Because it is possible to become addicted to almost anything these days, including sex, pornography, social media, and smartphones, it is no surprise that the number of people developing this type of illness is growing. Addiction is an illness that affects the way the brain functions, but the good news is that addiction recovery is possible.
There are many organisations providing high-level treatment options for those affected by addiction, and our job here at Addiction Helper is to put as many people in touch with these organisations as possible. We know that while many do access the treatment they need to help them conquer their addictions, countless others do not, and there are various reasons for this.
Obstacles to Addiction Recovery
A major obstacle to those affected by addiction is the stigma that is attached to this illness. Many people are too embarrassed or ashamed to get help for addiction because they are worried about what others will think of them.
Some are simply in denial about their addiction because they do not fit the stereotypical image of an addict. They have an opinion of what addiction is and, because they do not fit the profile, they are convinced they do not have a problem.
Fear is another obstacle that prevents those with addiction from reaching out for help. Many addicts are so afraid of what recovery could mean for them that they would rather stay as they are, even though they know that doing so could have harmful consequences.
What Does Addiction Recovery Mean for You?
The biggest step an addict can take on the road to recovery is admitting that he or she has a problem. Once the person recognises that a problem exists and is willing to make a change, he or she can begin the process of recovery and look forward to a clean and healthy sober life.
It is not easy taking this first step but once it is done, the affected individual will be ready to begin a programme of rehabilitation that will change his or her life.
If you are one such addicted person, recovery is a way of life that will help you to learn how to enjoy sober living. It is about rebuilding existing relationships and developing new friendships. It is also about healing your body and mind after years of damage. Those with addiction find it tough to make good choices, so recovery will give you a chance to start taking responsibility for your decisions again. As you move forwards through your journey to sobriety, you will no longer spend every waking moment obsessing about a particular substance or activity. You will begin to think about other things such as your loved ones and your responsibilities. In short, you will be able to live a normal life again.
Addiction Recovery Options
If you are ready to make a positive change in your life and are prepared to commit to a programme of recovery, call Addiction Helper today for information and advice on the options available to you. We can provide you with a full assessment of your situation so you have a clearer picture of exactly what you are dealing with.
Our staff members are fully trained in all types of addiction and can provide you with relevant, up-to-date information on the treatments that are available. We can make recommendations to a suitable provider depending on your needs and circumstances.
For those with severe addictions, we generally recommend residential clinics that offer a structured programme over a course of approximately six to eight weeks. However, this will depend on your home circumstances and your financial situation. Although many of the clinics are accessible only with private funding, we do work with a number of organisations accepting government grants, so no matter what your financial situation, we should be able to refer you to a suitable treatment provider.
Anyone with an addiction to substances such as alcohol, prescription medication and illegal drugs can expect to be referred to a programme of detoxification before rehabilitation can begin. This will help to eliminate the toxins from your system to ensure you have a clear mind and body before rehab starts.
At Addiction Helper, we understand that inpatient care is not appropriate for everyone. Some people cannot leave their homes for an extended period due to personal reasons while others simply cannot afford private residential care.
The good news is that recovery is available for everyone, and there are many organisations across the UK offering high-level care and support to patients in a day care setting. Outpatient treatment varies depending on the organisation providing the care but typically requires patients to attend daily sessions for a specific number of weeks or months. Some organisations will require daily attendance for a set period followed by weekly sessions for up to a year.
Once you have been through a programme of rehabilitation, you will begin life in recovery. It can be daunting for recovering addicts to return home if they have spent time in a residential clinic with constant access to support and care. Many find it difficult to make the transition, but most clinics offer follow-up care to help with the process.
It is advisable that recovering addicts attend regular support group meetings while in recovery. Some people continue to attend these meetings for the rest of their lives as they believe this is the best way to maintain their sobriety and keep their recovery on track.
Support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Gamblers Anonymous have proven to be a vital support source to millions of recovering addicts around the world, and we would encourage individuals to avail of this free resource.
Addiction Helper is here to offer support to those who need help for addiction. Nevertheless, we are also available to those in recovery who need advice or just someone to talk to. Call us today for information on how we can help.