Illegal drug addiction can be very destructive. A drug that gives you a pleasant experience can make you want to take more drugs, leading to 'psychological dependence'. If you feel physically unwell unless you take drugs then you could be suffering from 'physical dependence'. Drug help, drug rehabilitation and drug counselling can help to relieve these dependency issues.
Drug Addiction Treatment & Rehab -
Addiction to illegal 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'.
Free initial addiction assessment-
We understand embarking upon recovery can be an emotionally turbulent time for you. With this in mind, the Priory offers a free initial assessment with an experienced therapist at all of our addiction treatment hospitals and clinics to help you discuss your addiction in confidence.
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 have a clear symptom that you are dependent on it. If you have become physically addicted, you will suffer withdrawal symptoms including:
- Nausea (sickness)
If you've become psychologically dependent, withdrawal can make you feel irritable, depressed or tired.
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.
Getting your life back on track- How the Priory can help with addictions-
The first step to recovery is accepting that you have a problem. Once you accept that you have a problem, you can then get help. Detoxification (detox) and psychotherapy are among the options used to treat drug dependency. Abstinence is the main goal of treatment, although some people find this difficult to achieve.
If you're physically addicted to a drug, the first step is medically assisted withdrawal or detoxification, supported by medication. This involves replacing the drug with other drugs, then reducing the dose. This may take longer if it is carried out at home or as an outpatient. The aim is to reduce the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are generally worse at the beginning, but quickly improve over the following period. Where abstinence is needed, treatment is structured. The main aim is to help you give up the drug completely, rather than simply cut down how much you take.
The support you need -Treatment and therapy for drug addiction-
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.
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.