Addiction can often be misunderstood and the social stigmas involved make it difficult to accept a problem. Priory sees beyond the moral dilemma and respects anyone who can take the first step in contacting us for help. The Priory has helped thousands of people to overcome their addiction to drugs through our drug rehab programme.
Whether you are struggling with a cocaine addiction, heroin addiction or any other substance, Priory is well-placed to offer you high quality drug treatment and support. We understand that seeking help is a difficult step but our non-confrontational approach will help you regain control.
Below is an outline of the rehabilitation and drug treatment options Priory offers. Detoxification (detox) and psychotherapy are among the options used to treat drug dependency. Our Addiction Therapy Programmes (ATP) are usually abstinence-based and our experts also treat underlying causes of addictive behaviours as well as the presenting issue.
To ensure you feel as comfortable as possible on your journey to recovery, Priory offers a free initial addiction assessment with an experienced therapist at all of our addiction treatment hospitals and clinics, to help you discuss your addiction in confidence.
How do I get help for drug addiction?
Contacting your GP is often the easiest way to get help and further treatment. He or she may offer drug counselling or refer you to a specialist for further assessment. This may lead to outpatient treatment or, if more serious, day or inpatient treatment. If you're worried about talking to your GP, you can:
- Consider writing down your concerns and questions
- Take a friend or family member with you
- See another doctor in the practice
- Join a new GP practice
The type of professional support offered will depend on the services that are available in your area and the arrangements that your primary care trust (PCT) have with other health authorities or private providers. Treatment for drug addiction is also available privately through the Priory and you can access therapy through private medical insurance or by self-paying.
How is drug addiction treated?
Addiction to drugs can cause serious problems to your mental and physical health, as well as being behind a number of wider social issues. Drug addiction help can consist of medically assisted withdrawal and detoxification together with drug counselling sessions aimed at reducing dependency and rehabilitating the drug user.
A drug that gives you a pleasant experience can make you want to take more drugs. This in turn can lead to 'psychological dependence'. If you feel a need to take a drug, or feel physically unwell unless you take them, you could well be suffering from 'physical dependence'.
If you're physically addicted to a drug, the first step is medically assisted withdrawal or detoxification. This involves replacing the harmful substance with medication that will help reduce withdrawal symptoms and control feelings of anxiety.
Priory provides comfortable and safe environments for detox to take place and you will be under 24 hour medical supervision. Our leading experts tailor every detox to the requirements of the individual and medical needs are our first priority.
This can seem like a very daunting prospect but we aim to help you give up the drug completely and we are experts at helping people get their lives back on track.
If you're physically addicted to a drug and cannot stop taking it or need hospital support for your personal safety, you may require inpatient treatment which is more intensive and supportive. Treatment for drug dependency is based on an intensive programme of group work and individual drug counselling sessions. This helps you cope without drugs and adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Specialists at the Priory will encourage you to identify your drug dependency then help you to manage these problems with new ways of coping through building self-esteem and positive attitudes. Support from family and friends is very important when trying to live without drugs, as for many people, taking drugs has become significant part of their lives. Opening up and talking about problems and making changes can be very stressful.
What are the symptoms and side effects of drug addiction?
If you find that you cannot stop yourself from regularly taking a drug, even when you know it is harmful, you may have become physically addicted, and withdrawal symptoms without careful treatment can include:
- Nausea (sickness)
If you've become psychologically dependent, withdrawal can make you feel irritable, depressed or tired.
If you do not access therapy as soon as possible, symptoms can get worse and over time you may start using more of the drug to experience the same ‘highs’. This could cause you to neglect your work or studies, hobbies, social life, family and friends. Feelings of guilt at your addiction can make you feel alone. Many people can still function reasonably well for long periods of time whilst still using drugs – they may only realise there is a problem when they can no longer obtain any drugs.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a drug/substance addiction, it is never too late to seek help and the Priory has experts on hand to help you restore healthier coping mechanisms. Our assessments into underlying causes will allow our teams to create bespoke, tailor-made treatment plans to meet your precise needs. You do not have to struggle alone.
Over time, as your dependency develops, you will need more of the drug to experience the same effect. Drug use can take over your life – sometimes to the extent where you neglect your work or studies, hobbies, social life, family and friends. Feelings of guilt at your addiction can make you feel alone. Many people can still function reasonably well for long periods of time whilst still using drugs. They may only realise there is a problem when they can no longer obtain any drugs.
Many people believe that anyone who uses drugs will eventually die, and there are others who think drug use is an everyday part of a normal social life. In reality, there are many extremely harmful effects from taking drugs, although not all of them will kill you. Drugs are not all the same and the effects will vary depending on what drugs you take and the volume you consume.
How the Priory can help with addictions
Priory has a nationwide network of hospitals and wellbeing centres that offer fast access to treatment and therapy to help improve the lives of those living with an addiction.