The Isle of Wight has a reputation for being both a resort destination and a playground for music and art lovers. It is the largest island in England and its second most populous, with more than 138,000 residents calling it home. Between numerous music festivals, annual boating and yachting events, sports and summer holiday recreation, the Isle of Wight is a very active place. For some who live there, the combination of so much activity and the availability of drugs and alcohol can prove overwhelming.
It may seem as though substance abuse and addiction would not be a problem in such an idyllic location. Yet addiction knows no boundaries. Even on the Isle of Wight, there are people in desperate need of treatment for drugs or alcohol. Perhaps you have chosen to visit our website because you believe you might be one of them. You have taken a good first step; Addiction Helper is here to help you take the next step.
Substance Abuse and Addiction
Addiction Helper provides free evaluations and referrals to those who call us for substance abuse problems. Some of our clients are not yet at the point of clinical addiction; others have been addicted for quite a while. It is important for you to know the difference. You can be a substance abuser without being an addict, but you cannot be an addict without being a substance abuser.
Take alcohol as an example. A person who slightly exceeds the recommended levels of safe drinking is considered a problem drinker. This individual may frequently drink without becoming drunk or binge drinking. Problem drinking is not a good situation, but it does not constitute addiction or dependence.
Another person may frequently exceed recommended safe drinking levels and binge drink every now and again as well. Binge drinking is characterised by excessive alcohol intake over several days, resulting in prolonged intoxication. This kind of drinker would be considered an alcohol abuser.
Lastly, a third person may continually drink just to get through the day. This sort of person allows alcohol to control every decision and every action; rarely does a day go by when that person does not achieve at least some level of intoxication. This individual is an alcohol addict, otherwise known as an alcoholic.
The model we have described here can apply across the board to any substance. You can be a user, an abuser, or an addict. The important thing is determining where you are and what needs to be done to prevent your situation from getting any worse. That is what our free evaluations are all about. Our trained and experienced counsellors know what questions to ask in order to figure out the extent of your problem.
Addiction treatments have come a long way since the pioneering days of the 1920s and 30s. We can now treat a full range of addictions involving all sorts of substances and compulsive behaviours. Treatment is not just confined to alcohol. What can be treated? All of the following:
- alcohol abuse and dependence
- illicit drug addiction
- prescription medication addiction
- OTC drug of abuse and addiction
- abuse and addiction of legal highs
- behavioural addictions (gambling, sex, etc.)
- dual diagnosis disorders.
Addiction Helper works with private rehab clinics and other service providers throughout the UK to offer a full range of treatment programmes covering almost any substance or compulsive behaviour. Please note that not every clinic treats every condition; some are very specific about the treatments they offer. This is especially true for dual diagnosis scenarios.
Dual diagnosis is a very specific condition in which a person is simultaneously suffering from a substance addiction and a mental disorder. A combination of heroin use and schizophrenia would be a good example. Dual diagnosis situations require specialised treatments that not every clinic offers. The advantage of contacting Addiction Helper is that we have access to those specialised clinics.