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Addiction is a disorder which can be grossly misrepresented across media and television.
Too often, individuals struggling with addiction are shown in a negative light, adding to the stigma and discrimination that these individuals already face.
Addiction is a non-discriminatory disease, meaning that it can affect individuals across all social, cultural and demographic backgrounds.
This can include altering the neural pathways associated with addictive behaviours, motivation, and pleasurable reward.
When individuals are struggling with alcoholism, the alcohol can become responsible for the production and uptake of specific vital chemicals and hormones.
Serotonin is one of the major chemicals affected, associated with areas of the brain regulating mood and anxiety.
This is why alcohol is known as a physically addictive substance and can be especially risky when withdrawing from.
Rehabilitation is the process of recovering from a specific disease, disorder or ailment.
In this case, it is the process of recovering from addiction – whether it be to alcohol, other drugs, or a lifestyle choice.
These must be completed in order and be fully engaged with in order to be effective.
Detoxification is the process in which the individual prepares for rehabilitation by removing the harmful build-up of chemicals and toxins that have accumulated as a result of their addiction.
Rehabilitation is the engagement within various addiction treatment programmes, including individual and group activities aimed at finding, exploring, and treating the origins of the individual’s addiction.
In some cases, especially for those who may be in denial of their addiction, it may be suitable to take part in an intervention.
Communicating with close friends and family, individuals will share their experiences of struggling with an addiction and listen to the experiences these loved ones have had as a consequence.
This is a great way to improve relationships between individuals and those around them who may be affected by their addiction, but also allows for appropriate and useful suggestions to be made about the future of the individual’s rehabilitation.
Many individuals may find it helpful to make use of a licensed counsellor or interventionist.
Their duty is to mediate the conversation between the individual struggling and those around them and help make relevant suggestions for what may or may not be suitable for the individual’s rehabilitation journey.
Interventions have been shown to increase the family’s ability to cope with the effects of addiction, as well as motivating individuals struggling with addiction to enter treatment.
When it comes to addiction treatment programmes, no two individuals will benefit from the exact same format.
This is reflected in the cost, which will vary according each individual, their needs and their rehabilitation plan.
For residential treatment, within a centre, there may be many additional costs that many individuals do not consider.
For example, the type of residential accommodation that the individual chooses to live in while in rehab can have a significant effect on the overall cost.
Single-occupancy rooms cost significantly more than multiple occupancy rooms, costing an average of £10,000+ for the recommended 28-day stay, compared to the multiple occupancy room cost of around £6,000.
This is also reflected in the cost of separate detox sessions.
These figures are an average at the time of writing and can vary due to many other additional factors, such as insurance.
The rehabilitation services accessed through the NHS are often limited due to the funding available to these fields.
Residential rehab is very rarely accessed through the NHS due to the cost associated with this care, but this does not mean that it is unattainable.
In some cases, individuals may be able to raise the funds they need to pay for their treatment through external sources such as local communities and governing bodies.
However, this can cause extreme stress on the individual requiring care as they continue to struggle with the effects of addiction whilst still attempting to organise these programmes.
Rehab 4 Alcoholism suggests a recommended stay of 28 days within a residential centre.
This amount of time includes the detoxification period, as well as time for the individual to begin and complete a range of different addiction treatment programmes such as therapy and other holistic courses.
Not every individual will progress at the same rate during their time in rehab, but this can easily be allowed for through the flexibility of residential care during the individual’s stay.
The most variation in time spent in rehab comes from the time spent in the detoxification stage.
This is because each individual will have a different history of consumption and misuse, affecting the amount of time that these chemicals will stay in the body.
Although some of the same treatments are accessible through both NHS care and private residential rehab, there are many differences between the two categories of care.
NHS care, as mentioned previously, is often limited by the funding it receives, restricting the number of options available to someone seeking help through this method.
It is one of the easiest ways to access care, however, as the services are often local, convenient and free of charge.
However, this ease of access also leads to a strain on the system.
Most forms of rehabilitative care through the NHS come with a lengthy waiting list – something that can have a devastating impact on an individual’s time in recovery.
On the other hand, private care can be accessed immediately by those who require these services and is widely considered to be the most effective and efficient form of rehabilitation.
Residential centres are also staffed by experts in the field and are available 24/7 within the centre to aid with any emergencies, queries, or issues within the centre.
Inpatient care is care held within a rehab centre.
This involves the engagement with various treatments and therapies on a daily basis, forming the individual’s daily routine with a schedule of tailored and specialised courses.
This is the most effective form of rehab and is therefore recommended to most individuals struggling with addiction to alcohol or other substances.
However, it is especially suitable for individuals who have a long history of addiction or those who may risk a higher severity of withdrawal symptoms.
Outpatient care therefore refers to any treatments outside of a residential centre.
As mentioned before, these can be similar to treatments administered within a residential centre, however they are not often completed at the same frequency or regularity as the treatments within a centre.
These may include attending local support groups or therapy centres several times a week to undergo rehabilitation, and is far less full-time than inpatient care.
Alcohol is one of the substances for which most rehabilitation services provide the most support for.
This is because alcohol is a physically addictive substance and can therefore have far more risks and dangers during the detoxification stage than other substances.
During an alcohol withdrawal, individuals can experience severe symptoms such as:
In longer-term cases, individuals may be administered medical interventions.
This can include giving the individual Librium to reduce the negative physical effects and make the process safer and more comfortable for the individual.
Further therapy and treatments are always recommended after this process.
Cocaine is another popular substance for which individuals require rehabilitation.
Known to be a powerful stimulant, cocaine can cause serious shifts in behaviour, often making an individual more aggressive, confident, and seriously impact their perception.
These can all be incredibly dangerous, and long-term usage can lead to a psychological crash.
Unlike alcohol, however, cocaine is not physically addictive, meaning that going ‘cold turkey’ will not cause death in individuals, unless combined with other substances.
Rehabilitation for a cocaine addiction should generally have a strong focus on the psychological impacts of a long-term addiction, though the physical impacts should also be treated appropriately.
Heroin is one of the most infamous addictive substances in the world.
Derived from morphine, heroin can cause strong euphoric highs when first consumed – a feeling that requires more and more of the substance to achieve at the same level again.
Because of this, heroin is considered extremely addictive and can have a range of long-term health effects.
Individuals who consume large amounts of heroin over a long period of time risk damage to the liver, heart, lungs, and have an increased chance of blood clots, as well as the risks associated with its administration e.g., sharing needles etc.
When withdrawing, individuals are often slowly transitioned away from heroin to a heroin substitute such as methadone or buprenorphine.
This reduces the risk associated with this physically addictive substance and reduces the risk of complications during the later stages of withdrawal, especially when combined with other measures such as positive reinforcement.
Like cocaine, it is always recommended to follow-up these types of treatment with further therapies and counselling to help improve the individual’s mental health and wellbeing.
Cannabis is the most commonly consumed drug in the UK, though it is not considered to be as serious as other substances in terms of harm to an individual’s health.
However, this is not the case.
Cannabis is another high-risk substance towards which individuals can develop an addiction.
The quantity, the type of cannabis, the individual’s experience of consuming it, and the environment which they are in can all have impacts on the range of effects that cannabis can cause.
Common effects include increased appetite and libido, as well as an increased risk of panic attacks and paranoia.
Cannabis is also a psychological substance, meaning that most of the rehabilitation is focussed on the impacts to mental health as well as the individual’s overall wellbeing.
There are thousands of different addiction treatment programmes available, most of which are made up of the most common and effective treatments available to recovery services.
The most common of these are listed below:
Though not every individual will experience all of the treatments listed, it is highly likely that individuals will come across at least one and hear of multiple others during their time in rehab.
As addiction is often considered to be a product of an underlying mental health issue, it is common that individuals are diagnose with an additional mental health issue (or multiple issues) at the same time as being diagnosed with addiction.
This is known as dual diagnosis and is a key concept when it comes to long-term recovery.
By focussing on both or multiple disorders during rehabilitation, the individual is likely to have a far more effective and efficient treatment programme overall.
This is because the treatment takes into account the effects of all mental health issues present, not just addiction.
The most common co-occurring mental health disorders include schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as well as anxiety and depression.
As part of an individual’s time in rehab, they are likely to engage in some form of relapse prevention training.
This is an essential part of rehabilitation, preparing the individual for life outside of rehab (either a centre or an outpatient treatment provider).
During this training, individuals should keep in mind that recovery in a long-term process and results cannot be expected overnight.
Instead, it is vital that individuals engage fully with this training, considering it as part of their personal development and growth as well as a learning opportunity.
It is also beneficial to create a physical plan, allowing individuals to refer to it should they encounter the possibility of a relapse.
This plan should include the individual’s triggers and cravings, as well as emergency contact numbers for close friends and family, members of their addiction support network, and their addiction support officer if they have one.
After leaving rehab, individuals are never left to deal with their addiction alone.
Equipped with the tools and techniques to manage their recovery independently, individuals are still given as much support as they require during this transitional period.
Through a rehab centre, individuals may be able to access 1-year complimentary aftercare, including regular contact with an addiction support officer and progress checks completed regularly.
For those who have completed rehab outside of a rehab centre, there are still plenty of options.
For example, taking part in SMART recovery (Self-Management And Recovery Training) is a great way for independent individuals to continue their rehabilitation from the comfort of their own homes.
Additionally, individuals may be enrolled into addiction support networks such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous in order to learn from others’ experiences and tell their own tales during these meetings.
This is a great way to build support around and individual, both in terms of social bolstering but also in terms of removing the sense of isolation that is common within individuals recovering from long-term addiction.
To learn more about anything read on this page today or to begin your rehabilitation journey through Rehab 4 Alcoholism, please do not hesitate to get in touch using our addiction support line on 0800 111 4108 today.
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