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Addiction to drugs or alcohol can impact your life in various ways – from your family and finances to your health. Abusing drugs and alcohol can quickly lead to dependence, which can be difficult to break without the right support and treatment.

It requires a level of self-awareness to conclude that you need help for your addiction. Our friendly team at Help4Addiction are on hand to help once you begin to seek treatment; we can source the right rehab for you in locations in several European countries.

Read on to learn more about alcohol addiction and the different types of drug addiction, as well as how we can help you overcome your addiction to drugs or alcohol and live a sober life.

Drug And Alcohol Addiction Explained

Addiction is widely referred to as a brain disorder – a chronic yet treatable medical condition. It is known as a brain disorder due to the changes within the brain involved with self-control, stress, and reward.

Drug addiction and alcohol addiction are both characterised by the lack of control over taking the substance, whether it be drinking alcohol or injecting heroin.

Drug abuse and alcohol abuse both increase the chances of developing a physical dependence on the drug – known as physical addiction. Excessive drug use, for example, can lead to you becoming addicted to the drug.

Addiction can refer to both psychological addiction and physical addiction, whereas dependence typically refers to the physical addiction to the substance. It’s possible to have behavioural addictions to substances without physical addictions.

Addiction affects you in various ways, psychologically and physically. After developing a dependence on the substance, you’ll begin to experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it suddenly, or when you lower your dose.

Drug and alcohol withdrawal can be uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous, which is why we often recommend a medical detox. See ‘Drug and Alcohol Detox’ to learn more about the drug and alcohol detoxification process.

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Alcohol Addiction Europe

Alcohol addiction can affect anybody, regardless of age, sex, nationality, etc – and it can affect all areas of your life. With many short-term and long-term effects on your health, alcohol addiction is something that should be treated as soon as possible.

It is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions and is the result of hundreds of thousands of hospital admissions in England per year.

Alcohol consumption is also a known carcinogen, meaning that alcohol abuse and alcohol use disorder can increase the risk of developing different cancers.

Likewise, alcohol addiction is linked to various mental health disorders such as depression and is also linked to eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa.

If you are struggling to control your alcohol intake, whether it be the amount you drink, how often you drink, when you start drinking or stop drinking, or more, then you should consider alcohol treatment, beginning with alcohol detox.

This is something our friendly team of experts can assist with at Help4Addiction; we can listen to your story to find the right place for you to overcome and recover from alcohol use disorder in Europe.

Cocaine Addiction Europe

Cocaine addiction can be particularly debilitating – it is a highly addictive drug that impacts your body’s dopamine system.

Long-term or excessive cocaine use can quickly turn into tolerance, and then ultimately dependence. Second to cannabis, cocaine is the most widely used drug in the UK – with around seven out of 10 drug users regularly using cocaine.

If you are struggling to control or stop your cocaine use, we can find the best drug treatment facility for you in Europe. See ‘Where to Find Addiction Treatment in Europe’ to learn more about how we can help you overcome your addiction to cocaine or other drugs.

Heroin/ Opioid Addiction Europe

Heroin is a highly addictive opioid drug. Although you can find prescription opioids such as tramadol, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and oxycodone, heroin is an illicit substance. That being said, it’s possible to abuse prescription opioids and develop a physical dependence on them.

Opioids work by binding to your opioid receptors, impacting your central nervous system. Over time, you may develop a tolerance to opioids – meaning you’ll need to take a higher dose to feel the same effects. This is the first step towards addiction.

It can be extremely difficult to overcome opioid/ heroin addiction, whether it be heroin, fentanyl, or even codeine. This is something our team can help with – contact us to discuss the best opioid rehab options in Europe.

Cannabis Addiction Europe

Despite being widely used across Europe, cannabis is a habit-forming, psychologically addictive substance. It is often referred to as a ‘gateway drug’, which suggests people who smoke cannabis are more likely to go on to take other ‘harder’ substances.

Cannabis addiction isn’t uncommon, with around 30% of people who consume cannabis frequently developing symptoms consistent with cannabis use disorder. Although cannabis is a Class B drug in the UK, meaning it’s illegal to produce, sell and consume, people still consume cannabis recreationally.

If you wish to stop smoking cannabis/ marijuana and are struggling to do so alone, you may benefit from cannabis rehab. Contact us today to learn more about the cannabis rehab options available to you.

Ketamine Addiction Europe

Ketamine is a controlled substance in the UK, used in the medical field as an anaesthetic. That being said, it is still used recreationally, despite being illegal.

Although often disregarded as an addictive substance, ketamine addiction can affect your life as much as other drugs such as prescription drug addiction or alcohol addiction.

As ketamine is a habit-forming and psychologically addictive substance, it can feel difficult to stop taking it once you develop a psychological addiction to it. Contact us today if you are struggling to quit ketamine and are seeking ketamine addiction support.

Methamphetamine Addiction Europe

Amphetamines can be addictive – they impact your central nervous system, increasing activity in certain areas of your brain to improve focus and concentration.

Methamphetamine is an illicit drug, but you can also find prescription amphetamines. Despite being available on prescription, prescription amphetamines can still be addictive.

You may be wondering which is more addictive, crystal meth or heroin? Well, both are highly addictive substances that can impact your life in several ways. We can find the right rehab for you to overcome heroin and/ or methamphetamine addiction, so contact us today to begin your recovery.

If you think you or a loved one has an addiction to amphetamines, including methamphetamine, we can help to find the best treatment centres for you.

Prescription Drug Addiction Europe

Prescription drugs can be abused, just like illicit substances. Prescription drug abuse ultimately refers to taking your prescribed medications in any way other than prescribed by a doctor.

This could include taking a higher dose than prescribed, taking it too often, taking somebody else’s prescription, taking it to feel ‘high’ or when not needed, or mixing your prescription with other drugs or alcohol.

Prescription drug abuse can quickly lead to addiction. However, it’s possible to become addicted to prescription drugs even when following your doctor’s advice. If you are struggling to stop taking prescription drugs, you may need a helping hand. Read on to learn more about the rehab process.

What To Expect From The Drug And Alcohol Rehab Process

Rehab treatment can vary from clinic to clinic – and one size does not fit all when it comes to drug and alcohol recovery.

For example, you may wish to undergo rehab in a luxury rehab centre, or you may be looking for NHS-operated rehab in the UK. Treatment available in Europe is often adopted from other countries such as the US.

There are different types of rehab – for example, residential rehab at a residential treatment centre, or outpatient rehab.

If you opt for residential rehab, you’ll reside in a rehab facility and attend your scheduled session at the same centre, with meals provided. As an outpatient, you’ll still have access to rehab facilities but travel to your rehab sessions from home.

Drug and alcohol rehab begins with detoxification, moves on to addiction therapy, and finishes with aftercare. Read on to learn more about the process.

Drug and Alcohol Detox

The first stage of the rehab process is detoxification, whether it be for drug addiction or alcohol addiction. This involves cleansing your body of the substance – with the aim of breaking the physical addiction.

During this stage, you may experience withdrawal symptoms – in some cases, severe withdrawal symptoms.

Generally speaking, the more severe the addiction, the more severe the withdrawal process will be. This is why many people benefit from a medical detox – medical treatment and supervision from medical professionals.

At Help4Addiction, we can source a detox plan for you depending on your circumstances – whether you are looking for just a detox, or a detox as part of a larger rehab plan.

Addiction Therapy

Addiction therapy is the second stage of drug and alcohol addiction treatment – and is only completed once you have overcome the more severe or immediate withdrawal symptoms.

The aim of therapy in rehab is to not only build your confidence and strength but improve your general well-being.

There is a range of therapies used to treat addiction – such as cognitive behavioural therapy, group therapy, counselling, or holistic therapies. Your treatment plan will involve therapies tailored to you and your addiction for the highest chance of a positive outcome.

Therapy can also be beneficial if you have dual diagnoses – a mental health condition alongside an addiction. Your rehab facility should be aware of any underlying conditions beforehand.


Moving forward, you may continue to receive support in the form of aftercare. The support you receive doesn’t have to end once you leave rehab – aftercare, also known as secondary treatment, provides you with support along your recovery journey.

This can include telephone support, online support, further counselling, or even support groups.

Where To Find Addiction Treatment in Europe

If you are seeking treatment in Europe to overcome your drug or alcohol addiction, contact us today to get the ball rolling and pave the way to a sober future.

The first stage of the Help4Addiction process is an initial consultation. We will discuss your expectations, requirements and preferences as well as your story, and explore your treatment options.

Our team of experts will then use this information to find the right treatment plan for you, at the right rehab centre or rehab centres.

We are in contact with a range of premier luxury rehab clinics around Europe and can find a calm, premier clinic for you to overcome your addiction.

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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