Drug addiction is a chronic and progressive mental illness, characterised by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite negative and harmful consequences. For the sufferer, it can feel like there is no way out, no light at the end of the tunnel. Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Want to stop but don’t know how or where to begin? If you’re reading this and looking for help for yourself or a loved one, please know that recovery is possible. Drug addiction is a treatable illness, and whilst there is no cure as such, it is possible to live a happy and fulfilled life clean and sober.
At first, taking drugs might be all fun and games – a voluntary choice, part and parcel of a Saturday night out with friends. But repeated and frequent drug use over a prolonged period can lead to significant changes in the brain structure, interfering with your levels of self-control and your ability to resist intense urges to take more and more. What began as harmless fun rapidly becomes something much darker, more powerful and with serious consequences. Ultimately, physical dependency can occur, and the effects on both your physical and mental health can be devastating.
So how can drug rehab help?
If you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol, a stay in a private drug rehab clinic is most likely your best chance at recovery, but that’s not to say it’s an easy decision to make. Here at the Providence Projects, we understand how hard it can be to take that first step and admit you have a problem: it requires much honesty, bravery and courage. If you are unsure if you have a drug problem or not, find out with our online questionnaire.
Seeking professional drug addiction treatment is the best thing you can do for yourself and those who care about you: it is only by recognising the extent of your problem and addressing the underlying issues at play, that you can start to heal and move forward. What’s more, the structure, support and guidance provided in private drug rehab is difficult to find elsewhere. Through one-to-one counselling, group therapy and various workshops on addiction, you can explore your issues within a safe and supportive environment, with the help of skilled professionals.
1. One to one counselling
Addiction is often just a symptom of other underlying issues. Talking therapies can be extremely helpful as the recovering person is able to understand and address what led to their substance misuse and avoid a potential relapse in future. During drug addiction treatment you might explore issues such as low self-esteem, negative core beliefs, childhood trauma, or other co-existing mental health disorders you may be experiencing. Due to the highly personalised nature of the sessions, they tend to be very effective.
2. Group Therapy
Group therapy is a daily timetabled activity here at the Providence Projects. It is a very beneficial aspect of our drug rehab programme, helping you to build relationships and connections with other recovering addicts. Addiction is a lonely and isolating illness, so group sessions can help you to feel less alienated from other people and from the world around you. You will receive empathy, support and identification from your peers, and build on your interpersonal and communication skills.
3. Family Therapy
Addiction is often described as a family illness, and we believe this to be very true. Addiction is like a tornado, taking no prisoners and wreaking havoc in the life of all those it meets. It isn’t only the addict who suffers as a result – everyone who loves them gets sucked under too. Families are in just as much pain as the recovering addict, and so we offer family therapy sessions as a core component of our drug rehab programme, to help rebuild relationships within the family and help everyone to move forward and heal together.
4. Having a Relapse Prevention Plan
Often, it’s not stopping drinking or taking drugs that addicts and alcoholics find hard, it’s the staying stopped. Addiction is a relapsing disease, as changes to the brain caused by drug abuse can be permanent and persistent. Recovering addicts are at an increased risk of relapse even after multiple years clean and sober. That’s why it’s so essential to be prepared and to have a relapse prevention plan in place. At our private drug clinic, you will develop an aftercare treatment plan with your councillor, to ensure you’re not putting yourself in high-risk situations which could trigger a relapse. Relapse is defined as the return to drug use after an attempt to stop and a period of abstinence.
Life after drug rehab
Successful completion of a private rehab programme is a major achievement and getting those first few months clean and sober will equip you with the tools and coping mechanisms required to continue your journey. You should be incredibly proud of the steps you have taken to recover from your addiction and to give yourself a second chance at life. But recovery is a lifelong process, and this is only just the beginning. Indeed, many say that going to drug rehab is ‘discovery’ and what comes after is recovery.
Life after drug rehabilitation presents a whole new realm of challenges, and many struggle to adjust to losing the safety, structure and routine of a residential drug rehab centre. There is a whole world out there which awaits you and is yours for the taking – but it is only with hard work, discipline and sustained effort that you can help you prevent a relapse.
Finding ongoing support
We strongly recommend regular attendance at 12-step support groups. These groups provide a safe, non-judgmental space for recovering addicts and alcoholics to meet, and get identification and support from one another. Groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have been around for many years and are a proven method for staying clean and sober.
Having a sponsor – someone also in recovery who you can turn to for advice and guidance – will also be a fundamental source of support. Support groups are also available for families and loved ones, such as Al-Anon or Nar-Anon.
If you or a loved one would like more information on drug addiction and how private drug rehab can help, please call us today to speak to one of our expert team of addiction counsellors on 0800 955 0945 or fill out our quick and easy contact form.
Here at Providence Projects, we want to assure you that help is available, and you don’t have to suffer on your own anymore. Recovery from drug addiction is possible, and you can start your journey today.
Richard Shottin reviewed Providence Projects
11 April 2019
Providence has changed my life completely. From living a life with no hope, this place has taught my how to live again. The group therapy and 1-1 counselling really helped me to discover who I am and what I want from life, free from drugs and alcohol. The staff are excellent and I know I wouldn’t be where I am now without them. I’d recommend Providence to anyone who needs help. Give it a go and you won’t regret it. See more