Or perhaps maybe you know someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol? If that is the case, it is time to start looking at attending a residential rehab facility.

Rehab is your best option if you want to make a full recovery from addiction. If you are interested in finding out more about how Nova Recovery can help you overcome your addiction, get in touch with us today and our friendly, helpful staff will be happy to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

Understanding addiction

Addiction is hard to overcome but you are completely able to do it. But what exactly is addiction? Addiction is craving, it is giving in to those cravings no matter what the consequences are. Addiction is a disease, just like any other physical illness. Recovery is about getting better.

Causes of addiction
There are biological reasons as to why someone may fall victim to addiction. This involves the reward pathways in your brain. The pathways produce positive endorphins and a good feeling to reward you for substance abuse. The brain changes over time under the influence of alcohol or drugs that also manages self-control and the way your body manages stress.

Reasons as to why somebody may become addicted to substances can be psychological, environmental or social. For instance, if somebody has been exposed to trauma or stress, or struggles with mental health issues, this is a psychological reason.

Accessibility and a low cost would be an environmental issue. Whereas if a family member or friend uses the substance, this would be a social reason somebody may become an addict themselves.

Developing Tolerance
As time passes your brain will slowly adapt so that the substance you are using will become less pleasurable with the usual amount you have, you will therefore chase that once euphoric feeling with more substance. This leads to a higher tolerance.

You will crave more of the endorphins and dopamine given off the substance you had making you want more. Drugs and alcohol can give off 2 to 10 times more dopamine than any other usually pleasurable activity.

Abstinence from drugs and alcohol after recovery is important as your brain will go back into this process if you use again.

Recovery
Recovery is about replenishing physical and mental health. Recovery is treating an illness, such as addiction, to get better and lead a healthier and more positive lifestyle. When you hear people using the term ‘in recovering’ they are referring to going through or completing treatment and living a life abstinent from drugs or alcohol.

There are self-help groups, a variety and most successfully there are rehabilitation hospitals for you to safely and effectively be treated and recover from your addiction.

For most people, when going through recovery this means dealing with mental and psychological issues. This is a major part of recovery and will mean that you will most likely receive counselling or talk therapies to overcome your addiction and improve your mental health. This also means developing self-awareness which is vital in recovery.

There are many ways and strategies that will aid your recovery even after treatment. For example, gaining new skills, hobbies, maybe volunteering or even something as simple as setting goals will help to aid recovery in the most effective way possible.

Recovery is vital to someone struggling with addiction. It is important to remember that you are worth it. No matter what your illness is making you feel. There are so many reasons why recovery is important.

Remember that if you don’t make the step to change how things are, then things won’t change. If someone was suffering from an asthma attack, they would need an inhaler to recover. If they didn’t take the inhaler, nothing would change. It is the same with addiction, it is an illness that needs treating.

By recovering from addiction you will learn to reconnect not only with loved ones but also with yourself. You can create a life and a future you want and deserve. You deserve to be happy and you are worthy of recovery.

It is important to be assisted when withdrawing from drugs or alcohol as a detox needs to be done safely with medical assistance.

Detox is when the remains of drugs or alcohol are removed from the body. This can cause a variety of side effects, some worse than others. When detoxing in rehab, you will receive medications to help you get through it.

You will also be given certain foods with the nutrients that your body needs to replace. Some of the side effects you may experience whilst detoxing include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Muscle pain
  • Restlessness
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Anxiety
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhoea
  • Heart palpitations
  • Cravings
  • Fatigue
  • Shaking
  • Short term memory loss
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Elevated temperature
  • Seizures

It is important to be observed by a medical team so that they can prevent any of the more serious withdrawal symptoms and administer the medications to help keep you comfortable during your detox.

If you were to do this alone at home, especially with a severe case of addiction, you will not have the same assistance and expertise. You will not have the medications to make the withdrawal symptoms more bearable.

 

Finding a Drug and Alcohol Rehab Facility in Berwickshire

If you are struggling with addiction in Berwickshire, get in touch with us today to find out more about how we can help you make a full recovery from your addiction.

Contact us now on 01475 303998 and our team of well-trained professional staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

We will also happily guide you through the admissions process and talk through your recovery options with you. Take the first step in changing your life for the better today.