Drug addiction is often dismissed as a lifestyle choice by those who do not understand it. Here at Primrose Lodge, we know the cold hard truth about addiction; it is most definitely not a choice. Addiction to anything, whether it be a substance, an activity or a person, can have devastating effects on the individual sufferer and on those that love and care for them. The first thing to realise, is that someone suffering from addiction is both physically and mentally very unwell. Secondly, that there is no quick fix. It is not just a case of putting down the drink, drug or activity; with the same mindset present, there is a very high chance of the individual relapsing.
Someone with an addiction to drugs, will compulsively seek and take drugs, regardless of negative consequences. They will do almost anything to get their next hit or fix, often harming themselves and others in the process. They disregard their physical and mental health as the compulsion overrides any common sense. They may be perfectly able and sane in their decisions around other things, but when it comes to their addiction they have no mental defense to stop them from doing it. They repeat the same behaviours, patterns and mistakes as a result of their addiction. As a progressive illness of the mind and body, it can take them to the brinks of despair; some begin to self harm and some even consider suicide as a valid solution to their problems. Drug addiction is a deadly disease, for which currently there is no cure. However, it is fully treatable; the drugs can be removed and the individual can be taught relapse prevention techniques and engage in a recovery programme that keeps them focused and stops them returning to drugs on a daily basis. For a full recovery to be maintained, the mind, body and spirit of the individual must be treated comprehensively and healed. Once this has happened, the individual no longer suffers from the compulsion to take drugs and starts to apply new healthier principles and coping mechanisms to their life.
Addiction carries a high risk of a dependency developing. This is where the individual’s body physically requires the drug on a daily basis in order to function and stop withdrawal symptoms. Dependency develops over time and continuous use. Many become tolerant of the initial amounts that they took, and so over time keep increasing the amount in order to gain relief and effect. They soon find themselves in a position whereby if they do not have the drug they, start to suffer very uncomfortable and sometimes even life-threatening withdrawal effects. This drives them to more dangerous extremes and anti social behaviour in order to get the drug. Addicts will often beg, borrow, lie, steal, manipulate, cheat and even commit crime in order to feed their addiction. The safest way to withdraw from drugs is by undergoing a full medical detox. Primrose Lodge facilitate medical detoxes for all our patients that have a drug or alcohol dependency. Common drugs that quickly cause a physical dependency are:
The level of dependency depends on the drug, the amounts regularly taken and the period of time the addiction spans over.
Primrose Lodge offer a full medicated Drug Detox for all of those that are suffering from a drug dependency. We take every precaution and follow strict safety measures to ensure this is done as comfortably and safely as possible. As a CQC regulated rehab, all of our staff are highly trained and qualified; they follow regulations to the letter. Detoxing from drugs can be very dangerous, even life-threatening if not carried out correctly. We therefore take this very seriously and have created an environment that offers high levels of support and ongoing medical care to see you safely through this process.
As previously stated there is no quick fix to overcoming an addiction to drugs. Removal of the drug concerned rarely suffices in the long term. In order for the individual to heal fully and stay clean, a profound change must be achieved in their thinking and actions. For all those needing treatment for drug addiction, it is suggested that they stay for a minimum of a 28 day programme. 28 days provides us with the opportunity to assist the individual in laying the foundations for a long and healthy recovery from addiction.
Primrose Lodge are experts in treating addiction; we have formulated a programme that we believe provides powerful healing and a brings about a shift in the change of our patients thinking. We achieve this shift through a number of cutting-edge, proven therapeutic treatments, including:
Our programme is also further enhanced by our Healthy Eating programme and Fitness Programme. We treat each individual as a whole person, this means healing them physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. By doing this we are removing potential blockages to their recovery. Our programme is intensive; we have found this the best approach to keep the individual engaged and focused. All the time, patients are provided around the clock support and care. No matter what the time of day or night, there is always a member of staff on hand for them to speak to. Drug addiction centres in the individual’s mind, which is the driving force behind the compulsive drug taking, we aim to change this by healing the individual’s past and arming them with the tools they need for a long and healthy life – free from substances!
If you have any questions related to drug addiction, or simply want to find out more, please call us and speak to a member of our team or talk to us on LIVE CHAT for immediate confidential advice and support.