Being sure if your substance abuse has developed into a full-blown addiction can be difficult. If you are unfamiliar with the early warning signs, you may not realise you have an addiction until it is too late.
But don’t worry. At Addiction Advocates, we are here to answer your questions and put your mind at ease. We want to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about your health and potential drug and alcohol rehab centres.
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Do I Have an Addiction?
To begin with, you should know that not all addictions are the same. You can actually break addictions up into two main types.
The first type you have is mental addiction. Mental addiction is an addiction that has no physical effect on your body and comes from the dopamine you receive from the activity.
Common forms of mental addictions are:
- Drugs such as cannabis
- Video games
The other type of addiction is a chemical addiction. Chemical addiction is when a forgen substance chemically alters your body. Addiction is formed when your body gets used to it being there and believes it needs it to function normally.
Common forms of chemical addictions are:
- Drugs such as heroin
If you regularly abuse a substance, you may have an addiction. But it can be difficult to identify the difference between a bad habit and an addiction.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself. If you find yourself answering yes to most if not all of the questions, then you very likely have an addiction which will require alcohol or drug rehab.
The questions are:
- Do you think about drugs or alcohol when you first wake up?
- Are drugs or alcohol the last thing you think about before sleep?
- Do you rely on drugs or alcohol to cope with stress?
- Do you feel the need to hide your substance abuse from friends or family members?
- Does it take more drugs or alcohol than others for you to feel any effect?
- Have you missed important events due to using or being hungover from drugs or alcohol?
- Have you ever put yourself in danger to get drugs or alcohol?
- Have you noticed a decline in your mental health?
There is another way that provides undeniable proof that you have an addiction. This only works for chemical addiction, but you may experience some psychological effects if you have a mental addiction.
Do you experience withdrawal symptoms if you go too long without any drugs or alcohol?
Please contact us at Addiction Advocates if you want to talk to someone about your addiction and get a second option. We will do everything we can to answer your questions – contact us today on 0800 012 6088.
Detox and Therapy Treatment in Prestwich
The drug and alcohol detox process is likely the first treatment you will experience when you arrive at the rehab centre, as it is designed to deal with your withdrawal symptoms.
During your detox, you may experience any of the following withdrawal symptoms:
- Light sensitivity
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle pain
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes
However, thanks to a team of medical professionals monitoring your progress and providing prescription drugs to manage your detox, you won’t experience dangerous withdrawal symptoms such as:
They will be able to keep you safe. They do this by keeping a close eye on your vital signs and making sure you remain hydrated. They can also provide you with medication to relieve your symptoms before progressing to the point of danger.
The alcohol and drug detox gives your body a fresh start. It prevents you from experiencing withdrawal symptoms again so long as you avoid using drugs or alcohol again.
The detox also allows you to concentrate on the rest of your treatments as you shouldn’t experience cravings.
Following the detox, you will begin your therapy treatments.
Therapy is a very important part of your time at rehab. During this, you will learn all the skills to avoid triggers for your cravings and how to replace your substance abuse with healthy coping mechanisms.
In your therapy sessions, you will work with your therapist to understand why you abuse substances in the first place. Many factors can lead to addiction. They include:
- A family history of addiction
- Being exposed to substance abuse from a young age
- Using drugs or alcohol to self-medicate an undiagnosed mental illness
- Bad environment
- Dopamine deficiency
Whatever the reason behind your addiction, there are different types of therapy that can help you. The different types available are:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Motivational interviewing
- Holistic therapies
What Happens After Rehab?
Once you have completed your treatments, you will have access to aftercare services designed to help you continue your journey to long-term recovery.
Aftercare services often include a relapse prevention plan. This has been made specifically for you and includes all the tools and strategies developed during your treatments to help you avoid giving in to temptation.
The aftercare services may also refer you for follow-up therapy sessions so your progress can continue to be monitored.
You may also receive a referral to a support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous in the Bury/Greater Manchester area.
These support groups can help you to avoid giving in to temptation by offering you the help that you need and someone to regularly talk to about your struggles.
Our admissions process is quite simple.
All you have to do is contact us and book in for a pre-admissions assessment where a team member will talk to you about your experiences with addiction and what you hope to get out of your time at rehab.
Following this, you will be asked to pay a deposit to secure your booking and then you are all good to go.
The process is designed to be as stress-free as possible, so you don’t have a barrier between you and the help you need. Contact us today.
To book in or just talk to a team member, you can call us at 0800 012 6088 or text HELP to and let us handle things from there.
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