For people struggling with addiction, the choice to seek professional help doesn’t come easily. There are many factors that play in their minds and hold them back from taking such a positive life changing step:
• By the time somebody considers receiving help for their problem, it is likely that they have been abusing substances for a considerable amount of time. They may even have grown up around substance abuse. Either way, they will be used to living with their substance. The thought of living without it, even though they know it is harming them, could be terrifying to an addict.
• Failure is another reason for addicts to shy away from detox centres. Some may have turned to drugs and alcohol after feeling as though they have failed in other aspects of life. They may believe that not trying in the first instance is better than trying and failing.
• They may not want to deal with reality. Many substance abusers take drugs and alcohol in order to distance themselves from the reality of the world. They might shirk responsibility or want to forget some painful memory. Saying no to the drugs and the alcohol means having to look at problems head on again. For those who are especially unable to cope with life, this is the single most important reason for them not to go to rehab.
Rehab uses different methods and treatment programs to help individuals not only get clean, but to deal with their worries and teach them independence. This way, when patients leave the program, they will have the tools to live a normal life without feeling the need to go back to drugs and alcohol.
Severe cases of substance abuse will normally require people to stay at a detox centre for a length of time (anywhere from a month upwards). Then there are programs which allow patients to call in to the centres for certain therapy sessions and to be administered medication a few times a week. Some patients may attend the clinic full time, spending all day doing activities, therapy sessions, workshops and everything else rehab entails, but sleeping their own homes rather than at the clinic.
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Aside from court orders and people who have been sent to rehab following an overdose or suicide attempt, going to rehab is the choice of the substance abuser alone. They may decide that enough is enough and want to change their lives on their own.
Alternatively, their behaviour may worry family and friends enough to make them hold an intervention. This is where the substance abuser is confronted with the truth about how their addiction has affected others. Most addicts are so caught up in their own world that revolves around drugs or alcohol; they rarely see the bigger picture of how they hurt the people closest to them. An intervention is used to bring the addiction out in the open so that addicts can stop living in denial and realise that they need professional help.
What to expect in Rehab
Ross-shire has plenty of different detox centres on hand to help patients with their addictions. It can seem almost impossible to beat an addiction at times, but through professional help from qualified healthcare specialists the impossible is made possible. People should take note; in order to protect the individual’s health treatment should never be carried out by the person on their own.
One of the first things any patient should be doing when entering drug and alcohol rehab is finding out about what awaits them. The chances of failure to cure an addiction are increased if somebody is walking into the unknown. It gives them something extra to worry about.
Although some of the treatment methods seem difficult to get to grips with, especially for those who have never been given any help before, things start off slow. Patients aren’t just thrown into the fire in the hope drug and alcohol treatment will work for them. These alcohol and drug clinics understand how difficult it can be to cope with these new surroundings. Most new residents will not have experienced such a place and lifestyle before.
The first few days will place an emphasis on adjustment and detoxification. Until the individual can place their full concentration on drug and alcohol rehab little progress can be made. Careful monitoring and specialised medications will be employed to help remove the alcohol and drug dependency from the body. It’s where the severest withdrawal symptoms will be felt.
At the same time, new residents will be introduced to patients within these Ross-shire detox centres. It’s critical a family feel is created right from the start. A hidden benefit of Ross-shire drug and alcohol treatment comes from the support given by people to their peers. It gives people a shoulder to cry on, it gives them somebody to share their challenges and success with, and this is why it’s so vital. Alcohol and drug clinics will continue the bonding in the form of group support sessions throughout the whole process
Private counselling is something which many people struggle with. Understandably, attempting to bring up long buried issues will be difficult for anybody. Yet for those who are dealing with an addiction it’s much more complex. Many people will have dealt with extremely traumatic issues not limited to:
• Childhood abuse.
• Extreme work and relationship stress.
• Peer pressure.
The goal of private counselling is to learn to cope with these issues. Once this is done, staying clean becomes easier than ever before. Former patients have always stated how this is the toughest part of rehabilitation, so it’s wise to beware of it before the encounter.
During the patients’ free time, the clinic will encourage everybody to get involved in an activity. From cooking to fitness, there are a wide range of different courses available for people to take up. It’s designed to give them the skills they need to move forward and create a better life for themselves. Residents who leave residential rehab with practical skills are highly likely to find employment within mere months of going back into the real world.
We offer dedicated local treatment across Ross-shire including Dingwall, Alness, Invergordon, Stornoway, and Tain.