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Addiction can be debilitating, affecting all areas of your life. It can affect your relationships, finances, and your physical and mental health. If you or a loved one is addicted to drugs and alcohol, it’s important to get treatment.

At Help4Addiction, we have connections with numerous rehab facilities in and around the Bournemouth area. It can be tough to know which rehab in Bournemouth is best for you, which is why we can discuss your preferences and needs to find the right treatment so you can beat your addiction once and for all.

This page will tell you all about drug and alcohol addiction, drug and alcohol misuse, and well as what to expect from the addiction treatment process – and more about how we can help you find the right Bournemouth rehab clinic.

Drug Addiction – What is It?

Drug addiction can be difficult to deal with – not just for the one with the addiction, but for the friends, family, and loved ones too.

If you are struggling to control your drug use, whether it be limiting or stopping, then you may be addicted to drugs. Likewise, if you experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop or when you lower your typical dose, then you may have a physical drug addiction.

Drug abuse and drug addiction are both forms of substance use disorder – with addiction being the most severe form. Substance use disorder is a mental disorder that can affect how your brain works, ultimately affecting your behaviour. This can lead to you losing control of your drug use/ substance abuse.

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Prescription Drug Addiction Bournemouth

Prescription drugs can be as addictive as other substances such as alcohol or cocaine – however, the risk of developing a prescription drug addiction is lowered if you follow the doctor’s instructions.

However, if you abuse prescription drugs, you run the risk of developing dependence. Prescription drug abuse can include taking more prescription drugs than needed, mixing prescription drugs with alcohol or other drugs, taking someone else’s prescription drug, or simply taking your prescription in any other way than prescribed.

Call our addiction specialists today to discuss what options are available to you in Bournemouth, and to find the right UK rehab for your addiction.

Alcohol Addiction – What is It?

Addiction to alcohol (informally known as alcoholism) is recognised as a mental and a physical illness, characterised by the lack of control over drinking alcohol despite the negative effects. This can include struggling to control the amount you drink, the frequency you drink, or when you drink.

Alcohol abuse/ alcohol misuse and addiction to alcohol are forms of alcohol use disorder – the latter being the most severe form of alcohol use disorder. The recommended alcohol limit per week is 14 units (according to the NHS and the UK Government).

Drinking too much alcohol can have many effects on your physical health – and has been found to be a causal factor in over 60 medical conditions.

If you are struggling to control your alcohol consumption and you think you may be addicted to alcohol, call us today to take the first step towards alcohol recovery, and to see what Bournemouth alcohol rehabs may work for you.

What to Expect From Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation may feel daunting, but the more you know about it, the less scary it seems. Although rehab treatment can vary from clinic to clinic, the majority of drug and alcohol rehab treatments start with detoxification, move on to therapy, and finish with secondary treatment.

The length of rehab can vary – we can find you a shorter 7-day treatment plan or extended rehab programmes that last 28 days or a more long-term recovery plan.

Whether you’re looking for inpatient residential rehab clinics, quasi-residential treatment, or outpatient rehab, we can find the right place to receive treatment in Bournemouth for you. Read on to learn more about the process from start to finish.

What To Expect From Drug and Alcohol Detoxification in Bournemouth

Once you start treatment, you will typically begin a detox – which means you’ll have no access to drugs or alcohol. You may have an inpatient detox, an outpatient detox, or a medically assisted detox at a residential rehab clinic – where medical professionals monitor withdrawal symptoms.

The key aim of detox is to deal with the physical aspect of addiction – to minimise the physical damage that drug or alcohol addiction can cause. However, this stage alone doesn’t deal with the psychological, behavioural, or social aspects of addiction.

As you’ll be cut off from the substance you’re addicted to, you may experience physical withdrawal symptoms and psychological withdrawal symptoms as your body frees itself from the drug.

The severity of the withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on a variety of factors – for example, your addiction history and personal factors such as your height and weight. During medical detox, you may be given detox medication for the more unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

What To Expect From Drug and Alcohol Therapy in Bournemouth

The next stage of the addiction treatment process involves therapy. Psychological treatment is not just for those who have existing mental health disorders/ mental health conditions – it is a fundamental part of rehab, whether you’re battling an addiction or you also have a dual diagnosis.

The aim of therapy in rehab is to improve your confidence and mental health – helping you to learn more about yourself and your addiction (e.g. your triggers or root causes).

Some common therapies you may be offered at your Bournemouth treatment centre of choice include cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, one-to-one counselling with trained addiction counsellors, or interpersonal therapy.

However, you’re more likely to find more therapy treatment options in a private rehab centre – for example, holistic therapies such as art or sports therapy.

What to Expect From Secondary Treatment in Bournemouth

Secondary treatment aims at easing the transition from rehab to normal life, with the main goal being to prevent relapse/ relapse prevention.

It can feel tough returning to your ‘normal’ life and continuing the recovery process from home, but secondary treatment (also known as aftercare) can give you additional support throughout your recovery.

Some forms of aftercare can include group therapy, counselling, one-to-one therapy, and support groups (for example, Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous). Most people will continue to attend therapy sessions after leaving rehab to continue their life free of alcohol and drugs.

At Help4Addiction, we can find the right UK addiction treatment group to prevent relapse and streamline the recovery process.

Finding The Right Bournemouth Drug or Alcohol Addiction Treatment

At Help4Addiction, we have a friendly and dedicated team on hand to find the right treatment for you and your addiction, whether you’re addicted to illicit drugs, prescription drugs, or alcohol.

We have connections with different addiction treatment organisations in Bournemouth with different rehab facilities – inpatient rehab clinics, outpatient rehab clinics, NHS-operated rehab centres, and private alcohol and drug rehab centres in and around Bournemouth – and can find the right rehab in Bournemouth for you and your circumstances.

We will take the time to listen to your story, your requirements, and your preferences to find a treatment programme that works for you. Contact us today to get the ball rolling and begin the admissions process, and to start your rehab journey.

About Author

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn is a leading industry addiction expert who runs the UK’s largest addiction advisory service and is regularly featured in the national press, radio and TV. He is the founder and CEO of a drug and alcohol rehab center called Help4addiction, which was founded in 2015. He has been clean himself since 2009 and has worked in the Addiction and Rehab Industry for over a decade. Nick is dedicated to helping others recover and get treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. In 2013, he released a book ‘The Thin White’ line that is available on Amazon.

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