When it comes to fighting addiction, doing so with a helping hand is always recommended. It’s never easy, but the support, guidance, and tools you learn from both professional healthcare providers and others who have shared your experiences is worth seeking out. At Help4Addiction, we offer independent advice helping people fighting addiction and their loved ones find the alcohol & drug rehab options available throughout Somerset.
Here, we’re going to look a little into the process of steps and techniques often used to help you get addiction out of your life, whether you choose public treatment through the NHS or opt for the more expensive, but often faster private option.
In many cases, your journey towards recovery will begin with removing the physical influence of dependence as best as possible. Usually, this means going through detox. This is a process, often assisted with some medication, to flush the body of drugs and alcohol so that you can recovering with what is essentially a clean slate. There are home detox kits you can use to do it yourself, but for those with heavier dependencies, the physical and mental withdrawal symptoms may be too painful or even dangerous to manage on your own. Consider the help of a rehab facility to ensure you get the supervision and care you need during detox.
For those whose addictions are very severe, and from whom the risks of detox may be too high, you may instead be weaned off the addiction gradually. For harder drug addictions, like heroin, you may instead be given scheduled, regimented doses of methadone, which acts as a replacement without the high. This also allows you to focus on other aspects of recovery without worrying about being tempted to turn to street drugs.
Addiction sometimes forms in isolation but is just as often tied to issues like stress, depression, anxiety, abuse, deprivation, or other past traumas. In many cases, addiction begins as self-medication, such as a person turning to Xanax in order to treat anxiety and prevent panic attacks.
Many alcohol & drug rehab programs in Somerset will aim to treat not only the addiction but also the circumstances that lead or contribute to addiction, as well. This can mean carefully exploring a complex weave of personal and emotional factors through psychotherapy. It can involve giving you a safe place to share your experiences, learning how to cope with specific problems like depression and panic attacks, or developing social, interpersonal, and growth skills that can help you improve your mental health.
Which types of therapy and counselling are on offer will differ depending on the treatment centre and the length of the rehab program, and when you start looking at your options, we can help you find out what different options in Somerset have to offer.
Learning about addiction
On your way to recover, you may also find yourself becoming much more aware of the mechanisms of your own addiction and recognise conscious or subconscious habits that you may not have been aware of. Cognitive behavioural therapy is one of the main practices focusing on this. It involves becoming much more aware of your mind’s own processes, especially in relation to what leads you to indulge or relapse in an addiction. For instance, it can involve learning about triggers, whether they are reminders of past trauma, social situations, certain people, or stressors that lead you to substance abuse. By learning about these triggers, you can learn to cope with them and to avoid them, building healthier habits to help resist those urges when they arise.
Group therapy can also help you gain perspective on your own addiction. By sharing and listening to experiences, you can hear how others’ experiences might differ and be similar to yours. This allows you the chance to see struggles you can identify with from a new angle so you can better understand them.
Both individual and group therapy also offer the advantage of having relatively impartial individuals to keep you accountable. Having someone to track your progress, relate to your struggles, and celebrate your victories can be a great help. Yet, many people find that the pressure of expectations from family and friends can only make it easier to relapse, so having another source of accountability can help greatly.
What’s more, private treatment options like residential drug & alcohol rehab centres in Somerset allow you to avoid the outside world and focus entirely on your recovery without worrying about the ongoing pressures of family life, education, and work. Halfway houses, also known as sobriety houses, offer a middle-ground. In these situations, you often live with others facing addiction, with a leader who may have once been an addict themselves. You can live independently, improving your career and education, but in an environment that helps to keep you accountable and surrounds you with positive influences, keeping you away from the addiction.
For someone with an addiction, it’s easy to find our lifestyle and routine becoming more and more focused around our habit, whether it’s drugs or alcohol. A range of treatments can focus on changing your lifestyle, effectively creating less room for that addiction to exist. Many rehab programs may also include exercise therapy or holistic treatments like yoga, art therapy, music therapy. Not only can this help fight the impact of issues like stress and anxiety which can influence addiction, but it also helps build new habits and hobbies that serve as a distraction between you and your triggers. You may also focus on evaluating hobbies or relationships that serve as triggers or gateways to your addiction. For instance, you may focus on leaving behind friendships with others who have indulged in substance abuse with you in the past.
The approaches used to fight addiction are varied, but they all begin with the first step of asking for help. Get in touch with Help4Addiction and we will gladly help you find the drug & alcohol rehab in Somerset most relevant to your needs and most cost-effective for your budget.
Other Related Areas To Consider For Rehab
Help for Addiction and Rehab is available in all areas of Somerset including:
- Burnham on Sea
- Shepton Mallet
- Weston super Mare