It takes a lot of courage to face up to addiction, whether that's a dependence on alcohol or on drugs. Recovery can seem like an impossible task. But it is possible to change and live a healthy life free from substance abuse.
Your first step is recognising that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol. If you're concerned that you're dependent on substances, ask yourself the following:
- Do you use drugs or alcohol to suppress emotions?
- Are you drinking or taking drugs more frequently?
- Do you need a larger quantity of drugs or alcohol to get a "high”?
- Do you have blackouts after drinking or using drugs?
- Do you wake up confused or depressed after drinking alcohol or taking drugs?
- Have you lost interest in hobbies, friends or your personal appearance?
- Do you think about drugs or alcohol when you're not using them?
- Have you unsuccessfully tried to stop drinking or taking drugs?
If you've answered yes to some of these, it's likely that you're addicted to drugs or alcohol.
Your next step is deciding to make the change. Quitting drugs or alcohol will mean making many changes. You may have to reassess how you handle stress and problems, who your friends are, how you'll spend your free time. You'll have to put a lot of hard work in. Getting sober is a big commitment and you have to be ready for it.
What are my options for addiction treatment?
The good news is that there is a lot of effective treatment out there for drug and alcohol addiction. But everyone's needs are different, and the treatment you choose depends on the severity of your problem, how long you've been using, your medical history and your personal circumstances
The treatment you select should address not only the physical dependence but also the psychological issues behind the addiction. For this reason, residential rehab usually offers the most successful addiction treatment. You'll receive a range of therapies which explore the root cause of your drug or alcohol problem and equip you with the skills you need to live a healthier life. And, if it's required, a rehab clinic will arrange a safe, medically-controlled detoxification.
However, it's important to note that not everyone needs residential rehabilitation. Many clinics provide day care treatment and we offer an intensive addiction therapy programme in your local area. If you have a lesser problem with alcohol or drugs, we can find you a local addictions counsellor or therapist who will give you the support you need.
Get help for yourself now
Well done on getting this far. You've taken a massive, brave step towards getting help for your addiction. Take the next step and give us a call on 02031511488. We'll assess the extent of your drug or alcohol problem and make sure you get the best possible treatment for you.