Drug Rehab Clinics in UK
Rehab Recovery offers drug rehab clinics across the United Kingdom. If you suffer from drug addiction, you may have given up all hope of attaining a full recovery. Fortunately, our proven drug rehab clinics are here to prove you wrong. When you attend our UK drug rehab clinics, you receive modern therapy and detoxification techniques that will help you secure the long term recovery you desire. Contact our admissions team today for more information and ensure you read the below message carefully.
The disease of addiction
Addiction is principally a brain disease. The brain contains over 100 million neurons. When we learn anything new, we grow pathways between neurons located throughout the brain. Over time, specific behaviours and thoughts create set patterns because neurons that ‘fire together, wire together.’ These neurological patterns become the thoughts themselves as the connections between neurons become stronger. Once you’ve experienced a thought enough times, it becomes very difficult not to experience the thought. This is known as ‘subconscious thinking.’
So how do we apply this process to addiction? If we observe how addiction builds up over the years, it often starts with normal thoughts, such as “I want to experience drugs because I am bored,” or “I want to take drugs because I am curious as to what it will feel like.” Over time, these thoughts build up and up as your drug use continues. In the end, you become addicted to drugs due to set thought pathways embedded in your brain.
These thoughts cement in your brain and lead to the outcome that you cannot resist using drugs. The longer these thoughts are allowed to remain unchallenged, the more difficult it is to break free from your addiction. This is why it’s typically much more difficult for older and more experienced drug users to break free from their addiction when compared to younger drug users. Decades of this habitual and destructive thinking requires you to divert these thoughts to a different place. Just ‘quitting’ is not enough and you are certainly going to require professional support.
Since addiction is a progressive disorder, it’s been compared to Type II diabetes because both illnesses develop over time. Addiction is essentially a neurochemical imbalance caused by thoughts, experiences and your genetic disposition to developing an addiction. Above all, addiction is a disease and not a vice. You must therefore not blame yourself for suffering from an addiction. However, you do have a choice to seek out treatment for the disease of drug addiction.
When you attend our revolutionary drug rehab clinics in the UK, you learn the neuroscience behind your addiction. You then learn a number of techniques to alter your thinking in ways that do not involve drug use. This takes time and effort. However, the therapist we employ work extremely hard to ensure you break these thought patterns and develop healthier alternatives.
The self-medication model of addiction
When you experience stress, depression or anxiety, you may begin to consume drugs in order to numb and mask this emotional pain. Essentially, bad things happen, and you consume drugs to regulate or sooth yourself. However, over time the drug becomes a worst problem than the initial problem they attempt to ‘cover up.’ In a sentence, the ‘drug becomes the trauma.’
These emotional problems typically arise directly or as a knock on effect to trauma experienced during childhood, known as ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences’. These experiences mean the need for ‘soothing’ and relief is met with an addiction to drugs. It’s not drugs per se that causes addiction, but your psychological disposition to developing an addiction.
To uncover this trauma and help you understand why you are engaging in addictive behaviours, our drug rehab clinics utilise modern psychoanalytical techniques. This is essentially a ‘talking therapy’. The goal of psychotherapy is to help you develop alternative ‘self-soothing’ activities and to also help you identify and stop behaviours that are causing undue stress and anxiety in your life.
Detoxification at our drug rehab clinics
Whilst therapy it vital to your progress in recovery, therapy is very much only one side of the equation. The other side of the recovery equation is physical detoxification. Detoxification requires patients to address physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms whilst toxins are naturally removed from their system over several days and weeks.
These withdrawal symptoms vary in degree from slight discomfort to potentially life-threatening conditions. To ease this process, you receive a full psychiatric assessment upon admission. Our consultant psychiatrist prescribes you with medication designed to ease these withdrawal symptoms to manageable levels.
The importance of relapse prevention
Once you have determined your reasons for using drugs, it’s essential our therapist work with you to ensure you are able to manage these reasons to prevent further drug use in the future. We also ensure you identify your ‘triggers or addiction’. These triggers are typically tied to the underlying reasons for developing an addiction to drugs, although triggers are generally more broad so to also include a number of external cues.
Stress is generally the most powerful trigger of addiction, and so you must identify stressful activities you engage in and then try to eliminate or reduce these activities as much as possible. Cortisol is the body’s stress hormone and when cortisol levels are high, you are much more likely to use drugs in order to soothe your discomfort.
When you have experienced trauma as an infant or in early adulthood, you will have experienced cortisol levels that’s toxic to your system. In adulthood, you will experience greater spikes in cortisol levels compared to other people who have not experienced this trauma. The good news is that when you become consciously aware of this disadvantage, it becomes easier to control. The therapy we provide at our drug rehab clinics helps you understand your unique psychology so that you may implement practical steps to reduce stress in your daily life.
Goals of our treatment for drug addiction
During therapy sessions and the reflection exercises that follow, we aim to achieve the below outcomes:
- Help you understand that your addiction is a solution to painful emotions. Our goal is to explore why these emotional problems arose in the first place
- Help you uncover internal and external triggers of your addiction and provide you with strategies to overcome these triggers by either avoiding, coping with or limiting stressful activities in your life
- Help you to externalise your behaviours so you may view your addiction from an unbiased and more resourceful perspective
At Rehab Recovery, we provide a comprehensive aftercare programme at our drug rehab clinics that are tailored to your needs. Aftercare is offered through the provision of weekly ‘top up’ meetings. These meetings take place at our drug rehabilitation clinics located across the United Kingdom.
Whilst rehabilitation secures your recovery, aftercare ensures you remain in recovery once you are discharged from our care. In fact, sound aftercare and client follow-up have been proven to reduce the occurrence of relapse by up to 50%.
Getting help today
If you would like to control your emotions and hence your addiction, contact Rehab Recovery today on 0800 088 66 86 for fast access to our drug rehab clinics. Alternatively, contact us through this website for a free assessment. Many of our team have defeated their own personal addiction and so your call for help will be met with utter understanding and compassion.