If you are struggling with your alcohol consumption or drug use, help is at hand. Not everyone with a substance misuse problem has a full-blown addiction but if you think you might have, attending a rehab in Wisbech could be your way out.
Residential rehab is not the right choice for everyone, but it has been proven to be the single most effective option for people with a serious addiction problem.
Staying in a drug or alcohol rehab puts you in an isolated, private environment, away from the problem substance and the people, places and situations usually associated with your drinking or drug use.
Having a calm place and a period of time you can use to focus on nothing but your recovery can prove to be a truly life-changing experience.
Signs and symptoms of Alcohol and Drug Addiction
If you’re not certain whether you might benefit from a stay in a Wisbech rehab centre, you might want to honestly assess your drinking and/or drug use.
Dishonesty and secrecy are often associated with addiction and this can include lying to yourself and being in denial about the extent of any problem.
Here are some symptoms and signs that might show you have an addiction, or at least a serious problem that needs addressing…
- Being unable to stop drinking or using drugs
- Repeatedly trying to cut down or quit and failing to do so
- Increasing the amounts you consume
- Drinking or using drugs at inappropriate times
- Needing to use more to get the same effect
- Being secretive and hiding the amounts you use
- Being preoccupied with making sure you have access to drink or drugs; panicking when you don’t
- Building your social life around drinking or drug taking
- Avoiding social situations where alcohol or drugs will not be available
- Risky behaviour such as driving under the influence
Recognising that one of the above applies to you does not necessarily mean you have a drug or alcohol addiction. There are also other symptoms and signs but if any of those do apply, you might well have a problem.
Often it is not the person with the addiction themselves who make the first move or contact with people and organisations who can help.
It is incredibly difficult to watch a loved one damage themselves with drugs or alcohol and addiction does not just have an impact on the person doing the drinking or taking the drugs.
It can have a damaging effect on partners, family members, friendships and workplace relationships.
Here are some signs that someone you know might have a problem with addiction…
- Witnessing them drinking or using drugs excessively or frequently
- Using in secret, hiding the evidence of drinking and drug use
- Defensiveness about their consumption
- Mood swings and increased temper
- Changing their social circle
- Avoiding situations where they cannot drink or take drugs
- Constant tiredness, minor illnesses
- Not looking after themselves, lack of hygiene
- Poor performance or attendance at work or school
- Neglecting responsibilities
- Continuing to drink or use drugs despite negative consequences
- Trying and failing to cut down or quit
Again, this is not an exhaustive list and any one of the above applying does not necessarily mean the person is addicted to drugs or alcohol.
If you believe that someone you know is struggling with addiction, however, we can offer confidential advice, as well as family and employer referral as part of our admissions process.
Ultimately, the person with the problem must participate in their own recovery but you may feel it is beneficial to start the ball rolling.
What to expect from Drug and Alcohol Rehab
As already mentioned, if you book into a rehabilitation centre in Wisbech, the wider Cambridgeshire area or elsewhere, you will be putting yourself into a safe place where you can focus on getting well and overcoming your addiction.
The location and environment is important but the heavy lifting of the process is done by a programme of evidence-based treatments specifically designed to help you in your recovery.
The programme will be tailored to your own unique situation and needs. Every spell in rehab starts with a thorough assessment including interviews and a medical examination, which will help the experts at the rehab to draw up your own personal programme of addiction treatments.
Even though everyone’s path to recovery is unique to themselves, there are some common elements that you might expect to encounter during a stay in rehabilitation. For most people an integral part is detoxification or detox, when you get rid of the drugs or alcohol left in your system.
This can be a vital and precarious part of the recovery process. Some people try to go it alone but going ‘cold turkey’ without expert assistance can be dangerous and is far less likely to succeed.
This is because the cravings can be incredibly strong and accompanied by severe withdrawal symptoms as the chemicals leave your body. These can vary quite widely depending on the substance involved.
The withdrawal symptoms associated with cocaine addiction tend to be more psychological in nature, while withdrawing from a serious alcohol addiction can result in physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, tremors and even seizures.
The Rehab Treatment Programme
As well as the detox clinic, you will also be offered a range of treatments aimed at exploring the roots of your substance misuse and addiction. This generally involves a range of psychological therapies such as group therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
There may also be cutting edge techniques on offer such as NAD+ therapy, HRV biofeedback therapy and Satori chair therapy. Mental health and dual diagnosis can also be very valuable as addiction and mental health conditions often go hand in hand.
Well-being therapies can complete a holistic approach to recovery with yoga, meditation and mindfulness workshops, art, drama and music therapy and relaxation techniques all helping you to take a moment to relax and reflect on your recovery.