If you need rehab from a drug or alcohol addiction, then you find yourself among friends. We here at Help 4 Addiction have first-hand experience on what it is like to be addicted – and in what it is like to be in recovery from addiction. We exist solely to put you in touch with the resources you need to help you get off drink or stop taking drugs, for good.
If you have already decided that you want to start your recovery journey, then all you need to do now is contact us. You can fill out your details in our online consultation pages and someone will contact you, or you can call us straight away on 0203 955 7700. We are ready and waiting to help you take that first step. It might be an uphill struggle, but you won’t need to go through it alone.
How Do You Know If You Have An Alcohol Problem?
They say that before you can get rehab for an addiction, you need to admit that you have a problem. Why is this such a hard thing to do? Because your brain convinces you that your actions are normal, because you are stuck in the cycle of addiction, and because you are in the throes of a habit.
To ascertain if you have an addiction problem, ask yourself these vital questions. If the answer to any of them is yes, then it is time to start thinking about rehab. There are rehab clinics and outpatient centres all over the Northumberland area, so you will be able to get help near you.
To find out if you have an addiction, ask yourself:
- Can I go a full 24 hour period without drugs or alcohol? If so, can I do another 24 hours?
- Do I shake, sweat, or feel physically unwell when I go without the substance I might be addicted to?
- Do you crave the substance you are perhaps addicted to? Does thinking about it occupy more of your day than it should?
- Have you ever missed work because of being drunk or high? Have you ever missed work because you were on a bender the night before? Has anyone at work ever told you that you smell like booze or like a pub?
- Lastly: have you ever felt like you cannot go through with something unless you are drunk or high? Allowances can be made for major life events like funerals or weddings, but any other time signifies the possibility of an addiction.
If any of the above sounds like you then you might need help. If you don’t have an addiction, but you do have the warning signs of one, then you would do well for your own future to interfere with it before it goes any further. It is never to early to break the cycle or reach out for help if you think you can’t do it alone.
You can find more ways to quit drinking before you develop an addiction on our website. Follow this link to learn more. In addition, you can read more about what to expect from alcohol withdrawal, here.
Are All Drugs Addictive?
No, is the short answer. However, all people have the possibility of becoming addicted to anything that makes them happy. When your brain releases that burst of feel good chemicals, it could be from an addictive drug, it could be from smoking a cigarette or drinking a beer, and it could be from something like gambling or sex, where no substances are involved at all.
The point is that not all drugs are addictive. Not all prescription drugs are particularly good for you either. There are two sides to the coin. A person may be addicted to drugs that have been prescribed to them through no fault of their own. It is perhaps more likely than an addiction to narcotic drugs, which are harder to come by. Opioids are a class A that transcend the barrier between prescription and non-prescription drug abuse. They are both prescribed as pain medication and taken in the form of heroin, a highly addictive narcotic that will leave you chasing that first hit, every time.
When you do decide to get off drugs you will need to go through detox. This is the period of time when the chemicals are leaving your body. The problem with substance abuse (and what makes it so hard to quit) is that it has chemically altered the way your body operates. These alterations need to be reset when you finish drug detox and go into recovery properly.
After detox, the drugs will be out of your system – but the hard work is not done yet. You will need to continue with intensive rehab over the first few weeks. This work will put you in good stead for staying off drugs or alcohol for the rest of your life. Avoiding relapse will be an uphill battle for a while, but one day you will wake up and your life will be 100% better. That, in itself, is a future worth fighting for.
If you want to get off drugs contact us now, on 0203 955 7700. We can help.
The Link Between Drug and Alcohol Addiction and Depression
Addiction and depression are intricately linked. This is because of the way addictions work. They trick your brain by releasing a little dopamine to make you happy, every time you score a hit or have a drink. When you take this little burst of feel-good chemicals away, you are left with nothing to perk up your mood. Being freed from addiction involves remembering things you used to enjoy before your addiction started.
When you go back to the hobbies and interests you have before, you will eventually start to enjoy them again. As the need for, or urge to take, drugs or alcohol has worn off, you will feel increased enjoyment from your old interests. This takes time, though. At first, overcoming addiction will seem like an impossible task as your own brain convinces you that it needs its serotonin and dopamine injections from the addictive substance.
In the interim, you can expect a wave of depression to hit you. It is also possible that you will need time to recover emotionally from the things that the drug or alcohol abuse has made you do. The emotions experienced will be varied and aggressive. There is a high chance you will need counselling or therapy to deal with them. It will also take time. Hang on in there and wait it out.
If you want to get help for the depressive symptoms associated with addiction, then we can facilitate your needs. Contact us via telephone today, on 0203 955 7700, and start your own road to recovery with a dedicated support team around you. If you want to know more about the way alcohol and depression interact with one another, follow this link.
Is There An Addiction Problem In Northumberland?
There is an alcohol problem in all areas of England, but drug use is on the rise across the board, too. Some of the worst numbers are coming out of the counties in middle England though, counties just like Northumberland. Not so long ago, local newspapers like the Chronicle were detailing reports by police that the number of opiate users between the ages of 15 and 24 was up by a third. That means that there are 1.5k young adult cocaine and heroin users, in the region… that we know about.
As for alcohol, Northumberland county doesn’t get off lightly. In Northumberland you can buy alcohol at any time of the day or night. Deliveries are available even when the shops are closed… no matter how illegal this might be. In the beginning of January the Hexham Courant reported on six Northumberland shops who were selling alcohol illegally – without a license that allowed them to do so. With such rife de-regulation of the systems put in place to protect us against alcoholism, it is small wonder that the odd addiction is popping up in the region.
Luckily, you can find help for any addiction in the Northumberland area, simply by getting in touch with us. Visit our page and start your consultation, now.
Get Help 4 Addiction in All Areas of Northumberland County!
Here at Help 4 Addiction, we have the ability to help you recover from addiction, regardless of where in the county of Northumberland that you live. If you want to start battling addiction, then this is a sign and today is the day! Recovery is possible – especially in the following settlements:
Of course, you can still get help in Northumberland if you live in the country and not in a town. We don’t turn anyone away that reaches out to us. Addiction is a horrible, life altering tragedy that, if not addressed, might end in your death. Don’t let it do this to you… not when you could get help, today.