Whatever your situation may be, here at Addiction Advocates, we can offer guidance, we can offer professional insights, we can offer referrals into rehab. To gauge where you stand with drugs and alcohol, to understand the necessity of professional withdrawal services, to appreciate the deteriorating cycle of addiction, reach out to our team.
Addiction to alcohol or drugs is a problem that can have a huge negative impact on individuals, families and society as a whole. The Wirral Alcohol Strategy, headed by Wirral Council and partners, reported that there were 9,272 alcohol-related hospital admissions in 2014-15, representing the equivalent of a whole hospital ward every day. There were 193 alcohol-related deaths in 2015 and alcohol costs the NHS in the borough an estimated £25 million per year. The report estimated that 5.4% of the adult population in the Wirral were high risk, with 4.5% – almost one in twenty – already dependent on alcohol. A further 17.1% were considered to be at increasing risk of alcohol addiction.
Drug misuse is also a major problem in the area and can be even more destructive. If you are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction you might be looking for cheap rehab in Wirral or other treatment options. If you do have a problem it is imperative that you seek the right help as soon as possible. Addiction is classified as a disease or brain disorder and it is also degenerative, which means it gets worse over time. And the longer you delay in finding a suitable treatment program, the more chance there is of you doing serious harm to your health, relationships, career and other aspects of your life.
How do I know if I need help for addiction?
Although dependency on some substances can take hold or escalate quickly, developing an addition is generally a progression. Many casual drinkers or substance users will not even realise that they have a problem as their dependency grows and their behaviour becomes more problematic. Others will deny they have a problem, even if they suspect or know the truth. Addiction and dishonesty often go hand in hand, even when that involves lying to yourself.
So how do you know if you have a problem and need to seek addiction drug and alcohol treatment? There is no one set of criteria that applies to everyone. Signs and symptoms can vary depending on the individual and the substance involved but some common symptoms could include:
- Increased consumption of drugs or alcohol
- Increased tolerance – needing to consume more for the same effect
- Cravings for alcohol or drugs
- Feeling bad/experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using or drinking
- Avoiding other activities in favour of drinking or taking drugs
- Becoming preoccupied with securing drink or drugs
- Drinking or using alone
- Mood swings
- Weight gain or loss depending on the addiction
- Persistent illnesses and general lack of fitness
Some of these symptoms will only be apparent to the problem drinker or drug user. Some other signs might be visible to others however. As well as the above these could include:
- Secretiveness and lying
- Increased isolation
- Changes in social groups
- Failing to look after themselves – cleanliness, health etc
Sometimes it is friends, family and loved ones who take the first steps because the addict is either unwilling or unable to do so. This could involve having a quiet word, staging a full-scale intervention or seeking professional advice. We can offer support and advice in complete confidence whether you have a problem yourself or are worried about somebody else.
Drug and alcohol rehabilitation Wirral
Admitting or identifying that you have a problem is a big step but it is only the start of the battle. There are a number of different treatment programmes and approaches. The NHS can usually offer community-based programmes although resources are often stretched and there may be waiting lists for treatment.
One of the most effective proven ways to overcome addiction and achieve a long-term recovery is to attend an alcohol and drug rehab UK clinic as an inpatient. This allows you to concentrate in getting well in pleasant and safe surroundings with the support of professionals with a wealth of experience in treating addiction and working with people who are suffering from problems with drugs or alcohol.
What happens in drug rehab clinics?
The length of time you spend in rehab can vary widely depending on the facility and your own circumstances and requirements. Some people go in specifically to attend a detox clinic and get clean or sober in a supervised setting. This refers to the period during which your body processes the drugs or alcohol already in your system and the withdrawal symptoms that come afterwards. This can be as brief as a week but for some people and addictions the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms can still be in full flow by that point.
Going through detox is generally much more likely to be successful in a rehab centre as you will have more support available around the clock. It is a crucial part of the rehabilitation process but a holistic programme will go beyond getting you clean and look to equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to stay that way when you leave. Full rehab treatment programmes could last for two weeks, 30, 60, 90 days or even longer.
Full rehabilitation programmes may include a wide range of treatments, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), counselling, group therapy, family therapy where appropriate and alternative therapies such as art or music therapy. There may also be educational workshops, all of which are aimed at helping you to deal with the root causes of your addiction as well as your physical dependency.
Finding a drug or alcohol rehab near me
There are numerous drug and alcohol treatment centres in the Wirral and the wider North West area and it is important to choose the one that is the right fit for you. At Addiction Advocates we work with a wide range of drug and alcohol treatment centres but we never forget that every person struggling with an addiction problem is an individual with their own specific circumstances.
We can help to find the best place for you, allowing you to take your first steps towards a new life free from drugs or alcohol.