Get help for your addiction, no matter where in Cambridgeshire you are based. Here at Help 4 Addiction, our mission is to make recovery from drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or even emotional disorders, possible in your area. If you want to quit being addicted and get your life back on track, take our online consultation now. Together, we can get you on the path to recovery.
Cambridgeshire is known for being home to one of the most prestigious universities in Britain, for being an historic county and for being the site of Flag Fen – one of the most important Neolithic settlements in England. In spite of all of this, Cambridgeshire has a darker underbelly that few get to see. This region in the east of England is home to some shocking statistics regarding alcohol and drug abuse.
Cambridgeshire Drug and Alcohol Abuse Figures
As recently as last year, experts in the Cambs Times were warning about a sharp rise in drink and drug addiction among young people in the area. In Cambridge city alone, 152 children under the age of 16 were admitted to hospital because of alcohol related issues over the course of the year. Coupled with a further 183 admitted for substance misuse – and we start to see a bleak picture of addiction in Cambridgeshire.
Cambridgeshire is a hub of alcohol abuse. Not only that, but some reports[i] linked the abuse of alcohol to higher crime rates, placing this region 4th in line as the rowdiest on a weekend evening. Further, it is estimated that there are over a half a million dependent drinkers living in the UK, right now. Of these, not even a fifth receive treatment.
If you are a dependent drinker who wants to change the future, then we want to hear from you. Complete an online consultation today or call us on 0203 955 7700 for more details.
What Are the Symptoms of Addiction?
If you are wondering how to stop drinking alcohol or how to stop taking drugs, then you may have an addiction. There is no shame to it, but you should seek help. All of us are able to succumb to addictions – and most of us do, at some point in our lives. Where some form a caffeine or nicotine addiction, others turn to narcotic drugs, gambling, or other addictions that can damage your life.
So how do you know for sure if you are addicted to substance abuse? The symptoms are often divided into physical and psychological categories. Here are some of the most common signs of an addiction:
- An inability to stop using a substance, or to stop repeating an action for the reward, in spite of it damaging your health or otherwise having a negative impact on your life.
- Addicts turn to their substance whenever life gets difficult. If you reach for a bottle whenever you feel bad, it may be the working of addiction.
- If you are addicted, you will constantly worry about whether you have enough. If you are obsessively worrying about where you will get your next fix from, you are addicted.
- Addicts take more risks. If you are addicted to opiates or cocaine you may find yourself taking more and more at once, risking an overdose by chasing the best high.
If you or someone you know is suffering, encourage them towards our online consultation service. Our skilled team will put you in touch with those you need to reach, in order to get the help you need. You can also find a full list of symptoms here.
Depression and Anxiety Go Hand-in-Hand with Addictions
One of the least talked about symptoms of an addiction is the depression and anxiety that comes with it. If you do not know where your next drink or hit is coming from, you are likely to be in a state of high anxiety until this is corrected. The guilt and shame that is associated with addiction can cause the chances of depression to rise. Addiction, emotional disorders, and mental illness are not mutually exclusive.
The Cambridgeshire Live news team ran a recent survey of their readers, in order to find out if they had any history of mental illness. To their shock, 90% of their readers had experienced anxiety or depression within their lifetimes. Although it might be normal to be sad, frustrated, or angry on a day-to-day basis, it is when these things start to interfere with our lives that they become a problem… in the same insidious way that an addiction takes over.
When you suffer from an addiction your mental ill health does not disappear. In fact, an addiction is likely to make an existing condition much worse. Seek help by going to your GP, then visit our pages for further help and advice.
What are my Rehab Treatment Choices in Cambridgeshire?
There are several options available to you so it can be difficult. We can help. Here are the basic choices to help you get off drugs…
This is the initial stage of quitting drugs or alcohol and will involve withdrawing from your substance of choice. If your addiction is physical rather than substance dependent, then you may find that detox involves removing yourself from temptation. The shakes, sweats, and irritability will be just as tough, although the physical symptoms will be less intense.
Detox can be harsh and may even be physically dangerous. You should not suddenly stop taking opiates, for example, without medical advice. You can visit our pages to learn more about how to detox from drugs, safely. It involves medical professionals, combined medication and therapy, and a high drive to succeed for you to get off drugs in Cambridgeshire.
NHS rehab is your cheapest option. If you are on a low income, then the government (or Cambridgeshire county council) will be able to help you with some of the funding. NHS rehab contains a mix of medication and therapies similar to a private rehab clinic, but you will not be recovering in luxury. You might also find that NHS rehab clinics are a lot less likely to be fully residential, so you may get to come home at the end of the day.
Private rehab allows you to get off drugs, stop drinking, or live-in your rehabilitation centre. They are usually full-time, and you do not check out until your treatment time is complete. Most will advise the standard 28 days.
There are also options for those that want to recover but have busy lives or can’t afford to take time off for a month. In this case, we may be able to refer you to a dayhab clinic based in Cambridgeshire. These centres are non-residential but allow you to get all the help you need through the day. Online therapies are also a growing option to allow you to maintain a normal life during recovery.
NHS Vs Private Rehab in Cambridgeshire
You have the choice between going to the NHS and receiving a 28 day rehab treatment plan which might not be fully residential, or you might want to opt for private rehab. The private option is the same type of rehab that you see celebrities going through and will ultimately do everything it can to make you more comfortable while you quit alcohol or stop taking drugs. You can read our article about private rehab options if this is of interest and you wish to know more.
Ultimately, and NHS facility based in Cambridgeshire will give you all you need to quit drugs, alcohol, gambling, or any other addiction. It will be equally as valuable to you, but much less comfortable.
How Long Will Rehab Take?
Whether you live in Cambridgeshire or not, the length of time it takes to make a full recovery will often vary from person to person. That being said both alcohol rehab and drug rehab take an obligatory 4 weeks/28 day approach. This is the typical length of time you will need to break the bad habits that made you an addict in the first place. It is also plenty of time to get the substance completely free from your system and leave you feeling healthier and more equipped to tackle your addiction in your normal life.
If you are still confused about how long rehab will take you, we have put together a substantial resource for you to draw on, here. Help 4 Addiction exist to ensure your recovery is as simple as possible. Don’t forget to complete our online consultation if you think you need help.
Help For Addiction is Available in All Areas of Cambridgeshire
We offer our addiction recovery services throughout the Cambridgeshire area. Some of the towns we cover include (but are not limited to):
If you live in the Cambridgeshire area and think you need help to overcome an addiction, we want to hear from you. Visit our online consultation area today to start getting help. Don’t let drugs and alcohol ruin your life. Get help, get better, and get back on track, all with a little Help 4 Addiction. Contact us now on 0203 955 7700 to get started.
Other Related Areas To Consider For Rehab
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- St Ives
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