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Drug and alcohol addictions are a very common problem throughout the UK, with many lives being affected daily. Although many people know the danger of addictions, not enough people seek treatment for substance abuse, leading to negative outcomes.
Sadly, many people who don’t seek treatment for addictions are putting themselves at risk of severe physical and psychological illnesses that can be very difficult to overcome.
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Do I Have an Addiction?
There are several ways that addiction can affect you negatively. Addictions are most commonly diagnosed on a spectrum as several criteria for addiction can help determine how severe your addiction is.
There are eleven main criteria for addictions. These are as follows:
- A lack of control
- Dangerous use of substances
- Withdrawal symptoms after stopping
- Tolerance to substances
- Spending a lot of time obtaining substances or trying to obtain them
- Cravings for substances
- A lack of responsibility
- A desire to quit but being unable to do so
- Loss of interest in things
- Situations becoming worse
- Problems within relationships
The more of the above criteria that resonate, the more severe your addiction is likely to be. For example, a mild addiction may only show just two or three of the above criteria.
However, rehab is still the recommended approach moving forward, even if you have just a mild addiction, as addictions can quickly spiral out of your control. The sooner you reach out for professional help, the easier it will be for you to recover.
Consequences of Delaying Treatment
If you find that you are delaying your treatment for any reason, it’s important to keep in mind that the longer you leave your addiction untreated, the more it will spiral out of your control. Delaying your treatment can cause you to experience a range of negative physical and psychological effects.
Many people think that rehab is designed just for those with very severe addictions. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Rehab is for everyone, no matter how mild or severe your addiction may be.
If you enter rehab with a mild addiction, you are much more likely to see long-lasting results, which is why it is recommended that you reach out for help as soon as you realise addiction is an issue in your life.
Avoid delaying your treatment and contact us today to learn more about how we can help you and what you can expect from a rehab treatment plan.
Detoxing In Rehab
If you are trying to recover from an addiction, the first thing you will need to do is detox from all substances.
A detox will help to remove every negative trace of substances from your body so that you can move on to your further treatments without cravings and with a clear mind.
Your detox will need to take place before any of your other treatments in rehab. In some cases, you may be given medication to help alleviate some of the terrible symptoms you may experience during withdrawal.
Some withdrawal symptoms can be very uncomfortable, so you will be constantly monitored to ensure you are always as comfortable as possible throughout the entire process.
Detoxing is not an easy step, but it is an essential one. In most cases, your detox will last for around 3-10 days. The length of time will depend on your current circumstances, the severity of your addiction, and the type of substance that you were addicted to.
After your detox treatment, you will move on to tackle the psychological issues behind your addiction. This will be in the form of a range of different therapies and counselling sessions that aim to get to the root of your addiction and teach you new, healthier behaviours and thought processes.
How Long Does Rehab Take?
In most cases, you can expect your rehab treatment to last for around 28 days. This is the most common timescale and is typical for a treatment plan that includes an initial detox followed by a range of psychological treatments and therapies.
However, the length of time that you stay in rehab will be determined by several factors such as the severity of your addiction, the type of substance you’re addicted to, and your responses to treatments.
It’s important that when you attend a rehab facility for treatment, you remain motivated and dedicated to your recovery throughout the process of your recovery plan. Without doing so, your rehab treatment is unlikely to succeed, and you may find that you need to spend longer in rehab to get the desired results.
In some cases, it may be recommended for you to stay in rehab for a little bit longer if the staff members believe that this would be beneficial to you, depending on your specific circumstances at the time.
After you leave rehab, you will then be given one year of aftercare support. Within this aftercare plan, you will have access to a dedicated helpline where you can call at any time of the day or night if you are struggling or if you believe you are on the verge of relapsing.
During aftercare, you will also likely continue with some of your therapy sessions, maybe once or a few times each week, to keep you on track and to help you avoid relapsing when you’re in your home environment.
You may also be encouraged to attend group sessions with other recovering addicts to help keep you motivated in your ongoing recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is inpatient treatment like?
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 receive around-the-clock medical care from the comfort of a top-quality private bedroom. We will also provide you with three home-cooked nutritious meals prepared by our kitchen staff each day, as well as constant support.
How do I begin my addiction recovery?
Beginning your journey of recovery starts by admitting to yourself that you have a problem with addiction and that you need professional help. Once you have made the realisation that professional addiction treatment will get you back to living the life that you want to live then all you need to do is reach out to our admissions team here at Nova Recovery. We will find the best treatment plan for you and get you on your way to a life of sobriety.
What is life like after rehab?
Life after rehab can be very difficult at first as it is a big transition to make. In residential rehab, you are surrounded by constant support in a comfortable and safe facility, which is often unlike your home environment. This is why we offer 12 months of free aftercare to ensure that you continue to be supported.
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