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Whether it is someone you care about or you, yourself dealing with addiction, recovery can be a really difficult decision to make. There are many factors that go into what kind of help you may need.
There can be many reasons someone has come to the conclusion that they need some support with recovery. Some may be struggling physically or mentally, some people start to lose things around them, home, family, money. Whatever it is that has brought you to this decision, you have made the first step in recovery.
Is There an Addiction Present Enough to Receive Support in Recovery?
If you are asking yourself this question then the likelihood is, you are in need of professional support. Of course, there are mild addictions that can sometimes be supported by the help of a GP and support group, however, some more severe addictions need full support. Whether a severe or mild addiction, you should always get some professional help.
If you are still wondering if you have an addiction here are some signs that there is a drug or alcohol addiction present.
- Lack of personal hygiene
- Lack of concern over appearance
- Mood swings
- Problems with memory
- Withdrawing from activities
- Withdrawing from usual social life
- Failing to stop using a substance
- Reckless behaviour
- Poor attendance and performance at work
If you are experiencing some of these signs, it may be that you need full professional help to help you recover from your addiction.
What is the best way to get support? Can I recover at home?
It is not recommended that you recover at home as this can cause relapse due to a lack of support and resources. At home, the temptation to use is always there whereas, in residential support such as rehab, the temptation is removed altogether.
It can also be dangerous to your physical health to recover at home without support from a professional, especially when it comes to detoxing.
There are many ways you can receive help and support through your recovery. Some people with mild addiction manage with help from their GP and a support group, others need hospital treatment to detox, especially from alcohol.
However, the best course of action when it comes to recovery is to attend a rehab facility. In rehab, you will have every aspect of your recovery planned out and tailored to suit you and your personal experience with addiction.
When you first arrive in rehab you will be fully assessed, you will have your treatment plan prepared for you as you go through the detox phase. Detoxing is when you rid your body of the drugs and alcohol, ready for the next phase.
Detoxing can take up to two weeks and is not a pleasant experience, nor is it safe to do alone. In rehab, you will be fully monitored and treated by doctors and nurses who may even give you medications to stop severe withdrawal symptoms and to keep you comfortable.
When detoxing, it is important you do not go through it alone. There are many withdrawal symptoms that you may experience and it is important to be closely monitored. Here are some of those symptoms:
- Heart palpitations
- Heart failure
When you have completed the detox phase you will attend many kinds of therapy to help you through your recovery. The therapies will teach you all there is to know about your addiction, why you have an addiction, coping strategies and most of all you will learn more about yourself and this will allow you to grow as a person.
The main therapy you will likely attend is a 1-2-1 talk therapy, here you will delve into all the depths of your addiction and how you got to where you are now. Most people find this therapy the most helpful.
Here, you may also work on rebuilding relationships with friends and loved ones, as they may be asked to come in and do a therapy session with you. Group therapy is another very important part of your recovery.
Here, you may meet people who understand exactly what you’re going through, you will feel a sense of togetherness when in group therapy. You may make friends and feel a great sense of empowerment.
Last but not least is wellbeing therapy. In well-being therapy, you will learn so much about nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, this will help you to keep away from the substance you were using prior and adopt a new healthy lifestyle filled with positivity. Here you will also do activities such as art therapy and mindfulness to really get those positive feelings going.
Why Is Rehab So Important?
If you delay your rehab treatment, your addiction is only going to get worse. Addictions can ruin so many parts of your life. Not only are addictions so bad for your physical and mental health, but they can also have effects on many of the other parts of your life too.
Addictions can ruin your relationships with others. They can also have a very negative effect on your career. You may even lose your job and your finances could be extremely bad.
This can lead to more stresses that can make you want to use substances even more. You can see how easy it is for addictions to very quickly spiral out of control.
With this in mind, if you notice an addiction is present or if you think you may just be on the verge of becoming an addict, you need to reach out straight away.
It’s crucial to get help as early as possible as the effects of your addiction will only get worse and worse the more you leave it.
The sooner you can reach out for help and get it, the more chance you have of making a full recovery. Are you ready to live a life that isn’t dependant on drugs or alcohol? Reach out to us today and start your recovery journey.
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