Substance misuse is a serious problem throughout the UK and one that can cause a lot of harm. It causes harm on a society-wide level through things like increased levels of crime and antisocial behaviours, a huge additional burden on an already stretched NHS and missed days at work that affect productivity.
It also affects the people involved, however, and it’s important to remember that every statistic is an individual with their own unique circumstances. Addiction can destroy your physical and mental health. It can tear families apart, wreck relationships, and affect your work, finances and pretty much every part of your life.
It’s also incredibly difficult to beat addiction without expert help. The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences”. It adds that it “involves functional changes to brain circuits involved in reward, stress, and self-control”.
Throw in chemical dependency, which can result in unpleasant and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms when the substance is removed and you begin to see how challenging it is to break free from this vicious cycle.
The good news is that substance abuse can be easily treated and thousands of people make a recovery every year. If you are suffering from drug or alcohol addiction in rehab, you might be wondering what your next move should be. There are a number of options available to you, from residential rehab to support groups and community-based treatment. Private drug and alcohol rehab is generally considered the most effective way to treat a serious addiction but other approaches can be valuable for some people.
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First Steps to Find Addiction Treatment in Eastwood
A good first step is generally to talk to your GP. They might not be able to provide in-depth treatment for addiction or substance misuse but will be able to provide general advice and refer you to outpatient services. They can also check your general health, which might well have been affected by your addiction and associated behaviours.
There are also plenty of resources that can provide help, advice and information – either over the phone or online. Some useful links include:
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Alcohol Change UK
- FRANK (provides confidential information on drugs, their effects, legal issues etc)
- We Are With You
- Narcotics Anonymous
As well as online and phone services, groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous also offer in-person meetings. The locations and times can vary but you can check if there are currently meetings in and around Eastwood using the easy search tool on the organisations’ websites.
Another useful resource in nearby Nottingham is BAC-IN, which offers specialist drug and alcohol recovery support services for individuals, families and young adults from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.
Local GPs in Eastwood
If you need to find a GP in Eastwood there are a number of options including:
Tel: 01773 304700
You can also use the simple GP Finder tool on the NHS website, which allows you to quickly find nearby GPs by putting in the town or postcode.
Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Services in Eastwood
Drug and alcohol services in Nottinghamshire are provided by Change Grow Live, which offers support for individuals as well as children and family members impacted by someone else’s substance misuse.
Services available include:
- Support from recovery experts
- Health support from in-house doctors and nurses
- A specialist family service
- Harm reduction and needle exchange
- Testing and treatment for blood borne viruses
- Access to naloxone kits
- Connections to other local services in your community to support your recovery
Difference Between Outpatient and Private Rehab
While outpatient or community-based treatment can be very useful, it does have limitations. You remain at home while you undergo the treatment, which means you will still be subject to all the same triggers, pressures and temptations.
It can be very easy to give in to cravings or to alleviate withdrawal symptoms by turning back to drinking or drugs, especially if you are surrounded by people who do not understand or are not fully supportive of your decision to quit. You may also need to attend appointments, which can prove difficult if you are disorganised or your motivation wavers due to your addiction.
With residential rehab, as the name suggests, you stay at the drug or alcohol rehab centre as a temporary resident. This puts you in a place where you can focus entirely on your recovery without all those triggers and temptations.
Benefits of Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehab
As well as removing you from the people, places and situations associated with your drinking or drug use, private rehab puts you in the best possible environment for your recovery. You will be able to undergo a full medically supervised detox, which is not always the case with outpatient treatment. This can be important as you may experience withdrawal symptoms – which can be both very unpleasant and potentially dangerous.
As well as a drug or alcohol detox, rehab provides a comprehensive and holistic treatment programme that aims to address the psychological aspects and root causes of your problem. This is done through a range of therapies and other techniques that help you to explore your issues and develop new ways of thinking and behaving around drugs and alcohol.
Relapse prevention sessions will help you to develop strategies to keep on track after you leave and continuing aftercare can also help you to maintain your recovery.
How We Help You Find Treatment in Eastwood
Addiction Advocates is a referral service designed to help those suffering from drug and alcohol addictions to find the most suitable rehab treatment centres. Our friendly and experienced admissions team help individuals to access the best quality treatment in Eastwood that suits their needs by working closely with a number of CQC-registered rehab clinics located throughout the UK.
Frequently Asked Questions
-  Alcoholics Anonymous - http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/
-  Alcohol Change UK - https://alcoholchange.org.uk/
-  FRANK - https://www.talktofrank.com/
-  We Are With You - https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk/
-  Narcotics Anonymous - https://ukna.org/
-  BAC-IN - https://www.bac-in.org/about
-  Eastwood Primary Care Centre - https://www.eastwoodprimarycarecentre.nhs.uk/
-  The Newthorpe Medical Centre - https://www.newthorpemedicalcentre.co.uk/
-  GP Finder tool - https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-gp
-  Change Grow Live - https://www.changegrowlive.org/nottinghamshire