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Drug and alcohol misuse is a serious issue throughout the UK and can easily lead to addiction. Once it does, it can be incredibly difficult to break free without expert professional help.
Addiction essentially rewires the way your body and brain works, making them dependent on drugs and alcohol. It can affect not only your behaviour but also your personality, turning you into someone you don’t like very much and affecting your relationships with partners, family members, friends and colleagues.
Trying to quit alone can turn into a vicious cycle and can even be counterproductive as you repeatedly fail and fall back into the drugs and booze with your confidence damaged even more. Rehab offers a way out for anyone struggling with addiction – whether you have tried and failed to quit in the past or are only just facing up to the fact that you have a problem.
Admitting that you need help can be a big step forward in itself and is always a positive one to take.
What is Addiction?
Our scientific understanding of addiction still isn’t complete, but we know more about how it takes hold and how it affects people – and consequently how to successfully treat it – than ever before.
The US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines addiction as “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain”.1
The initial drug drinking or drug use is voluntary and intentional for most people, but repeated and long-term substance misuse can lead to changes in the brain that interfere with their ability to resist the compulsion to continue using the drugs. This is largely through changes in the way the brain processes pleasure and reward, as well as areas affecting impulse control.
Specifically, surges of dopamine in the reward circuit cause the reinforcement of pleasurable but unhealthy activities. The brain eventually adjusts to these new levels of dopamine, leaving the user needing more and more of the substance to get the same reward.2
There is no magic ‘cure’ for addiction, but it can be successfully treated, allowing people to overcome their physical dependency and to develop strategies to avoid relapsing and new ways of thinking and behaving around drugs and alcohol.
The Benefits of a Private Rehab
There are a number of approaches when it comes to addiction treatment. The treatment available via the NHS typically takes the form of an outpatient rehab programme. This has an obvious benefit when it comes to costs but there are some drawbacks when it comes to effectiveness.
With outpatient or community-based treatments, you will be expected to attend a series of treatment sessions, which can be located at a number of clinics and other locations. This can be difficult enough if you are living a chaotic lifestyle or are generally unreliable due to your substance misuse.
You will also be living at home, meaning you are likely to be surrounded by all the people, places, stresses, strains and triggers that might be associated with your everyday drinking or drug use. You will undergo detox with minimal supervision and the temptation will be there to drink or use drugs if the cravings or withdrawal symptoms get too much.
At a private residential rehab centre, things are very different. You will be in a safe and secure environment, away from all those triggers and temptations, where the entire focus will be on your recovery. You can undergo a supervised and medically assisted detoxification and participate in a full holistic rehabilitation programme that is individually tailored to your own unique requirements and designed to address every aspect of your addiction and substance misuse.
This programme of therapies and other treatments will be delivered by a team of experts in the field of addiction recovery in a supportive and completely non-judgemental environment.
Is Private Rehab Right For Me?
Rehab does have a number of clear benefits but it is not necessarily the right choice for everyone. As well as the costs, you will have to take time out from your regular life and any family, work and other responsibilities. We believe that residential rehab gives you the best chance of overcoming a serious addiction problem – and the evidence backs us up – but there will be no hard sell if you contact us for advice.
The most important thing is finding a solution and treatment programme that is right for each individual.
Most stays in rehab will incorporate a process of detoxification, commonly known as just ‘detox’. This is when you ‘flush out’ the toxic elements of drugs and alcohol already in your system. This can be accompanied by strong cravings and a range of severe physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. The process can be very unpleasant and often dangerous, so is always best done in a supervised setting like a rehab or detox clinic.
Treatment will also include a range of therapies such as group therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) that will help you to explore the root causes of your addiction and the destructive behaviours that accompany it.
It’s an unfortunate fact that addiction is often associated with dishonesty – not only with those around you but also with yourself. It can be difficult to admit the extent of your problem or even the fact that you have one. Admitting that you need help is a big and positive step forward but we know how difficult it can be, which is why we also offer family and even employer referrals.
It is often loved ones and others around you who get the ball rolling but if you know that you need help, you can also contact us for confidential advice from our friendly, experienced and experienced team, or to get the admissions process started.
Contact us today and you could soon be taking the first steps towards a more positive new life free from drugs and alcohol.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does rehab last?
A typical programme with us at Asana Lodge usually takes around 28 days and that includes drug or alcohol detox. After this amount of time, you will be sober and feel ready to return to your home. Some people can afford to stay in rehab longer and programmes can run up to 12 weeks in some facilities, which may be more beneficial for them. What is important is that you pick the programme that suits your circumstances and recovery goals.
Is it safe to detox at home?
Detoxing without any medical guidance and alone, known as going cold turkey, is a path that some addicts take at home. The severity of withdrawal symptoms is impossible to predict and there can be complications that may result in a medical emergency. Seizures and delirium tremens caused by withdrawal can result in death. Without medication or care, the process may be very unpleasant and increase the risk of relapse.
What side effects could I experience during detoxification?
Side effects vary depending on the substance you are being weaned off and the severity of the addiction. Those undergoing detox can expect to experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, shakes, anxiety, trouble sleeping and increased sweating.
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