For individuals suffering with a drug addiction, one of the biggest questions they want to know the answer to is ‘how long does it take to overcome it?’. In this guide, we’re going to be trying to tackle that question and look at different methods of recovery.
Unfortunately, there’s no definitive answer to the question of how long it takes to overcome a drug addiction as each individual and the circumstances around their addiction are different. It’s also worth noting that in most cases, addiction isn’t something which can be cured but treated and recovery is an ongoing process which you will need to maintain. For example, it isn’t uncommon for individuals with addictions to go 10+ years sober and then have a relapse.
This is because many individuals believe that becoming substance free once means they will never turn to drugs again or think that after a certain period of time, they can have a quick hit here and there without it affecting them like it used to. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.
How Does Drug Addiction Work?
The first step to recovery is understanding how your addiction works. When talking about addiction, we’re referring to the psychological reliance on a drug or other substance or behaviour as opposed to a physical dependence. Someone with a drug addiction may not necessarily be dependent on the drug, however, they can often go hand in hand, making it even harder to quit.
An addiction can be defined as a problematic relationship with a substance where individuals have a strong and often uncontrollable desire to consume drugs despite the consequences this may have on their health, relationships and work.
How Does an Addiction Start?
The reasons for early drug use can differ for each individual, for some it may be curiosity, peer pressure or fitting in and for others it can be used as a method of coping with painful emotions or used as a crutch to help manage life’s stresses. As this behaviour is repeated over time, the body builds a tolerance to the drug and the individual needs to use higher doses in order to experience the same effect they once felt.
This persistent use can lead to changes in the brain such as affecting its reward and belief systems, reinforcing the repetition of unhealthy behaviours. Drug addiction can also cause emotional issues affecting someone’s self esteem and self worth and has consequences in other areas such as health, relationships, career and finances leading to increased stress all adding to the triggers for further use and the continued addiction cycle.
Can Drug Addiction Be Cured?
As we mentioned earlier, there isn’t really a cure for drug addiction, however, it can be managed successfully through effective treatment. Treatment enables people to counteract addiction’s disruptive effects on their brain and behaviour and regain control of their lives.
The Acquiesce treatment programme allows individuals to learn about and understand their addiction and gain the knowledge and tools for an ongoing sustainable solution and recovery.
Drug Addiction Recovery with Acquiesce
Drug addiction treatment at Acquiesce begins with a free, confidential consultation with a Recovery Practitioner in order to establish the individual’s needs and suitability for safe treatment with the service. This can be done via a phone call or by booking an appointment at our centre.
Once the correct treatment pathway has been established, all arrangements for a smooth and hassle free admission, including transportation, is made. Acquiesce then provides a safe and therapeutic environment which is conducive to the recovery from drug addiction.
To begin with, it is important to help the individual become substance free in a safe way. There are many different types of detox we offer to ensure the safe removal of substances from your system whilst helping to manage withdrawal symptoms and encourage support from family members to make the detoxification as smooth and comfortable as possible.
A combination programme of evidence based therapies are then delivered by a team of experienced professionals. The therapies address the physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of drug addiction, utilising holistic therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, 12 Step approaches, social activities and regular fitness sessions and exercise.
Individuals will learn to understand their drug addiction and gain the knowledge and tools for an ongoing sustainable solution and recovery with our urban recovery model. Upon completion of rehab treatment individuals will have a personal and comprehensive relapse prevention plan and on-going support that is provided as standard.
Our urban recovery model helps you to integrate into the community during your recovery, enabling you to return to everyday life in a safe and manageable way at the end of your treatment. We do this because many individuals have found that the favourable conditions of rehabs such as manor houses in the countryside help with the initial detox but fail to prepare them for the reality of everyday life once they leave the rehab facility, leading to relapse. We aim to make the transition as smooth as possible, mitigating the risk of a relapse and increasing your chances of a drug-free life moving forward.