If you are familiar with the history of West Glamorgan, you know that the former administrative county once included the districts of Swansea, Port Talbot, Neath, and the Lliw Valley. Moreover, even though West Glamorgan has been only a ceremonial county since 1996, there are some things that haven’t changed. For example, there are still people living in West Glamorgan with substance abuse and addiction problems.
Addiction treatment centres in West Glamorgan and throughout Wales are experts at helping people overcome drugs and alcohol. Even those with compulsive behaviour disorders can be helped. Anyone who is willing to seek professional treatment and dedicate him/herself wholly to recovery can get well. There is no problem so severe that it cannot be treated.
It is important that you step back and evaluate your situation honestly. A minor substance abuse problem left untreated can quickly escalate to full-blown addiction without you knowing it is happening. A full-blown addiction can:
- completely destroy your health
- devastate your personal relationships
- devastate your finances
- cost you your job
- result in premature death.
The risks of letting an addiction go untreated are just too high. More importantly, life has far too many positive things to offer for you to fritter it away under the influence of drugs or alcohol. There are sunsets to enjoy, family activities to participate in, hobbies to develop, and skills to master.
Understand Your Treatment Options
One of our jobs at Addiction Helper is to explain the various drug and alcohol treatment options to our clients. Before we get to those treatments, we want to first explain why you need professional help. There are three things to consider.
First, sustained drug or alcohol use affects the way the human brain works. Those effects cover everything from how the body physically functions to the way an individual thinks. Without professional treatment, it is nearly impossible to restore the brain to proper functioning. It just cannot happen on its own.
Second, attempting to stop drinking or taking drugs on your own could result in serious and permanent injury. Drugs and alcohol affect the way the body functions in ways most of us do not understand. For example, coming off alcohol after years of dependence can result in temporary seizures as the body adapts. A person could seriously injure him/herself in a fall during such a seizure. Professional treatment is necessary to cope with any potential medical emergencies.
Third, persistent drug and alcohol use has negative effects on the entire family. Stopping entirely may help you heal physically and emotionally, but it does nothing for your loved ones. You will all need group treatment in order to restore your family’s emotional well-being.
With that said, there are three primary options for treatment:
- Outpatient – The NHS and some local charities offer outpatient treatment. This treatment involves visiting facilities on a regular schedule to receive medical care, counselling, and other appropriate therapies. It is for the least severe of problems. It requires the most self-discipline.
- Home-Based Rehab – There are times when a client does not need residential treatment yet his/her problem is still severe enough to prevent him/her from travelling for outpatient treatment. The solution is home-based rehab supervised by a registered nurse or other professional. This treatment is only recommended when an individual has a strong support system at home.
- Residential – The most successful treatment by far is residential rehab. A residential programme involves living at a rehab facility for 3 to 12 weeks. During that time, doctors, therapists, and counsellors employ a list of treatment strategies designed to address addiction from a holistic perspective.
Deciding What’s Right for You
Addiction Helper counsellors go above and beyond just explaining the different treatment options. We also offer free evaluations designed to help you determine what kind of treatment is best for you. We do this because we know there is no single treatment that works for everyone. You are an individual with your needs, circumstances, and history. You need a treatment plan that speaks directly to who you are.
When you contact us by telephone or through this website, we want to have an open and frank discussion about your drug or alcohol problem. We want you to ask questions; we want to hear about your struggles, your fears, and your insecurities. We want to know as much as we can so that we can provide you with a proper evaluation.
Rest assured that our counsellors are fully trained and competent in providing accurate evaluations. Once we assess the seriousness of your problem, we can put together a list of rehab facilities offering treatments most likely to help you. Ultimately, you choose the treatment you think best.