Aberdeen Drug and Alcohol Rehab Treatment Centres
Despite this, it can be incredibly difficult to quit alcohol and drugs without the right help.
A professional, evidence-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme has been proven, through both studies and real-life experience, to be the safest and most effective way to beat alcohol or drug addiction for good.
Why it is so hard to quit without rehab
Addiction is a complex and very serious condition. The US National Institute on Drug Abuse says: “Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain.”
It adds that addiction is considered to be a brain disorder and both a mental and medical illness.
Repeated substance misuse essentially rewires parts of the brain, changing the way it deals with pleasure, reward and decision-making.
The very definition of addiction includes the fact that users will continue to seek out drugs or alcohol compulsively and this compulsion is incredibly difficult to resist.
The fact that the addict will continue to use despite negative consequences means that the dangers and harm that addiction invariably causes will not generally be enough to drive a lasting change on their own.
It is certainly the case that many addicts do recognise the harm that their substance misuse is causing, and genuinely want to quit.
Dealing with the cravings and a wide range of physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms is very difficult and even potentially dangerous, depending on the substance involved and the length and heaviness of usage.
Many addicts therefore go through a constant cycle of trying and failing to quit. Some fail at the first hurdle of detox while others might go a few days or even weeks before relapsing.
If this sounds like you a drug and alcohol rehab West Sussex programme could help you to finally break free from this vicious cycle.
How private drug and alcohol rehab can help
Another reason that many people struggle to kick drink and drugs and beat their addiction on their own is because they will usually be surrounded by all the same people, places and situations that are associated with their substance misuse.
This will tend to be the case even if you seek help via the NHS. The vast majority of publicly funded programmes are based in the community, which means you will still have the same triggers, pressures and temptations around you.
It also means you will have to manage aspects of your treatment for addiction, such as keeping track of and travelling to your appointments and treatment sessions.
Residential addiction treatment takes you out of your normal environment and puts you in a safe, comfortable place where you can really focus on getting well and making a long-term recovery.
Rehab places for drug and alcohol addiction are not like prisons but they are structured and secure. You will have a set schedule for your treatments and you will not have any easy access to drugs or alcohol, which might be the case if you were following a treatment course as an outpatient.
Drug and alcohol detoxification
As already mentioned, many addicts find it very difficult to get clean or sober in the first place, never mind staying that way in the long term.
The main reason is because the cravings for the substance they are addicted to can be severe, as can the withdrawal symptoms when they do not have access to it.
Some substances, such as alcohol and opioids such as heroin, can have severe physical withdrawal symptoms. These could include cramps, tremors, nausea, irregular heartbeat and flu-like symptoms – as well as various psychological issues.
It is far safer for the user to undergo a controlled and medically supervised detox process rather than going ‘cold turkey’ alone.
Even if you are lucky enough to have a support network of family and friends in place, they are unlikely to have the knowledge or expertise to help you get through this intensely unpleasant and sometimes dangerous process.
Some addictions, such as cocaine and behavioural addictions such as gambling, have withdrawal symptoms that are primarily psychological but these can still be very tough to deal with.
Going through detox at a rehab for drug and alcohol abuse is still not easy but you will have access to the very best medical care and emotional and psychological support 24/7.
As well as helping you to detoxify, rehab will aim to provide you with the tools you need for drug and alcohol relapse prevention after you leave the facility.
After all, there is little point in going through all the pain of detox if you are just going to go back to old bad habits.
A key element to this is exploring the root causes of your addiction and dealing with the psychological aspect of it. This can be done through a range of therapies – primarily ‘talking therapies’ such as group therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and one to one counselling.
It is also important that the addict receives any mental health treatments and support they might need, as these types of issues are often associated with drug and alcohol addiction.
A drug rehab clinic UK might also offer complementary therapies such as art or music therapy, mindfulness and meditation.
Workshops on nutrition and other aspects of health can also help you to adopt a more positive lifestyle that can help you steer clear of drink and drugs in the future.
A thorough drug and alcohol aftercare programme can also help in this regard.
Where to find drug and alcohol rehab facilities near me
There are numerous options for private drug and alcohol rehabs in West Sussex and surrounding areas. If you think you or a loved one is in need of addiction treatment, get in touch today to find out how we can help.