Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Reading
Rehab centres are often the last resort for people who have hit rock bottom due to their drug or alcohol addictions. Triggers that may cause this decision to be made by an addict could include:
- Being left by a spouse – People living with an addict can find the behaviours of that person emotionally, physically and mentally draining. The constant need to question a loved one’s reasons and actions can only go on for so long before many people need to leave for their own best interests
- Getting into trouble with the law – Funding an addiction can be hard. For some people, the need to get the substances they need can force them to break the law. This can happen to literally anyone. The most respected people in a community can become addicted to drugs or alcohol and find themselves on the wrong side of the law
- Near-death experience – If substance abuse is severe, there is a high risk of overdosing. This can lead to hospitalisation or death. For many people (but not all), almost dying is the wakeup call they need to spur them into a rehab program
- Becoming homeless – The road of addiction can strip away all the meaningfulness of life piece by piece. Relationships, family, jobs and even homes can be lost through the constant struggle to get that ‘fix’
What to expect in rehab
Many people may have a pre-conceived idea of what rehab entails due to what they have read in the press or seen on TV.
The reality is that rehabilitation centres use a number of methods that are designed to:
- Cleanse the body of all harmful substances
- Provide the patient with tools to live healthily outside of the rehab clinic
- Discover the root of the addiction and deal with the problem in therapy
- Offer a supportive community of professionals and people who are going through the same process.
There are a variety of ways to attend rehab and all depend on the length of services that need to be undergone. Inpatients or residents of a rehab clinic will have round-the-clock care for extended periods of time, anywhere from a month upwards.
Outpatients may go for certain treatments or medication as and when required.
Partial hospitalisation sees patients attend all the courses and treatments throughout the day before returning to their own home at night.
The difference of treatment length and service depends on the patient themselves and how far along the road to rehabilitation they are. More severe cases will need to be admitted on an inpatient basis, whereas those who are doing well with their rehab may only be required to attend sessions as a way to check in and remind themselves of the lessons learnt.
There are many things that people will need to learn during their stay in a drug rehab centre and one of the most important of these will be how to deal with relapse triggers. These are the obstacles in the path of early recovery that the individual is likely to have to deal with.
It is of really important that people in Reading who are trying to break away from addiction are aware of these relapse triggers so that they can be completely avoided. One of the best places to pick up this knowledge will be in a drug and alcohol rehab.
Relapse Triggers to Avoid in Recovery
There are many potential relapse triggers that people in Reading will have to deal with when trying to break away from an addiction. Some of the most common of these will include:
- One of the most dangerous things for people to do in early recovery is to allow themselves to fall into boredom. The danger of this is that they can then begin to think about all they are missing by not using alcohol and drugs. In most cases, boredom can be avoided because there is an almost endless number of activities that people can enjoy in recovery. In some cases, the individual will be allowing themselves to become bored because they view recovery as being similar to serving a prison sentence. This attitude means that they are setting themselves up for relapse.
- Complacency is another dangerous relapse trigger for people in early recovery. If things are going well for the person in recovery they can begin to wonder if they really need to put much effort into staying sober. They are now overconfident as they stop doing the things they need to do in order to ensure continued sobriety. Recovery is a serious business because a relapse can mean a death sentence so it is vital that the individual does not become complacent.
- Another common relapse trigger occurs if people continue to spend time around drinking or drug-using friends. The fact that the person is putting themselves in the way of temptation greatly increases their chances of relapse. In Alcoholics Anonymous they talk about how if you sit in a barber shop long enough you will eventually get a haircut. This means that if the individual continues to spend time in bars or with their drinking or drug using friends they are almost certainly going to relapse.
- The four most notorious relapse triggers can be remembered using the acronym HALT. This stands for hunger, anger, loneliness, and tiredness. If the individual feels any of these things there will be a great risk of them relapsing. It is therefore vital that the individual is on the lookout for HALT, and that they rectify this symptom right away by eating, managing their anger, spending time with people, or getting some rest. This type of relapse trigger is easy to avoid, but the problem is that people fail to do this.
To avoid relapse, it is important that addicts try to be honest with themselves. When they feel that they are in trouble, contacting a member of their group, a psychiatrist or sponsor may help them to deal with the feelings that have led to a possible relapse. The support of peers found in rehab can sometimes be the most powerful deterrent in the fight against addiction.
Contacting Rehab Recovery
For more information on detox and rehab options in Reading, 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 Reading. This includes both private and statutory addiction treatments.