Technology good or bad?

Technology good or bad?

Addiction, what does this actually mean? If you look it up in a dictionary you get “the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma”.

 

But anyone who has an addiction of whatever sort it is a lot more. It is a way of life, overwhelming, all-encompassing. It becomes the norm.

 

We are all aware of what joe public think of as addiction. The substance and alcohol-based ones but there is an even more destructive group out there that prey especially on the young people of our society and others.The addictions that walk alongside our relationship with technology.

 

My teenager is always on his phone

 

Many parents will understand the frustration of teenagers who are apparently glued to their phone or tablet,who won’t give eye contact for more than a few seconds because there is a beep or vibration that takes their attention and must be dealt with that second or don’t you realise the world will end or so they think.

 

The people who find food has that overwhelming draw and then the disgust at what they’ve done so they force themselves to be sick or those who draw away from food completely and this quite often fuelled by images on social media of the so-called ‘perfect’ person or the popular celebrity. You can go on and on.

 

The root of a lot of addiction is pressure from peers, from society, from those that ‘love’ us. Pressure to belong to a group that is seen to be the best, the popular, the ‘in’ crowd and it takes a lot of courage for anyone to be different, individual, self-reliant. Pressure from peers for young people is immense, adherence to an unwritten set of rules is enforced 24/7 through social media or texts.

 

Belonging becomes the only acceptable goal. Not that long ago when you were at home you could have a break from the feelings of being judged or watched and do whatever you wanted to. Have downtime away from friends and social pressures.

 

Now there always seems to be someone via social media wanting to know where you are, who you’re with and what you’re doing and if you should dare to be doing something other than the acceptable things in those unwritten rules then you become the subject of the latest group chat or ‘hate’ campaign. Turn the phone off I hear you shout but that doesn’t solve the problem because everyone else is still there on their phones, part of this conspiracy against you or at least that’s what it feels like. They’re still talking to each other behind your back and you’ll only get it tomorrow when you see them or turn your phone on. Those so-called ‘friends’ who ask you to do things or send pictures you’re not comfortable with. Technology has a lot to answer for and here I am using it to reach you. There is a flip side to everything and sometimes it’s about balance.

 

The other day I had to lead a reconciliation between two people because they didn’t know how to actually talk out loud to each other.

 

They were ‘friends’ but communicated solely on social media. The idea of keeping eye contact was scary. Apart from hello, most conversations were held over snapchat even when they were in the same room. They never sat with the other persons point of view because they were too obsessed with their own and were never faced with the emotions found in the spoken word through tone and inflexion or even more powerfully in the silence. They ended up laughing together, crying together and starting to understand why certain things had happened all without the aid of emojis or text speak. They learnt the value of body language and the healing of a touch. Valuable life lessons.

 

It is not only young people that are addicted to technology. While walking around the supermarket you hear people on their phones having conversations with those presumably back at home about what shall we have for tea or they’ve not got this so what shall I get. We’ve all been bumped into by someone talking on their phone while walking along a busy street and all witnessed the near misses as people walk into the road on their phones in front of a car or even worse the car driver on their phone not reacting in time to a situation in front of them.

 

Have you spent time somewhere that has no phone signal or internet access? The decision to ‘turn off’ is taken away from you and because of that becomes acceptable.

 

It’s different to when the signal fails because that just brings tension. You may feel withdrawal symptoms for a while but after a short time, things take on a slower pace. Time becomes irrelevant and life takes on the natural Circadian rhythms that we associate with times gone by. 24hrs later and you relax, sleep better, stop worrying about the pressures life excerpts on you. In fact, you become the real you rather than the you society expects you to be. When you return to normality before the beeps begin you can feel the tension start to rise and then the need to find out as soon as possible what lies behind the beeps, tweets and messages that have built up for you.

 

The addiction raises its head once more and it’s up to you to you how far you are swallowed by it. It can be quite a revelation to realise that the world does not stop just because there’s no signal. Do you learn from these experiences or do you avoid them?

LOL, gr8t, (:- ).

Ruth Hartley

Nicholas Conn / 16th March 2018/ Posted in: Latest News

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Detoxification (detox) is the medical intervention required for someone who is physically dependent to drugs or alcohol. If required, medical detoxification would be the first step taken in residential rehab. Detox is used to prevent uncomfortable and dangerous (even fatal) withdrawals symptoms resulting in suddenly becoming abstinent from alcohol/certain drugs.

The goal of a medical detox is to aid in the physical healing required following long term addiction and rid the body of all together of substance whilst providing a cushion for unpleasant symptoms of withdrawals. Detox is not considered the whole treatment for drug/alcohol addiction and it is always recommended that a comprehensive rehabilitation program is used along side to help maintain long term abstinence.

Medication is often required for alcohol detox. If you are dependent on alcohol and experiencing withdrawal symptoms it is vitally important to seek medical advice prior to stopping. There is a long list of medications used when treating alcohol addiction and the exact medication given to an individual will depend on their needs/medical history. Some of these include;

  • Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Diazapam (vailium)


Librium and Valium are the most commonly used detox medication in the UK. All medication used to help with alcohol detox have been proven to help reduce the effects of withdrawal symptoms.

There are also a number of drugs recombined by the NHS to help treat alcohol misuse. Some of these include:

  • Naltrexone
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Nalmefene
  • Acamprosate (campral)

Medication is always required for heroin detox. For someone suffering from heroin addiction, the thought of detoxification (detox) can be exceptionally daunting. Withdrawal symptoms from opiates, such as heroin, can be severe and include pain, vomiting, nausea and shaking.

There are different ways that heroin detox can be carried out, most usually either ‘maintenance therapy’ or ‘full medical detox’.

Attempting to switch from heroin to a heroin substitute, usually on a controlled prescription, is known as Maintenance therapy. Subsites used are most often methadone or buprenorphine.

A full medical detox from heroin will always be carried out in a residential rehab setting and will allow the individual to switch form heroin to a substitute and slowly withdraw completing treatment free of all substances. Someone using a heroin substitute can choose to have a full medical detox at any time, however detoxing substances such a methadone can often add to the length of detox required. Drugs most commonly used to fully detox from heroin are, Subutex, Suboxone and Methadone. Much like alcohol, the exact drugs used will be dependent on the individuals needs/medical history.

Once detoxed from heroin the risk of overdose is much higher following relapse due to tolerance following withdrawal.

The length of treatment in a residential rehab depends on a number of elements. Some substances require longer periods of detox than others.

Private paying patients will also often choose a length of stay that suites their therapeutic and financial needs. As a rule, a full treatment program in a rehab is considered to be 28 days (often referred to as a month), however, treatment is offered in several different ways and lengths starting at 7 days.

Treating alcohol addiction will always require a minimum of 7-10 days, this would be considered the detoxification (detox) faze. The length required for treating drug addiction can vary drastically depending on the substance being used. Detox for Heroin addiction is generally around 14 days minimum, with more time required if substances such a methadone are being used. Treating prescription drug addiction can often take the longest. The time required for treating gambling addiction, eating disorders and sex addiction will be based on the individuals needs.

Rehab programs can be as long as an individual requires but primary treatment is normally caped at 12 weeks, with the offering for further secondary and tertiary treatment thereafter.

*based on average rehab stays, everyone will vary dependant on needs and medical requirement/history.

There is no need for your employer to know that you are seeking help for trauma and addiction unless you choose to involve them with the process. All employers should have a policy that explains what you do if you cannot come to work due to illness – illness to include treating alcohol addiction/treating drug addiction.

If your work absence extends over 7 days your employer is likely to require an official statement of fitness to work which would be obtained from your GP. This would need to supply evidence of your illness as well as any adjustments required for returning to work, fazed return or reduced hours, but does not need to specify in detail the reason why you have been absent.

If you are absent from work for 7 days of less, for example entering rehab for a detoxification (detox) on a Saturday for 7-10 days taking a full week away from work, you can self-certify your illness by letting your employer work you will not be attending work for that period of time. Exactly how an individual would do this would be dependent on a specific companies’ policies on taking sick leave.

Any time longer than 7 days it is likely an employer will require a note from the individuals GP certifying their sickness and a fit note on return. Most companies have a clearly outlined policy on sickness and receiving sick pay so the exact requirement can vary. A rehab will always be willing to advise on time off work.

How much does rehab cost is a very frequently asked question. The cost of treatment can range from £1,000 per week upwards depending on the place, with luxury rehab being the most expensive.

There are free options available on the NHS but the waitlist of those looking for free treatment is longer than that for privately paying patients. Some private health insurance policies will cover treatment in some rehabs around the country.

Choosing the right rehab centre will often be based on priced but it is important to follow guidance on the most suitable treatment centre for an individual’s needs which our expert team of advisers are on hand to offer.

There are certainly pro’s for both treatment near by and traveling for treatment with one of the most asked question being should I get rehab near me? There are rehabs all over the UK and around the world that all offer expert programs, let’s look at how to choose a rehab.

Local treatment

Being close to home gives certainly has benefits. Visitors are normally permitted in rehab following the first 7 days stay, therefore if an individual is in treatment for a length of time longer than that being local will make it easier for loved ones to visit.

Most rehab centres will also provide a full aftercare plan for someone following treatment, this will include ongoing aftercare in the specific treatment centre. Living close by can make it easy to take full advantage of ongoing aftercare. There can also often be the option for ongoing care with an individual therapist, again being close by will allow that treatment to be carried out face to face.

Some individuals wish to be local but are willing to look broader, for instance the greater city of residence (London, Manchester, Liverpool, etc)

Treatment Away

Getting treatment away from home can be very appealing to some. Being out of the local area makes it a lot harder to just walk out of treatment as resources locally are unknown. Some also take comfort in knowing that they are not near home and focus more on treatment.

As the price for treatment can vary so much from one residential treatment centre to another, private paying patients often would rather travel to keep the cost down. Those using private health insurance may also have to travel to find a treatment centre covered in their policy.

When opting for treatment away from home this can be anywhere in the UK and also abroad. Aftercare can still be carried out and very successful using tools such as The Online Rehab.

There is no right or wrong when choosing where to go to residential rehab, but our expert advisors are always on hand to help provide information on all possible options.

Whilst millions of people in the UK have taken recreational drugs (amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine, crack, crystal meth, GHB, heron, ketamine, methadone, and prescription drugs) and drank alcohol not all become ‘addicted’. Most recent reports show that 279,793 individuals were in contact with drug and alcohol misuse services in the last year with over half of that being from opiate addiction and a quarter for alcohol.

There are several risk factors invoiced in addiction and those using drugs and alcohol socially, simply take the risk. These risks are as follows;

Tolerance – basically, if a substance is used repeatedly an individual’s tolerance to it will build. This will result in more of the same substance being required to get the same effect. In the long run this can easily lead to addiction and physical dependencies.

Environmental risks – these can include influences such a peer pressure and stress as well as physical or mental abuse of an individual (particularly as a child). Overall, those who live with frequent pressures and stress are more likely to reach for a substance to cope and are therefore at higher risk of becoming addicted.

Drug type – it is very well known that certain drugs are simply more addictive than others. Using substances such as heroin increases the risk of becoming addicted for need to ‘chase’ a high as well as physical dependency.

Drug administration – how a drug is administered can affect its addictive qualities. A drug injected rather than smoked or snorted will release a quicker and more intense high thus making it psychologically (and in many cases physically) more addictive.

Biological factors – it is now widely reported that being an addict is not only psychological but also biological. This includes your genetic makeup, mental health, sex and age. It is also reported to be 8 times more likely for the child of an addict to become an addict themselves.

Its believed that addiction is approximately half genetics and therefore some are 50% more likely to become addicted than others.

How do you help a loved one trapped in addiction?

The first step is to help and encourage the individual to become willing to accept help. They do not need to be shouting this off the rooftops, but they do need to be willing to go into treatment. There are ways to help someone become willing to get treatment for alcohol or treatment for drugs.

Set boundaries – set boundaries and stick to them. Once you have laid them out follow through with whatever consequences you have set however hard it is.

Stop finances – if you are financially supporting someone stopping these finances can be the quickest way for the addict needing to ask for help. With no money to acquire a substance an addict’s options become very limited.

Intervention – getting together with other family members/friends/colleagues and staging an intervention is often very successful in the fist stage of acceptance and gaining an admission to residential rehab.

You can’t make them quit, this can lead to dangerous withdrawal. Boundaries are very important in helping someone become willing to get help. Unfortunately you cannot do someone’s recovery for them and without self-motivation it is very hard to make it work.

The next step is to call our highly trained advisers 0330 088 9518.

There is a huge range of rehab options available and where to start can be completely over whelming so let us help.