Alcohol has such a ubiquitous presence in our lives that it’s easy to overlook the ways in which it can damage our physical, mental and social health. We can view it as something harmless and even necessary; a facilitator of fun. The truth, however, is that it’s one of the most addictive and potentially damaging substances on the face of the planet. Likewise, recreational drug use may seem harmless and innocuous enough. It can be presented as a necessary outlet to alleviate the stress and anxiety that have become such a part of modern living. However, the more we come to see these substances as normal or necessary, the more vulnerable to addiction we have become.
If you feel that you may have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol or illicit substances it can be hard to know where to turn. It may seem as though you have no support available to you or that you will be judged or belittled if you reach out for a helping hand. Likewise if someone close to you demonstrates signs of addiction to drugs and / or alcohol it can be hard to broach the subject without alienating or angering them.
At Help 4 Addiction we aim to help people of York who are suffering with drug and alcohol dependency and those close to sufferers to get the help and support they need to take control of their lives.
Finding help for drug and alcohol addiction in York
York is a beautiful city filled with quintessential attractions that draw tourists from around the country and the world while also delighting residents. From the spectacular Minster to the cobbled streets (and random Harry Potter themed shops) of the Shambles there’s a lot to love about this picturesque and historic city.
But behind this tourist-friendly exterior lie some troubling statistics. In recent years York and Sheffield have topped national charts of drug-related deaths, and York is significantly worse than the national average in terms of binge drinking statistics (although it is significantly better than the national average in terms of alcohol related crime).
If you one of the many people in York currently experiencing issues with drugs, alcohol or a combination of both it’s our mission to help you to get the help you need by providing you with free, expert and impartial advice to help you get access to the right help for you. Your GP will also be a useful port of call for help and advice or to make you a referral to a residential rehab facility (more on that shortly).
Depression, anxiety and addiction: It’s time to break the cycle
Drug and alcohol addiction rarely come out of nowhere. We often find ourselves relying on these substances as an antidote to the rigours of modern living. We live in stressful times. Many of us are working longer and harder than ever. We endure a great deal of professional, financial and personal stress and we can find ourselves experiencing anxiety and depression as a result. These common psychological disorders are exacerbated when we turn to alcohol or drugs to self-medicate for them. In fact, people with anxiety disorders are twice as likely to be diagnosed with substance misuse disorders.
This can lead to a destructive cycle which increases dependency without alleviating the causes. If you’re to live a happy, healthy life free of addiction and dependency it’s imperative that you get the help you need to break the cycle.
Rehabilitation is rarely an easy process. However, it is absolutely necessary in breaking the cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and dependency. Let’s look at the different types of rehab available…
Private and residential rehab- What’s the difference?
Those seeking drug or alcohol rehabilitation have two options; residential rehab or private rehab. Residential rehab refers you to a residential facility in which you can receive treatment for your addiction through a range of cognitive, talk and behavioural therapies. If you are referred to rehab through the NHS you will likely be referred for residential rehab. However, a referral may take some time and those who experience residential rehab can experience frustration when they are referred to different centres or support professionals.
Private rehab, on the other hand offers much more continuity. Private rehab facilities are generally better equipped and more luxurious although they can be costly. The cost of residential rehab can vary considerably depending on the level of luxury and wealth of facilities they offer. Your personal costs may also vary depending on which specialist treatments you may require and how long you intend to stay.
Therapies available and how they can help
Most rehab facilities will offer a range of therapies with a range of intended purposes. Some will help to relieve your stress and help you to find a rewarding outlet that lessens your dependence on drugs or alcohol. Some will be intended to help you to identify the psychological issues at the root of your addiction. Others will allow you to recognise the triggers that lead to drug or alcohol use and how to replace these behaviours and thought processes with more helpful and wholesome alternatives. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and counselling are extremely important in this regard. Relaxation therapies on the other hand may include;
- Relaxation therapy
- Art therapy
- Group and individual talk therapies
Withdrawal symptoms: What can you expect?
When you go without drugs or alcohol you can expect to go into withdrawal, even if you undertake a course of medically assisted detoxification. It’s important to know what to expect in this challenging time as this can help you to navigate possibly the most difficult safe towards a cleaner and healthier life. Drug and alcohol use affect the whole body in a number of ways and as such their absence in our bodies can cause a variety of withdrawal symptoms. Some are relatively benign while others can be highly traumatic. It depends on the level of addiction. These may include;
- Abdominal pain
- Heart palpitations
While these may seem distressing the better prepared we are for them and the better assisted we are by trained professionals the easier they are to mitigate and overcome.
How can we help?
Whether you’re worried about your own addiction or that of someone close to you we can help by giving you the free, impartial advice necessary to get you the help you need. Get in touch with us today on 0203 955 7700 and take the important first step towards a happier, healthier life!