Learn About Our Addiction Treatment Types
Addiction Helper is here for you. We offer a holistic approach to the treatment of addictions. We will advise on what’s necessary and what’s not. We can provide free assessments, interventions, detox options and rehabilitation services. We also provide aftercare solutions, such as counselling sessions, tailored to your needs.
If you are worried about your alcohol or drug use then this is already a sign that you might have a problem. This concern usually arises when you move from using these substances to feeling like you are being controlled by them. It can be difficult for the individual to adequately assess their own situation in regards to substance use. Most people do not like to admit that they are in trouble – even to themselves. It is also common for denial to cause the person to minimise or try to explain away the negative effects of using alcohol or drugs. The move into addiction can be subtle and easy to miss.
In order to determine if you are suffering from an addiction to alcohol or drugs, it can be helpful to use a self assessment tool. This provides a means to more objectively evaluate your current situation. It will allow you to see things that you might otherwise miss. If you feel that your life has taken a wrong turn somewhere it is vital that you identify the cause of this so that you will be able to get back on track. Our free self assessment will help you to do that.
When people contact our addiction service we will be able to provide them with advice for how and where they can find help. We understand what it is like to feel trapped in addiction, and the person who will be answering this call will be someone who faced similar problems themselves. We will not be able to get you sober over the phone, but we will be able to suggest the path you need to take in order to get your life back on track.
The real misery of addiction occurs when people feel isolated and powerless. They are concerned about their future, but they are unable to think of a way out of substance abuse. When you contact our phone helpline we will be able to suggest ways for you to escape. We won’t try to force you to do anything, but we can make suggestions for what is likely to work in your case. Our telephone operators are also aware that each caller is unique, and we will listen fully to your situation before we make any suggestions. Once you understand that there are options available it can really take the sting out of addiction. You can then begin to take your first steps towards a new freedom and happiness.
By the time that alcohol or drug abuse begins to cause destruction in the person’s life it will no longer be simply a lifestyle choice. The person is now caught in the downward spiral of addiction, and they will likely need some help in order to escape this descent. One of the most effective ways to help the person caught up in addiction is the family intervention. Some of the things worth considering when choosing this option would include:
It is usual to use a counsellor or interventionist to help the family manage the intervention.
- Anyone who cares about the welfare of the person can take part in the intervention.
- It is important to recognise the goal of the intervention before commencing. The aim will usually be for the person to recognise their problems and agree to enter rehab.
- It is a good idea to ensure that there is a rehab space available so that the person will be able to enter treatment as soon as they agree. Any delay will give them a chance to change their mind.
- The intervention should occur somewhere where the individual feels safe.
- A plan needs to be made for how the intervention will proceed
- The family needs to be prepared for the person to try to use manipulative behaviour in order to avoid facing their problems.
- A professional intervention is likely to go much smoother and be successful.
The first stage of addiction recovery is to pass through detox. The body has a wonderful ability to adjust to its environment. When people abuse alcohol and drugs the body adjusts so that it is able to continuing functioning – it adapts to working with these substance. The problem is though, that once these substances are withdrawn the body is thrown into confusion. It needs to adapt to the new conditions, and it is this that causes withdrawal symptoms. The detox process can be uncomfortable, and the options the person has for dealing with it will include:
- The safest way to make it through withdrawal symptoms would be to enter a residential detox. This is particularly important for people who have been using alcohol or drugs long term and may be at risk of severe symptoms – in the case of DTs these can be life threatening. The other benefit of choosing a residential detox is that the person will be medically supervised, and there will be pharmaceutical agents available to make the process easier.
- Home detox programs allow the individual to detox at home while still being supervised. This is a particularly good option for those people who have too many family responsibilities to take time off for rehab. The home detox is a good compromise because the person will still be medically supervised and kept safe.
One of the most effective options available for helping people break away from addiction is spending time in a rehab. This facility provides he person with the opportunity to build a strong foundation for their recovery. It will also mean that they are protected during the early weeks (or months) of recovery when they are most vulnerable to relapse. Alcohol rehab, drug rehab & rehab for other addictions is probably the best possible choice for those who are serious about ending their addiction. It will be necessary that the individual is able to find the rehab that is going to be most suitable to their needs. The options available include:
- A residential rehab is going to be the best choice for most people who are trying to break away from addiction. They will live within the facility for a period of up to 30 days, and some rehabs offer a second stage where the person can choose to stay even longer. The great benefit of a residential rehab is that the individual will be in a therapeutic environment where they will be fully focused on recovery.
- Another alternative is out patient rehab. This is where the individual does not actually stay in the facility, but they attend each day for different activities.
For us, recovery doesn’t end as soon as a client enters rehabilitative treatment. Recovery from any addiction, whether it be alcohol or drug abuse, is a lengthy process and we want to be an active part of the client’s recovery long after we’ve found them the right treatment programme.
We know from our own experience that clients with a long-term plan, fortified with healthy aftercare, are more likely to stay sober than those without a plan. That’s why we offer our professional support and expertise not only to the client but to the client’s family. Our approach to aftercare is taken from many years of research and development. We use only the most effective plan which we tailor to the needs of the client and the people around them.
Our aftercare programme includes some or all of the following:
- Weekly follow-up with the client while in a treatment centre with signed progress reports back to the family.
- Active participation in the discharge strategy with the treatment centre. Escorting the client back to the family.
- A meeting with all family members involved in the intervention to explain what treatment really involved for the patient and what to expect after discharge.
- Arranging for a sober companion to stay with the client for between 3 days and 6 months.
- Administering alcohol or drug tests at the request of the family or concerned parties.