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Understanding addiction starts with understanding the statistics surrounding addiction.
In Coventry, thousands of people are abusing drugs and alcohol on a regular basis.
However, studies have shown that Warwick as a county has particularly high levels of alcohol abuse, with approximately 29,555 people abusing alcohol and drinking above the recommended amount on a frequent basis.
On top of this, approximately 5,979 people are drinking at particularly harmful levels, with just over 4,000 people actively dependent on alcohol across Warwick.
Curiously, males are much more likely to abuse alcohol in Coventry and Warwickshire than women are.
Studies have also shown that those who currently or used to work in the armed forces are also more likely to abuse alcohol in Coventry and Warwickshire.
There are approximately 9,000 ex-military personnel in Coventry with an alcohol use problem.
Young people and children in Coventry and Warwickshire are also a lot more likely to have tried alcohol than in other parts of the UK.
Recent studies have shown that 1 in every 12 adults in the UK have tried an illegal drug at least once in the last 12 months.
When it comes to Coventry and Warwickshire, this equates to approximately 26,000 people.
Whilst more people abuse drugs as they get older, a lot of young people are now abusing drugs.
For example, approximately 6% of students in Warwickshire between the ages of 11 and 15 abuse drugs.
Deaths due to drug abuse is on the rise in Warwickshire and Coventry, with 39.7 deaths per million people, equating to approximately 3,400 deaths across the UK.
These rates are on the rise across Coventry and the rest of the UK, across both males and females.
Many people argue that this is mainly due to the fact that drugs are becoming more accessible than ever, in particular deadly and highly addictive drugs such as cocaine and heroin.
When it comes to drug mortality rates in Warwickshire and Coventry alone, there were approximately 117 drug related deaths between 2010 and 2014, with over 60% of these being males.
Further analysis has shown that of these deaths, nearly 30% were people aged 30 – 39, and just over 25% were aged in their 40s.
The disease model of addiction highlights that disease involves a loss of control, meaning that those suffering are not to blame for their addiction.
When you look at addiction in this way, addiction is a bit like diabetes, cancer or heart disease.
For example, all three of these diseases are caused by a series of biological, environmental and behavioural factors throughout society.
In terms of addiction, addiction is seen as a disease as it changes the way the brain works, which creates a higher tolerance and biological cravings.
Lots of people who suffer from an addiction also suffer from a mental health issue, and vice versa.
In fact, when it comes to addiction, suffering from a mental health condition such as depression, anxiety and bi-polar disorder is extremely common.
A dual diagnosis is often very common because addiction is often simply a symptom of underlying mental health issues.
Unfortunately, it can often be difficult for doctors and psychologists to identify which symptoms are coming from which disorder.
This makes it a lot harder to separate each disorder from the other and fix each issue separately.
If you’re suffering from an addiction alongside a mental health issue, then you will need treatment for your dual diagnosis.
A lot of people see abstinence as some un-achievable, intimidating goal.
Particularly, if you are at the start of your recovery then the idea of being completely abstinent from the addictive substance might seem unachievable and impossible.
It is important to remember that it is completely normal to feel this way.
However, it is also important to remember that as time goes on and you recover more, it will one day seem within reach.
A lot of people who are aiming to recover from drug and alcohol addiction in Coventry might think that simply cutting down their addiction might work.
However, moderating your addiction and consumption simply isn’t enough.
The best and most productive way to recover from your addiction is to achieve abstinence, which means never drinking or abusing drugs again.
For some people, attending residential drug and alcohol rehab in Coventry has a whole host of benefits to it.
Some people see the biggest benefit to attending residential rehab as mixing with others who are all experiencing the same as you.
By mixing with these people, you will be able to learn from them and share advice and tips on how to recover.
You will also receive a lot of one to one therapy with doctors and professionals, which is often invaluable to those who have maybe never received therapy or help before.
You will receive a wide range of therapy techniques, from CBT to holistic therapy.
You will also be offered the chance to receive a medical detox, depending what substance you are addicted to.
By attending residential rehab, you will be supported by medical professionals around the clock, who will even be able to offer you medication treatment if you need it.
Finally, one of the biggest benefits that people take away from their rehab treatment is their relapse prevention plan.
This is a physical plan that provides people with useful tips and advice on how to stay sober in the outside world, and is discussed in more detail below.
If you think that you need to attend drug and alcohol rehab in Coventry for your drug or alcohol addiction, then you will need to start thinking about whether you will be better suited to private or NHS rehab.
The difference between the two is mostly whether or not you pay for your treatment.
For example, with private rehab you will have to pay for your treatment, whereas with NHS funded rehab you will not.
There are many pros and cons to both, some of which are listed below.
For many people, residential rehab is the best and sometimes only way that they can successfully recover from their addiction to either drugs or alcohol.
However, residential drug and alcohol rehab in Coventry is not for everyone.
As residential rehab involves moving into the rehab centre for a period of time, it is a major commitment causing a lot of disruption to their lives.
For this reason, not everyone is suited to residential rehab.
Upon admission you will be assessed to see whether or not you are suited to residential rehab.
No one wants to put anyone through residential rehab unnecessarily, which is why it’s important that this assessment takes place thoroughly and early on.
During this assessment people will be asked to consider the following below factors:
If you do not qualify for residential rehab, or know that you don’t want to attend residential drug and alcohol rehab in Coventry, then there are lots of alternative forms of treatment available.
They are a great way to meet like-minded individuals whilst getting the help and support you need.
A home detox is a great option for those who need help from a rehab centre but do not want to attend outpatient or inpatient rehab treatment.
Individuals will receive their treatment at home whilst getting help over the phone.
Unfortunately, a lot of the triggers that cause an addiction start at home, within the family.
This is why it’s a great idea to attend Al Anon Family Group Meetings.
They provide individuals and their family members with a safe and controlled environment to talk through their issues.
Outpatient treatment helps people who do not want to attend residential rehab.
Individuals are able to attend rehab on a day to day basis, whilst returning back home every day to continue day to day life.
When you enter a rehab centre, you will be assessed by the ASAM criteria.
This is an assessment tool used by most rehab centres to assess what type of treatment you might be best suited to.
This will assess how likely it is that you will successfully withdraw and detox from the addictive substance.
Doctors will want to know about any current or long term medical and health conditions, not only to assess what treatment you might need but to also establish how much support you might need throughout your treatment program.
Doctors will also want to determine if you suffer from a dual diagnosis or not, as this will also determine what treatment you will need and how much support you will require.
Your motivation and commitment to recovery will also determine how successful your recovery will be.
Doctors will ask you a series of questions to determine this.
It is also important for doctors to understand if you have ever tried to recover in the past, as this will affect your motivation levels and what type of treatment you might need this time round.
Lastly, doctors will try to assess what kind of environment you have come from, so that they can determine if you will be suited to therapy techniques such as family therapy.
Once assessed, doctors use the above six criteria to determine how severe your addiction is.
If you identify with just two of the above dimensions, then your addiction is mild.
However, if you qualify for four or more, then your addiction is more severe.
Doctors and therapists will also use the AUDIT test to determine how severe your addiction is and what type of treatment you will need in order to recover.
The AUDIT test consists of 10 questions, all around your addiction and habits.
These 10 questions are:
If you identify with eight or more of the above questions, then your addiction is severe and you need to attend an alcohol rehab centre in order to recover.
An intervention is never easy.
However, they are sometimes necessary in order to get your loved one the help they they desperately need.
When it comes to alcohol and drugs, an intervention is needed when the loved one’s addiction is spiralling out of control.
If they are refusing to get help, or admit that they need help in the first place, then as a loved one or friend it is time to step in.
The main objective of an intervention is to help the individual see that they need help, and point out the treatment options available to them.
However, sometimes it can be difficult to express your care and concern in a measured way.
In order to make sure that your intervention is carried out in the most productive way, you should follow the below tips.
The cost of attending rehab depends on a number of different factors such as how long you need to stay in rehab for, what type of rehab centre you choose, and whether you pay to go private or go through the NHS for NHS funded rehab.
As discussed above, if you qualify for NHS or council funded rehab, then you will not need to pay to attend rehab.
However, if you require private rehab then you will have to pay thousands of pounds for the privilege.
How expensive rehab is depends heavily on how long you stay in rehab for.
For example, a 10 day stay in a shared room might only cost £2,000, however a private room for 10 days can cost up to £6,000.
As most people require longer, they can pay up to £12,000 for a 28 day stay in a private rehab centre.
If this is simply out of reach, then you might want to consider a home detox which is considerably cheaper at approximately £1,500.
However, not everyone will qualify for a home detox as it requires a lot of self motivation and determination.
Residential rehab is a huge commitment, and can cost individuals a lot of money.
This is why it is incredibly important that people get the most for their money, and pick the rehab centre that is right for them.
Every addiction is different, just like every person is.
This is why you need to think carefully about what type of treatment you need and what type of treatment is best suited.
Below is a list of helpful advice and tips on how to choose the right rehab centre for you.
A detox involves withdrawing from the addictive substance until your body no longer needs it in order to function.
It is crucial that your detox takes place within a rehab centre, so that it is safe and controlled.
When you detox, you will experience unpleasant and dangerous withdrawal symptoms, such as hot sweats, depression, anxiety, tremors, the shakes and a whole host of other symptoms which can take effect within just a few hours and stick around for days.
However, not everyone will need a physical detox in order to recover.
If you are addicted to certain drugs and substances that aren’t physically addictive, then you won’t need to detox in order to recover.
Depending on how severe your withdrawal symptoms are, you might be prescribed Librium in order to help overcome these tough few days.
Lots of people who struggle with an addiction are often nervous and anxious about how long they might need to stay in rehab for.
It is important to remember that no doctor or specialist will keep you in rehab for any longer than is necessary for your recovery.
Most people are required to stay in rehab for a minimum of seven days in order to fully go through a detox.
After this, most people stay approximately 28 days in order to receive their detox and therapy.
However, if your addiction is more severe then you might be required to stay in rehab for even longer, such as sixty to ninety days.
This might be required if you suffer from a severe addiction to heroin or cocaine, or if you suffer from a dual diagnosis.
Cocaine is one of the most addictive and commonly abused drugs in Coventry, and causes detrimental consequences to people’s mental and physical health.
However, cocaine is not physically addictive.
This means that people who attend rehab for an addiction to cocaine will require therapy, but will not require a detox in order to recover.
Heroin destroys the lives of thousands of people around the UK.
Heroin is both physically and mentally addictive, meaning that it creates damage to both its user’s minds and bodies.
Due to this, individuals who attend rehab for an addiction to heroin need to undergo a medical and physical detox before anything else, in order to rid their body of the addictive substance before they receive any other treatment, such as therapy.
Although cannabis is now legalised in some countries, it is still a very dangerous and damaging drug.
Cannabis often makes its users depressed, anxious and lethargic.
Whilst cannabis creates a very strong psychological addiction, making it extremely hard to quit, it does not create a physical dependency and addiction.
It is because of this that no one will require a physical detox if they attend rehab with an addiction to cannabis.
However, they will need to undergo a lot of therapy in order to overcome their cravings and triggers.
Luckily, rehab centres across Coventry offer a very wide range of therapy and treatment techniques in order to give their patients the best chance possible of successfully recovering.
A few of these therapy techniques are listed below:
Whilst only a few of these therapy techniques might be suitable and helpful for you, it is important to understand that it sometimes only takes one or two therapy techniques or sessions to make a world of difference.
Every patient will receive their own relapse prevention plan when they are about to leave rehab.
A relapse prevention plan aims to help people stay sober and overcome any struggles or temptations in the outside world.
Each relapse prevention plan contains advice and tools that you will find helpful on a day to day basis, as well as when you experience a trigger or a craving.
There are a number of helpful things to include in a relapse prevention plan, including:
You should also add the HALT method into your relapse prevention plan.
HALT stands for hungry, angry, lonely and tired.
The idea behind HALT is that when you experience a craving you should check to see if you are feeling any of these four things and solve those issues first before anything else.
After meeting these needs, people often find that their cravings disappear.
We help people from all adult age groups and from all genders.
As well as alcohol addiction, we can also help individuals access treatment for drug addiction and behavioural addictions.
Getting in touch with us is easy – simply call 0800 111 4108 and one of our team members will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
There are various types of rehab centres available in Alcohol & Drug Rehabs in Coventry, including inpatient alcohol rehab, luxury alcohol rehab, and private drug rehabs.