If you are currently struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, you will already know all about the devastating effects that addiction can have on your life. One of the most noticeable effects of addiction is the way that it affects both your physical and your mental health. Another is how quickly your health and well-being can deteriorate due to your addiction.

With the continued abuse of drugs or alcohol, you are putting yourself at a much higher risk of developing things like heart disease, liver disease, depression, diabetes, anxiety, and suicide.

Not only can addictions destroy your physical and mental health, but they can also destroy your relationships with your friends and family members since all your will care about is getting the next fix of whatever substance you’re addicted to. As you become more and more consumed by your addiction, everything else that was once important in your life becomes much less important to you.

Addictions can also lead to poor performance in work or school. You will likely experience financial difficulties due to addiction. Addictions can affect every area of your life in a very negative way.

If you want to put a stop to your addiction today, attending a drug and alcohol rehab centre in Staveley is your best option. Get in touch with us today to get started with your recovery journey.


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How to Identify an Addiction

It isn’t always easy to understand what exactly an addict is going through. Addictions can manifest in many different ways depending on the substance, your circumstances, and the severity and length of your addiction.

This means that it can be very difficult to diagnose addiction in yourself, especially if you are experiencing denial alongside the addiction. Denial is very common in people who are struggling with addiction.

There are many different signs and symptoms of a drug or alcohol addiction that can show up in both a mental and physical way, as well as in a social way.

Below is a list of the most common signs and symptoms to look out for if you think that you or someone you know may be suffering from an addiction.


Mental Symptoms of Addiction

  • Heightened symptoms of existing mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression
  • Feeling easily agitated
  • Having a short temper or feeling angrier than usual
  • Constantly thinking about the substance that you use
  • Being fixated on when you will next use the substance
  • Using the substance as a way to cope with any stressful or difficult people, feelings, or events


Physical Symptoms of Addiction

  • Your tolerance of the substance has increased
  • You continuously increase your dose of the substance to get the same desired effect
  • You have noticed a drastic change in your physical appearance
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you don’t use the substance for a short space of time


Social Symptoms of Addiction

  • Being more withdrawn from your work life and social life
  • Avoiding work or social events that you would usually go to because of the substance
  • Avoiding responsibilities that you used to do with no problems
  • Having a secret stash of the substance hidden somewhere
  • Hiding your substance abuse from your loved ones
  • Refusing help from your loved ones or lashing out when they try to confront you about your substance use


If you notice any of the above symptoms in yourself or a loved one, get in touch with us today. We can discuss everything that you are experiencing and help you with figuring out what the next steps should be.

If you delay reaching out for help, this can be very dangerous. In some cases, this may even be fatal. Although you may feel like you have your substance use under control, it can quickly spiral into something much worse. This is why you should never hesitate with reaching out for professional help and advice with your substance abuse.


What Addiction Treatments Can You Expect in Rehab?

Before you go through your addiction treatments, you will go through an assessment to figure out more about your addiction and your specific circumstances. This is because every treatment in private inpatient rehab is bespoke to suit your specific needs. No two addictions are the same and this is why no two treatment programmes will ever be the same.

The personalised treatment plans that you receive in alcohol and drug rehab are highly effective and rehab treatments have the highest rates of success when it comes to helping people overcome addictions.

You will go through a range of very effective psychological and well-being therapies that are designed to ensure you receive a successful holistic approach to your substance abuse treatment.

The very first treatment that you will go through in rehab is your detox treatment. The detox stage of rehab can be quite uncomfortable as it usually comes with a range of withdrawal effects. These withdrawal effects can range from mild to severe.

The detox part of rehab is very important as this flushes all of the bad toxins and substances out of your system. Once you have stopped taking the substance and recovered from the withdrawals, you can then move on to all of your further treatments with a clear mind. This gives you a better chance of succeeding with your therapies.

One of the major therapies used in rehab treatments is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This works by helping to change the way you think and feel about drugs and alcohol. This allows you to break down all of the bigger issues into smaller and more manageable pieces.

You will learn how to change your behaviours into more positive behaviours that you can use in the future.

Some of the other psychological therapies that you might expect may include things like stress management classes, relapse prevention sessions, family counselling, one-to-one therapies, and group therapies.

These treatments are then combined with a range of well-being therapies such as art therapy, sleep management, fitness classes, relaxation therapies, and diet and nutrition therapy.

If you feel that either yourself or a loved one needs help with addiction then please call our team today and we can help find you a permanent solution.

Frequently Asked Questions

How To Achieve Long-Term Sobriety?
Long-term sobriety can only be realised by addressing the behavioural and/or emotional issues that underpin your addiction. Psychological addiction treatment and treatment which teaches you how to express your internalised emotions means you will turn to drugs and/or alcohol less. When you figure out the primary course of your addiction, only then can you hope to keep your addiction at bay for the long term.
What is medically assisted detox?
Detox is a very dangerous process when attempted through the “cold turkey” method. Withdrawal symptoms have cost many addicts their lives in the past, so medically assisted detox provides a safer alternative. Medically assisted detoxification involves medical professionals monitoring your withdrawal side effects and prescribing you medication to control these side effects. The medication that you are prescribed will also be dependent upon what substance you are withdrawing from.
What is relapse prevention planning?
Essentially, relapse prevention planning is a method of treatment in which trained therapists prepare you for a life of sobriety post-rehab. During this planning, you will delve deeper into the triggers and reasons for your turning to drugs and alcohol. Following this, you will work towards developing mental and physical techniques which you can turn to whenever you feel that you may be at risk of using again.