Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious problem throughout the UK but is particularly prevalent in North Wales
Recent figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that there had been a record number of drug-related deaths across the period 2020-21 and this is only the tip of the iceberg.
There are many people who don’t die from drugs but whose addictions damage their lives in all sorts of ways.
It is not only illegal and prescription drugs that can be harmful. Despite being legal and easily accessible, alcohol can be extremely damaging for a lot of people. And it is not just the addicts themselves who suffer from their behaviour.
A publication from NHS Wales reported that 2.6 million children in Wales were living with parents who are drinking hazardously, while 865 children were receiving care due to parental substance or alcohol misuse.
Alcohol and drug addiction can tear through families and personal relationships. It can wreck your health, affect your work and have an impact on every area of your life.
When you are caught in the throes of an addiction it can be difficult to admit the extent of the problem, even to yourself. Doing so is a big step forward and looking for help can be an even bigger one. If you or a loved on are struggling with addiction, drug and alcohol rehab in Gwynedd could be your way forward.
Finding Drug and Alcohol Rehab Gwynedd
There are many different rehab and recovery services throughout the country but they are not all the same. Some have more luxurious or up to date facilities. While there are some pretty standard drug and alcohol rehab treatments that you will find in each place, the mix on offer can vary.
Some places may specialise in treating mental health and depression alongside addiction, as well as other conditions such as anxiety and eating disorders.
Still others may help you to overcome psychological addictions such as sex, shopping or gambling addiction, while others focus on drug and alcohol rehab. The typical length of stay and the costs involved can also vary, as can the levels of aftercare and relapse prevention available.
There’s a lot to think about when looking for a private drug and alcohol rehab facility. We never forget that every single person struggling with addiction issues is an individual with their own needs and requirements.
We can help to find the right place for you and, even if you decide that residential rehab is not the right option, we can signpost you to further advice and organisations to make sure you get the help you need.
What to expect from Rehabilitation
As already mentioned, the experience of rehab can vary not only from one place to the next but also from one person to the next within the same facility. This is because treatment programmes are tailored to the individual, but there are some common elements you might expect to find.
The process will start with a thorough assessment to make sure you do get the right treatment and also to identify any potential risks going forward. Some people do come to rehab having not drank or taken drugs for a while but for most the next big step will be detoxification.
Detoxification, commonly known as detox, is the process of eliminating a chemical or substance from a person’s body. Some people take detox diets and regimes to eliminate as many toxins as possible but in terms of rehab and addiction recovery, detox is primarily concerned with removing the drugs and/or alcohol from your system.
That’s not to say that helping people to live a healthier overall lifestyle is not important. Many drug and alcohol rehabs will also offer workshops and focus on nutrition and well-being, as this can help a person to remain drink and drug-free moving forward.
The detox process can be very challenging, however, and the focus during this period will be on dealing with the inevitable withdrawal symptoms.
These withdrawal symptoms can be both psychological and physical and their severity and effects can vary widely – from the merely unpleasant to the dangerous. Detoxification can be managed at home but the safest and most effective way to deal with this crucial period is under expert medical supervision.
Detox will also be supplemented by a range of therapies aimed at helping a person with dependency to stay free of drugs and alcohol. Immediately after detox and for a long time afterwards, you are likely to be extremely vulnerable to relapsing.
The therapies and addiction treatments offered will help you to address the issues underpinning your addiction, as well as providing strategies for dealing with cravings moving forward.
This is very important as overcoming addiction can take a very long time. Some recovering addicts describe a lifelong struggle. It is one that can be won though, especially after receiving the right treatment during rehab and appropriate aftercare when you leave.
When should you look for Rehab or Addiction Treatment?
If you have a problem with drugs or alcohol it is never too early to look for help. Enrolling for residential rehab is a big step and it might not be the best answer for everyone at every stage of substance misuse but we can provide impartial, expert advice based on your own individual circumstances.
Even if you think you have your drinking or drug use in hand, usage can quickly spiral out of control as an addiction takes hold. The risks of causing serious and even irreparable damage – to your health, relationships and other aspects of your life – also increase the longer you leave an addiction unchecked.
At the same time, it’s never too late to address an addiction problem. You might have tried and failed to do so multiple times in the past but that doesn’t mean you cannot succeed with the help of expert, professional support.
Get in contact today to find out how we can help. It might be the best move you ever make.