Top Alcohol and Drug Rehabs in Somerset
Going to an alcohol or drug rehab in Somerset is a great option for those suffering from an addiction, be it to drugs or alcohol or to what is known as a process addiction – like gambling, sex and love or eating addictions. Attending rehab will mean that you will longer be facing your addiction alone, instead, you will have a whole team of experienced and dedicated professionals behind you, as well as all your peers in the programme.
Why Go to Rehab?
For many people, addiction started out as a solution. Yes, using does provide a temporary relief from stress, loneliness, or grief for example.
Not having to experience negative emotions in such intensity may have made you feel like life was very much easier when you first started using. Unfortunately, the positive effects of using only last a short time but the consequences of addiction only makes problems worse. By the time you realise that addiction has taken you’re your life, it may seem like it is impossible to stop.
Thankfully there are many drug and alcohol services available in the Somerset area to help you to overcome your addiction. Rehab programmes are designed to enable you to learn safe and constructive ways of dealing with life, without the use of drugs or alcohol or any other destructive behaviour.
For some of you your addiction may be have been glaringly obvious from the start, and everyone including yourself knows that you have a problem. For others, it may have taken years before it becomes apparent that you have a problem. There are as many forms of addiction as there are addicts, sometimes this makes deciding whether or not to access rehab quite a difficult decision.
The key to understanding, if your addiction requires rehab, is in considering how it is impacting your life, your relationships, and your health. If you are suffering in these areas, and yet you have still been unable to control your drinking and using it may be time to seek some help.
There are many treatment services in Somerset, these include outpatient facilities and residential rehabs. It is generally accepted that residential rehab is the best way of treating addiction because it allows for such an intense and rigorous therapeutic programme as well as the necessary detoxification.
The Process of Rehabilitation as Seen in Somerset
Rehab programmes usually begin with detoxification. If you have been dependent on drugs or alcohol for some time, you may have experienced the distressing nature of withdrawal before. Fear of detox, and lack of support whilst detoxing in the community can keep people from being able to get clean for a very long time. Withdrawal can be a really horrible experience and may include symptoms like;
- aching joints
- aching joints
- visual/auditory disturbances
- mood instability- irritability, depression and anxiety,
- difficulty sleeping, and
- intense preoccupation with drugs/drink.
Because of these distressing symptoms, it is important that your detox is medically supervised and that you are supported through this process. On admission to the Somerset rehab centres, you will be assessed by one of our doctors. They will give you a substance-specific medical detox which will help you to wean off the drugs or alcohol as safely and comfortably as possible.
You will be supported 24 hours a day through this process by the counsellors and the support staff. It is far easier to detox whilst in a safe and therapeutic space, supported by peers and trained staff than it is to detox by yourself at home where there are triggers and pressures to trip you up.
Following detox, you will begin your rehab programme. The Somerset rehabs often have an integrative approach blending one-to-one counselling and group therapy with the 12 Steps and/or other holistic approaches. The programme will vary from rehab to rehab, and will also be tailored to fit you as an individual, taking into account your specific needs and your goals.
The peers and the staff in rehab make up what is sometimes referred to as a ‘therapeutic community’. The trained staff will aim to create an atmosphere of warmth, acceptance and connection. In this supportive environment you will overcome your addiction and start a lifetime journey of recovery and growth, unsurprisingly the bonds you make in rehab can last a very long time. Rehab is all about bringing in the addict from the life of isolation and providing a soft place to land.
Drug and alcohol rehab aims to empower you with the tools you need to live a healthy, happy, and sober life. You will learn and practice helpful tools and skills which will build on your ability to feel well, strong and peaceful – without the use of chemicals or unhealthy behaviours. You may find that it is awkward or difficult to practice new ways of being at first, but over time it will become easier and easier.
The Somerset rehabs will offer a blend of:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Person Centred Therapy
- Group therapy
- One-to-one therapy
- 12 Step work
- Regular sessions with a counsellor
- Skills workshops
- Holistic treatments
- Family groups
- Group activities
- Gender Groups
- Health and Fitness programme
- Relapse Preventions
- Aftercare Groups
It takes dedication from you and it may be challenging but there is help available.
Myths about Addiction
Myth – alcoholism isn’t really addiction
Quite often people come to treatment believing there is a profound difference between the different types of addiction. One of the most persistent myths is that alcoholism is very different from drug addiction. Yes, one is a liquid whereas the other is often a pill or a powder but that doesn’t make one more dangerous than the other.
The fact that alcohol is legal, and therefore social accepted, that gives it an illusion of safety. In fact, alcohol is considered the most dangerous of all the drugs in the UK, ranking higher even than heroin and crack-cocaine. It seems as if problem drinking in the UK is on the rise. A recent study by the NHS looked at alcohol-related hospital admissions over the last 10 years. They found that there were 339,000 estimated admissions related to alcohol consumption in 2015/2016. This is 22% higher than 2005/06.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 3.3 million deaths per year are caused by the harmful use of alcohol – that’s 5.9 percent of all annual deaths. Shockingly, that works out 1 person every 10 seconds. These statistics show that despite the fact that alcohol is legal, it is more dangerous than illegal street drugs.
Myth: Addicts are bad people
Many people suffering from addiction do behave badly in order to support their habits – that is true. But this behaviour is not indicative of their true personalities, it is a symptom of the illness. Whilst having the illness does not excuse illegal or immoral behaviours, it does give reason to it beyond the idea that the person is bad. Thankfully societal attitudes are now changing and people are considering addiction with more open-mindedness, compassion, and understanding.
Myth: Addicts can’t function
Many people falsely assume that once a person is addicted their whole life is entirely chaotic and dysfunctional. This stereotype isn’t very helpful and is a block to elope who may think ‘Well my addiction isn’t THAT bad, I haven’t lost my job, home, family etc.’ There are many people who are able to maintain a “normal” life while still struggling with addiction – without close family members even realizing the extent of their problem.
Myth: Once an addict always an addict
Millions of people are living in recovery from addiction today. Addiction is not a permanent condition, it is treatable and you can recover.