In the south of Wales is the preserved county of Mid Glamorgan. Its days as an administrative county included a very impressive coat of arms featuring coal and iron workers standing on either side of a shield featuring a red dragon. The coat of arms was a tribute to the hard-working, blue-collar men and women that built Mid Glamorgan in the 20th-century.
You might not be able to enjoy all that Mid Glamorgan has to offer due to a personal struggle with alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviour. Here at Addiction Helper, we truly understand. We have worked with countless numbers of others dealing with the same problems. We want to help you as well. We are genuinely concerned about your health and well-being.
Treatments We Offer
Substance abuse and addiction can take many forms. The most common problem we deal with involves alcohol. Why? Because alcohol is readily available and socially acceptable. With no stigma attached to it, people find it easy to start drinking at a young age. Moreover, once you start, it is very easy to lose control.
We can also assist with other sorts of problems, including:
- Illicit Drugs – This includes drugs such as heroin, cocaine, amphetamine, and cannabis. Illicit drugs are illegal to possess, manufacture, and distribute in the UK.
- New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) – Also known as ‘legal highs’, new psychoactive substances are sold in head shops and online as bath salts or plant food. They are dangerous and addictive.
- Prescription Drugs – Drugs such as opiates and benzodiazepines have legitimate medical purposes when prescribed by a doctor. However, they can be abused to the point of addiction. We help people take their lives back from these dangerous drugs.
- OTC Drugs – There are a small number of over-the-counter drugs that can also be abused. Sleeping pills are a good example. Getting off OTC drugs is as important as overcoming prescription medications or illicit drugs.
- Compulsive Behaviour – We can help you find a treatment programme for compulsive behaviours including gambling, sex and eating disorders. Not every rehab clinic deals with these behaviours, but there are an adequate number that do.
- Dual Diagnosis – A person suffering from a simultaneous mental issue and addiction problem is considered to be a dual diagnosis. This is an area of speciality that not every rehab clinic is capable of handling. We have access to clinics offering dual diagnosis treatment.
The First Step in Recovery
The first step in recovery is the hardest: admitting you have a problem that needs help. Because drugs and alcohol affect how the brain works, it is not uncommon for substance abusers do not know or understand how serious their problems are. They need to come to terms with their addiction if treatment is to be successful.
If you use drugs or alcohol regularly, you may have noticed:
- you are constantly craving the substances you use
- you have to hide drugs or alcohol from others
- your family and friends show concern about your drug or alcohol use
- you are willing to go to great lengths, including stealing, to purchase drugs or alcohol
- you routinely need more drugs or alcohol to feel good.
One or more of these symptoms indicates you may already be addicted. And, if not, you could be well on your way. Please do not ignore the symptoms. If you are seeing them in your life, please get in touch with Addiction Helper so we can help you.
Concern for a Loved One
Perhaps you are not dealing with a drug or alcohol problem yourself. Perhaps your reason for visiting our website is concern for a loved one. Please know that you are not alone. Addiction Helper routinely assists family members and friends trying to live with an addict as best they can.
If your friend or loved one is addicted, he or she may manifest the following symptoms:
- gradually increased isolation
- a complete change in his/her circle of friends
- regular avoidance of family functions
- regular use of substances in social situations
- unexplained and persistent financial problems
- unexplained weight gain/weight loss
- unexplained and persistent health problems
- a tendency to criminal activity.
You should know that there is little you can do to force your friend or loved one to get well. Substance abusers and addicts must willingly make the decision by themselves if treatment is to be successful. However, that does not mean there is nothing you can do. One of the things you might consider is something known as an ‘intervention’.
An intervention is a scenario in which family members and close friends confront the addict in a way that encourages that person to get help. Under the advice of a trained addiction counsellor, an intervention can be a very powerful motivational tool.
There is also plenty you can do for yourself and your family. You do not have to allow the actions of an addicted friend or loved one ruin your life. Through counselling, support and workable coping strategies, you and your family can still enjoy a productive life in the midst of your loved one’s troubles.