Addiction Rehab – What Are Your Options

When a person misuses drugs or alcohol over an extended amount of time, the likelihood of addiction increases substantially. The more a person uses, the more likely that person will become an addict. What then? Addiction rehab is usually the only way out.

Addiction rehab is what we offer. As a devoted referral service, our mission is to work with private rehab clinics and other treatment providers to help drug addicts and their families take their lives back. The clinics we work with offer services covering:

  • Alcohol
  • Illicit drugs (cocaine, cannabis, etc.)
  • Prescription drugs (morphine, oxycodone, etc.)
  • Legal highs (Spice, Agent Orange, etc.)
  • Over-the-counter drugs (sleeping pills, etc.)

Many of our clinics also offer treatment programmes for household chemicals and solvents as well as behavioural addictions that can include things such as compulsive gambling and sex. Regardless of your problem, we encourage you to contact us for assistance. We will do what we can to get you connected to an addiction rehab programme appropriate to your needs.

The Mechanics of Addiction

It should be understood that substance abuse and addiction are not always the same thing. While it’s true that every addict is also an abuser, not every abuser is addicted. Addiction occurs over an extended period of time in which an individual abuses drugs or alcohol to the extent that his or her body develops tolerance.

You can tell if you have developed tolerance if you need to use more frequently or in higher doses in order to still feel good. For example, the effects of heroin are such that the initial rush and euphoric feelings the drug produce do not last long. A person who wants to continue experiencing the pleasures of the drug must take another dose once the first dose wears off. The more doses the person takes, the shorter the effects of the drug. That means more heroin is used more frequently.

The danger of tolerance is that it is just one step from addiction. Once tolerance is present, the body and mind are telling the drug abuser that he or she needs the drug to continue functioning. The abuser will experience physical and psychological cravings that lead him or her to keep using. Addiction is the end result.

If a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, he or she will exhibit some of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Poor performance at work or school
  • Lack of interest in personal appearance
  • Lack of personal responsibility
  • Changes in mood and personality
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Gradually increasing health problems
  • Gradual isolation from family
  • The development of new social circles
  • Gradually worsening financial problems
  • Increased tendency toward risky behaviour
  • A tendency to engage in criminal behaviour.

Confronting a drug addict about his or her problem is likely to be met with at least some resistance. This is because addicts are unable to think clearly. The alcohol or drugs in their system has affected their thinking to the extent that they don’t see life through the same lens. It is not uncommon for addicts to believe that the substances they are using are helping them cope with their problems instead of realising those substances are the cause of their problems.

How Addiction Rehab Helps

Participating in a structured addiction rehab programme is the most effective way to achieve long-term recovery from drugs or alcohol. The key here is structure. Addicts need structure in their lives so that they have something in place that enables them to control their thoughts and choices. Without some sort of structure, it’s virtually impossible to kick a drug or alcohol habit.

That said, addiction rehab addresses three very important things:

  • Stopping Drug Use – Whether a person is using drugs, alcohol or both, stopping that behaviour is critical to complete recovery. It has been said that the only cure for addiction is abstinence. This is very sound advice that we agree with. The best way to accomplish abstinence is through a combination of detox and counselling.
  • Understanding Addiction – For many people, simply stopping is not enough. Why? Because the same conditions that led them to start using are likely still present. They need to understand addiction if they are to find ways to overcome it.
  • Avoiding Triggers – Once a drug or alcohol addict understands the deep-rooted causes of addictive behaviour, he or she can also begin to recognise what kinds of things trigger that behaviour in him/her. This helps in that it makes it possible to devise strategies to avoid triggers in the future.

We work with private clinics and other treatment providers throughout the UK that work every day to address addiction rehab at all three levels. A typical rehab programme starts with a 50-to-10-day detox followed by 3 to 12 weeks of psychotherapeutic treatments. Treatment concludes with aftercare services that can continue for up to a year after residential treatment.

Rehab Requires a Commitment

We wish we were able to say that drug rehab works in every single case. We cannot, because it doesn’t. What we can say is that the single most important factor that will determine success or failure is the commitment of the patient. Those who are 100% committed to doing whatever it takes to achieve long-term wellness are more likely than not to succeed. Those who do not have a strong commitment are more likely to fail.

In short, you will only get out of addiction rehab services what you put into them. You have to be willing to undergo detox, work your way through counselling therapies, and develop the necessary skills to avoid relapse if you are going to succeed. The good news is that there will be plenty of people available throughout your journey to support you, motivate you, and keep you moving in the right direction.

The clinics we work with our staffed by licenced and experienced professionals who are completely dedicated to the wellness of every client. Some of them do what they do because they have been through addiction and recovery themselves. They want to help others overcome, just like they were helped.

Only you can decide to recover from drug addiction. Only you can decide to practice permanent abstinence. Our job is to help you find a rehab clinic in your local area offering the kinds of treatments you need to reach your goal of total wellness. Call us right away so we can get started.

Where to Go from Here

We have provided introductory information relating to addiction rehab on this page. Now where do you go from here? You start by comparing yourself against the signs and symptoms of drug addiction listed above. If you notice that you exhibit any of those symptoms – even if it’s just one – the next step is to contact our 24-hour helpline right away.

Calling will immediately put you in touch with a trained counsellor who will work with you to assess the seriousness of your problem. Our counsellors use a series of questions developed by the medical community for classifying substance misuse and abuse. If this assessment reveals you have a problem in need of professional treatment, we will follow up by walking you through the different treatment options available in your area. You will then have the opportunity to make a choice.

For the record, we have access to all kinds of facilities and treatment providers in the UK. For example, we work with privately operated clinics offering both inpatient and outpatient addiction rehab programmes. We believe inpatient treatment is the best option in most cases. However, we do understand that inpatient rehab is not right for everyone.

We also have access to NHS programmes, local drug and alcohol support groups, charities, private counsellors, and more. We are committed to helping each and every client get the right kind of treatment and support as dictated by their circumstances. As far as you are concerned, we recognise that you are an individual with your own needs, preferences, and history.

Addiction does not have to be the controlling force in your life. If you have had enough of the vicious cycle of substance abuse or addiction, we urge you to make the decision to contact us right away. There are numerous addiction rehab programmes with available space; programmes that are ready to admit you as soon as you are ready to begin your recovery.

You have nothing to lose by contacting us for information and advice. All of our services are absolutely free and completely confidential.