Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Greater Manchester
Our Greater Manchester rehabs are passionate about recovery. The therapists can help you to face the past, present and future and to move forward in your life.
Our core values are compassion, empathy and care. Our staff are passionate about their work, some of them are in long term recovery themselves and have a wealth of personal experience they are willing to share to help others.
What Is Addiction?
Addiction is a chronic illness which has mental and physical consequences. When you drink alcohol or take drugs the brain releases a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine stimulates the ‘reward circuits’ of the brain.
Over time the brain forms a lasting association between the drugs and alcohol and the reward. After a while, the using becomes compulsive as neurochemical changes in the brain effect self-control and decision-making processes.
The term “addiction” is often used to only define those addicted to alcohol or drugs. However, our understanding of what addiction is has broadened so that people can be understood to have an addiction to a behavior. Behaviours like gambling and shopping cause the same release of chemicals in the reward system of the brain as do drugs and alcohol.
People suffering from this condition will experience an overriding impulse to continue their behaviour, despite the harm it is causing.
Addressing your illness as promptly as possible is a good idea. Addiction is often a progressive illness and over time you may begin to experience more and more extreme consequences. Experts agree that the best form of treatment is residential drug and alcohol rehab.
Symptoms of Alcohol and Drug Addiction
- Preoccupation: Finding thoughts consumed with thinking about getting and using drugs and alcohol. It’s as though life revolves around the getting and using, and finding ways and means to get more.
- Craving: Feeling an urgent, even unbearable, need to take drink or drugs.
- Breakdown in relationships: Leaving behind old friends in favour of people who drink and use.
- Poor health and appearance: As addiction takes over, neglecting health and appearance.
- Financial consequences: Getting into debt or asking friends and family for money.
- Dependency: Increasingly unable to function without drug and drink.
- Any Lengths: Putting massive effort in to finding drugs and alcohol at the cost of the rest of life.
- Personality Change: Experiencing memory blackouts and personality changes with depression, anxiety, isolation and loss of self-esteem.
- Dangerous Behaviour: Becoming more prone to risk-taking behavior.
Mood and Addiction
Sometimes the strain of prolonged stress can cause total exhaustion. This exhaustion is sometimes known as burnout. Burnout can effect anyone, but particularly those who suffer with mood disorders and those who work in stressful environments.
Stress is a big factor in substance abuse and the recovery from addiction, as it serves as a trigger for relapse and poor mental health. If you are experiencing difficult emotions, you may turn to using alcohol or drugs to enhance your performance and to medicate your difficult feelings. It’s understandable to feel that way, but it is probably causing many problems for you and your relationships. This is why finding a suitable addiction rehab is important.
Symptoms of Stress
- Anxiety and depression
- Irritability and intolerance
- Lack of energy
- Low self-esteem
- Overeating or undereating
- Regular colds
- Reliance on alcohol or drugs to get through the day.
You may have tried to manage your illness for a long time by yourself. Some people manage to hide their addiction for a long period. You may even be hiding your problem from yourself. Denial develops as a coping mechanism in response to the shame and guilt associated with being an addict.
It’s difficult to admit the things we don’t like about ourselves. In rehab you will come together with peers and help each other to face reality and embrace recovery from addiction. A number of London alcohol and drug rehabs will help you heal your life and relationships through a tailored therapy plan.
Deciding to Go to Rehab
Deciding to enter rehab is the most important step. It will allow you to accept the problem and contact people who will help you further on with your recovery. Planning can be stressful, but we can help you with that. We can talk with you, your family and any others that are involved, with your care to take steps to ensure that you are able to focus on the programme and your recovery, without outside issues getting in the way.
What Do the Greater Manchester Rehabs Treat?
We partner with various services in the Greater Manchester area that are equipped to treat alcohol addiction, drug addiction – both street and prescription drugs, and behavioural addictions like gambling. We have found that many present associated co-occurring mood disorders like depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Your treatment will incorporate care for these conditions where needed.
Our team of addiction specialists will work together to devise an integrated service of medical treatments, individual, group therapy and complimentary therapy for each client.
What Do the Greater Manchester Rehabs Offer?
There are many Greater Manchester rehabs that offer a comprehensive therapeutic approach. We utilise a combination of therapies designed to assist you to recover from your addiction and help you with relapse prevention.
Passionate addiction professionals are able to treat all aspects of the disease: physical, emotional spiritual and interpersonal. The best alcohol and drug addiction treatment programme is intensive and structured to include various components such as:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Theapy
- Trauma Therapy
- Complementary Therapies
- Family Therapy
- Relapse Prevention
- Fitness and Exercise
- Healthy Eating
- Afte care
Each client is carefully assessed and we make sure that your treatment plan is tailored to your specific needs, substance misuse history, medical and psychological condition.
What Will My Days in Rehab Be Like?
A typical day in drug and alcohol rehab will consist of group therapy sessions, individual therapy, creative assignments, recovery groups, and free time. You will be given a timetable on admission.
The timetable will be created by you and your counsellor, a promise for steady recovery.
Will There Always Be Staff On Duty in Rehab?
There will be staff on duty continually for 24 hours a day. You will always have someone to turn to if you need help. Specialists from all related fields including therapists, nurses, counsellors and support workers will help you work on your recovery.
How Long Will I Be in Treatment?
The top rehabs in Greater Manchester will not use a one-size-fits-all treatment plan for you as it is not a reliable measure. This is why it’s not possible to tell how long a treatment will last.
The detox process usually takes up around a week and your time in the rehabilitation unit following that will be decided between you and the team. There will usually be an average of 90 days in primary treatment. If you require secondary care after this, there may be the option of accommodation in our second- and third-stage facilities.