Bannockburn Drug and Alcohol Rehab Treatment Centres
Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious problem in Scotland, as it is throughout the UK. According to a government report the average adult in Scotland drinks over a third (36%) more than the UK-wide lower-risk guidelines of 14 units per week.
Heavier drinking can easily slide into dependency and the report noted that there ‘higher risk drinking’ was associated with 686 hospital admissions and 22 deaths a week.
If you are struggling with your drinking or drug use and feel you may be dependent, it’s time to seek help. Private drug and alcohol rehab centres have the expertise and the resources to help you turn your life around.
Staffed by trained experts and using the best evidence-backed drug and alcohol rehab treatments, drug and alcohol rehab in Bannockburn and surrounding areas could be just what you need to break the cycle of addiction and self-destructive behaviour.
Do you have a problem with Drugs or Alcohol?
Excessive drinking and drug use can be dangerous and damaging. You might want to consider changing your lifestyle if you drink too much, while using illegal drugs – even in what you might consider moderation – can be linked to a host of societal problems, as well as risks to your physical and mental health.
Addiction is linked to substance misuse but is generally considered to be a disease or disorder of the brain. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) says that addiction is “a chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences”
It adds that people suffering from addiction will continue to use substances or engage in behaviours despite knowing they could or will have negative consequences. The substance use – or behaviours in cases such as gambling addiction – are compulsive, making them very difficult to resist.
The good news is that addiction can be successfully treated, like other medical conditions and diseases. It is possible for people to beat addiction on their own but this is rare and very difficult.
You are much more likely to be successful with the help of experts and proven treatment programmes at an alcohol or drug rehab.
The warning signs of Addiction
Some of the warning signs and symptoms of addiction could include
- Increased tolerance – needing more of the substance to get the same effect
- Feeling bad and experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you do not drink or use drugs
- Regular or daily usage
- Avoiding social or other situations where you cannot drink or take drugs
- Drinking or using in inappropriate situations like work
- Becoming preoccupied with securing the substance; panic when you cannot
- Your social circle and activities revolving around drinking or drug use
- Mood changes and some mental health and depression-like symptoms
- Increased anxiety
- Difficulty sleeping
- Neglecting your health and appearance
- Minor illnesses, failing to look after yourself
- Neglecting family, social and work obligations
- Continuing to use even though you know there may be negative consequences
This is not an exhaustive list and some of these symptoms may be related to other causes. If you recognise at least some of these though, it may be time to seek help, which is where drug and alcohol rehab Bannockburn comes in.
Detoxification and Rehabilitation
You might have heard the terms ‘detox’ and ‘rehab’ and thought that they meant the same thing. They are certainly linked together but are not interchangeable.
Detoxification refers to the process and period of time in which you metabolise the toxins left in your system from drugs or alcohol, essentially getting clean or sober. This can be a very challenging process, with most addicts facing physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.
These can be very severe and can also be dangerous if experienced without medical supervision. Going through this phase in the detox clinic of a drug or alcohol rehab will improve your chance of success, as well as being safer as you will have access to medical supervision.
Most residential rehab centres offer a detoxification programme but that is only part of the overall rehabilitation process.
Rehabilitation in medical terms refers to treatment that helps people who have lost the ability to function normally to recover or adjust, regaining their functions or reaching new potentials to improve their quality of life.
In the specific field of addiction recovery, this means learning to live without drugs or alcohol and formulating tools and techniques that will help you to avoid cravings and temptations when they inevitably come up.
Relapse prevention is a big part of rehabilitation and you will be equipped with the knowledge and tools you need via a range of different therapies.
A thorough aftercare programme can also help once you have completed your time in rehab and gone back to your everyday life.
What to expect from Rehab in Bannockburn
The rehab process will begin with a period of assessment and enrolment to ensure that rehab is the right choice for you and to produce a tailored programme of treatments.
Every person battling addiction is an individual with their own problems and requirements and what works for one person might not be the best choice for another.
There will still be common elements in the programme, however, and the treatment will usually be a combination of group and one to one therapies.
Many of the people working in addiction recovery will have battled their own addictions and will provide a sense of understanding and empathy.
The atmosphere in a rehab clinic is non-judgemental and always one of respect. The primary goal is to help you beat your addiction and to make a full and long-lasting recovery.
Left unchecked, an addiction can spiral to new depths, bringing new risks as it does so. There’s no better time than now, so get in contact today to find out how we can help.