The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines drug abuse says: “Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain. It is considered both a complex brain disorder and a mental illness.” This definition of drug…Read More
Asana Lodge is a facility that offers treatment for those struggling with addiction. The facility provides detoxification, individual counselling, group therapy, and aftercare planning. We also have a strong focus on family involvement, as they believe that families can play an important role in the recovery process.
A drug and alcohol addiction that is left untreated can end up doing a great deal of harm – not only to the person at the centre of it but also to their loved ones, others around them and society as a whole. The misuse of drugs and alcohol can lead to short-term risks including an increased risk of accidents and drug or alcohol poisoning. Long-term use is also linked to a wide range of illnesses and conditions, including several types of cancer, liver disease, cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety and paranoia. Addiction and its associated behaviours can also destroy relationships, divide families, ruin careers and have a negative impact on pretty much every aspect of your life.
These risks and harms can increase the longer you leave your addiction untreated. If you’ve decided that you need help – which is always a positive step in itself – or are watching a loved one hurt themselves and others through their drinking or drug use, contact us today. Rehab might be your best chance of turning your life around and moving towards a new life free from the blight of drugs and alcohol.
Drug and alcohol addiction
The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that addiction is “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain”.1
Addiction affects changes in parts of the brain that deal with reward and pleasure, as well as impulse control. As you continue to use the substance, you can also start to build up a tolerance to it, meaning you need more and more for the same effect. You can also develop a physical and psychological dependency, leading to unpleasant and sometimes dangerous withdrawal symptoms when you drastically reduce or remove the drug from your system.
All of this helps to explain why it is so difficult to try to deal with an addiction alone, or even with a support network in place but without the expertise and experience of addiction recovery professionals. A programme of evidence-based treatments delivered by an experienced team in the secure environment of a rehab centre provides the best possible chance of beating an addiction and making a full and long-lasting recovery.
What is a detox?
Detoxification, more commonly known as detox, is that process or period in which you process the drugs or alcohol already in your system, essentially ‘flushing’ your system clean. The physical part of detox can be relatively quick – some opioids can leave your system within a few hours while alcohol can take some days for a heavy and chronic drinker. The accompanying cravings and withdrawal symptoms can last a lot longer, however.
These withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on the substance involved and factors like the heaviness and length of use – but also from one individual to the next. Some may not experience withdrawal symptoms at all, while others can experience very severe and sometimes dangerous ones. Any addiction can lead to withdrawal symptoms but some substances, like opioids, can cause particularly severe physical effects.
Alcohol too, despite being a legal and generally socially acceptable drug, can often result in severe physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. At the worst end of the spectrum lies delirium tremens (the DTs), which can involve cramps, fever, hallucinations and seizures. It is classed as a medical emergency and can sometimes prove fatal.
Not everyone will suffer such severe withdrawal symptoms, but it is always best to undergo the process in a medically supervised setting like a private residential rehab centre. As well as round the clock support and medical care where needed, there may be prescription medications that can alleviate some withdrawal symptoms and cravings – but only where this is appropriate.
Therapies for addiction
Alongside detox, any holistic rehab programme will also include a range of therapies aimed at addressing the psychological aspects of addiction and the root causes of your drinking or drug use.
At Asana Lodge, our cornerstone is a programme of psychological therapies carried out by experienced, qualified psychologists and counsellors.
These include techniques such as:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Trauma and abuse counselling
- Stress management
- Relapse prevention sessions
- Family therapy
- Mediation therapy for disputes
- Reflections & hope group therapy
- Satori therapy
Some of these are relatively well-known, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which can be used to change cycles of negative thinking and is commonly used to treat conditions like depression and anxiety as well as addiction. Some are less well-known, like neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and the innovative Satori chair therapy. All have been shown to have a beneficial effect, however, and can be used as part of a wider treatment programme tailored to your own specific requirements.
Choosing a private rehab
Rehab is the single most effective way of treating a serious addiction problem, but it’s important that you choose the right one. You might be tempted to just pick the nearest one but it’s more important to find a place that meets your own requirements.
At Asana Lodge we offer field-leading, scientifically proven techniques to treat both body and mind, delivered by a team of highly qualified and experienced medical and therapy professionals. Our facilities are also exceptional, far exceeding a standard treatment centre. We feel confident that, if you are looking for help in beating your addiction issues, we have the expertise and facilities to enable you to do just that.
Our admissions process
Our admissions process is designed to make sure that rehab is the right choice for you, and to tailor our treatment programmes specifically to address your own unique needs and circumstances. We also offer a family referral service because we know how painful it can be to watch a loved one struggling with these issues. Addiction is often accompanied by denial and it is often family members who make the first move.
The person with the addiction must ultimately agree to enter rehab, however, and participate fully and openly in order to gain the full benefit. If you’ve decided you need help, we can offer a pre-admissions assessment in order to determine the right care and treatment options for you.
Contact us today – it might be one of the most important calls you ever make.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I refer a family member to drug and alcohol rehab?
Yes, absolutely. Asana Lodge offers a family and friend referral service for those worried about their loved one’s substance abuse. Our dedicated team can help family members through this difficult time, offering advice and guidance on the next steps to take. Throughout this process and beyond we offer family drug support as we understand that addiction affects many people beyond the addict.
How long does rehab take?
There is no set duration for a stay in rehab. Different programmes for different individuals can vary quite widely in lengths but 28 days is probably the most common and most stays do not go beyond 90 days.
What happens after rehab?
Relapse is a particular risk in the 12 months after treatment, which is why we offer an aftercare programme to provide support when you need it.
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