Drug and alcohol addiction wrecks lives. It can be incredibly difficult to quit and recovery is a long process. But it is possible and it all starts with a single phone call or message. If a dependency on alcohol or drugs is blighting your life, call or email today to find out how we can help you to find the drug and alcohol rehabilitation that you need.
Drugs and alcohol are a serious problem throughout the UK. According to the charity Alcohol Change UK a quarter of adults in England and Scotland regularly drink more than the Chief Medical Officer’s low-risk guidelines. There are more than half a million dependent drinkers in England alone, yet less than a fifth (18%) of these are receiving treatment. In 2018 there were 7,551 alcohol-specific deaths across the UK and alcohol abuse is the biggest risk factor when it comes to death, ill-health and disability for 15-49 year-olds.
Drug misuse is not as widespread due to the fact that illegal drugs are not as readily available or socially acceptable. They can be every bit as destructive however, damaging the life of the addict and other people around them.
Rotherham is certainly not immune to these issues. If you need addiction treatment we can find the drug and alcohol treatment centres in Rotherham and surrounding areas that can help you to turn your life around and embark on a new life free from drugs and alcohol.
What is Rehab?
Rehab is a shortening of rehabilitation. One dictionary definition of rehabilitation is as follows:
“The action of restoring someone to health or normal life through training and therapy after imprisonment, addiction, or illness.”
In terms of addiction treatment, rehab generally refers to a dedicated facility that offers a range of drug and alcohol treatment options. This is generally attended on an inpatient or residential basis, meaning that you stay on the premises throughout the treatment. Some drug rehab clinics might also offer an outpatient service but there are several good reasons why staying as an inpatient might be the better choice.
Firstly, this gives you the chance to really focus on your recovery. As you are staying onsite with no distractions, you can concentrate on the various aspects of your treatment program. More sessions can be fitted into the given time, making your stay in rehab more efficient and valuable. Rehab places for drugs and alcohol are not like prisons. They are very comfortable but they also tend to be structured and organised, which is helpful to many addicts. On an outpatient programme, you will be responsible for attending any sessions, which can be difficult if you are living a chaotic lifestyle or struggle to meet commitments due to your habit.
You will have round the clock access to emotional support and medical care where this is appropriate. This can be particularly important when going through detox, which is the crucial period when the active parts from the drugs or alcohol are leaving your system. This can be extremely distressing as many people suffer from a range of physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. In some cases, depending on the substance involved, it can also be dangerous. This is why it is safer and more effective to undergo detox in a secure environment like a detox clinic rather than going ‘cold turkey’ alone or undergoing a partly supervised detox as an outpatient.
As well as the facilities and support you have access to, you will also be away from your usual environment – in other words, the people, places and situations associated with your drinking or drug use. Being away from temptation can help you to get a grip of your addiction so that you are better equipped to face these situations when you return. That said, for many addicts, it is also advisable to change parts of their lifestyle and social circles and to cut out toxic elements that are associated with their drinking or drug use. These are things that can be explored during therapy and counselling sessions.
What treatment programmes are available in rehab?
If you are thinking of attending rehab in Rotherham or surrounding areas, you will naturally be wondering what any programme will entail. The exact details can vary between different rehab centres but there are some common elements.
As previously mentioned, a detoxification or detox clinic is an important part of most rehab centres and programmes. This allows you to get clean or sober under direct supervision and medical care. This is often not enough to allow you to make a lasting, long term recovery, however. You also need to be able to resist the lure of your previous lifestyle and to avoid relapsing once you leave the facility and return to your normal life.
This is why a range of therapies will also be made available to you. Talking therapies and counselling sessions, whether held in groups or one to one with a trained therapist or psychiatrist, can help you to explore the root causes of your addiction. In the process you can gain a better understanding of things like your triggers and how to avoid them, coping mechanisms and the way that drink or drugs affect you and others around you. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is commonly used to treat conditions such as depression, anxiety and other mental health issues such as PTSD and eating disorders. It has also been shown to be particularly valuable in treating addictions, helping to change the way you think and behave in relation to drugs or alcohol.