If you’re struggling with substance misuse and addiction issues, it might be time to start thinking about the best way to turn your life around.

Addiction can wreck your physical and psychological well-being. It can damage relationships and families, ruin careers and have a huge negative impact on every area of your life.

Addiction can be successfully treated through residential rehabilitation, which is the single most effective way of treating this destructive condition.

If you are tired of alcohol and drugs calling the shots, find out how you can take back control of your life through drug and alcohol rehab in Paddington.

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What to do about Drug and Alcohol Addiction

The very nature of addiction makes it extremely difficult to overcome alone. One definition, by the National Institute on Drug abuse, says addiction is “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain”.

Even if you are lucky enough to have friends, family and a support network that is willing to help, they are unlikely to have the kind of specialist knowledge that you need. Drug and alcohol addiction treatment is a complex process but essentially you need to overcome those compulsions and rewire or reset your brain.

This can be done through a combination of evidence-based treatments and psychological therapies, delivered by experienced professionals over a prolonged period of time. Unfortunately, there is no magic pill or quick cure for addiction. It involves a lot of hard work, which is ideally suited to the setting of a drug and alcohol rehab.

 

Addiction Treatment Options in Paddington

There are other treatment options available. NHS drug and alcohol services can be very valuable for some but it’s a sad fact that resources are often stretched.

Programmes offered via the NHS are overwhelmingly on an outpatient rehab basis, meaning you will be based at home and attend various treatment sessions at clinics, hospitals or other venues. You will be expected to manage these appointments and your own detoxification process.

With inpatient treatment at a private drug rehab, you will be in a tranquil environment away from the triggers, temptations and stresses that usually surround you.

This allows you the time and space you need to focus entirely on your treatment and recovery, with the help of a team of experienced professionals. It also means that you will be able to access more treatment in a compact timeframe, giving you the best possible chance of making a long-term recovery.

 

Medical Drug and Alcohol Detox in Paddington

Drug and alcohol detox is an integral part of most stays in rehab. This is the point at which you process the drugs and alcohol already in your system, which in some cases could be from years of drinking or drug use.

Over time you can become physically dependent on these chemicals and when they are suddenly taken away your body and brain can revolt, producing a range of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. In some cases, these can be dangerous, so it is always safer and more effective to undergo the detoxification process under medical supervision.

 

Therapy Options in Rehab

As well as ‘getting clean’ via detox, you need to develop knowledge, tools and techniques to help you remain that way moving forward. This is done through a range of addiction treatments, the cornerstone of which is usually a combination of talking therapies.

These could include techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), group therapy and various types of counselling. The overall aim is long-term relapse prevention by helping you to explore the root causes of your addiction and the underlying behaviours associated with it.

 

Addiction and Mental Health Treatments

As well as addiction issues, we have rehabilitation centres that can offer a range of mental health treatments. For some people, a specific mental health condition such as anxiety, depression or an eating disorder will be their primary issue or area of concern.

In many cases, however, mental health conditions co-exist with addiction and drug and alcohol abuse, with all these elements interacting with each other in various ways.

It can be risky to treat just one side of the equation without addressing the other – an existing mental health condition can lead to or exacerbate substance misuse and addiction and vice versa. Dual diagnosis treatments aim to treat mental health conditions and addictions at the same time, examining the threads that connect these issues together.

 

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An addiction that is left untreated can continue to cause untold harm to your physical and mental health and other aspects of your life. So don’t delay, contact us today to find out how we can help.

 

Sources

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/science-drug-use-addiction-basics

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to Detox at home?
The physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms associated with the detoxification process can vary widely but they can be severe and sometimes dangerous. Alcohol withdrawal can lead to tremors and seizures in the worst cases, for example. Even the psychological symptoms associated with cocaine or cannabis withdrawal can do long-term harm if not managed properly. The process is always safer when undertaken in a rehab or detox clinic, where you can be closely monitored and receive any medical assistance you might need.
Does Rehab work?
There are no guarantees when it comes to addiction recovery. The individual must participate fully with the programme and really want to change but a full addiction treatment delivered in a dedicated rehabilitation centre remains the single most effective way of treating serious addictions.
How important is Aftercare?
The recovery journey does not end the minute you complete your programme and pack your bags to go home. Making a long-term recovery is an ongoing process and a good aftercare programme can be invaluable in terms of relapse prevention. Cravings and temptations can continue to occur and the support provided through aftercare can help you stay strong as you continue your recovery.