The Cleveland area of north-east England was once a non-metropolitan county formed in 1974. Situated just south of the River Tees, the county was named after the historic region that proceeded it. Cleveland was abolished in 1996 as an official government jurisdiction; it remains today as a ceremonial county only.
How interesting that an act of Parliament can abolish a county like Cleveland overnight. If it were that simple for substance abuse and addiction, we could solve both problems in England quickly. However, it is not that simple. Substance abuse and addiction are deep-rooted conditions that require professional intervention and time to overcome.
If you are in need of drug or alcohol rehab in Cleveland, the first step in finding that help is to contact Addiction Helper. Our services include a listening ear, sound advice, drug and alcohol assessments, and free referrals to rehab clinics, counsellors and other treatment providers. Our primary concern is that of helping to improve the health and well-being of our clients by directing them to drug or alcohol treatment.
Why Choose Professional Treatment
You might be wondering why you should choose professional treatment for substance abuse or addiction, rather than just quitting on your own. It turns out that knowing a little bit of history behind the Alcoholics Anonymous organisation provides an excellent explanation.
Alcoholics Anonymous was founded by two Americans who, in the 1930s, struggled greatly to overcome alcohol dependence. Throughout their struggles, they came to realise that there was not enough organised support available to truly help recovering alcoholics achieve long-term abstinence. They knew something had to be done, so they started the Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship. It’s good that they did.
Professional treatment is necessary because persistent drug and alcohol use:
- alters the way the brain works
- physically damages the body
- creates both psychological and physical dependence
- prevents patients from thinking and acting rationally.
Another thing to consider about trying to quit on your own is the fact that the medical community considers withdrawal from alcohol or drugs to be a medical emergency. Withdrawing can be serious because of the effects it has on the mind and body. Undergoing withdrawal outside of the supervision of trained medical staff can result in permanent injury or death. One should never attempt to withdraw outside of medical supervision.
What Treatment Offers Patients
Professional treatment for substance abuse and addiction offers patients many tangible benefits. First, a medically supervised detox programme enables the addict to safely withdraw from drugs or alcohol with a minimum of risk involved. When prescription medications are appropriate, these can be used to ease the symptoms of withdrawal so that they are more manageable.
The 3 to 12 weeks of rehab that follow detox benefit recovering addicts by equipping them with the tools necessary to avoid future relapse. What detox does for the body rehab does for the mind and emotions. It gets to the core of addiction triggers; it helps individuals identify why they are prone to addiction and how to overcome it.
As for some of the intangible benefits of treatment, they are numerous as well. Professional treatment offers:
- a new outlook on life
- a reason to continue living
- a renewed hope for the future
- the opportunity to reconnect with family
- the ability to control one’s destiny.
It may be difficult to see the truth of drug addiction or alcoholism while you are in the midst of it, but the reality is that drugs and alcohol lie. They promise you a worry-free life full of nothing but good times and happiness, only to leave you broken and destitute as a result. So why continue to give in to the lie? Why not take your life back by undergoing drug or alcohol rehab.
Many Treatment Choices
We often help people who are frightened about rehab because they do not know what treatment entails. Unfortunately, we have not done a very good job of letting people know how much drug and alcohol treatment has changed over the years. For example, it used to be that the NHS and private clinics used a one-size-fits-all approach. However, that is no longer the case. We now know that bespoke treatment plans tend to be much more successful.
At Addiction Helper, we have all the information you need to know about:
- Outpatient treatment – provided by the NHS, charities and others;
- Residential treatment – provided by dozens of rehab clinics around the UK;
- 12-step work – offered through local fellowships and support groups;
- Professional counselling – offered by trained counsellors with experience in drug and alcohol issues.
We tend to recommend residential treatment in most cases. We do so because this sort of treatment has proven to be the most successful over the years. Residential rehab succeeds by separating the addict from a normal routine that enables further addiction. Through that separation, the individual is able to concentrate all of his/her thoughts and energies on recovery in an environment that is distraction-free and conducive to the therapies offered.
A typical residential programme lasts between 4 and 12 weeks. The first week is devoted to medically supervised detox, followed by an additional three to 11 weeks of rehabilitative therapies. Detox must come first to break the physical dependence on drugs or alcohol. Only when that physical dependence is broken can counsellors deal with the mental and emotional issues.