Detox & Rehab
The terms “detox” and “rehab” are very often confused.
In its simplest form detox or detoxification is the removal of substances from the body whilst rehab or rehabilitation describes the process of learning to live a positive and fulfilling life free from substances.
Through continued use of a substance the body builds a tolerance which can lead to a physical and or psychological dependence. The body becomes reliant upon the substance in order to function to some degree. Should the substance become absent, the individual will experience side effects commonly known as “withdrawal symptoms”. These symptoms can vary in type, length and severity dependent upon the type of substance and the regularity and quantity of use.
Common withdrawal symptoms include:
- Low mood or mood swings
- Sleep deprivation
- Aches and pains
Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild and uncomfortable to severe and life-threatening.
DETOX IS THE FIRST STEP TO RECOVERY
There are various types of “detox” available to facilitate the safe removal of substances from the body and to manage the withdrawal symptoms. Common substances that may require detox include:
- Prescription medication
At Acquiesce we undertake a full assessment of each individual’s circumstances and needs. Once this has been ascertained we will assist by providing the appropriate detox pathway. Should a medically assisted detox be required Acquiesce will facilitate this via one of our partner detoxification centres. We arrange all aspects of the detox including transportation. This ensures a hassle free process, providing a seamless and fluid treatment journey.
Rehab or rehabilitation is the process of learning to live a positive and fulfilling life free from substances.
Many individuals believe that if they can just become substance free they will never need to use again and life will be far better. For the majority this is, unfortunately, not the case.
Many reflect that life becomes all the more difficult during early abstinence. Feelings and emotions which have been previously suppressed by substances, tend to come flooding back and become overwhelming. Addiction very often presents a variety of consequences which can suddenly become reality.
These may include:
COMMON AREAS FOR CONSEQUENCES OF ADDICTION:
- Physical health
- Mental and emotional health
- Financial issues
For many individuals, substance use often becomes a life coping mechanism and a way of filling an internal void. Other justifications of use are often improved socialisation skills, a way to boost self-confidence, a means of self-reward or self-medication to manage either physical, mental or emotional pain. Irrespective of the specific reasons for use, if a person lacks the necessary coping mechanisms and support to remain abstinent, a return to old behaviours and attitudes becomes inevitable.
Repeated use of substances can lead to entrenched psychological habits, often extremely difficult to break. Consequently, strong cravings are commonplace in early abstinence. Beliefs can become warped, for example, “life will be boring and lonely forever”, “I cannot survive without substances” or “I don’t deserve to be abstinent”. Other common pitfalls of early abstinence may involve negative social circles, loneliness or isolation and boredom. These highlight some of the many potential triggers for relapse in early abstinence.
POTENTIAL TRIGGERS FOR RELAPSE IN EARLY ABSTINENCE:
- Financial issues
- Family issues
- Negative belief systems
- Pain (Physical, mental or emotional)
- Unresolved trauma
- Social circles
The Acquiesce rehab programme addresses the psychological, physical, spiritual and social effects of addiction. It is delivered by our highly trained and experienced team and incorporates the latest evidence based interventions, alternative therapies and activities.
This combined with our effective urban recovery model allows individuals to learn, develop and experience all the skills and tools necessary to effectively manage and enjoy a life free from substances.