In 2019/20, for example, Merseyside had the highest rate of drug crime by police force area, at 8.3 per 1,000 population.
This can serve as an indicator as to the levels of drug use in an area. Drug addiction can be very destructive but, despite its legal status and relative accessibility, alcohol addiction can be every bit as dangerous.
If you are struggling with any of these issues, attending a rehab in Prescot could represent your best chance of breaking the grip of substance misuse and addiction.
Get in touch today if you or a loved one are in the grip of an addiction and find out how we can help. All calls and messages are treated in complete confidence, and we can offer help and advice with absolutely no obligation.
The Dangers of Addiction
Substance misuse can have a wide range of damaging effects on your physical and mental wellbeing depending on the substance involved and other factors such as your general health, the heaviness and length of usage.
Some of the more significant physical effects could include heart or lung disease, certain types of cancer, blood poisoning, various infections such as HIV and hepatitis.
It can lead to reckless behaviour, accidents and overdoses. It can also trigger or exacerbate a wide range of mental health conditions.
Substance misuse is not the same as addiction and not everyone who drinks or uses drugs is an addict. Substance misuse can easily lead to addiction though.
No one is immune, although evidence suggests that some people may be more predisposed towards addiction than others due to a range of genetic and environmental factors.
And once addicted, the frequency, duration and heaviness of usage will only tend to increase, leading to a corresponding increase in the risks.
And it is not only their own health that an addict is likely to damage. It can be very painful watching a loved one harm themselves in this way and addiction can destroy relationships, ripping marriages, families, friendships and even work relationships apart.
While some people can hide their substance misuse and operate in a way that is sometimes described as ‘functioning’ addicts, others with an unchecked addiction may find themselves unable to hold down a job and fulfil basic responsibilities.
They may find their lives spiralling out of control and could end up homeless.
Overcoming an addiction is never easy but with expert help it can be done. There is obviously a monetary cost involved in attending a private rehab clinic but leaving an addiction untreated can cost far more in the long run.
What to expect from Drug and Alcohol Rehab
Before you embark on a programme of rehab treatment you will first go through a rigorous admissions and assessment process. This will also include a doctor’s examination to ensure you are okay to begin any programme of treatments.
This can be daunting but it is a vital first step to recovery and is necessary to make sure you get the help you need and are directed to the rehab centres that are right for you.
This might involve finding a rehab in your area but, whether you are looking for rehab in Prescot, Liverpool or the wider Merseyside area, it is generally more important to find a drug or alcohol rehab that has the facilities and treatments that are suitable for you.
Rehab centres can typically provide transport to and from their facilities. The facilities can vary – some are more luxurious than others – but any rehab UK centres we recommend will be tranquil, comfortable and secure, providing you with the setting you need to concentrate on your recovery.
Addiction treatment can take a number of forms but one common element is managed detoxification, as you sober up and ‘flush’ the drugs or alcohol that are already present out of your system.
This process typically involves managing very strong cravings and a wide range of physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms that can be very unpleasant and, in some cases, dangerous.
Some people try to go it alone but it can be very difficult to successfully get clean without expert help and medical supervision.
Alongside the detox process you will also be offered a tailored programme of therapies that aim to help you explore the root causes of your addiction and substance misuse.
This is key to avoiding the mistakes of your past and relapsing, or even beginning the downward spiral back towards full-blown addiction. These will generally involve a combination of group and one-to-one talking therapies, such as group therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and motivational therapy.
You will also learn coping mechanisms and techniques that will be valuable for avoiding relapse once you leave rehab. There may also be alternative therapies available such as art or music therapy, hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques such as meditation and mindfulness.
Nutritional programmes and workshops can help you to achieve a healthier lifestyle, which can also be important in your recovery going forward.
Most alcohol and rug rehab centres will also offer an aftercare service that can provide support just when you need it. You will also be provided with the details of support groups and organisations that can help you in your recovery journey going forward.
Finding a Rehab near me
There are lots of things to consider when choosing a rehab – or even deciding whether this is the right road for you. We have a wealth of experience in finding people the right rehab solution and can guide you through the process in a friendly and straightforward manner.
Call today and find out how we can help – it might be the best thing you ever do.
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