What used to be the government region of Tayside, in central Scotland, was comprised of what is now Angus, Perth and Kinross and the city of Dundee. It is a vast region with a healthy population and lovely geography. When the government dissolved the local government region of Tayside back in 1996, it was meant to streamline the system of non-unified local governments into a better and more efficient system. Despite resulting in better government, the one thing it could not accomplish was addressing the problem of drug and alcohol abuse.
Do you live in the Tayside region of Scotland? Do you find yourself battling every day against an enemy of drugs, alcohol, or compulsive behaviour? If so, there is a way out. That way out is through a treatment programme offered by a private rehab clinic or public service. Addiction Helper can assist you in locating and accessing treatment near where you live.
Who needs treatment for drugs or alcohol? Those who:
- regularly misuse drugs or alcohol
- frequently binge drink or take drugs
- notice they are developing tolerance
- see their families and lives slipping away as a result.
Let’s be honest here: if you are misusing or abusing substances of any kind, your problem will not go away on its own. It will only get worse. The only cure for substance abuse and addiction is abstinence, and the road to abstinence runs through professional treatment.
Why You Need Treatment
Perhaps you believe treatment is not necessary for you to overcome drugs or alcohol. Your thinking is not abnormal among substance abusers. It is quite common for those using drugs or alcohol to not understand the seriousness of their problems until after beginning a treatment programme.
Treatment is required to overcome substance abuse and addiction for two main reasons. The first reason is the issue of tolerance. As a person uses drugs or alcohol, the chemicals being put into the system alter the balance of chemicals in the brain. Chemicals known as neurotransmitters are initially produced in excess, leading to the feelings of pleasure that drugs and alcohol induce. However, the body eventually gets used to the drugs and alcohol, reducing the effect of excess neurotransmitters.
What does this lead to? It leads to the alcoholic or drug user increasing his/her intake in order to feel satisfied. What may have started out as a habit involving one or two beers a day could eventually become an entire case of beer along with several bottles of spirits. Tolerance is a physical condition that can rarely be broken without professional treatment.
The second reason you need treatment is that thought processes and emotions are influenced by addiction. In other words, drugs or alcohol is impairing your ability to think straight. If you cannot think straight, it is nearly impossible for you to overcome addiction on your own.
Benefits of Receiving Treatment
When an addict agrees to receive treatment, he or she is making a very wise decision. Professional treatment helps the individual come to terms with addiction in a realistic way that facilitates significant life changes. From Tayside to the Midlands to the south-east of England, treatment changes the lives of addicts in ways that would never have been possible without it.
By undergoing treatment, you can:
- learn to say no to drugs and alcohol
- learn to enjoy life without being drunk or high
- learn to better relate to your family and friends
- learn to take responsibility for your future.
In addition to all the learning, treatment puts you on a path to overall better health. You will feel better physically, you will perform better at work and play, and you will reap all the rewards of a healthy lifestyle. There is so much life waiting for you beyond the substance abuse or addiction you are currently enslaved by. All you need do to begin accessing that life is contact us at Addiction Helper.
Consequences of Avoiding Treatment
No one can force a drug addict or alcoholic into treatment and expect positive results. Full and complete recovery requires the individual to voluntarily enter treatment and willingly give it his/her best effort. We hope you will do that if you are struggling with substance abuse or addiction.
What if you don’t? There may be consequences you are not prepared for, including:
- loss of personal relationships (spouse, children)
- loss of your job and income
- long-term physical damage
- long-term emotional problems
- premature death.
The consequences of addiction are something we are never told when that first drink or first hit is offered. Yet the consequences are very real. Please do not avoid treatment any longer; get on the road recovery today and minimise the damage done.