If you live in the Highlands and Islands region of Scotland, you know just how vast it is. Indeed, the region encompasses nearly half of Scotland’s entire area, stretching from the west-central coast to the furthest islands of the north-east. Did you know that the Highlands and Islands region is the least populous? It is true, although the area is not spared the challenges that more densely populated regions of Scotland face – including drug and alcohol addiction. Maybe you are one of the many struggling with drugs or alcohol in the Highlands and Islands.
We tend to refer to substance abuse and addiction as a problem people are ‘struggling’ with. We choose this terminology for a reason, knowing that no addict starts out sober and simply wakes up one day and chooses addiction as a lifestyle. It just does not happen that way. Addiction comes upon its victims slowly and deliberately, often without the knowledge of the affected person.
Here at Addiction Helper, we know you did not set out to become addicted to drugs or alcohol. We know your current lifestyle is not one you would willingly choose if you could go back and start again. Yet none of that changes the fact that you need professional treatment in order to overcome your troubles. Your addiction will not just fade away like a distant memory. It will continue to harm you until you get help.
What Addiction Does to Victims
Addiction is a destructive creature that starts out innocently enough. It begins with a single drink or intake of drugs, usually on the assumption that the substance in question is harmless. That substance, once inside the body, influences the balance of brain chemicals to produce pleasurable feelings. Some drugs make the individual feel high while others may soothe and relax.
For most, the feelings of pleasure are not so powerful as to have a long-lasting effect. However, for others, craving those pleasurable feelings begins almost right away. Cravings can lead a person to drink or use again, and then again, and so on. Continuation of this cycle results in tolerance and eventual addiction.
Addiction is very destructive once it sets in. As you may already know, it can:
- destroy your physical health
- permanently harm your personal relationships
- cost you your job, your home and everything you’ve worked for
- torment you with physical and emotional pain
- cause premature death in some cases.
If you are struggling with drugs or alcohol, you must ask yourself this question: is the temporary pleasure provided by using worth risking relationships, health, and life itself? No, it’s not. There is so much more to live for than drugs or alcohol. Do not continue living as a prisoner to your addiction. Instead, contact Addiction Helper so we can assist you with getting on the road to recovery.
Highlands and Islands Treatment Options
Addiction Helper is a referral organisation able to connect you or your loved one with an appropriate treatment provider in your area. Our services are necessary due to the vast number of treatment resources now available. Depending on your situation, we can refer you to:
- outpatient treatment (NHS, charities, etc.)
- residential treatment (private rehab clinic)
- other treatments (support groups, counsellors, etc.)
The key to connecting you with the right treatment is understanding your current situation. We maintain a 24-hour helpline staffed by counsellors more than capable of assessing your situation based on mutual conversation. Once we know what you are dealing with, we can search our database to find the most appropriate treatment.
Let us look at the three types of treatment options listed above in more detail:
- Outpatient – The NHS and local charities typically provide outpatient treatment at local clinics. Patients visit clinics on a daily basis to receive prescription medications, medical evaluations, counselling, and other therapies. They return home at the end of every session.
- Residential – The residential treatment model relies on the patient living at a treatment facility for up to 12 weeks of focused, concentrated care. Treatments are provided by medical professionals and experienced therapists who are experts in addiction recovery.
- Other Treatments – When neither outpatient nor residential treatment is appropriate for an individual, there are other options available. Combining support group participation with professional counselling would be one example. We would be happy to explain these other treatments when you contact us.
Addiction Helper is open to so many options because we know no single approach works for everyone. We used to think that way within the treatment community, but time and experience have shown us otherwise. Every substance abuser is an individual with unique circumstances and treatment requirements. As a result, the treatment community today is much more willing to design bespoke treatment plans for individual clients.