Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Bolton
Addiction affects millions of people all over the world. When people self-medicate, they give themselves up to the ‘high’ that they get from drugs and/or alcohol. Eventually, they become so dependent on this alternative state that they can no longer function in normal reality. Every action and reaction is linked to the need of their chosen substance, so much so that it can disrupt their lives and relationships in a way that is harmful to themselves and others around them.
When is it time for rehab?
Really, the sooner addicts purge themselves of the harmful substances and change their lifestyle the better. Unfortunately, for most people, it takes some kind of dramatic event or the realisation that they have hit rock bottom to learn that they need to go to rehab. Addicts may well take stock of their lives and realise that:
- They have no job – This could have been lost due to the overwhelming need to be under the influence all the time. They may have neglected all other duties including turning up to work
- Their family members have disowned them – Quite often, living and caring for somebody who is an addict can take a terrible toll on the people around them. If the situation does not get better, most people will be left with no choice but to turn their backs on addicts in order to preserve their own well-being
- They have no money – An addict is all about getting their ‘fix’. All money is spent on this, leaving them no money left over for even the bare essentials in life sometimes such as food, clothing etc. If they have not been able to gain or maintain a job, this situation is exacerbated and they can quickly fall into debt
- They have no home – In some cases, the problem can be so severe that people are unable to pay for a roof over their heads
- Their health is failing – Drugs and alcohol wreak havoc on the body both internally and externally. Prolonged frequent use can lead to organ failure and disease. Those who inject drugs are at more of a risk of contracting HIV/AIDs through shared needles
If people from Bolton in a position where they need to enter some type of alcohol or drug rehabilitation facility, they have probably already suffered a great deal. By taking this step the individual will be moving away from such pain and towards happiness, but there can be a bit of a bumpy ride during the first few months of recovery.
This period of adjustment is a challenge, and this is why so many people who try to give up alcohol or drugs will end up relapsing. Those people who are prepared for the challenges that lie ahead will be far less likely to relapse. One of the biggest obstacles that people from Bolton likely to face in early sobriety is the emotional rollercoaster.
What to expect from rehab
Rehabilitation centres focus on helping people overcome their addictions in order for them to be free to live a more fulfilling life. There are many differences from one rehab centre to the next, but the aim is always the same – to put people on the path to long-lasting sobriety.
As a patient of a rehab clinic, people can expect to receive the following care and treatments:
- Therapy – Group and one-to-one therapy are often used in rehab to talk about past experiences, which helps to remind people of the reason they are there in the first place. Sharing stories with others can build a bond between patients which can be useful in the rehabilitation process. Often, addicts will have distanced themselves from people who are sober in their lives and move in circles with other addicts. Forming a bond and friendship with those who want to achieve sobriety can give them positive support in rehab itself as well as on the outside.
- Workshops and activities – Activities keep the mind focused on something other than the fact that a person wants their personal favourite substance. Workshops help to teach skills that will help in the outside world. Addicts have a delicate temperament and state of mind. If something goes wrong in life, no matter how small it may seem to others, an addict can see it as a huge event and spin into a breakdown. When this happens, their first response is to reach for the drug of their choice.
The hardest part of rehab is often the withdrawal process and the first few months afterwards. This is due to the fact that it really is a huge life-changing experience for addicts. They are giving up everything they know in favour of the unknown.
Emotional Rollercoaster of Early Recovery
The emotional rollercoaster of early recovery occurs for a number of reasons including:
- The individual will often be dealing with withdrawal symptoms, and the effect of these can sometimes last for months (post acute withdrawal symptoms). These symptoms can interfere with a person’s mood so that they feel more emotional than normal. Eventually, things will settle down and the individual will enjoy better mental clarity
- During the years when the individual was abusing alcohol and drugs they will have been numbing their emotions. When they become sober these emotions will need to thaw out and this means that they can feel very intense. This is because the person will not be used to feeling their feelings, and there can also be a bit of a rebound effect initially as the emotions thaw
- There are many challenges to the fact in early recovery as the person gets used to their new life. This means that emotions tend to be high
- The individual can be so relieved to escape years of addiction that they feel very intense feelings of happiness. These nice emotions are there to be enjoyed, but it is important that the individual is aware of the dangers of pink cloud syndrome
- The person is likely to have feelings of guilt about all the years that they wasted to addiction. This can mean that there may be times when they feel low and remorseful. Such feelings will pass, and it is vital that the individual does not allow them to derail their recovery
How to Deal with the Emotional Rollercoaster of Early Recovery
There are things that people from Bolton do in order to help them deal a bit better with the emotional rollercoaster including:
- The person who is attending alcohol and drug clinics will be able to learn strategies for dealing with these mood swings
- It is important that the individual does not allow their feelings to remain a secret. They need to tell other people what is going on with them
- One of the easiest ways that the individual can learn to deal with these emotions is to join some type of recovery fellowship because this will give them support and advice long term
Contacting Rehab Recovery
For more information on detox and rehab options in Bolton, contact Rehab Recovery today on 0800 088 66 86. When you contact us, we shall outline a variety of treatment options that are available to you in Bolton. This includes both private and statutory addiction treatments.