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Between 2019 and 2020, Waltham Forest had over 793 new patients present for addiction treatment: 
79% of alcohol-dependent adults in Walthamstow have unmet treatment needs. This was made up of 84% of males, and 69% of females. We are here to make sure that you receive the help you need for the addiction you are struggling with in Walthamstow.
Breaking addictive habits and the negative thought cycle behind it can be difficult and daunting to do on your own, so we are here to provide tailored guidance.
Defined by the NHS, ‘addiction’ is defined as a lack of control, taking, or doing something to the point where it may become harmful to you or others.  This is most commonly associated with alcohol, drugs, and gambling.
Many factors cause or contribute to addiction, mainly due to the way substances and activities make you feel.
Drugs and alcohol produce euphoric effects that present powerful cravings each time you use them. These ‘highs’ are followed by urges to recreate the same feelings, making it difficult to stop or cut down.
This is followed by unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, or ‘come downs’. Due to their severity, addicts often re-use or carry on their harmful habits to reduce withdrawals, causing the cycle of addiction to start again.
The DSM-5 similarly defines addiction, referring to the constant want and need for alcohol and/or drugs. This type of compulsion is so strong that addicts cannot control it. 
Withdrawal symptoms are often different for each person, relating to what the substance is, how long it was used for, how much was consumed, and how often. They are physical and mental withdrawal symptoms, commonly consisting of:
The severity and length of withdrawals can depend on family history, genetics, and general health. The first few symptoms often appear as the substance wears off, around 6-12 hours after ingestion. Withdrawals can often be at their worst at around 72 hours but will wear off with perseverance.
Withdrawals can be life-threatening if your addiction is severe, so get in contact with us to discuss a medical detox and rehabilitation with our guidance.
If you are worried about showing signs of withdrawal or addiction in Walthamstow, take an at-home questionnaire.
The most common addiction questionnaire is called ‘CAGE’, developed for both alcohol and drug addictions: 
CAGE Questions for Alcohol Use:
CAGE Questions Adapted to Include Drug Use (CAGE-AID)
If you answer ‘YES’ to a CAGE question, you will score 1 point, and each ‘NO’ answer is 0 points.
If you are accumulating 2 or more points per 4 questions, you are showing signs of addiction.
If you are looking for a purely alcohol-related questionnaire, the AUDIT might be more suitable.
AUDIT questions: 
Once you have completed the first 4 questions, you might be classed as ‘fast+’. If so, complete the remaining 6 questions.
Those struggling with addiction often face denial as the first hurdle. Addicts sometimes ignore or fail to acknowledge addiction‘s harmful social, mental, physical, and personal side effects.
Addicts believe solutions won’t work, and often find so many solutions that it seems impossible to pick one.
Intervention is the first step in getting help. This is a plan to help you or someone that you love to seek help, stop using, and get into rehabilitation. This is not confrontation like it used to be, intervention is a healthy, and safe environment, rather than a shameful and judgemental situation.
How do you know when it’s the right time to intervene? Timing is crucial when you are getting ready for intervention. Interventions are often postponed or cancelled when people are in fear of upsetting someone, or you are not sure whom to involve in the process.
Intervention is needed when someone shows these signs of addiction:
Seeking help early and staging an intervention will give someone the best chance of a successful recovery.
There are 4 types of intervention available in Walthamstow, so research each one to make sure you are staging the right one:
1. A simple intervention is a one-to-one conversational approach to addiction, where the addict and one other are present. This other person can be a professional interventionist, family member, or close friend. This is normally used when the addiction in question is less severe.
2. Classical intervention, or the ‘Johnson Model of Intervention’ involves the main people affected, and not the user themselves. The ‘concerned others’ gather together to discuss addiction, including its impacts, effects, and roles in the user’s recovery.
3. A Family System Intervention focuses on family bonds that have been broken or bruised by addiction. CRAFT intervention is one form of Family System Intervention, standing for ‘community reinforcement and family training’. 
The ‘concerned others’ are asked to educate themselves and others on addiction and the routes of rehabilitation. Family and friends are asked to positively reward good behaviour, such as being sociable and remaining sober.
If the user starts to use again or exhibits negative social behaviour, concerned others are to let the scenario play out and negative consequences take hold.
Research suggests this is the most effective form of intervention, getting over 72% of their patients into rehabilitation.
4. Crisis intervention is designed for people to get immediate help when the user becomes either a danger to themselves or harmful to others.
For an intervention to be successful, everyone should be aware of the different forms of addiction therapy offered through rehabilitation in Walthamstow.
There are two types of rehabilitation, inpatient treatment, and outpatient treatment. Both are highly successful, and each one has different benefits.
Inpatient treatment is residential, so you will temporarily move into an inpatient centre to carry out your treatment. This is full-time rehab, designed for the most severe forms of addiction. Inpatient treatment consists of 24-hour care with medical professionals.
Residential rehab is all-inclusive, meaning that the price covers everything from medically assisted detox torent and utilities. This is not usually provided through the NHS and can cost between £10,000 and £100,000 a week depending on the clinic chosen. 
The main benefits of inpatient therapy include:
Outpatient rehab is offered through the NHS and is best suited to those with a less severe form of addiction. It is also a flexible option for those who have a strict routine or important responsibilities to work around.
There are three different types of outpatient programmes:
Intensive outpatient programmes (IOP) are designed specifically for addiction, eating disorders, and mental health disorders. IOP does not require you to detox and can be used in addition to inpatient treatment as a smooth transition back to your daily life. 
Partial hospitalisation (PHP) is a programme specifically designed for mental health, but it is not the same as psychiatric hospitalisation (inpatient treatment). 
A professional will assess whether you are right for this type of treatment, based on the following criteria:
Partial hospitalisation is temporary, improving your addiction to a standard that allows you to transfer to outpatient treatment. Outpatient treatment is the most flexible, requiring a minimum of 10-12 hours of attendance a week. 
The main benefits of outpatient rehab are:
Both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation offer similar forms of therapy, and which one chooses will be dictated by the severity of your addiction and medical assessments.
Psychotherapy counselling involves a specialist therapist. This is designed specifically for alcoholism, helping you understand your emotions and the reasoning behind your drinking habits.
Counselling teaches you to implement the coping skills and mechanisms learnt in therapy into your daily life.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, known as CBT, is one of the most effective forms of therapy for addiction. CBT focuses on the negative thought patterns that lead to addiction, helping you break the cycle you are stuck in.
CBT is also designed for co-occurring mental health conditions, helping you work on destructive thought patterns and irrational beliefs. To change our behaviour, we have to change the way we think, so CBT often works on how people respond to different emotional situations.
Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy started in the 1950s. REBT, a form of CBT, is an approach working with irrational beliefs that directly link to destructive behaviour. To understand the true impact of addiction, we must first discuss the emotional impacts of addiction.
Motivational Interviewing is behavioural therapy. This helps patients address their behaviour by exploring their avenues of motivation and reasons for change. MI is designed to empower you, helping you transform your life and give you back full autonomy. 
Motivational interviewing works on 6 core skills, implemented through 4 processes:
Fundamental processes of MI:
Contingency Management therapy also focuses on the motivation behind the behavioural change. Users are rewarded in therapy for positive behaviour, reinforced by incentives such as cash or vouchers.
Once the patient fails a drug test or fails to attend therapy, these incentives are removed immediately. 
Common incentives include:
Holistic therapy focuses on the patient as a whole, rather than addressing one symptom of addiction. Holistic therapy, also known as CAM, ‘complementary and alternative medicine’, focuses on energy balance and spiritual awakenings. 
Holistic therapy focuses on general well-being and mental health. There are many forms of holistic therapy, such as:
There are many 12-step facilitation therapies available in Walthamstow. The most popular group therapy is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), where people gather together to discuss stories, struggles and coping mechanisms. They abide by 12 important steps: 
These are the 12 steps followed by AA, often incorporated into other therapy treatments:
These group therapy sessions are also important for relapse prevention.
Relapse is when a patient starts to use drugs or drink alcohol again after they have chosen to become sober or start treatment. Relapse prevention and aftercare are important ingredients in living a full and happy life in recovery.
The best way to prevent relapse is by working on techniques and skills learnt during treatment. Alongside this, patients must be aware of the common triggers of relapse, such as:
If you find yourself tempted by relapse, try to follow these relapse prevention tips:
Addiction is a disease, meaning it can be treated and managed like diseases can.
Get in touch with us as soon as you start to notice signs of addiction or withdrawal symptoms. The earlier you receive help, the more chance you have of a successful recovery.
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