Do You Need Drug Addiction Rehabilitation?
Drug addiction can quickly send you down a dark and destructive path. Before long, you’ll crave that feeling of euphoria continuously, resulting in a psychological dependence. You may even feel miserable and sick when you have to go without your drug of choice for any period of time, which is a strong indication that you have a physical dependence. Whether you have a psychological dependence, physical dependence, or both, drug rehabilitation treatment and counselling provide the best opportunity for you to put an end to dependency issues.
The Truth About Drug Addiction
Not only does having an addiction to drugs often cause substantial problems to your physical and mental health, it can also result in a wide array of social issues. Drug rehab centres offer a medically assisted detox process to help reduce withdrawal symptoms, along with drug counselling sessions and a range of psycho-social interventions that are designed to put an end to your dependency. Overall, drug rehab clinics want to rehabilitate drug users.
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What are the symptoms of drug addiction?
If you have started to realise that you simply cannot stop yourself from regularly engaging in drug use, even though you know it is harmful, you are showing clear signs that you have a drug addiction and are dependent on it to function.
If you are struggling with a physical addiction, you may experience the following withdrawal symptoms:
- Sweating (profuse or cold)
- Shaking/ tremors
- Aches and pains
If you have developed a psychological dependence, you may exhibit the following symptoms:
As your dependency worsens, you’ll need more and more of the drug to get the desired effect. As this happens, you’ll realise that your drug use is taking over every part of your life; it may be so bad that you begin to neglect everything from family and friends to work and hobbies. You may experience feelings of guilt and shame that cause you to feel isolated. At this point, many people can still function at a level that allows them to continue with their life for long periods of time whilst using drugs, however, when they are finally unable to obtain the drug, they finally begin to see they have a problem.
It’s a common misconception that almost all drug users eventually die. On the other hand, there are a number of people who think everyday drug use is a perfectly normal part of their social life. The truth is that there are numerous incredibly harmful effects related to drug use, but they will not all kill you. All drugs are not the same and the effects vary depending on what and how much drugs you consume.
It’s Time to Get Your Life Back on Track:
Western Counselling Can Help You With Your Addiction
The very first step in the recovery process involves accepting that you have a problem. After you have done this, you can finally reach out for help. The most common method used to treat a drug dependency involves detox and therapy. If you have a physical addiction to a drug, you will begin your treatment in a drug rehab facility by going through a medically assisted withdrawal or detoxification. This is done by replacing your drug(s) of choice with medications, which are tapered down over a period of usually 14-21 days however may be longer dependent on use.
If you attempt detox at home or on an outpatient basis, it may take longer. The goal is to decrease the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal, which are usually worse at the start of treatment. Fortunately, they quickly improve over the next several days. When abstinence is needed, the treatment is structured. The primary goal is to help you completely give up the drug, instead of just cutting down on the amount you take. This is because drug addicts rarely regain control over their use; therefore abstinence is the preferred approach. Learn more about drug detoxification
The Support, Treatment, and Therapy You Need
If you have a physical addiction to a drug and are unable to stop taking it or require hospital support for your personal safety, you may need inpatient drug rehab treatment, which is more intensive and offers more support. In this setting, drug dependency treatment is based on an intense programme of group work, as well as individual drug counselling sessions, workshops and relapse prevention. This will make it easier for you to cope without drugs and assume a healthier lifestyle.
The specialists at Western Counselling will encourage you to accept your drug dependency and determine your reasons for using, as well as help you identify better ways to cope with your triggers. This is done by developing a positive attitude and building your self-esteem. Support from your family and friends is crucial when learning to live without drugs, which is why our specialists encourage attendance at the Family Programme and family sessions to help you work through past issues/ problems that may have resulted from your drug use. Keep in mind that opening up about your problems and making changes can be incredibly stressful, but the rewards are well worth the effort.
Most often the easiest way to get help and additional treatment is by contacting your GP. He or she may provide drug counselling or refer you to a specialist for a more in-depth assessment. This may result in outpatient treatment. If your condition is more serious, you may be referred to inpatient treatment. If you are nervous about talking with your GP, here are a few options.
- Make an appointment with a new GP practice
- See a different GP in your current practice
- Write down your questions and concerns
- Take a family member or friend with you
Alternatively you may decide to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings and/or your local community drug team, who will assess your need and assist you with attendance at an outpatient programme. If they consider you appropriate for residential treatment they will assess your motivation and commitment through your attendance and engagement at the outpatient programme prior to referring you for funding – this process may take many months and attendance at rehab is not always guaranteed at the end.
The type of professional support you receive will vary depending on what services are available in your area and the arrangements your primary care trust (PCT) may have with other private providers or health authorities. In addition, private drug rehab treatment can be done privately through Western Counselling.