Alcohol and drug abuse is a growing problem in all parts of the UK. The Home Office Crime Survey for England and Wales (CREW), published at the end of 2019, found that 2.4 per cent of all adults aged 16 to 59 years were classed as ‘frequent’ drug users.
This rose to almost one in twenty (4.9%) when looking only at young people aged 16 to 24. Due to a number of factors including social acceptability and ease of access, there are even more frequent drinkers.
According to charity Alcohol Change UK nearly a quarter (24%) of adults in England and Scotland regularly drink over the Chief Medical Officer’s low-risk guidelines.
There is a difference between being a drinker or drug user and an addict. But one can very easily tip into the other, especially with frequent use. Although it is a crucial step, drug and alcohol rehab in Luton and elsewhere also goes much further than the detox process.
Some people think there must be some ‘flaw’ in people who develop addictions. There are many triggers and social and psychological factors at play, but the truth is anyone can become addicted to alcohol or drugs. And, once they do, it can be incredibly difficult to break free and make a long-term recovery without the help of specialist drug and alcohol treatment.
About alcohol and drug addiction
Studies have shown that addiction actually makes changes in the addict’s brains. This is one reason why an addiction is so incredibly hard to beat. Addiction is generally classed as a brain disorder or disease, which affects the addict’s ability to resist drugs or alcohol and leads to compulsive behaviour.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse says:
“Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. The initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, but repeated drug use can lead to brain changes that challenge an addicted person’s self-control and interfere with their ability to resist intense urges to take drugs. These brain changes can be persistent, which is why drug addiction is considered a “relapsing” disease—people in recovery from drug use disorders are at increased risk for returning to drug use even after years of not taking the drug.”
The good news is that, like most other diseases, drug or alcohol addiction can be successfully treated. Vast amounts of time, money and effort has been sunk into research in the field of addiction treatment – partly because addiction has such a serious impact on society.
There is still debate regarding the best treatment programmes and techniques but drug rehab UK centres such as Asana Lodge base their approach on evidence-based research and tried and tested methods that have been shown to be effective in drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
What is drug and alcohol detox?
Drug and alcohol treatment centres will usually offer a range of different treatments, tailored to suit the individual and the type of addiction they are battling. The detox process is generally very important and has to be faced before any follow-up treatment program.
This involves overseeing the period in which the toxic substances (i.e. the drugs and/or alcohol) are processed and eventually removed from the addict’s brain and body.
This process, along with the accompanying withdrawal symptoms, can vary widely depending on the person, the substances being flushed out and the length and heaviness of use.
Cocaine, for example, can be processed relatively quickly and tends to be accompanied by milder physical symptoms – although psychological withdrawal can be extreme. Withdrawal from alcohol or opioids such as heroin can be much harder physically and can result in physical and psychological symptoms such as
delirium tremens (‘the DTs’), nausea and vomiting, cramps, seizures, hallucinations, severe mood swings, severe depression, anxiety and insomnia.
These symptoms are far safer and more easily managed – as well as being less likely to result in a relapse – if the addict undergoes detoxification under a supervised programme in a professional detox clinic.
What other treatment options are available?
A dictionary definition of rehabilitation is: The action of restoring someone to health or normal life through training and therapy after imprisonment, addiction, or illness.
Reaching that point of restoration to a healthy or ‘normal’ life certainly does not happen overnight and detox is just one of the first steps in a long ongoing process. The addict not only has to get clean or sober; they also have to be able to keep clean and sober once they leave the treatment centre and that battle can be every bit as hard.
Rehab for drug and alcohol abuse should also aim to provide a range of tools, skills and knowledge that can help the addict win that battle.
Treatments could include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which is intended to help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is commonly used for anxiety and depression but has been shown to be effective in treating addictions as well.
One to one counselling and group sessions can also be useful in exploring motivations, triggers and other factors related to your addiction. Family and friend intervention and mediation may also be useful if appropriate.
Then there are workshops designed to give a greater understanding of addiction, drugs and general health and well-being. Some people find techniques such as mindfulness and meditation useful and there are also social activities with other residents to take part in.
Finding a drug or alcohol rehab near me
Whether you’re looking for a cheap rehab option or have other priorities such as location, facilities and levels of addiction treatment service, we can help with drug rehab clinics in Luton and the surrounding area.
We know that drug and alcohol addictions can tear lives apart and getting the correct treatment as soon as possible is hugely important. So if you’re looking for drug and alcohol rehab Luton or beyond, call us today to find out how we can help.