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The number of cases of addiction across the UK is increasing, including within the Cheshire area.
This is due to increased accessibility to drugs and alcohol, as well as other factors such as employment and stress.
With increased accessibility, there is also an increased risk of hospitalisation and uncontrolled usage.
In 2019, the combined area of Cheshire East and West reported 41 deaths related to drug poisoning.
Although this number has fluctuated over time, the problem is still extremely relevant, and rehabilitation practises are evolving to match this.
Addiction is officially classified as a disorder and a disease of the mind.
This means that it is not the moral failure of the individual, but the way that their brains have changed due to addiction.
When suffering from addiction, individuals can quickly lose control of their substance use, often consuming more than intended or being unable to stop without external support or assistance.
Because addiction changes the way that the brain is wired, certain behaviours may become more ‘acceptable’ to the individual or more likely to occur.
With alcohol addiction, these problems can include violence towards loved ones or seclusion to hide their situation.
In the majority of cases, addiction has both physical and mental effects.
If diagnosed before the individual enters rehab, or if an individual is discovered to have a mental health issue after starting rehabilitation, this is known as a dual diagnosis.
Common co-occurring mental health issues include anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder amongst other psychiatric disorders.
During rehabilitation, especially in dedicated centres, treatment programmes are likely to treat both physical and mental effects.
This is something that individuals should look for before choosing an addiction treatment programme, whether in a rehab centre or not.
Using the most modern research available, rehabilitation centres implement the dual diagnosis approach of treatment across most addiction treatment programmes.
This allows for the most effective and efficient treatment to be made available to the individual.
In general, Rehab 4 Alcoholism will always approach rehabilitation with the final goal of abstinence in mind.
Drug and alcohol rehab in Cheshire is always focussed on this principle, and any addiction treatment programmes suggested will follow suit.
By achieving long-term abstinence, the individual is proving that they are independent of the substance(s) they may have previously been addicted to.
This gives them a far greater chance of maintaining their recovery and avoiding these substances again.
In addition, there are also many health benefits that can be gained from abstaining.
For example, individuals often report much better sleep, improved relationships (social and sexual), better financial control, feeling energised, and decreased stress levels.
Overall, having abstinence as a final goal for rehabilitation is far more productive and effective than other methods such as harm reduction (reducing the negative effects of addiction) and moderation management (managing usage of substance without eliminating it entirely).
In most cases, and most suggested by Rehab 4 Alcoholism, residential rehabilitation is the best option for many people to recover from addiction.
Due to its secure and safe environment, as well as the expert staff and medical professionals, staying in a residential rehabilitation centre provides the highest rate of success.
Additionally, individuals will experience useful workshops and personalised treatment programmes during their stay.
With specialisation such as this, care becomes increasingly efficient, and the individual’s rehabilitation is likely to be far more effective.
Even after leaving the centre, individuals can expect to receive a complimentary aftercare support system lasting several months.
This supports the individual after leaving rehabilitation to ensure their wellbeing and situation remains positive.
An individual will never be left completely alone when dealing with addiction, and help will be available 24/7 from Rehab 4 Alcoholism.
Often, it may be hard to discern whether an individual should enter private residential care or council-funded addiction treatment.
However, there are benefits and drawbacks to both.
When first considering rehabilitation, many individuals often contact their local services.
Although this is convenient and free of charge, there are several drawbacks to this.
For example, these services are likely to experience long waiting lists and often will not refer patients to residential rehab centres.
Individuals are also far less likely to have a consistent doctor or therapist throughout the process, often elongating the process further or confusing the courses of treatment.
Alternatively, individuals can access private care.
In general, this type of care is the most successful and also provides family drug support.
However, the drawback to residential rehab is the cost. This is not an issue for all individuals but can be an issue for some.
When considering the cost, individuals should consider this as an investment into their future as well as considering the staff to patient ratio which allows such a high level of care.
In general, Rehab 4 Alcoholism will not suggest rehab to those who are consuming less than 30 units of alcohol a day.
This is because this is the minimum requirement of alcohol consumption before someone is considered to have an alcohol addiction by most official diagnoses.
These individuals may also have a number of mental health issues that are associated with their addiction – known as co-occurring mental health issues.
Co-occurring mental health issues affect individuals in a multitude of ways.
For example, making alternative rehab therapies unsuitable (such as home detoxes), making attempts to abstain unsuccessful, causing addiction-related disorders such as Delirium tremens (body tremors), and acts of violence in some cases.
Individuals who classify highly on the DSM-V scale for a substance abuse disorder are also more suitable for rehabilitation.
If they rank highly for factors such as having a high tolerance or experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms, then they are far more likely to require rehabilitative care.
As in the examples seen above, and for many other reasons, some individuals may not be eligible or suitable for residential rehabilitation centres.
In these examples, there are a few different options that may be more suitable.
Drug and alcohol rehab in Cheshire is widely available, and there are multiple sources and providers of care.
One of the most common alternative treatments includes the inclusion in an addiction support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
These are examples of outpatient care which refers to rehabilitation outside of a rehab centre.
This type of care is often more suitable for those less severely affected by addiction or those who have a shorter history with addiction.
Other alternative types of care include a home detox (see later paragraphs), family group meetings, and SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) which uses a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and motivational tools.
Before being admitted to rehab, an individual should be assessed to determine the intensity of care that they require.
This will usually happen during the admissions process.
This is not classified as a formal diagnosis but helps members of the Rehab 4 Alcoholism team make suitable suggestions for rehabilitative care.
Using the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) Patient Placement Criteria, individuals can be assessed across six different dimensions.
These are outlined below:
Using this information -though it may seem like a lot to discuss- we will be able to make the most appropriate rehab or outpatient treatment referral.
Especially in terms of alcohol abuse, assessing an individual’s usage and its effects on their life can be very difficult.
Individuals can often become very secretive about their behaviours, making it even harder for friends and family to monitor this issue and the effects it may have.
In order to assess these behaviours, the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDITs) was developed.
This test contains 10 questions which are each ranked 1-4 in terms of severity.
Questions 1 to 3 cover alcohol intake, questions 4 to 6 concern alcohol dependency, and questions 7 to 10 assess consequences.
The higher an individual ranks, the more likely they are to be dependent on alcohol.
For example, scoring above 13 points indicates an alcohol dependency, but anything above 8 points should continue to be assessed, monitored, and potentially treated.
In some examples, an intervention may be the most beneficial way to encourage an individual to enter rehabilitative care.
In most cases of a standard intervention, the family of the individual suffering from addiction will discuss potential needs and treatments with a counsellor before presenting these to the individual upon initial positive reception of the intervention.
This standard form of intervention has a 30% success rate of encouraging further seeking of care, which was improved by a more modern intervention method – CRAFT.
The Community Reinforcement Approach to Family Training (CRAFT) intervention approach has a much higher rate of success – around 70%.
Using a far less confrontational method, this type of intervention inspires conversation between the individual and their family, helping them to identify triggers, understand more about their addiction, and help select a variety of suitable treatment programmes.
The price of private residential rehab will differ depending on the rehabilitation options available and choices made by the individual.
In most cases, rehabilitation is less expensive when residing in a multi-occupancy room.
An individual in a private room can pay around £8,000 – £12,000 for a 28-day stay, but this is far less at around £6,000 for those in multi-occupancy rooms.
These numbers are an average of different rehabilitation centres across Cheshire and the UK at the time of writing and should be considered as estimates.
Additionally, other factors such as insurance and private medical care may come into effect here, so please consider carefully and think of all options.
Beginning an addiction treatment programme in Cheshire is not a decision to be made lightly, and there are a number of steps that individuals can take to determine which rehabilitation options will be most suitable for them.
Following professional advice, individuals are encouraged to try a range of outpatient treatments before entering a centre.
Trialling treatments such as group therapy or individual counselling will prepare the individual for the programmes within centres and give them a better idea of what they are or are not looking for in rehabilitation treatments.
During a medically assisted detox, individuals are supervised and supported by medical staff and are administered different medicines and treatments to help alleviate the negative effects of going through withdrawal.
In the case of alcohol, an individual can be administered Librium, a drug to help manage withdrawal symptoms.
This can be in a detox clinic, or the individual can be sent this drug at home for a home detox – although this will only be suitable in certain situations.
This process is managed until the individual is completely independent of the substance and they are able to move on to further rehabilitation treatments and therapies.
There is no set duration for rehab, as every individual is different.
However, there are a number of programmes offered through most rehab centres.
For the shortest stay, an individual may reside in a centre for a 7-day detox programme.
However, this stay is not always this duration due to the varying lengths of withdrawal. Detoxification can last between 7 to 14 days.
Rehab 4 Alcoholism will generally suggest a 28-day stay.
This allows for full focus on treatments, as well as removal from previously triggering people, places, or situations.
However, this can also be extended with some people staying in residential centres for around 6 months or more.
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant and is one of the most common addictions in the UK.
With long-term use, abuse of this substance can lead to health problems such as panic attacks and anxiety but also social issues such as damaging personal relationships.
When considering rehab for cocaine addiction, an individual should consider both inpatient and outpatient care, depending on the severity of their addiction.
Those with a long history of use are more benefitted and supported by inpatient care.
Despite the fact that cocaine is not physically addictive, it is far more likely to affect individuals psychologically, as seen in the negative long-term effects above.
Individuals should seek individual counselling as well as using the dual diagnosis approach.
Another common addiction in the UK, heroin is an extremely powerful class A drug.
Heroin provides short-term highs that make it one of the most addictive substances today.
Despite the short-term advantages, heroin causes serious long-term health risks such as seizures and life-threatening blood clots.
If left untreated, heroin is responsible for some of the highest hospitalisations due to addiction and the effects can be lifelong.
Due to the difficulty in withdrawing from heroin, there are more specialised techniques which can be used.
For example, tapering is when the individual transitions from heroin to a heroin substitute such as methadone.
This is a much smoother transition and reduces the risk of dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
Like cocaine, cannabis is not a physically addictive substance.
This means that individuals cannot die from withdrawing from this substance.
Again, this substance is more likely to affect individuals psychologically and can lead to the development or worsening of mental health issues.
Some people feel calmness and a mild euphoria with usage, whereas others will experience paranoia, anxiety, and increased risk of panic attacks.
Individuals should also seek a dual diagnosis approach, looking for rehabilitation options with both physical and mental treatments to alleviate the damaging mental effects that addiction may have had.
Not every individual’s experience within the rehabilitation process will be the same.
Depending on individual needs and personal requirements, every individual will need a different course of treatment to help their unique symptoms.
Every process will be different, but there are some common types of therapy that are listed below:
This is one of the most vital steps that individualswill take part in during their stay in a residentialrehab centre or through other rehab providers.
Successfully completing this training prepares the individual for life after leaving their rehabilitation programmes and return to day-to-day life in Cheshire.
It also gives the individual the confidence to continue their recovery in the long-term.
Generally, this training is completed in three parts: emotional, mental and physical aspects.
There are several key features that individuals are taught:
Its main focus is on cognitive therapy and relaxation of the body and mind.
The individual is honest and open with themselves, willing to ask for help if needed.
During the process of actually creating the plan, individuals are encouraged to write it down to create a physical reminder.
By keeping in mind their past substance usage, including triggers and cravings, and establishing a clear action plan in the event of relapse, individuals will have created a successful relapse prevention plan and be more prepared for life after rehabilitation.
Rehab 4 Alcoholism is able to match you to multiple drug and alcohol rehab clinics in Cheshire.
We offer a free and comprehensive assessment to ensure your needs are best met throughout the process.
To take the first step in regaining control of your life, reach out to our helpful team today.
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