07 February 2017

Addiction Treatment – An Important Step for Your Family

Most people think of drugs and alcohol when they hear the term ‘addiction’, but the reality is that almost anything can be classed as an addiction if it begins to have a negative impact on an individual’s life. It is a pattern of behaviour that has negative consequences; one of the most common types of addiction is a gambling addiction. The good news is that addiction treatment is available here at UKAT for a host of different illnesses, including drug addiction, gambling addiction, alcohol addiction and food addictions. We offer various programmes in our many clinics, all of which are designed to cater to the requirements of the individual. If you are an affected individual, no matter what type of addiction you have, we can help.

We urge you to get in contact with us as soon as possible if you are struggling with a pattern of behaviour that is beginning to affect your life and the lives of those around you. We know that addiction is an illness that is capable of quickly spiralling out of control. Without addiction treatment, you could be in danger of losing everything you hold dear, so please do not hesitate to contact us today.

The Consequences of Addiction

One woman who failed to access addiction treatment and allowed her illness to spiral out of control is Beverley Pearce. The wages clerk from Pontypridd started paying herself five times every month for a period of five years to fund her destructive addiction to online gambling. In total, she stole almost £340,000, leaving the company she worked for in ruins.

The building contractor Brecongate where she worked may now have to let go sixty employees as it is struggling to survive. The managing director of the company Paul Jones said, “The money that she has taken has severely damaged our business. After three months of continued stress, I have my doubts as to whether we can survive. Sixty people could lose their jobs.”

Prosecuting solicitor Claire Pickthall said, “One month she overpaid herself, and no one noticed, so it just went on from there.”

Claire Wilks, defending, said that her client’s addiction to online gambling was to blame, adding, “It was almost not real money. Putting figures into the computer and gambling away. She was shocked in her interview to realise how much money she had taken.”

Pearce pleaded guilty to stealing the money and was sentenced to thirty-two months in prison. Judge Thomas Crowther QC told her, “You have lost your good name and mystified your family.”

The Importance of Addiction Treatment

It is vital that those affected by addiction seek addiction treatment as soon as they realise they have a problem. Nevertheless, UKAT knows that many people are unable to see the signs and symptoms of addiction in themselves.

It is often the case that family members and friends are aware of a loved one’s illness long before the affected person realises they are in trouble. That being said, whether you are worried for yourself or a friend or relative, we urge you to get in touch with us as soon as possible. As you can see from the case of Beverley Pearce, an addiction can quickly and easily spiral out of control with devastating consequences. Pearce now faces almost three years behind bars, which will affect her life in so many ways. It will also have devastating consequences for her loved ones. In addition, up to sixty people could find themselves out of work because of her actions.

What Does Addiction Treatment Entail?

The type of treatment programme you will be offered will depend largely on the kind of addiction you are struggling with as well as the severity of it. If you are struggling with an addiction to a chemical substance such as alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription medication, it is likely that you have a physical dependence. If this is the case, it is important to break this dependence before starting rehabilitation. This means you will need to complete a detox.

Detox, or detoxification as it is also known, is the process of separating the individual from the substance to which he or she is addicted. For most people, a detox should take place in a supervised facility due to the risk of complications. Once this process is completed, rehabilitation can begin.

Addiction treatment should always include rehabilitation as this is where the emotional and psychological aspect of the illness is addressed. Professional counsellors and therapists will work alongside the addicted individual to get to the cause of the illness and to find ways to overcome addictive tendencies going forward.

Here at UKAT, our facilities use a range of treatments and therapies to help treat the mind, body and spirit. We offer tailored programmes to suit the needs of the individual. For more information on our addiction treatment programmes, call us today.

Source: Trusted wages clerk stole more than £330,000 to pay herself up to FIVE TIMES a month leaving her 60 colleagues’ jobs in jeopardy (Daily Mail)

 

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