Addiction affects millions of people all over the world. When people self-medicate, they give themselves up to the ‘high’ that they get from drugs and/or alcohol. Eventually they become so dependent on this alternative state that they can no longer function in a normal reality. Every action and reaction is linked to the need of their chosen substance, so much so that it can disrupt their lives and relationships in a way that is harmful to themselves and others around them.
When is it time for rehab?
Really, the sooner addicts purge themselves of the harmful substances and change their lifestyle the better. Unfortunately, for most people it takes some kind of dramatic event or the realisation that they have hit rock bottom to learn that they need to go to rehab. Addicts may well take stock of their lives and realise that:
• They have no job – This could have been lost due to the overwhelming need to be under the influence all the time. They may have neglected all other duties including turning up to work.
• Their family members have disowned them – Quite often, living and caring for somebody who is an addict can take a terrible toll on the people around them. If the situation does not get better, most people will be left with no choice but to turn their backs on addicts in order to preserve their own well-being.
• They have no money – An addict is all about getting their ‘fix’. All money is spent on this, leaving them no money left over for even the bare essentials in life sometimes such as food, clothing etc. If they have not been able to gain or maintain a job, this situation is exacerbated and they can quickly fall into debt.
• They have no home – In some cases, the problem can be so severe that people are unable to pay for a roof over their heads.
• Their health is failing – Drugs and alcohol wreak havoc on the body both internally and externally. Prolonged frequent use can lead to organ failure and disease. Those who inject drugs are at more of a risk of contracting HIV/AIDs through shared needles.
If people from Morayshire are in a position where they need to enter some type of alcohol or drug rehabilitation facility, they have probably already suffered a great deal. By taking this step the individual will be moving away from such pain and towards happiness, but there can be a bit of a bumpy ride during the first few months of recovery. This period of adjustment is a challenge, and this is why so many people who try to give up alcohol or drugs will end up relapsing. Those people who are prepared for the challenges that lie ahead will be far less likely to relapse. One of the biggest obstacles that people from Morayshire are likely to face in early sobriety is the emotional rollercoaster.
What to expect from rehab
Rehabilitation centres focus on helping people overcome their addictions in order for them to be free to live a more fulfilling life. There are many differences from one rehab centre to the next, but the aim is always the same – to put people on the path to long-lasting sobriety.
As a patient of a rehab clinic, people can expect to receive the following care and treatments:
• Therapy – Group and one-to-one therapy is often used in rehab to talk about past experiences, which helps to remind people of the reason they are there in the first place. Sharing stories with others can build a bond between patients which can be useful in the rehabilitation process. Often, addicts will have distanced themselves from people who are sober in their lives and move in circles with other addicts. Forming a bond and friendship with those who want to achieve sobriety can give them positive support in rehab itself as well as on the outside.
• Workshops and activities – Activities keep the mind focused on something other than the fact that a person wants their personal favourite substance. Workshops help to teach skills that will help in the outside world. Addicts have a delicate temperament and state of mind. If something goes wrong in life, no matter how small it may seem to others, an addict can see it as a huge event and spin into a breakdown. When this happens, their first response is to reach for the drug of their choice.
The hardest part of rehab is often the withdrawal process and the first few months afterwards. This is due to the fact that it really is a huge life-changing experience for addicts. They are giving up everything they know in favour of the un-known.