The former local government region of Strathclyde was the largest of Scotland’s local regions, with a population in excess of 2.5 million residents. It encompassed nearly half of Scotland’s western coastline along with the city of Glasgow and the Clyde estuary. Strathclyde was also known for its population of public service workers – nearly 100,000 – of whom half were somehow involved in education. So what became of Strathclyde? It was abolished in 1996 in favour of new government districts.
The abolishment of Strathclyde changed some things for residents. However, it did not alter the fact that drug abuse and alcoholism are ongoing problems there. As with anywhere else in the UK, Strathclyde still deals with its fair share of substance abuse and addiction today. There are people throughout the region in desperate need of help.
Addiction Helper is a referral organisation tasked with helping those in need. We offer our free and confidential services to addicts and their families, in the hope that our assistance will result in clients getting the professional treatment they need. We offer drug and alcohol assessments, sound advice, and comprehensive information regarding rehab clinics and other treatment providers.
Alcohol Rehab in Strathclyde
The prevalence of alcohol abuse and misuse in the UK is astonishing. More importantly, misuse and abuse that is left untreated can very quickly end up in full-blown alcoholism. This is not a road you want to go down. Alcoholism destroys physical health, mental and emotional well-being, interpersonal relationships, and finances. Addiction Helper can assist you in finding treatment for alcoholism from among the following choices:
- NHS Services – An NHS GP can treat the least severe problems involving alcohol misuse. A physician will typically offer a diagnosis along with providing prescription medication and recommending counselling and/or support group participation. NHS services are free but often oversubscribed.
- Group Support – Less serious alcohol problems can also be treated through support group participation. Alcoholics Anonymous is one example of a support group specialising in alcohol recovery. Successful treatment requires attendance at meetings and shared activities.
- Residential Recovery – The residential rehab option is ideal for the most serious problems. Rehab offers the alcoholic an opportunity to recover in a distraction-free environment where treatments are focused and concentrated. We prefer to recommend residential treatment whenever it is appropriate.
Please note that there are multiple levels of alcohol misuse and abuse. You may be a casual problem drinker who only exceeds recommended levels of alcohol consumption on an occasional basis. Perhaps you are a more serious drinker who tends to binge at weekends. Alternatively, maybe you are a full-blown alcoholic whose entire life is controlled by drinking. Regardless of how severe your problem is, treatment can help.
Drug Rehab in Strathclyde
Drug rehab can be a bit more complicated due to the sheer number of drugs that are available. For example, opiates may affect the mind and body in one way while stimulants have different effects. Trained addiction specialists must know how to treat every kind of drug addiction in order to be successful.
A major component in drug rehab is the 7 to 10-day detox new patients undergo. What is detox? Detox is the physical separation from drugs or alcohol that allows the body to fully cleanse itself from the chemicals within. This is a necessary first step in order to regain control of the body and mind.
We hope you will not avoid drug or alcohol rehab out of fear of detox. Things have come a long way over the years to the point that we now use prescription medications to ease withdrawal symptoms when these are appropriate. Today’s detox is also medically supervised in order to minimise the risks of withdrawal. Yes, detox can be uncomfortable. However, medically supervised detox is designed to minimise the discomfort.
Following detox, the recovering drug addict usually enters a rehab programme that can last from four to 12 weeks. Rehab therapies can include some of the following:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Also known as CBT, this is a goal-oriented counselling therapy that is purposely not open-ended. Counsellors establish goals at the start of the therapy, and then assist the recovering addict in accomplishing them one at a time. CBT can usually be completed in 12 to 15 sessions.
- Group Counselling/Support – The group counselling and support model is one that can help through mutual accountability and shared experience. Group counselling sessions are enhanced by 12-step work where participants help one another through recovery.
- Meditation Therapy – Teaching recovering addicts to relax and de-stress can help a great deal. By relieving anxiety and fear, meditation enables the addict to better focus his/her mind on recovery.
- Life Skills – There is a whole world waiting for the recovering addict once he/she finishes rehab. To prepare him or her for that new life and minimise the risk of relapse, private rehab clinics may implement life skills training. These skills teach clients how to avoid temptation and peer pressure upon leaving the residential facility.
There are dozens of therapies and treatments we have not listed here. For example, one rehab clinic might specialise in equine therapy (horses) while another might specialise in art and music. That is the wonderful thing about bespoke treatment plans. We can help you find a rehab centre and treatment programme that fits you like a glove. You do not have to utilise the same treatment used by everyone else.