Alcohol & Drug Rehab in West Midlands
All of us struggle at times. For some of us, it’s easier to move on from the ups of life fairly easily without getting into unhelpful coping mechanisms. For others, drinking and using drugs may seem like an effective coping mechanism. However, before long, addiction starts to make problems much worse. If you are looking for advice relating to addiction or an alcohol or drug rehab in West Midlands, we can help.
Facing addiction alone can feel like a scary prospect, but there is help available. In our West Midlands clinics, we know that addiction requires the correct treatment. We believe that the most effective treatment for addiction and alcoholism is tailored, research-based, residential rehab. No one-size-fits-all methods are used.
Going to alcohol or drug rehab will equip you with the understanding and skills you need to deal with feelings safely and constructively, and to build a positive, substance-free life.
Why Am I an Addict?
No one sets out in life aspiring to become an addict. Many people start using socially when they are young and it seems to spiral out of control. Some people use and drink to cope with their thoughts and feelings in an attempt to medicate their feelings away. Sometimes it is just that you never learned effective coping skills as a child.
When you are unable to manage your emotions without drugs and alcohol, the whole of your life can become unmanageable. It can be hard to even think straight, let alone get clean and sober. Rehab aims to give you tools for accepting and dealing with your life effectively.
How Do We Become Addicts?
Addiction is certainly a confusing illness. Not least because no two addicts are the same. Each person may come from very differing backgrounds and contexts and have very different symptoms.
Alcohol and drug addiction is sometimes so obvious that everyone around you knows you have a problem. You may be very obviously addicted, using heavily every day. Perhaps you are able to stay sober all week, only to binge on the weekends?
Sometimes it make take many years before you, or anyone else, recognises that you have a problem. Maybe you seem to have your life “together” but are secretly using or drinking a small amount to get you through each day.
Whatever your circumstances and symptoms, we can help. We aim to be inclusive of all people. Addiction, we know, is an equal opportunities illness, in that it affects people from all walks of life.
How to Know If You’re Addicted?
Are you able to moderate your drinking or using?
Do you swap between different drinks and drugs, thinking the problem lies with the specific substance?
Do you find yourself drinking and using even though you had planned not to?
Do you suffer withdrawal symptoms when you don’t have a drink or a drug?
Do you find you’re constantly preoccupied with where and how you will get your next drink or drug?
If you answered yes to these questions and are unable to control your using, you are in the right place. We work alongside many rehabs in the West Midlands. Together we can help you overcome your addiction.
Short Term and Long Term Consequences
Binge users often experience immediate problems, like;
- accidents resulting in the need for medical care or
- consequences related to doing dangerous things that you just wouldn’t do when sober, like having unprotected sex.
There are long term consequences associated with using and drinking too. You may experience serious health consequences like;
- liver disease,
- various cancers and
- hepatitis as well as a deterioration in your mental health.
- You may find your life getting increasingly unmanageable as you
- lose your job and
- your relationships with partners, friends, and family breakdown.
What Is Addiction?
Addiction is an illness which often becomes progressively worse. You may have found yourself in increasingly dangerous and damaging situations. You may have found that the drugs just don’t give you the effect they once did, and yet you are unable to stop using.
In the past, society saw addicts as having some kind of moral failing or as being weak willed and selfish. Today, we understand that addicts are suffering from an illness, which has a large biological component. The illness of addiction is characterised by an inability to choose to stop using.
Understanding your addiction this way is helpful, it is not your fault that you suffer from the illness but you can take responsibility for your treatment and recovery. You can treat your illness, you can recover.
What to Expect from Rehab?
In all local clinics, the staff members believe that you can recover from your addiction and build a life of hope, happiness, and emotional wellbeing. Many of the team members have gone through rehab themselves and have personal experience with the path to recovery.
At our West Midlands drug and alcohol rehabs, we are highly skilled, experienced and passionate about recovery. We offer various programmes that takes in to account your individual requirements, goals and needs.
Please note that we are very willing to consider you for treatment you if you have a ‘dual diagnosis’, simultaneously needing treatment also for conditions such as depression or anxiety.
What Can Alcohol and Drug Rehab Offer Me?
The programme in all our West Midlands rehabs is tailored. It will include base therapies and treatments including:
- 12 Step work
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Group therapy
- One-to-one therapy
- Regular sessions with a key worker
- Skills workshops
- Holistic treatments
- Relapse prevention
- Group activities
- Gender Groups
- An Introduction to meditation
Improving Your Life in the West Midlands with Rehab
Through engaging with our West Midlands rehabs you will be able to leave behind the whirlwind of your addiction. You can relax – you will have found a soft place to land.
Your physical, mental and emotional health will start to improve as you practice the self-care tools you are learning. You will be able to form positive connections with others. We focus our feelings on gratitude for what we have, and find there is hope!
Turning the Negative to Positive
You may be preoccupied with using or fearful of relapse. You might experience a surfacing of emotions like anger about the things which have happened in the past, perhaps things which fuelled or justified your using. We will support you through all this and help you to open up to recovery. Some of the negative patterns, secondary to your addiction, we will aim to turn around during rehab are;
- dwelling on things that have happened in the past or worry about things that will happen in the future – instead we will learn to live in the present moment.
- having and unstable mood – we will learn to foster peace of mind.
- ‘black and white’ thinking’ – we will learn how to be less ‘all or nothing’.
- intense and chaotic relationships – we will practice being non-judgmental and accepting of ourselves and others.
- struggling to be assertive – we will learn to communicate effectively.
Through the right treatment, you will build resilience, focus on the positive and learn to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings. You will be able to look at your interpersonal relations and how to connect with others in an accepting, non-judgmental and loving way. In our West Midlands rehab clinics you will learn:
- Mindfulness skills, living in the present moment
- To cope with difficult situations and feelings as they come up
- To process your feelings in healthy and effective ways
- To love and accept yourself and your feelings
- How to nurture your relationships
- Great (and safe) self-care tools