Taking drugs without being advised to by a medical professional can be very dangerous, as can drinking alcohol to excessive levels. However, many individuals abuse both drugs and alcohol almost every single day. But as dangerous as it is to abuse these substances, it can be equally dangerous to suddenly stop taking them when your body has been relying on them for so long.
If you are considering quitting drugs or alcohol, it is wise to get professional help before you take the next step on the road to recovery. Detoxing from a chemical substance can be complicated, and for most, a dedicated detox facility is the wisest choice.
The process of detox, or detoxification as it is also known, means getting rid of the chemicals and toxins from your body. This process begins naturally once you stop taking alcohol or drugs, but as the body tries to return to normal, it is common for a number of withdrawal symptoms to occur.
While most people will only ever suffer with mild to moderate symptoms, there is a risk of severe withdrawal symptoms; for that reason, a detox should always be supervised.
Detoxing can be stressful and dangerous, and for most, it would be preferable to complete the process under medical supervision in a dedicated facility. Detoxing in this way is the safest and most comfortable way to quit alcohol or drugs.
If you have already experienced withdrawal symptoms when in need of a drink or a fix, then it is likely that you have a physical addiction and will experience symptoms when you quit for good. If you have been drinking heavily for a few years, the chances of you experiencing more severe symptoms are high, particularly if you are middle-aged or older.
A supervised detox in a dedicated facility is also a preferable choice for those with underlying health problems or mental health issues.
It should be mentioned here that detox is not the same as addiction treatment. The process of detox aims to address the physical aspect of the illness and break the bond between the user and the substance. It does nothing to address the emotional or psychological side of the addiction.
In order to get to the cause of the addictive behaviour and to learn how to avoid a return to it in the future, addiction treatment is required. This will typically be provided in an inpatient or outpatient setting.
Inpatient treatment programmes are often the remit of the private clinic and involve a six-to-eight-week stay in the facility. The environment is usually comfortable and luxurious with no distractions. This allows the patient to spend all his or her time focusing on getting better and nothing else. With no distractions and no access to temptations, the patient has little choice but to concentrate on addiction treatment.
Patients recovering in an inpatient facility will spend most of their day in treatment. Treatments usually include group therapy sessions, individual counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, family therapy and 12-step work. As well as traditional treatments, patients may be treated with holistic therapies such as art therapy, music therapy, yoga, sports nutrition, and massage.
Addiction treatment can also take place in an outpatient facility; this type of programme is suited to those with a less severe addiction. It differs from inpatient programmes in that the patient does not need to stay in the clinic. Instead, he or she will attend regular counselling or therapy sessions before returning home afterwards.
Outpatient programmes vary in length, depending on how many hours of treatment the patient has each week. Some programmes will require daily attendance for several weeks before reducing this to once or twice per week. Programmes can last from a few months up to a year or longer.
Many experts believe that the best way to overcome addiction is by starting with a programme of inpatient treatment because there are no distractions. However, others believe that overcoming problems with alcohol or drugs while also dealing with everyday issues is better as it is more true to life.
Here at UKAT, we have several clinics where we provide first-class addiction treatment. If you are worried for yourself or a loved one, get in touch with us today. We can tailor a treatment programme for you based on your needs and circumstances. Our clinics are comfortable and safe and are staffed by fully trained professionals, dedicated to helping patients recover. Call today for more information.
If you successfully complete our 90-day inpatient treatment program, we guarantee you'll stay clean and sober, or you can return for a complimentary 30 days of treatment.