However, it’s quite common for people who are suffering from addiction to make light of these effects, to even be in denial about the discomfort they’re in.

This oversight can result in life-changing damage as persistent substance abuse increases the risk of heart disease, liver disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and even suicide.

In the UK in 2021, 9,641 deaths related to alcohol-specific causes were registered – this is 25.4% higher than in 2019. [1]

In the same year, 4,859 deaths related to drug poisoning were registered in England and Wales, the highest number since records began in 1993. [2]

With over thirteen thousand people dying from drug and alcohol-related deaths in the UK, it is becoming a serious concern, and the benefits of drug and alcohol rehab have for people struggling with addiction.

Our job at Addiction Advocates is to give people grappling with drugs and alcoholism advice, guidance, and referrals to our affiliated treatment services. We want to help and encourage sustainable recovery so you can begin a life free from substance abuse.

 

Main Causes of Drug and Alcohol Addiction?

To achieve long-term recovery from alcohol or drug addiction, you must address your physical and psychological connection to the substance.

This process involves identifying the underlying reasons for your addiction; knowing and understanding the cause of the problem can help in overcoming it.

When it comes to alcohol addiction, drinking is a social norm many of us participate in.

However, when drinking becomes something that you depend on every day, it is a sign of a brewing addiction.

As life has become more fast-paced with more people facing more significant pressures, relying upon alcohol is considered a common way to relax.

Whilst every person will have a different journey into alcohol addiction, some common causations fall within both nature and nurture factors.

It’s possible that environmental pressures or life stresses have been a driving force in becoming addicted to alcohol as it’s used as a coping mechanism.

Sometimes, childhood experiences or behaviours at home could have influenced increased alcohol consumption.

There’s also the possibility that addictive behaviours run in the family, which could be genetic.

More often than not, mental health issues and drug or alcohol addiction go hand in hand.

Either mental health issues have arisen due to an excess of substance abuse, or substance abuse began as a coping mechanism to aid the effects of the mental health issue.

This is similar to drug addiction – recreational use can be seen as a way to relax, and although illegal, it does happen, and it can be overcome.

Whatever the cause, here at Addiction Advocates, we can support your journey to long-term recovery at our alcohol and drug rehab in Dunstable. Our team and medical professionals provide 24-hour support during your time at drug and alcohol rehab.

 

What are the Benefits of Private Drug and Alcohol Rehab?

When you’re searching for a rehab for drug and alcohol abuse, you’re likely to be faced with an overwhelming amount of results.

There is a wide range of options available, including free NHS treatment, outpatient services and residential rehab.

It is possible to receive treatment for alcohol or drug addiction with the NHS; however, due to limited resources and funding, NHS treatments for substance abuse are generic and mostly ineffective.

Additionally, outpatient is the most flexible of the two treatment services, meaning you stay at home, detoxify in your home and travel to localised recovery centres.

However, the most effective method to achieve a successful recovery is to visit a private drug and alcohol rehab for residential treatment.

You are removed from the usual distractions and temptations of home life; you can solely focus on the task at hand whilst staying at our rehab centres – to achieve long-term sobriety.

Your comfort and safety will always be paramount, with a dedicated team supervising you around the clock during your full stay at our rehab – including throughout your drug and alcohol withdrawal.

Not only will you receive the latest techniques in addiction treatment, but you’ll also benefit from high-specification, luxurious facilities with all the home comforts you could ask for.

Enjoy the privacy of your own room, home-cooked meals, and all of your housekeeping taken care of, leaving your recovery as the only thing to concentrate on.

We also arrange social activities for you to take part in during your downtime; these include film nights, quiz nights, group walks or runs, and family visits.

There are many misconceptions surrounding rehab for drug and alcohol abuse. For some reason, people perceive them as cold, clinical environments or similar to hospitals, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

We take pride in creating a homely, positive atmosphere at our drug and alcohol rehab in Dunstable. You must feel comfortable in your surroundings as you undergo your treatment.

 

Residential Addiction Treatment Timeline

Every person who visits our private drug and alcohol rehabs will receive a personalised treatment programme to suit their specific needs. Our professional addiction support will be constant throughout your time at drug and alcohol rehab.

Typically, these programmes start with a drug and alcohol detoxification to rid your body of the toxins caused by alcohol or drugs.

Detoxing isn’t a comfortable process, but it is essential to ensure your body is cleansed and your subsequent psychological therapies are as effective as possible.

Our medically assisted detox is fully supervised and done gradually to alleviate discomfort and limit withdrawal symptoms. It is essential to go through an alcohol and drug detox to uncover any mental health conditions that may have led to the addiction.

Dual diagnosis treatment means that the team will additionally provide care and support for your mental health along with the addiction to make sure recovering addicts can be healthy both on physical and psychological levels.

Upon completing your drug and alcohol detoxification, you can begin your psychological and well-being therapies, including stress management, cognitive behavioural therapy, drug and alcohol relapse prevention, counselling, art therapy, sleep and relaxation therapy, mindfulness, and yoga.

Combining the above therapies works best to ensure you receive a holistic approach to your addiction treatment. Stress management is vital for those who go back home after rehab; as we know, stress can be a major trigger, and many can turn back to drugs and alcohol.

Your treatment programme will usually last around 28 days; you will then return home whilst following our free, 12-month aftercare programme. An aftercare programme is put in place to prevent relapse.

Our dedicated aftercare team will help you to set personalised goals, arrange additional therapy sessions when needed, and encourage you to evaluate your progress regularly.

Moreover, relapse prevention and aftercare include contacting local support groups to build a support network you can turn to in times of need. Additionally, this would be similar to group therapy, where you can express struggles and successes without judgement.

The first year upon returning home is when you’re most likely to relapse, this is where the tools we provided you with for drug and alcohol relapse prevention come into play.

Professional drug and alcohol rehab is available and can help you overcome your addiction and help you achieve long-term recovery.

Contact our friendly team today on 0800 012 6088 or at [email protected].

 

Sources

  1. https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/alcoholspecificdeathsintheuk/2021registrations#:~:text=There%20were%209%2C641%20deaths%20related,14.0%20deaths%20per%20100%2C000%20people.
  2. https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsrelatedtodrugpoisoninginenglandandwales/2021registrations#:~:text=The%20rate%20of%20drug%20poisoning%20deaths%20registered%20in%202021%20(84.4,(46.6%20per%20million%20people).

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Begin To Seek Treatment?
It can be easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of addiction treatment options out there. However, that is why Addiction Advocates exists, so that our specialists can locate the best treatment option for you in your area. Based upon your personal information, we will be able to match you with the perfect treatment plan and rehab for you. Let us take the stress out of finding the perfect treatment plan for you.
What is the difference between substance and behavioural addictions?
With substances such as alcohol and illegal and prescription drugs you can build up a physical as well as a psychological dependency to the substance itself. This is what most people think of when they think of addiction but you can also develop behavioural addictions to behaviours such as gambling, shopping or sex. These are often misunderstood but they can be very destructive and can be treated like other addictions in specialist rehabs.
What is dual diagnosis? 
Some rehabs may offer treatment for mental health conditions such as anxiety treatment, depression treatment and eating disorder treatment that is distinct and different to their addiction programmes. Dual diagnosis, however, involves treating co-existing addiction and mental health issues at the same time.