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Title: Addiction? When To Get Help And What To Expect

  • When To Get Help And What To Expect

Table of content
  • Introduction
  • What is addiction?
  • How can a detox center help?
  • The stages of recovery
  • Helping others

  • Dealing with a drug or alcohol addiction of any
    kind is a difficult time in a persons life. With
    the need for a substance driving you, it may feel
    as though you are cut off from the rest of the
    world, with nowhere else to turn. But the
    important thing to remember is that you are not
    alone. Never. Though detoxing is not an easy
    process, with the help and support of a local
    rehabilitation center you will have at your
    disposal all of the information, help, and
    support that you need to begin your journey to
    soberness and a life on your own terms. For many
    people, the idea of 'getting their life back on
    track' is very tempting but it doesn't always
    give enough momentum to drive that final push
    towards going cold turkey.

What is addiction?
  • An addiction is a mental disease which creates an
    impulse to overuse a certain substance for a
    particular effect. This effect is usually one of
    perceived pleasure, such as feeling high. There
    are many substances which can be abused, ranging
    from over the counter painkillers and shop sold
    aerasol (these can cause instant death) to
    illegal substances such as cocaine and heroin.
    The overuse of narcotic substances of any kind,
    however, can have an adverse effect on a persons
    brain chemistry and bodily functions and can
    result in dependency.
  • Over time addiction can lead to complications
    beyond those of personal health. These include
    such issues as neglecting those around you,
    jeopardizing your personal well being, not going
    to work, not paying bills, and doing anything and
    everything it takes to get your next fix.
  • People suffering from addiction have families and
    jobs that they care about just as much as someone
    who has always been sober, abuse of a drug might
    propel their actions towards less desirable
  • Due to the biochemical dependency of an addicted
    brain, it can be very difficult to withdraw from
    overuse of narcotics, and in some cases be more
    damaging to a person's health. For anyone
    suffering from an addiction both physical or
    emotional, it takes time to heal.
  • A detox center or rehab is a safe environment,
    one where patients are not demeaned in any way
    for a wayward life and instead are helped to make
    giant leaps forward with the application of
    techniques, counseling, support, and coaching to
    ensure lasting change.

How can a detox center help?
  • Not only is a detox center or rehabilitation
    facility filled with caring people who only want
    to help you get better, but they are also staffed
    with highly educated medical staff and
    professionals with the ability to aid you in any
    stage of your recovery.
  • During the recovery process, patients can expect
    to experience some withdrawal symptoms. Depending
    on the addiction substance, duration and quantity
    will vary the type and length of any withdrawals
    you might experience. They are usually different
    for everyone and come in a variety of different
  • In a medical rehabilitation unit, all treatment
    is tailored around an individual's personal
    needs, wants and requirements so as to make the
    transaction as smooth as possible.
  • Everyone is different, however, those suffering
    from severe withdrawals may find is very helpful
    to commit to a chemical detox, whereby the toxins
    are flushed from the system much more rapidly
    then they would naturally occur. This allows
    recovery to progress more quickly but is a highly
    uncomfortable experience. During this procedure,
    a nurse and/or doctor will be on call, with you
    throughout the procedure in case you need
    immediate medical attention.
  • Of course, it isn't just medical aid that is
    available in a detox center. Another key step in
    the recovery process is communication.
    Rehabilitation staff will be able to help you in
    regards to your personal situation and staff will
    also be able to help those closest to an addict
    know how best to help them recover, what to look
    out for and how to provide a patient with every
    support available. Whilst many patients won't
    ever want to admit it, there is always a
    possibility of relapse. But by keeping in contact
    with your rehab center and being honest should
    you fall into this category, the door to recovery
    will never close. It is a fact of life that
    sometimes our willpower lets us down, and the
    truth is it is not always enough to just try to
    stop. But it is also true that a relapse doesn't
    mean you won't get better. It doesn't mean you
    failed. It just means your not there yet and a
    different approach is all that is needed.

The stages of recovery
  • The reasons for turning to drugs in the first
    instance vary greatly, with some people lead
    there by peer pressure and others using narcotic
    to cope with stress, anxiety or even loneliness.
    Whilst everyone's reasons are different, knowing
    the reasons why a person became dependant of a
    substance is a key step to a patients recovery.
    Not only will knowing the reason aid in treatment
    but it will also be a big help in preventative
    treatment, such as avoiding relapse and of course
    combating the underlining issue.

  • If a patient suffered from an injury or pain
    which required drugs to sooth them, and this led
    to their addiction, rehab doctors can find a
    suitable replacement for the drug. This may be in
    the form of a less addictive pharmaceutical or in
    alternative pain relief practices such as
  • Another example would be a patient who turned to
    the comfort of alcohol due to severe depression
    or loneliness. By learning to talk about the
    problems which cause these symptoms, helping a
    patient to communicate better with friends and
    family, rehabilitation staff can start the
    process of ensuring the patient need never depend
    on their addiction again.
  • As addiction causes a variety of issues, there
    are of course a variety of courses, treatments,
    group coaching and other options available to
    help patients get back on track with their lives.
    Other examples of how a center can help include
    getting involved with social groups, training
    patients in interview skills to aid with finding
    a job, adapting living conditions to better suit
    individual requirement such as mobility issues,
    apply to animal rescue for companionship the
    list goes on.
  • The main thing to remember is that no matter what
    stage you are at in your recovery, is to always
    take full advantage of the resources on offer.

Helping others
  • As all treatments are tailored to the person, so
    too is the option for leaving a facilities
    program or support groups. It is up to the
    individual if they want to leave or if they want
    to stay, which is key in any recovery program, as
    it does not make a patient feel as though they
    are being shown the door.
  • It may be a bitter truth but often some of the
    best help an addict can receive is from someone
    who is nearing the end of their journey. One of
    the main benefits an ex-addict can share with
    someone starting out on their recovery.
  • Becoming a sponsor or accountability partner is a
    great way to not only ensure the continued
    success of your own recovery but also to aid
    someone else to a better, brighter future beyond
    addiction. journey is that of their own

Helping others
  • If you or anyone you know has been affected by
    any of the issues raised in this article, contact
    your local General Practitioner and Drug
    Addiction Centre for further information in
    preventative and recovery care. In case of
    emergency call immediately for an ambulance.
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