Spotting the Signs of Drug Addiction

Absolutely anyone can make a turn down the wrong path and face issues with drugs. For some people, seeking help for a drug addiction can be extremely challenging. It can also be a struggle for loved ones who are trying to help and encourage an addict to enter rehab. Secrecy and trying to hide/use drugs unnoticed can greatly affect an addict’s behaviour, mannerisms and relationships, as well as have a detrimental impact on their job, income and home life. There is a debate on whether rehab does actually work for drug addicts. The answer is that it depends on the individual – there will always be some people that respond well to treatment, and others that do not.

This however does also greatly depend on the quality of services being offered at a rehab institution, and how determined the patient is to succeed in their treatment. These are two things to bear in mind when admitting someone to rehab for drug addiction. Residential treatment in a secure facility can greatly increase chances of success and to avoid relapse, as the addict is not in their typical home environment where they can have easy access to and/or seek drugs. For a rehab programme to be considered a success, overall the patient must be clean/sober for at least two years following treatment.

Observe the person you intend to talk to about rehab and observe their actions and behaviour. Do you notice that they are aggressive or defensive when you approach the subject of drugs? Have they been lacking in performance at work or college? Withdrawing into themselves? Or hiding drugs around the home? If you are noticing these warning signs on a regular basis, it is time to talk about entering rehab. If when you speak to the affected person, they respond in a hostile manner towards you, then it may be worth hiring an interventionist who can help diffuse the situation and speak to the addict in a calm manner.

The Importance of Rehab Completion

If you or your loved one have decided on entering a rehab facility, it is important to research the different types of services on offer to find out which one is right for you. Think about costs, location, programmes on offer, staff experience and honest impartial reviews that have been made on the rehab facilities’ work. Also consider food and lodging, travel expenses, the kinds of medication the patient will be taking, and where the clinic is based. Bear in mind that the typical rehab inpatient facility costs around £600 per week. Some rehab centres will cost more than this, so discuss budgets and the amount of time the patient would need to stay in the centre. It is also worth reviewing aftercare services and how the rehab centre will offer support following treatment to ensure patients stay clean into their future.

Bear in mind that some rehab centres will have positive reviews and large success rates, while others will not. Again, part of this will depend on the centre, for example a clinic that was studied in a 2011 TV programme was revealed to have an overall success of 75% for patients managing to stay clean after their treatment, with ¾ of addicts staying clean into their future. But the fundamental point here is that the successful addicts who were treated actually wanted to succeed and showed determination in their treatment programme. Unfortunately, almost two-thirds of adults checking in to NHS rehab programmes drop out of their treatment before completing the programme. When you speak to the intended patient about drug rehab and whether it works, it is important to stress that it really does work if they are determined and motivated to succeed.

At Ocean Recovery, we have a luxurious, relaxing haven on Blackpool Beach by the sea where patients can get back to being themselves and enjoy luxurious facilities while undertaking rehab. We have holistic treatments that treat mind, body and spirit so that patients can heal every aspect of their being and stay focused on getting better. Our friendly, supportive staff will encourage patients to take part in fitness and well-being activities like yoga and meditation to soothe the soul. Our success rates are high and patients are determined to succeed in their rehab because of the world-class facilities and support we can provide. Speak to us today about how we can help you or a loved one beat a drug addiction with rehab.

Does Residential Rehab Work for Drug Addicts?

Whether you or a relative has an uncomplicated or highly complex drug issue, we recommend residential treatment each and every time because of its high success rate. Residential treatment works so well because it completely separates the individual from their previous environment that they relate to drug use, so that they can focus on getting their mind and body back to a good place of healing and health. In a focused, controlled environment, distractions and the lure of drugs is completely removed, enabling the patient to focus on beating their withdrawal symptoms and getting clean. This practice is by far more successful than home-based outpatient programmes that rely on daily or weekly support groups and treatment. A residential programme can also give the addict’s family some time and space to breathe and come to terms with what is happening. It is very difficult watching a loved one suffer with a drug addiction, and a residential rehab facility can help and support not just the patient, but the family too.

Emotional Support

When you encourage a drug addict to attend rehab, and particularly if you have to organise an intervention to make it happen, it is of utmost importance to give the patient love and understanding at this difficult time. It is not easy to admit that you need help, and some patients can find the rehab entry process overwhelming. Reassure your loved one that you are there for them and that they are doing the right thing for a positive future. If you would like help or guidance on whether rehab works for drug addicts or to admit a patient, get in touch with us at Ocean Recovery today.

John Gillen - Director at Ocean Recovery
John Gillen

John is one UK’s leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Pioneering new treatment techniques such as NAD+ and ongoing research into new therapy techniques such as systematic laser therapy, John is committed to providing the very best treatment for people throughout the UK and Europe. During his extremely busy schedule, John likes to regularly update our blog section with the latest news and trends in the industry to keep visitors to our site as well informed as possible on everything related to addiction treatment.