Do you find yourself struggling to get through the day without alcohol? Do you find yourself using drugs as a way of escape? There are others throughout Gwent who have worked their way through similar problems. If you are a substance abuser or addict, you do not have to continue in that lifestyle. With the right combination of professional treatment and support, you can break the cycle of abuse or addiction.
You already know that drug and alcohol abuse knows no boundaries. People are as likely to be addicted in Gwent as they are anywhere else in England or Wales. The key is knowing where to find help to overcome addiction. That is where Addiction Helper comes in. Our primary mission is to assist substance abusers and addicts looking to find treatment in their local areas.
We work with private rehab clinics, local charities and other treatment providers throughout the UK. The treatments we can help you arrange include everything from group support to detox to comprehensive residential rehab. If there is a treatment out there, we likely know about it. We can tell you all about it when you contact us by phone, chat, or e-mail.
Addiction Destroys Lives
Do you remember that day you had your first drink or your first hit? It is likely no one ever told you how quickly casual use could turn into abuse and eventual addiction. That is the big lie of drugs and alcohol. We assume that we can use without any risks involved, but that is just not the case.
The reality is that addiction destroys lives. Without professional treatment, drugs and alcohol can:
- destroy your physical health
- permanently impair your ability to think
- devastate your personal relationships
- ruin the lives of your spouse and children
- completely ruin your finances
- end your life prematurely.
At Addiction Helper, we know you did not set out to become a substance abuser or addict. No one ever does. Addiction creeps up on a person slowly and gradually, overwhelming before that person knows what is happening. Yet despite the power addiction has over your life, it can be broken with support and treatment.
How Treatment Works
Drug and alcohol treatment is available in both outpatient and residential basis. Under either option, treatment follows a basic three-stage process:
- Detox – The first stage in recovery is detox. It takes between seven and ten days in most cases, and it involves separating the addict from addictive substances so that the mind and body can be fully cleansed. Medication may be used in some instances to lessen the effects of withdrawal symptoms.
- Rehab – Rehab and detox are two separate things, despite the words being used interchangeably at times. Rehab does for the mind and emotions what detox does for the body. A 4 to 12 weeks rehab can involve a broad range of therapies designed to treat the emotional and mental aspects of addiction in ways that detox cannot.
- Aftercare – The typical detox and rehab programme is followed by 3 to 12 months of aftercare. This treatment consists of a series of support services, including counselling and 12-step work, designed to prevent relapse in the future. Aftercare is a crucial component in long-term recovery.
In short, treatment works by interrupting the cycle of addiction and dependence so common with drug and alcohol problems. By breaking the cycle, doctors and therapists are then able to help the recovering addict regain control of body and mind. From there it is a matter of learning strategies that will prevent future problems.