope group therapy
We also offer well-being therapies for your body and mind, including meditation, mindfulness, art therapy, nutrition and sleep workshops. In addition we have innovative offerings like Satori chair therapy, which can help you to enter a deep, almost meditative state of relaxation.
Aftercare and relapse prevention
A stay in rehab will provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to maintain your recovery after you leave, but relapse will remain a risk for many. Some recovering addicts describe a lifelong struggle, but the first few months are generally the most challenging. This is why we offer a year of free aftercare for everyone completing our rehab treatment programmes, providing vital support when you need it most. Mutual support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous can also be valuable as you move forward.
Frequently Asked Questions
How beneficial is residential rehab for mental health?
Residential rehab can provide a chance to get away from the issues of everyday life. Having the chance to take some time for yourself, get the help you need and engage in a thorough therapeutic programme will boost your mental health greatly. At residential rehab, you will be surrounded by people willing to help and guide you and you can see that you are not alone in your struggle.
How do I pick the right rehabilitation programme?
Ultimately the best programme is the one that suits your set of circumstances. It’s important to keep in mind 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.
What is the difference between substance and behavioural addictions?
Substance addiction means being addicted to drugs or alcohol, stuff that you can put into your body to change the chemistry of it. Behavioural addiction is centred around being addicted to activities. Gambling, sex, and playing video games are all things people can become addicted to. Substance addiction can cause more physical problems as you are putting toxins into your body whereas behavioural addiction only has psychological effects but can lead to physical issues such as self-harming and suicide.
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