Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious issue throughout the country and Hatfield is no exception. If you are in the grip of an addiction it may feel like there is no way out and no one to turn to.
This is absolutely not the case. If you are determined and brave enough to reach out for help, there is plenty of help available. And looking for help when you have a problem is always the bravest option and certainly not a sign of weakness as some people still believe.
Charities and other organisations can provide help and advice and the NHS can also provide pathways towards recovery. For many people though, a private drug and alcohol rehab might be the best option.
We will explore why this might be the case a little later but whichever route you end up taking, just making that first move of looking for help for your alcohol or drug addiction is a positive and significant step.
Why choose Drug and Alcohol Rehab Hatfield?
Residential rehab is not a new thing but it is one that has continued to improve and evolve. The best drug and alcohol rehab centres will often use a combination of tried and tested and new approaches but all will be backed up by evidence and science.
This is what makes them so effective in helping people to recover from addiction and problems with substance abuse. If you’re facing these sorts of issues, drug and alcohol rehab in Hatfield could represent your very best chance of making a long-lasting recovery.
Residential Rehab versus Treatment in the community
One of the defining aspects of residential rehabilitation is the ‘residential’ part – the fact that you stay onsite while you make your recovery. This has a number of benefits.
Firstly you will be able to call on expert professional support, including medical supervision where required, throughout your stay. This can be particularly important when going through detox – which is when you ‘flush out’ the drugs or alcohol already in your system.
This period is frequently accompanied by withdrawal symptoms, which are always unpleasant and can also be dangerous.
Being onsite allows you to fully commit yourself and concentrate solely on your recovery. Attending rehab is not like being in a prison but it will be a disciplined and organised environment.
This can be very valuable for people struggling with dependency and substance misuse issues, who can often be quite messy or disorganised. It also allows for the best use of time, with various scheduled treatment sessions and therapies filling much of your time.
Staying in a drug rehab also has the benefit of taking you away from your regular life and environment. This means you will not be around the people, places and triggers that are associated with your addiction.
Drugs and alcohol will not be available, helping to get rid of temptation. This can be very important, both during and after the detoxification process.
By contrast, almost all treatment programmes available on the NHS will be outpatient or community-based. This puts the responsibility for organising, managing and attending appointments for treatment far more firmly on the patient.
You will also have to manage your own detox and withdrawal and will be surrounded by those potentially triggering people and places, with alcohol and drugs more readily available.
There are some benefits to NHS treatment of course. One is cost and another might be for functioning addicts who do not feel they can take time out from their work or family life.
Outpatient programmes may be more suited for people with less serious substance misuse problems. When it comes down to results though, private rehab centres are proven to be the most effective forms of treatment for addiction and serious substance issues.
Drug and Alcohol Rehab Treatments
There are a number of different treatments typically available in rehab. Every person struggling with addiction problems is an individual with their own issues and requirements and programmes will be tailored to match their needs.
There are some common treatments and steps that you are likely to experience though. A thorough assessment process will be carried out first, in order to make that tailored programme and ensure that any physical and mental issues are taken into account. After that, detox is usually the first big step.
As mentioned, this is when you metabolise the toxic elements of drugs and alcohol from your system, commonly known as sobering up or getting clean.
This can be a very different experience depending on the individual, the substance involved and other factors such as length and heaviness of usage. The withdrawal symptoms can also vary but the detoxification process will be easier and safer in the controlled and monitored environment of a detox clinic.
Prescription drugs may be supplied to help mitigate some of the withdrawal symptoms if deemed appropriate by on-site clinicians.
Getting clean and sober is important but it is only part of the journey. You must also gain the knowledge, skills and motivation you need to stay that way moving forward. This can be achieved by numerous therapies and complementary treatments.
Group therapy, one to one counselling and different types of psychological therapies can help you to explore the root causes behind your addiction and encourage different ways of thinking and behaving.
A focus on nutrition and well-being can help you to live a healthier lifestyle in general while aftercare and relapse prevention services can help you to maintain your recovery after you leave rehab.
Addiction and Mental Health
There is also a link between addiction, mental health and depression. Some rehab centres might offer dual diagnosis treatment, which aims to address addiction and mental health issues at the same time, while some might also specialise in conditions such as anxiety and depression even when addiction and substance misuse is not involved.
If you or a loved one are struggling with any of these issues, getting in touch today could be the most important thing you ever do.