Alcohol and drug abuse is a concerning issue that affects people of all ages, genders and backgrounds in the UK. Substance abuse is on the rise, with an increasing number of people turning to alcohol and drugs to cope with mental health issues, stress, and other difficult life circumstances.

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The consequences of substance abuse are far-reaching and can have a devastating impact on individuals and their families, with long-term physical, mental and financial implications. The Office of National recorded that 2.6% of adults ages 16-59 years reported being frequent users of drugs at the end of June 2022.

Due to a number of factors, including social acceptability and ease of access, there are even more frequent drinkers.

According to Drinkaware, 19% of adults were drinking at an increased or high-risk level.

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 centres in Luton and elsewhere go 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, but anyone can become addicted to alcohol or drugs.

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.


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About Alcohol And Drug Addiction

Studies have shown that addiction changes the brain. This is one reason why addiction is so incredibly hard to beat – it can cause or exacerbate mental health issues. Addiction is generally a brain disorder or disease that 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 remove self-control’

The good news is that, like most other diseases, drug or alcohol addiction can be successfully treated. Vast amounts of time, money and effort have been sunk into research in addiction treatment – partly because addiction has such a serious impact on society.

There is still debate regarding the best treatment programmes and techniques but residential rehab UK centres such as Asana Lodge base their approach on evidence-based research. These are 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. free aftercare

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.

This form of treatment would be more likely if you were to suffer from a mental illness, and your addiction treatment, if you suffer from bad mental health and addiction, is referred to as a dual diagnosis. The time needed in a rehab clinic may increase to ensure you’re ready for long-term sobriety outside of a controlled environment.

One-to-one counselling and group therapy 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 facility or have other priorities such as location, facilities and levels of addiction treatment service, we can help with drug rehab 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 contact our dedicated team today and let us help you turn your life around.