If you think you or a loved one may be addicted to drugs or alcohol, you are not alone. Last year, over 275,000 adults came into contact with a form of drug and alcohol services. More specifically, there are over 600,000 dependent drinkers in the UK – and only 18% are receiving treatment.
At Help4Addiction, we can help you to find the right rehab clinic for you, whether you have a cocaine addiction, heroin addiction, ketamine addiction, cannabis addiction, or alcohol addiction. We can point you in the right direction of the best treatment centre for you in and around the Liverpool and Merseyside area.
Learning about drug addiction is the best step you can take before you seek treatment and ultimately begin treatment. There are a whole host of substance addictions, from cocaine to alcohol addiction. Read on to learn more about the main forms of substance addiction.
Although cannabis may not be physically addictive, it is possible to develop a habitual addiction to the drug. In fact, around 30% of cannabis users develop symptoms that are consistent with cannabis use disorder/ cannabis addiction – which typically includes drug cravings, lifestyle changes, and issues in relationships.
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This type of drug works by affecting your central nervous system, causing your brain to block certain signals to the rest of your body. Opioids bind to opioid receptors in your CNS (central nervous system) to lower your body’s reaction to pain.
Ketamine is known as a party drug. Using ketamine regularly can lead to you developing a dependency and a ketamine addiction. Ketamine can alter your brain’s chemistry, causing you to develop a ketamine tolerance and a psychological dependence.
Many people have a false belief that prescription medications are always safe and you can’t get addicted if you get them from the doctor. However, prescription medications can be highly addictive – especially when you abuse prescription drugs (e.g take more than the recommended dose/ mix with alcohol etc).
Alcohol addiction (informally referred to as alcoholism) is a disease, just like drug addiction, that can affect all aspects of your life. If you’re addicted to alcohol, you may feel unable to stop drinking despite the negative consequences.
You may experience withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop. Anybody can be at risk of alcohol addiction, regardless of age, sex, genetics, or background.
Addiction can not only damage your physical health, but harm your mental health, your finances, your relationships, and your work/ education. Drug addiction programs can help you to adapt to living without drugs and/ or alcohol in a secure environment or with support from medical professionals.
If your addiction to drugs or alcohol is putting you at risk, then it’s time to consider getting help. Likewise, if others have noticed the impact of your addiction or substance abuse and are worried about your well-being or safety, or if your addiction is putting others at risk as well as yourself, you should take the first step into drug or alcohol rehabilitation.
One of the main signs of drug addiction and alcohol addiction is experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you go without the substance or lower your typical dose (go from a high dose to a low dose). Another key sign is trying to give up but failing (relapsing).
The signs of drug addiction can vary depending on the drug that you’re addicted to. However, some common signs of drug addiction include:
In some cases, it may be tough to tell whether you have alcohol dependence. If you have an alcohol use disorder, you may lie about your drinking or make excuses for your alcohol consumption – whether it be to yourself or others. One of the key signs of alcohol addiction or alcohol use disorder is developing alcohol dependence.
You may also struggle to control or lower your alcohol use, whether it be the amount you drink, the frequency at which you drink, or when you start/ stop drinking. If you are addicted to alcohol, alcohol may become your priority – you may make excuses to drink or cancel plans to drink alcohol. You may also experience a combination of unpleasant physical and mental effects from drinking.
If you think you may have an alcohol addiction, contact us today to discuss the alcohol rehab centres available, and discuss the best rehab treatment plan for you.
Although treatment programs can vary, the key steps typically remain the same – detox, therapy, and aftercare. There are several methods in which you can undergo rehab for substance abuse and addiction – inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, or quasi-residential rehab.
Whether you’re looking for help for your alcohol addiction or you’re addicted to prescription drugs, cocaine, heroin, cannabis, or any other drug – read on to find out what to expect during alcohol and drug rehab.
The first stage of treatment for alcohol or drug addiction involves detoxing from the substance. During this stage, you may experience unpleasant and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
For some drug addictions such as opiate addiction (e.g heroin or prescription opioids), we may recommend a medically supervised detox at an inpatient centre. This is because some drug withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable, dangerous – and sometimes even life-threatening.
In the case of some prescription drugs and opioids, you may be given a substitute drug such as methadone to ease the withdrawal process. The length of time it can take to detox depends on your history of drug or alcohol use – as well as your personal circumstances (e.g height/ weight).
The detox process aims at dealing with the physical aspect of addiction rather than dealing with the social, behavioural, and psychological aspects of addiction.
Once you have successfully detoxed from drugs and/ or alcohol, then you may undergo the next stage of drug and alcohol addiction treatment – therapy. Therapy works on dealing with the behavioural and psychological aspects of addiction to improve your confidence and general well-being, giving you mental health support.
Some common forms of therapy during alcohol rehab and drug rehab include CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), counselling, group therapy, and interpersonal therapy. Some private rehab centres may offer holistic therapies such as sports therapy or art therapy.
Your treatment doesn’t have to end once you leave the rehab clinic – you may continue receiving treatment in the form of aftercare/ secondary treatment. This can help you to ease the transition back into your drug-free life and into society. Aftercare aims to prevent relapse – so you may attend individual therapy, support groups or group therapy to ease the process.
It is possible to get drug addiction treatment and alcohol addiction treatment on the NHS – however, the waiting lists can be long, and the treatment options tend to be limited.
The cost of private rehab can vary depending on the treatment facility you choose, the location, and the services offered. Residential rehabilitation is generally more expensive as you’re not only paying for treatment but also meals and accommodation. Contact us today to learn more about the costs of rehab treatment.
If you’re concerned about drug or alcohol addiction, we’re here to help. At Help4Addiction, we can help you to find the right rehab centre for you in Liverpool. We can offer you free, independent and impartial advice regarding drug and alcohol treatment and your treatment options.
There are several factors you may wish to consider while choosing the right local Liverpool rehab centre for you. As well as checking the reviews, consider whether the centre has relevant accreditations and whether the staff have the right qualifications/ accreditations.
Consider the treatment plans available – how effective do you think they’ll be? Is there aftercare available? What about the location – is it far from Liverpool, or how long would it take to travel?
We can offer impartial advice when finding the right rehab centre for you, taking all of the above factors into account. We will take the time to understand your needs, requirements, and preferences, and give you tailored advice to ensure you receive the treatment you deserve.
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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