The Grampian region of Scotland is a beautiful area capped by rugged mountains and mile after mile of exquisite coastline. And even though the political boundaries that used to make up Grampian are no longer in existence, the area is still home to people who have lived there for generations. Some of these fine folks have witnessed how problems with drugs, alcohol, and compulsive behaviours have ruined the lives of fellow residents. They, like us, want to see as many people as possible taking their lives back from addiction.
Drug and alcohol problems exist in north-west Scotland just as they do across the UK. No one is immune. However, it is important to point out that treatment is easily accessible no matter where you live. Whether in north-west Scotland or along the borders, there are private rehab clinics and other treatment providers ready and waiting to help. Our primary mission at Addiction Helper is to connect those who contact us with the right treatment centres.
We hope you will consider contacting us if you need help with:
- alcohol abuse or dependence
- illicit drug use
- dependence on prescription or OTC medications
- struggles with legal high substances
- compulsive gambling, sex and other behaviours.
Addiction Helper works with an extensive list of treatment providers offering everything from outpatient detox to inpatient residential rehab. Our independence as a referral service allows us to put you in touch with the treatment programme most likely to give you the best results. Best of all, our services cost you nothing.
Recognising Your Problem
The first step in conquering substance abuse or addiction is recognising and admitting you have a problem. Addiction Helper can help you make sense of your situation by walking you through the symptoms of addiction. If it turns out your problem is only minor, we can suggest you get help from your GP, a local counsellor or a support group. If you are suffering from a full-blown addiction, we can help you locate and gain access to a residential rehab facility. With that in mind, do you:
- Find it impossible to get through the day without drinking or using drugs?
- Routinely hide drugs or alcohol around your house?
- Find yourself willing to go to great lengths to get drugs or alcohol?
- Start feeling ill when the effects of drugs or alcohol wear off?
- Regularly increase the amount of drugs or alcohol you use?
Answering ‘yes’ to any of these questions indicates you may already be addicted. These are symptoms that should not be taken lightly. Keep in mind that an addiction left untreated can eventually lead to serious health problems or even death. You may also:
- destroy relationships with your spouse and children
- lose your home, your job and all of your possessions
- turn to crime in order to pay for your habit.
The adverse effects of drug and alcohol abuse are wide-ranging and profound. Is it worth it to destroy your life just for the pleasure of getting drunk or high? If you are honest with yourself, you can see that it is not. So right now is a great time to make the decision to get help. Contact Addiction Helper right away, so we can get started.
Outpatient treatment may be an option for individuals with less severe substance abuse and addiction problems. Nevertheless, we prefer to recommend residential treatment for all but the most minor problems. Why? Because residential treatment has proven, over the years, to be the most successful.
Residential treatment is a treatment model that completely separates the recovering addict from his/her old lifestyle for the purposes of helping him/her concentrate completely on recovery. Most residential clinics offer a quiet and relaxed environment suitable for plenty of introspection, self-assessment and thought. Treatment is usually based on the three following stages:
- Detox The first stage is detox. This usually lasts about seven days and involves breaking physical addiction through either complete abstinence or gradual withdrawal. Detox is medically supervised and, when appropriate, aided by prescription medication.
- Rehab The longest part of a residential stay is the rehab stage. This can take between 3 and 12 weeks. It consists of a range of therapies applied to each case by trained therapists who are also experts in addiction recovery. Rehab can include individual counselling, group counselling, 12-step work, physical exercise and more.
- Aftercare Upon leaving residential facility there is always a risk of relapse for recovering addicts. Aftercare is designed to reduce that risk. What is aftercare? It is a set of services that continues where residential treatment leaves off. Through continued counselling, support and 12-step participation, recovering addicts can go on to achieve permanent success.
How a residential treatment facility employs this three-stage process depends on the kind of treatments they offer. This is merely a framework by which doctors and therapists can use appropriate recovery strategies.
We may discover doing our initial consultation with you that you are not a good candidate for residential treatment. An alternative is outpatient treatment received through your GP, a local charity or a support group. The thing to understand about outpatient treatment is that it is much broader in scope.
For example, your GP may give you prescription medication to deal with an alcohol problem while also encouraging you to attend Alcoholics Anonymous. A different doctor may recommend you go through a supervised detox at home with the help of a registered nurse. That detox would be followed by regular visits to the GP and professional counselling. As you can see, there are many different options available when you choose outpatient treatment.
The biggest downside to the outpatient model is that it is often oversubscribed. This is true in Scotland as well as England, Wales and Northern Ireland. An oversubscribed treatment programme may mean you have a long waiting time during which you are expected to seek help from a support group or charity. It could be some time before you actually begin proper treatment.
Doing What Is Right for You
By now, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of information we have provided. No worries, that is entirely normal. It is yet another reason Addiction Helper exists. Our counsellors are standing by right now to help you make sense of it all. We can walk you through the details of each treatment option including what it entails, where it is located, how much it costs and so on. We can even help you evaluate the seriousness of your current problem.
We want to do what is right for you. As a referral service, our only concern is that you or your loved one gain access to the best possible drug or alcohol treatment. To that end, our services are free and completely confidential. If you are ready to overcome your drug or alcohol problem, there is no reason you should not contact us right away.
Please understand that addiction is not a problem that will go away on its own. You must make the choice to get well, and then follow that choice by seeking out treatment.