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Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious condition that is incredibly difficult to tackle without expert guidance and treatment. The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as “a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences”. It adds that: “People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.”1
The compulsivity of addiction is what makes it’s so difficult to quit. Drug and alcohol addiction is treatable and over the decades, great strides have been made in addiction treatment and our understanding of how it works. There is no easy ‘cure’ for addiction, but an evidence-based treatment programme delivered in residential alcohol and drug rehab can give you the best chance to make a long-lasting recovery.
Causes of Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Some substances are more addictive than others, but alcohol and drug addiction itself can be quite complex. John Hopkins Medicine says: “Substance abuse and dependence are caused by multiple factors, including genetic vulnerability, environmental stressors, social pressures, individual personality characteristics, and psychiatric problems.”2
This means it can be very difficult to predict who might go on to develop an addiction. It can affect people of any background and long-term misuse of any substance can also have other serious consequences.
In England, alcohol is now the leading risk factor for ill-health, early mortality and disability among people aged 15 to 49 in and the fifth leading risk factor for ill-health across all age groups.3 Misuse of illegal and prescription drugs can be just as harmful to physical and mental health, as well as damaging families, relationships and pretty much every other part of life.
Get In Touch
Are you suffering from a Drug or Alcohol Addiction and need help? If so, Asana Lodge is a leading UK based expert in Private Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Treatment. Find out how we can help by getting in touch with our friendly team today. You can either call our confidential helpline or request a call-back by clicking on the below form.
Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab?
If you are looking for addiction treatment in Wantage, there are two main options.
NHS drug and alcohol services are available to all but resources are often stretched, and there may be long waiting lists. The treatments offered via the NHS are commonly on a community or outpatient basis; you remain at home while attending treatment sessions at a clinic or similar location. If you are surrounded by temptations and triggers, with easy access to drugs or alcohol, it can be difficult to manage the drug and alcohol detox on your own.
At an inpatient or private drug and alcohol rehab, the environment is safe and away from the people and places associated with your drinking or drug misuse. Rehab will be somewhere you can focus on your recovery, away from everyday stresses.
You will have access to round-the-clock care from experienced recovery professionals who will help you undergo a medically assisted detox. After the detoxification, a range of intensive therapy sessions are available, all aimed at addressing every aspect of your addiction and helping you develop the strategies and knowledge you need to avoid relapsing.
Medically Assisted Detox
Long-term use of many substances can lead to physical and psychological dependence. Essentially, the brain and body become used to the chemicals and side effects of the drug or alcohol and may produce other chemicals to compensate. This can lead to unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when the substance is suddenly removed or dramatically reduced. These can vary widely and can be dangerous, which is why undergoing a medically assisted detox in alcohol and drug rehab is safer. Supervision is always within your best interest so our team can act on any problems before they become serious.
Personalised Treatment Therapies
Getting the drugs and alcohol out of your system is very important, but you also need to deal with psychological issues and root causes related to your drinking or drug taking. This is generally done through a range of talking therapies, including psychological techniques like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), group therapy and counselling. At Asana Lodge, we also use innovative therapies you won’t find everywhere, such as our Satori Chair (also known as the ZRO Touch Wellness System).
At Asana Lodge, we specialise in mental health treatments. Mental health issues and addictions often co-exist and impact each other. For example, of the estimated 589,000 dependent drinkers in England, around a quarter will be on mental health medication.4
Many more could have undiagnosed issues. Treating both mental health issues and addiction in what is known as dual diagnosis treatment is important. Otherwise, an untreated mental health condition could increase the risk of relapse following drug and alcohol rehab, while an untreated substance misuse issue could trigger further mental health problems.
We also offer a personalised aftercare programme that can provide ongoing support in the crucial weeks and months after you finish rehab.
Admissions Process for Asana Lodge
We know that taking the first steps towards help can be daunting. Our friendly and professional admissions team can guide you through every stage and answer any questions you might have. The admissions process will include a pre-admission assessment of your addiction and overall health to ensure that any treatment plan is suitable and safe for you. This assessment can be carried out over the phone and takes just half an hour. A doctor on arrival will also examine you.
We offer friend and family referrals as we know it can be hard to watch a loved one struggle with addiction. If you want to begin the admissions process, or just want confidential advice, contact us today. It might be one of the nist positive steps you ever take. Alternatively you can call us on 01908 489 421.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during the admission process?
During the admissions process we will carry out an assessment to find out more about your addiction and general health. This will help us to draw up an appropriate addiction treatment plan tailored to your own circumstances. We also offer family referrals if you need to start the ball rolling on a loved one’s behalf.
What is your referral process?
Consisting of four steps, our referral process guarantees that treatment can be sought as quickly as possible. The first step in our referral process is an initial enquiry. This will see you contact us to discuss our addiction treatment and facilities. Following this, we conduct a pre-admissions assessment over the telephone. This assessment helps us learn more about you and your addiction to ensure that we can advise you of your treatment options. As you complete our pre-admissions assessment, we will ask you to pay a small deposit to secure your place at our rehab. Upon doing so, we will arrange a suitable admissions date and time with you. On this date, you will enter our rehab and commence treatment.
Will I be able to see my family during treatment?
Yes, of course. Although you will be unable to leave our rehab during your treatment, we host many family visitation days to ensure that our clients can arrange to see their family members. You will also be able to contact your family during your time in our rehab via telephone, Zoom and text message.
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