Are you looking for rehab in Belper and the surrounding Derbyshire area? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re struggling with addiction yourself or you’re tired of watching a loved one go through it, the team at Addiction Advocates are here to help.

Signs of a Drug and Alcohol Addiction

There are a number of signs which indicate a drug or alcohol addiction. But it’s also important to be aware of what’s known as functional addiction. This is where individuals, who are secretly struggling with addiction, appear to be maintaining and controlling their life, job, finances and relationships. However, even if this is the case, addiction is a serious health condition that often requires the help of trained medical professionals.

Some common signs of an addiction include:

  • Finding it difficult to stop using drugs or alcohol
  • Wanting to stop but experiencing cravings and withdrawal symptoms
  • Going to extreme lengths to get the drugs or alcohol
  • Lying, risky and deceitful behaviour associated with the substance use
  • Taking the drug or alcohol despite the impact it’s having on your health and other areas of your life

There are many symptoms of addiction and just because an individual doesn’t present all or any of the above that doesn’t mean there isn’t an addiction present. If any of these symptoms do sound similar however, the team at Addiction Advocates are here to help.


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Are you suffering from Addiction and need help? Addiction Advocates are leading UK based experts in Private Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Treatment. Find out how we can help by getting in touch with our friendly team today.

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What are the Long-term Consequences of Addiction?

Addiction has huge implications on your health, finances, relationships, family life and career. What’s more, there are social, behavioural, physical and psychological effects of long-term addiction – whatever the drug or alcohol.

For starters, even short-term drug and alcohol use can result in poor mental health, stomach concerns, sleeping issues and blackouts. Over time, this can lead to organ damage, longer bad mental health episodes, insomnia, and even overdose – which can result in death. Socially, individuals who are struggling with addiction can become more isolated and find building and maintaining relationships very difficult. This can have a wider negative impact on family life and jobs.

Despite the impact that addiction can have, there is a way out. What’s more, with the right team by your side and leading therapy and treatments, it is possible to regain optimum health and take steps towards those all-important life goals.


Drug and Alcohol Rehab: A Timeline

The first step to getting on the road to recovery is to drop our team a message. Experienced in addiction and recovery, we’ll get to know you and what you want to get out of recovery and any specific needs you have. Armed with this knowledge, we can then find an addiction recovery treatment centre and a plan that suits you. If you’re ready to kickstart the process, we simply carry out a pre-admission screening which will assess your suitability.

To secure your place at drug and alcohol rehab, we ask for a small deposit. Then, it’s time to wait for your admission day. On the day, you’ll meet the team who will be looking after you, and they’ll carry out a few mental and physical health checks. This will also determine whether you need to be prescribed medication for withdrawal symptoms. One of the first things you’ll have to do is detox from drugs or alcohol. This typically lasts for 7-10 days and is the process of the substance leaving your body.

During this time, you’ll be regularly monitored to see how you’re coping, and medication can also be prescribed to ease side effects. Once you’ve completed the drug and alcohol detox process, you’ll be assigned a treatment plan tailored to your specific addiction. Each alcohol and drug rehab centre will use a different range of therapies and treatments but aims to treat addiction’s physical and psychological symptoms. As well as this, you’ll have access to well-being, nutrition and holistic advice. These sessions are designed to help you to build skills and knowledge that will allow you to thrive once you leave rehab.

The total length of your time at rehab will depend on a few different factors. This includes your personal needs, whether a detox is required, how well you’re coping and responding to treatment and whether you choose an inpatient or an outpatient programme. However, typically, we advise a 28-day plan as we believe this has the best chance of long-term recovery and success.

It’s important to know that your time at a rehab doesn’t come to an end the moment you leave. Instead, your journey is just beginning. That’s why we offer free aftercare and information for local support groups to ensure that you stay strong and motivated in the outside world.


Get the Help You Deserve

If you live in Belper and are looking to walk away from addiction once and for all, now could be a perfect time. With a free and dedicated 24/7 helpline, we can help you to start your recovery and it only takes one phone call. Addiction can seem so scary – whether you’re the individual suffering from it or a family member or friend – but it doesn’t have to be that way.

At Addiction Advocates, we’ve helped so many people. People from various walks of life but people who all struggled with addiction. With our support though, these people are now living the life they’ve always wanted, and you could be next. Drop our friendly advisors a message, call 0800 012 6088 or text HELP to 83222 and we will take the first step with you.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is Addiction A Mental Illness Or Disease?
This question can divide a lot people who work in healthcare. However, most people agree that addiction is a mental health disease. Regardless of how an addictive disorder may be characterised, the staff at the drug and alcohol treatment centres that we work alongside are able to get you clean and sober for the long-term.
Can addiction be cured?
Sadly, addiction cannot be fully cured. However, what you learn in rehab is how to control your addiction and how to keep the prospect of relapse under firm control. After a while, controlling your urges will become second nature and you will be back to enjoying your everyday life free from addiction in no time.
What is relapse prevention planning?
Essentially, relapse prevention planning is a method of treatment in which trained therapists prepare you for a life of sobriety post-rehab. During this planning, you will delve deeper into the triggers and reasons for you turning to drugs and alcohol. Following this, you will work towards developing mental and physical techniques which you can turn to whenever you feel that you may be at risk of using again.