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Addiction is a complex condition that is extremely difficult to overcome without expert and appropriate help. The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences”. It adds that addiction “involves functional changes to brain circuits involved in reward, stress, and self-control” and that these changes may last a long time after a person has stopped using the substance.1
These changes in the way the brain operates help to explain why addiction is so difficult to beat alone. Even if you are lucky enough to have a support network of family and friends around you, they are unlikely to have the specialist knowledge you really need to untangle the threads and make a full recovery. If you have a physical dependency and suffer withdrawal symptoms, it can even be dangerous to attempt to get through detox alone.
There is also a far higher risk of failure, which can be counter-productive, damaging your confidence and motivation to quit. Drug and alcohol addiction can be successfully treated, and many people manage to make a recovery with the help of comprehensive and holistic addiction treatment programmes delivered through private drug and alcohol rehab.
Private Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Meltham
If you are struggling with drugs or alcohol, a comprehensive treatment programme can help you to break the vicious cycle and move forward to a more positive life. There are many advantages to choosing a residential drug and alcohol rehab in Meltham or further afield. Firstly, it takes you away from the situations, places and people that are most associated with your drinking or drug use. You will be in a safe, calm and secure environment, free from those triggers and able to concentrate on your recovery. You will have the support of a wide range of carers and recovery professionals while your fellow residents will be on their own recovery journeys.
What Happens During Detoxification?
Detoxification, commonly known as a drug and alcohol detox, is the process by which all traces of drugs or alcohol are physically removed from the body. Your body will do this naturally when you stop using the substance, but the process can be assisted by managing nutrition, fluid intake and sleep. More important is managing the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms that can arise as the toxic elements are metabolised from your system. Not everyone will experience notable withdrawal symptoms, but they can be severe and potentially dangerous.
Going through the process in a setting like alcohol and drug rehab will allow you to undergo a supervised and if needed medically assisted alcohol and drug detox so that you have access to coaching, medical support and have a more comfortable and stable experience. While it can be quite quick for the drugs and alcohol to actually leave your system, withdrawal symptoms and cravings can persist for much longer. Our detox programmes are carried out in line with the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) & CQC guidelines and are designed to leave you stable and ready to begin therapy.
Therapies and Other Treatments
While detoxification is a vital first step, there is still a lot more work to be done. As well as getting physically ‘clean’ you will have to address the psychological aspects and root causes of your alcohol or drug addiction. This is best done through a range of psychological therapies. At Asana Lodge, these are carried out by experienced, qualified psychologists and counsellors in a safe, professional environment.
One of the cornerstones of addiction therapy programmes is a technique known as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This is a technique commonly used to treat mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. It helps people trapped in a negative cycle to learn to manage their feelings and change the way they think and behave. This makes it ideal for addiction recovery and CBT has been shown to be very effective in this area.
Other therapies can also be very valuable, and we offer a range of treatment options, such as:
- Trauma and abuse counselling
- stress management
- Relapse prevention sessions
- Family therapy
- Mediation therapy for disputes
- Reflections and hope group therapy
We also offer the innovative technology of our Satori Chair (also known as the ZRO Touch Wellness System). This uses sound and vibration therapy. Sound and music design, occasionally combined with the spoken word, lower brainwaves to a deeply meditative state. This can be very relaxing and beneficial to the overall recovery process.
Other well-being therapies we offer include:
- Meditation and mindfulness sessions
- Art therapy workshops
- Relaxation and sleep management
- Self-help sessions
- Holistic therapy
Relapse Prevention and Aftercare
Another key part of the treatment programme will be relapse prevention sessions. You learn to develop strategies to avoid relapse (going back to drugs and alcohol) after your main rehab programme ends. You will also have access to a free aftercare package for 12 months to help you through this difficult time when you can still be quite vulnerable. Aftercare can include a number of elements, such as weekly catch-up therapy sessions and phone lines to provide support when needed.
The Admissions Process
It all starts with an enquiry, which allows our experienced admissions team to answer any questions you might have and talk you through important information about our services. We can do this over the phone, via email or through online chat – whichever is best for you. A pre-admission assessment will allow us to assess your own unique requirements and tailor a treatment plan specifically for your needs. You will also see a doctor for a medical check-up before embarking on any treatment programme.
How Can We Help?
If you’re struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, contact us today for confidential expert advice. If you do decide that residential rehab is the right path for you, we can guide you through every step of the admissions process and get you the help you need. Get in touch today and it might be one of the most important things you ever do.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does addiction affect mental health?
Yes, addiction can have a massive effect on a person’s mental health. Addiction often intensifies a person’s current mental health issues as substances cloud the mind and impair judgement. Drinking or taking drugs can worsen depression, heighten anxiety, and start a cycle where a person feels they can only cope with their mental health problems by self-medicating with those substances.
Does rehab work?
Residential rehab is one of the most effective ways to overcome your addictive disorder for the long-term. However, as mentioned earlier, you need to be committed to the process of recovery for it to have the necessary impact. Without being prepared to change how you live at the moment, then you cannot hope to benefit from any form of addition treatment. Addiction treatment is based around making positive changes to your physiology and psychology, so without being ready to change you have little hope of achieving the necessary end result.
How do I pick the right rehabilitation programme?
Only you can decide what’s right for you. It’s vital to consider your budget, whether you want to go through rehab on an inpatient or outpatient basis and if you wish to go to rehab close to or far away from your home. The need to get treatment might feel urgent but making a quick wrong decision will hamper future efforts at staying clean—so take the time to research.
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