If you are trapped in the vicious cycle of an addiction to alcohol or drugs, it can be very difficult to know what to do next. Many addicts will try to deal with their addiction on their own and completely fail over and over again.

This can often be counter-productive and can lead to mental health problems, problems with self-esteem and can make the addiction worse. Addiction is a terrible illness, but thankfully, it’s an illness that can be treated.

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Attending a drug and alcohol rehab in Blackridge is the best thing you can do to make a full recovery. You will have access to the best evidence-based addiction treatments and therapies provided by trained professionals in a safe and comfortable environment.

Addiction recovery is hard work, and rehab won’t provide a magic cure. However, it does give you the best chance of beating your addiction and making a full and complete long-term recovery.

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Signs and Symptoms of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

There are several signs and symptoms of addiction that you can look out for. They vary depending on the individual and the type of substance involved. Some common signs of drug or alcohol addictions include:

  • Struggling to quit or cut down
  • You can’t get through everyday life without taking drugs or drinking
  • You experience withdrawal symptoms when you don’t use drugs or drinks
  • The amount you take increases
  • You need to use more and more to get the same effect
  • You feel anxious at the thought of not having access to drugs or alcohol


You may also be worried that a loved one has become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Some signs to look out for include the following:

  • Increased consumption
  • Neglecting their responsibilities
  • Using drugs or drinking in inappropriate situations
  • Neglecting their health, appearance, and hygiene
  • Defensiveness and secrecy
  • Avoid social situations where they can’t take drugs or drink

Neither of these lists is comprehensive, but if you do notice any of these signs or symptoms, you should consider them a red flag. If you are worried about a friend or partner, we can offer family interventions as well as a confidential service with friend and family referrals.


Residential Addiction Treatment Options

Once you have determined that you need help with addiction, you will need to decide on your treatment options. Inpatient rehab allows you to stay on-site, and this takes you away from all of the usual stresses and triggers that you’re surrounded by in your everyday life.

You will have access to care 24 hours a day and will be in the best possible hands. With outpatient rehab, on the other hand, you will reside at home and attend regular treatment sessions and go through your detox with minimal assistance and supervision. With this in mind, inpatient rehab is the best option for those wanting to recover successfully from their addiction.

The exact structure of rehab will differ for each individual as the treatment options are tailored to suit your specific needs and individual circumstances. However, you can generally expect the following:

  • Detoxification – This is a detox from drugs or alcohol to safely remove the substances from your body while managing your withdrawal in a safe environment
  • Addiction therapies – These help you explore the route of what causes your addiction and your associated thought patterns and behaviours.
  • Workshops and courses – These aim to promote a healthier lifestyle and help you to avoid relapsing when you leave the rehab setting.
  • Aftercare packages – These help you with relapse prevention and provides you with vital support when you leave the rehab facility and go back to your everyday life


Detoxification Process and Addiction Therapy Options

One of the first steps in rehab is the detoxification process. This is when your body is slowly weaned off the drugs and alcohol until you no longer have any substances in your system. This stage is usually accompanied by a range of negative side effects of withdrawal symptoms. However, you will be constantly monitored and may be given medication to help ease the symptoms and keep you safe.

The symptoms of detox can vary depending on the type of substance you’re addicted to. They can be quite severe for some people, and this is why it’s always best and easiest to go through a medically assisted detox in a rehab facility.

A holistic addiction treatment program also includes a range of therapies and other treatments. These treatments will generally involve techniques like counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, and group therapy sessions.

The aim of rehab treatments is to explore the root causes of your addiction and to change your patterns of behaviours and thoughts. This will provide you with everything you need to remain clean and sober in the future. Some rehabs also address mental health problems alongside the addiction.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a dual diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is a term used to describe a condition where a mental health problem exists at the same time as the addiction. These two illnesses will usually have a very complex relationship, each affecting the other one to different extents. It is usually possible to treat both of these at the same time with a dual diagnosis treatment.

What is the rehab admissions process?

Here at Nova Recovery, we pride ourselves on our simple admissions process. It starts with an initial enquiry where we will answer any questions you may have. We will then go through a pre-admission screening which allows us to create a tailored recovery plan based on your needs. You will be guided through each part of the process and all additional factors such as prices and the duration of your stay.

How quickly can I start rehab addiction treatment?

The process of being admitted to rehab can usually be as quick as you need it to be. However, you will never be pressured into making decisions or taking action. You can usually start treatment within 24 hours of contacting our team if you want your treatment to come around that quickly.