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Croatia has a wide range of top-quality residential rehab centres across the country that are readily available to anyone who needs to access their services.
In recent years the public perception of addiction has shifted from criminals to people who honestly need help. Thankfully, it is no longer a taboo topic to come forward and ask for help dealing with a mental health issue.
There are a few important things that you should know about drug and alcohol rehab.
- You should only ever use fully licenced and safe ones.
- You are perfectly safe to be open and honest about the types of drugs you use, even if they are controlled substances, as there are laws to protect you. The centre staff won’t tell the police what you tell them in confidentiality.
- You will receive all the treatments you need to overcome your addiction.
- Rehab only works as well as you want it to
What is meant by rehab only working as well as you want it to is that addiction is not something you can cure with only the right medication or treatments. It is a chronic condition that will be with you in one form or another for the rest of your life.
A drug rehab teaches you how to manage your addiction and potentially go the rest of your life without relapsing and succumbing to temptation. But unless you are willing to put in the work and commit yourself to changing your life for the better, there is only so much rehab can do for you.
Rehab can provide you with the tools to build a better future, but you have to be the one to use them.
How Addiction is Treated
One of the most important treatments you will experience while you are in the drug and alcohol rehab centre will be the therapeutic treatments.
These are designed to help you deal with the mental addiction that will stay with you for the rest of your life so that you can manage it.
Addiction isn’t something that just happens. Often it comes from substance abuse that is being used to cover a deeper mental health problem that needs to be addressed in order for you to make any real progress.
Common reasons for substance abuse include:
- Undiagnosed mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or disassociative identity disorder
- Sexual assault
- Disability such as ADHD
- High-stress lifestyles
Whatever the reason, through therapy, you will be able to learn why you began abusing substances and, more importantly, what triggers your cravings. Once you can understand that, you will be able to learn how to avoid your triggers.
For some people, this may be easier done than others as their trigger should be easily avoidable. However, for some, their triggers may just appear in everyday life, and there is no avoiding them, so instead, they need to learn how to deal with them safely.
Therapeutic treatments will also teach you healthier coping mechanisms to replace your substance abuse so that you can actually confront your issues and not just numb them.
Some reasons for substance abuse can be due to an undiagnosed mental illness and a person is attempting to self-medicate. For these people, they can do a dual diagnosis treatment programme to treat both elements of the addiction.
These people may be prescribed medication to help with their mental illness, or they will receive more specialised help designed to help them actually deal with their mental health problems.
There is no shortcut to getting good mental health. It is a delicate and long process but one that can dramatically improve your quality of life.
What to Expect During Detox
While therapy teaches you how to safely deal with your addiction in the long term, detox is the first step in the recovery process.
This is because for certain drugs, such as prescription drugs and for alcohol addictions, your body would have developed a dependence on the substance and cause you to experience withdrawal symptoms if you go too long without them.
Withdrawal symptoms can be very dangerous if experienced under the right circumstances and can include:
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes
- Light sensitivity
- Muscle pain
- Muscle spasms
The drug and alcohol detox process allows your body to be weaned off all drugs and alcohol so that you won’t need to worry about withdrawal symptoms again.
The detox process seems deceptively simple as it involves you going without any drugs or alcohol for ten days so that it can all get out of your system. However, as with most things involving the rehabilitation process, it is more complicated than it looks.
Your drug detox will need to be carefully monitored by the rehab centre’s medical team to make sure that your withdrawal symptoms never progress to the point of danger. This is because only they can provide you with medication to relieve your withdrawal symptoms.
They will also be there to make sure that you stay as safe and as comfortable until the difficult process ends.
Once you have completed the detox process, you will have a fresh start. You should see some relief from your physical cravings as your body is no longer dependent on substance abuse.
What Happens After Rehab?
After rehab, you will still have access to aftercare services for up to a year that can include follow-up therapy sessions and a custom relapse prevention plan that is designed to help you avoid giving in to your temptations.
After rehab, you will continue to work towards long-term recovery.
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With Addiction Advocates, we can help you find yourself in the perfect rehab centre for you. We can take all the stress away from having to find what you need and just provide it for you.
To access our help, please give us a call at 0800 012 6088, and we can start your journey together.