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Are you tired of watching a loved one go through addiction? Perhaps you’re struggling with addiction and seeking treatment in the Golborne area. Either way, at Asana Lodge, we offer residential treatment to help you to heal the body and mind, and your new future could be closer than you think.
Drug and Alcohol Addiction: Signs and Symptoms
Addiction can happen to anyone. It’s a serious medical condition that doesn’t discriminate between age, gender, lifestyle or background. What’s more, it can manifest itself in a number of symptoms. The most common sign of addiction is when someone experiences cravings and withdrawal symptoms without a certain substance. However, other common addiction symptoms include:
- Wanting to stop but not being able to
- Continuing to take the substance despite pleas from family and friends
- Continuing to take the substance with no regard to the impact it’s having on finances, relationships and health
- Going to extreme lengths to get the substance
It’s important to remember that these aren’t the only signs of addiction. If something has made you question your own behaviour or someone else’s, consider why. Addiction can hugely impact the body and mind, so getting professional help is important if you think you or someone else is suffering from an addiction.
As well as these above signs and symptoms, there are also what’s known as functioning addicts. This is when an individual appears to be in control of their substance usage and wider aspects of their lives. Despite this, it’s likely that they will be suffering physically and mentally and getting the right help is essential if they want to turn away from addiction for good.
What Happens at Private Drug and Alcohol Rehab?
In the UK, there are two types of addiction recovery treatment – inpatient and outpatient. The NHS usually only offers outpatient treatment due to funding issues. This is where individuals attend a clinic during the day to receive treatment and then must return home in the evening. Inpatient treatment, known as residential treatment, requires individuals to stay on-site at the clinic for the duration of their treatment.
This type of treatment is typically more expensive than outpatient treatment and is rarely available on the NHS. For this reason, it’s known as private drug and alcohol rehab. Here, you’ll have 24/7 guidance and support, access to leading facilities, and a team of professionals around the clock.
A medical examination is carried out to determine your physical and mental state when you first arrive. Doctors can prescribe any medication, and it’s time to start the detox process. This is crucial before any treatment can start and is the process of any substances leaving your body.
It’s normal to experience side effects such as cold and flu-like symptoms, stomach issues, shaking and sweating. However, a team of medical professionals will be with you every step of the way and can give you medication to help ease these. The full detox process can take up to one week but once complete; you’ll be ready to start treatment.
After detox, your days will be spent completing therapy with the aim of treating the physical addiction and any behavioural triggers. Working alongside medical professionals, mental health experts, doctors and counsellors in individual and group settings, you’ll uncover your addiction in detail, identify unhealthy behaviours, and develop new coping mechanisms.
When you’re not completing therapy, you have access to extracurricular activities at private rehab. This includes well-being and holistic activities as well as nutritional advice. Designed to help you to carve out new lifestyle patterns, these activities will help you to stay strong in the outside world.
As part of inpatient rehabilitation, you’ll also have your own room to make home and all meals taken care of. This means that you can fully focus on recovery, away from distractions and temptations, which many experts believe provides the best chance of long-term success.
Lots of people are concerned about being away from their loved ones. But, at Asana Lodge, we encourage visits and family therapy. This gives you the essential support you need and allows your friends and family to understand how they can be involved in your recovery. While making the right rehab choice is important, private rehab can provide that much-needed respite away from familiar surroundings.
What is Aftercare?
A crucial part of your recovery will be focused on ensuring you have the skills and resilience required to continue your recovery once you leave rehab. It’s normal to feel daunted by this prospect, but you’ll work with specialist teams on aftercare and relapse prevention. As well as this, you’ll be given details of local support groups in the community, and weekly aftercare sessions with our team will help you to stay on the right track.
It’s important to know that your recovery doesn’t end when you leave rehab – and neither will our support. Our team is always here if you have questions, need advice, or want to discuss your concerns. We also recommend that you discuss any fears with friends and family. That way, they know how to support you outside of rehab, and together you can keep the focus on your recovery.
Get Help with Our Team at Asana Lodge
Addiction impacts individuals, their friends, family, and employers. For this reason, we’re here for anyone affected. Our telephone line is always open, and we even offer referral and intervention schemes to help individuals get onto the path to recovery. So, whether you have a question, want to discuss treatment in Golborne or just want someone to listen, speak to the Asana Lodge team today, and we promise you won’t look back.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is outpatient rehab?
To join outpatient rehab means you’ll stay 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; with inpatient rehab, you stay overnight at our rehabilitation centre until you’ve completed your programme. Both treatment options have advantages and disadvantages; whichever works best for you will depend on your 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 must 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.
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