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Signs of Addiction

Unless you know what to look for, the signs of drug or alcohol addiction can be easily missed or dismissed.

Many people don’t have the experience with addiction to see it even when it’s right in front of them. Or they have grown up around substance abuse and see the destructive behaviour as normal.

If you are worried that you or someone you care about is living with addiction, there are certain habits of addiction that should clear things up for you.

Please read the following list and see if anything sounds familiar to you.

  • A person with an addiction often needs to hide the number of drugs or alcohol they regularly use.
  • A person with an addiction often misses important events due to using drugs or alcohol or because they are too hungover.
  • A person with an addiction often struggles with their mental health and uses drugs or alcohol to regulate their mood.
  • People with an addiction often think about drugs or alcohol when they wake up.
  • A person with an addiction often uses drugs or alcohol right before they go to sleep, which is the last thing they do.
  • A person with an addiction often has a high tolerance to drugs or alcohol, making it harder for others to notice the amount they use.
  • A person with an addiction often drinks more than 14 units of alcohol a week.
  • A person with an addiction often can not go long periods without any drugs or alcohol.

If any of these struck a chord for you or a loved one, we want you to know that it will be okay.

At Nova Recovery, we can help you get help for your addiction or help you with the process by referring a friend or family member. We know this can all seem frightening, but when you recognise that you have an addiction, the best place for you is a rehab in the Rosyth area.

There is no shame in working towards recovery; with us, you will be able to do it safely and efficiently – call us today on 01475 303998.


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What Happens at Rehab?

Residential drug and alcohol rehab is very simply a medical facility that specialises in addiction recovery. It is a place that provides all the treatments necessary for you to overcome your addiction and work towards long-term recovery.

There are two main treatments that you will experience in rehab, and they are:

The detoxification process, or detox as it’s better known, is the process of your body naturally ridding itself of all toxins. Toxins such as any drugs and alcohol that may be in your system.

In theory, the process is very simple. All it entails is keeping you away from any temptation until you can wean yourself off your substance of choice.

However, in practice, this is much more complicated. For one thing, if done incorrectly, the detox process can be very dangerous. This is because, during the process, you will experience withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Light sensitivity
  • Hot flashes
  • Chills
  • Hives
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Delerium
  • Mood swings
  • Aggression
  • Vomiting
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

A detox should never be attempted alone because of how dangerous these symptoms can be.

In a rehab centre, the worst of the symptoms are avoided thanks to you being monitored by a team of medical professionals who can provide you with medication to relieve the symptoms before they progress too far during the drug detox.

Therapy is a standard part of the rehab experience as an addiction. More often than not is a symptom of a deeper mental health crisis that needs addressing.

Therapy can help people by:

  • Helping them to find the cause of their addiction
  • Replace substance abuse with healthier coping mechanisms
  • Teach you tools to avoid triggers for your cravings
  • Help to diagnose any unknown mental illnesses
  • Help you to tackle any trauma you may have
  • Help you to deal with the isolating nature of addiction.


Is Private Rehab Better Than Outpatient?

Both options do have their benefits and downfalls. And while private can provide you with a more well-rounded and accessible treatment option, it is important that you are not discouraged from seeking help.

The outpatient rehab services provided by the NHS can be very difficult to access, leaving you on a waiting list for months. They also are chronically underfunded and understaffed, which can lead to the services being rushed.

However outpatient rehab treatments are free to anyone who needs them in the UK, and if you can not afford private rehab, the NHS will be able to help you deal with your addiction.

But if you can afford it, a private rehab has been proven to be more successful.

This is because the facilities are well funded and well-staffed, giving you the one-to-one care you deserve. You are treated as a person, not just a patient, and you will continue to have access to treatments at the rehab facility even after you leave.

Private rehab can give you the best chance at achieving long-term recovery. But outpatient rehab will also give you the opportunity. It just may be harder to do it.


Our Admissions Process

You can begin our admissions process by phoning our team on 01475 303998.

There you will see that our simple admissions process involves a pre-admissions assessment where we learn about your current health and experience with addiction so that we can see if rehab is the best place for you.

Following that, you will be able to book in and begin your journey to long-term recovery.


Rehab Aftercare

At Nova Recovery, we offer aftercare services for free up to a year after you leave the rehab centre.

This includes a relapse prevention plan that is designed specifically for you in mind and contains all the strategies you and your therapist created to help you avoid giving in to your cravings.

We also can offer you a referral to a support group in the Rosyth area, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, where your progress can continue to be monitored.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is inpatient treatment like?

Inpatient residential addiction treatment is the course of treatment which we recommend for most individuals who are looking to overcome a drug addiction and alcohol addiction. Inpatient treatment, due to the fact that you reside full-time at the place where you are receiving treatment, is a very intensive form of treatment. You will have plenty of peer support from others staying at rehab and from staff.

How do I achieve sobriety?

Some people can achieve sobriety with no help from anyone, however others struggle and try many times over many years until they finally succeed. Achieving sobriety is a process that requires commitment and discipline to last a lifetime and the best way to start is by reaching out to a rehab facility for help. Those that ask for help and gain access to drug and alcohol services provided by professionals greatly increase their chances of long-term recovery.

Will sober living increase my overall health?

Yes. Suffering from addiction means you are putting substances into your body that are harming you and can bring about or exacerbate existing conditions. Drug and alcohol abuse damages organs such as the brain and liver – without them being under constant strain you can once again be on a level platform. Sober living means that substances won’t be decreasing your health – to increase health further it’s best to live a healthy lifestyle built around exercise, eating well, and taking care of your mental health.