Alcohol and Drug Rehab Options in London
If you are struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol our services can offer you expert therapists and a recovery community in the London area which to heal from your addiction and to rebuild your life. Finding the best rehab in London has never been more effortless.
Difficult emotions are a normal part of life, like grief when we lose a loved one and anger when something happens that we feel is unfair or unjust. Drinking and using drugs may seem like an effective coping mechanism for dealing with the ups and downs of life, but only for a while. Before long, addiction can start to make our problems much worse.
Facing addiction alone can feel overwhelming, but there is help available. We know that addiction requires the correct treatment. Experts agree that a tailored, research-based, residential treatment programme is the most effective way to achieve and maintain recovery.
Going to alcohol or drug rehab will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to deal with feelings safely and constructively, as well as to build a life in which you can flourish and reach your goals.
Who Is an Addict?
There are all sorts of reasons why people start using and drinking. No one intends to become an addict. Many need a rehab in London or elsewhere not for addiction, but for not being able to stop abusing, binging and similar problems. Many people start using socially and it just seems to spiral out of control; others use and drink to medicate their feelings away. Maybe you never learnt effective coping skills as a child. Attending rehab will give you the opportunity to learn skills and tools.
Addiction can be a really confusing illness, not least because no two addicts are the same. You may be a binge drinker, able to stay sober all week only to drink heavily on the weekends. Yet, you may be very obviously addicted, using heavily every day. You may appear to have your life under control and you only use a small amount. However, using it daily means that you’re never really drunk or really high, but never truly sober either.
Some questions to consider:
Are you able to moderate your drinking or using?
Are you able to stop drinking and using entirely for a while?
Do you find yourself drinking and using even though you had planned not to?
Do you suffer withdrawal symptoms when you don’t have a drink or a drug?
Do you find your self-drinking and using in secret?
When you are deciding whether or not to go for treatment consider how your drinking and using is impacting your life, your relationships, and your health-mental, physical and emotional. If you are suffering in these areas, and have been unable to control your drinking and using, it may be time to seek some help. You can do it!
Short and Long-Term Consequences
Binge users often experience immediate problems, like accidents resulting in the need for medical care or consequences related to doing dangerous things, that you just wouldn’t do when sober, like having unprotected sex.
There are long-term consequences associated with using and drinking too. You may experience serious health consequences like liver disease, various cancerous conditions and hepatitis, as well as a deterioration in your mental health. You may find your life getting increasingly unmanageable as you may even lose your job and your relationships with partners, friends, and family can break down.
Sometimes addiction is an attempt at ‘self-medicating’. When struggling with emotions and thoughts, one way to attempt finding some peace and balance is to use or drink the feelings away. It might be that you thought it would help you to become more capable and effective in life, but it most often has only negative consequences. It is tragic that imbalance and unmanageability are only exacerbated by the addiction.
What Is Addiction?
Sometimes people think of addiction as a terribly selfish illness, but when someone is suffering from addiction, regard for self is quickly abandoned as preoccupation with drinking and using takes over. In fact, addicts tend to put themselves in progressively more dangerous situations. Hence, we do not believe that addicts are selfish, rather they are powerless over the illness of addiction.
Addiction Is an Illness
The fact that addicts and alcoholics have continued using despite all the consequences above has left the rest of society, the medical profession and the criminal justice system at a loss for years. Now our understanding of addiction acknowledges that rather than addiction being a moral failing. Addiction is a chronic neurological disorder – an illness. It is characterised by an inability to choose to stop using.
Recent research shows that the nature of addiction is in large part biological. Understanding your habits this way is a powerful tool because it means that you are entitled to care and to treatment rather than punishment, as would be the case with any other disease. You can treat your illness, you can recover.
Treating addiction is possible with a full alcohol or drug rehabilitation plan in a reliable rehab clinic. London is one of the biggest areas in the UK with excellent, CQC-regulated rehabs available for people with all sorts of addictions.
What to Expect from a London Rehab?
In all London services we partner with, it is eminently possible to recover from a life of addiction and to be not only clean and sober but also able to experience happiness, love, and serenity.
The London rehab programmes blend individual and group counselling with the 12 Steps and other holistic practices; all tailored to accommodate your specific needs and goals or that of your loved ones, if you are looking to help them.
We are very willing to accommodate you if you have a ‘dual diagnosis’. It is possible to recover if you have depression or anxiety or other mental health diagnoses that exists alongside your primary illness of addiction or alcoholism.
What Alcohol and Drug Rehab Has to Offer?
The tailored rehabilitation programme will include a mix of the following:
- 12 Step work
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Group therapy
- One-to-one therapy
- Regular sessions with a key worker
- Skills workshops
- Holistic treatments
- Relapse prevention
- Group activities
During your stay, you will also have an opportunity to discover how incorporating mediation into your life might be of benefit to your peace of mind.
Through engaging with our London rehab services, you will be able to leave behind the whirlwind and desperation of addiction. You will relax and form positive bonds with your peers and the support staff in treatment. Your overall mental health will start to improve as you practice the self-care tools you are learning as part of the programme.
You will be able to form positive connections with others who share your experience and worries. We will focus our feelings on gratitude for what we have. There is hope! Soon your horizons will start to broaden and you will see that your life is full of potential.
Rehabilitation Teaches How to Turn the Negative to Positive
This turning toward the positive can be fairly challenging, unsurprisingly so after a life of drinking and using. You may be preoccupied with using or fearful of relapse. You might experience a surfacing of emotions like anger about the things which have happened in the past, perhaps things which fueled or justified your using. In our London rehab clinics, if this happens you will have peers to turn to and a support stem to encourage you to open up again to the light of new ideas and to recovery.
We do this by building resilience to help us deal with difficult thoughts and feelings and focusing our attention on the positive. We look at our interpersonal relations in group therapy with peers and in family therapy group and we learn to connect with others in an accepting, nonjudgmental and loving way. This type of connecting with others whilst healing the wounds of the past will enable you to feel empathy, compassion, joy and acceptance.
Rehab has proven to be the best available treatment for drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and eating disorders. One of the reasons it is so useful for such a range of problems is that it teaches you to manage distressing feelings effectively, as well as great interpersonal skills. You will really feel like you are on the broad highway of life in recovery.
At the same time, the programmes in our London rehabs incorporate art and creativity within a number of the therapies available, helping you find new ways of expressing yourself. This will further improve your ability to cope and let others know better how you feel and why you feel so.
Are There Detox Clinics in London?
We know that once you are physically dependent on drugs or alcohol, detox can be really difficult. Horrible physical symptoms are usually accompanied by an intense preoccupation with getting and using your drug or drink of choice. This is why medically supervised alcohol and drug detoxification is so important. London rehabs can help you remove the traces of addictive substances from your body.
If you are physically dependent on drugs or alcohol you may have experienced horrible withdrawal symptoms before. These symptoms include:
- tremors – “the shakes”
- aching joints
- visual/auditory disturbances
- mood instability- irritability, depression and anxiety
- difficulty sleeping
- intense preoccupation with drugs/drink
Attempting to stop abruptly, and without medication, can be both dangerous and very uncomfortable. For these reasons, upon admission to a rehab clinic, you will be assessed by a doctor. They will prescribe you a substance-specific medical detox if suitable for your condition.
Sometimes you will have the opportunity to share a room with peers of the same gender. There is great therapeutic value to this, even though it can be quite a scary prospect for some people. Often, there will be the opportunity to have your own room.
You will be supported during your detox by the counsellors and support staff. Every effort will be made to make the process as safe and as effortless as possible