Unravelling Addiction, Recovery and Rehabilitation – Learnings from a Leading SA Rehab Centre
The sad reality is that in modern society drug and alcohol abuse are becoming more and more prevalent and impact not only on the users but also those close to them; family, friends and loved ones. Drug and alcohol addiction does not discriminate and spares no one regardless of race, age, gender or financial status. Addiction is a diagnosable disease and addicts need to be supported by loved ones to help them overcome their problem and feelings of low self-esteem commonly experienced by those who have been caught up in substance abuse. Addiction Recovery and Rehabilitation is the way to go.
One of the first questions that should be asked when determining whether you or someone close to you needs addiction recovery and rehabilitation is whether the issue of drug abuse is out of control. Individuals who are not able to control their use of prescription medications and/or illicit drugs may require drug rehab services. In many cases, those who have a drug abuse problem will go to extensive lengths in order to hide their addiction. A person with a drug abuse problem may also exhibit the following symptoms1:
- Glassy or red eyes.
- Withdrawal from family and/or friends.
- Mood swings.
- Sudden changes in behaviour.
- Careless in regards to personal grooming/hygiene.
- Runny nose.
- Changes in sleeping patterns such as being up at night and sleeping during the day.
- Lack of interest in favourite activities.
It’s almost impossible for a user to get sober alone and entering into a treatment programme can be very intimidating. If you or someone you love needs help with substance abuse, rehab is the best way to recovery. Getting professional help can mean the difference between becoming and staying sober rather than the constant draining of health and money and feeling of helplessness associated with addiction.
The truth about rehab is that it works, with programmes for addiction recovery and rehabilitation that cater to users’ specific needs and situations. There are affordable rehab options but all it take commitment. Professional substance abuse treatment can actually make a difference. When a substance abuser checks into rehab, they are making a conscious choice to work toward a substance-free life. This choice is the beginning of a users’ journey to recovery and will help equip him or her with the right tools to avoid relapse and resist future temptations.
For over 22 years and as a leading treatment centre in drugs and alcohol as well as substance abuse treatment Houghton House Group provides affordable and professional alcohol and drug addiction recovery and rehabilitation in South Africa. Our experienced multi-disciplinary team of experts includes doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, certified addiction counsellors (some of whom themselves have gone through the experience of moving from active substance abuse to recovery are therefore able to personally relate to the challenges faced by patients), nurses and other medical professionals. Houghton House offers access to recovery and behavioural therapy for dual-diagnosis patients. Because, more often than not, addiction occurs with other pre-existing psychological issues, such as anxiety and/or depression, we provide a clinically integrated approach that addresses these underlying issues
It’s never too late for you or a loved one to embark on the journey to an alcohol or drug free life. At Houghton House we are passionate about helping people, young and old, to resume and enjoy healthy, meaningful lives.
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