Ideal Environment for Addiction Recovery in County??Derry
Drug and alcohol treatment centres are available for people in County Derry to begin living a new and better life. The individual will be entering the ideal environment for fostering recovery. Of course, there is no guarantee that the individual will achieve lasting sobriety just because they have agreed to enter such a facility. The achievement of this goal will be completely in their own hands. When people in Derry enter a rehab they are entering the ideal environment but they will need to make the most out of their stay in order to guarantee their own success. If the individual does not put sufficient effort into the program they will not be likely to succeed.
Barriers to Addiction Treatment
There are certain barriers that can prevent people from getting the most out of an addiction treatment program. One of the most dangerous of these involves the person becoming physically sober but not making any effort to become mentally and emotionally sober. This means that the person is not drinking or using drugs, but their behaviour is much as it always was. This situation is often referred to as dry drunk syndrome. It is something that can not only affect people recovering from alcohol abuse but from any drug.
The symptoms of dry drunk syndrome would include:
- The person is negative about everything. Even when things start to go well for them the person will find things to complain about.
- The individual has a closed mind and refuses to consider new information and new ideas. Their automatic response to suggestions from their counsellors is to say no. This person will tend to see the world in black and white and they refuse to change their beliefs and opinions.
- The dry drunk will tend to be cynical about recovery and those who are trying to help them. They may believe that those working in rehab have the wrong motivation, and that real recovery is not possible for anyone.
- This person will always be criticising. They like to point out the faults of other people. When they are being nice it comes across as insincere. They seem to get a kick out of watching other people fail.
- The dry drunk looks upon recovery as something to be endured rather than something to be enjoyed. They may feel resentful about not being able to drink and use drugs, and they may treat their new life as being similar to serving a prison sentence.
When people are caught in dry drunk syndrome it is not possible for them to progress in recovery. It is therefore vital that people do not allow themselves to fall into this trap. This can be avoided if he individual deliberately tries to promote a positive outlook and feels optimistic about the future. By having this type of attitude the person will be increasing their own inner motivation thus greatly increasing their chances of being successful. The experience that people have in these facilities does often boil down to attitude so it is vital that people consider this.
The Need for Inpatient Detox
Addiction withdrawals can be a bit uncomfortable, but they are rarely worse than common flu symptoms. They will soon pass; although the individual may experience post acute addiction withdrawal symptoms that can last up to a year. In the vast majority of incidences the person will pass through withdrawals without any major problems, but there are still good reasons for why the persons might choose an inpatient detox including:
- The individual can be most at risk of relapse when they are dealing with withdrawal symptoms. The person will be feeling uncomfortable but they will know that if they take alcohol or drugs they will be able to eliminate this discomfort ??? it can be very tempting for them to relapse because of this. Most people who try to give up an addiction will not make it through this stage. By entering a detox the individual will be far more likely to make it through this delicate initial stage. They will have the support they need, and it will not be so easy for them to relapse. Once the person has made it through the initial withdrawal period the chances of them staying sober long term increase significantly.
- Some people will be at risk of experiencing a particularly severe form of withdrawals known as delirium tremens (DTs). The symptoms of this can include dangerously elevated blood pressure and convulsions. The DTs can be life threatening and people do die from these symptoms. It is vital that anyone who is at risk of developing DTs is medically supervised during this stage, and this can be best done in an inpatient detox. That way if things start to go wrong the symptoms can be managed safely. Those individuals who have been abusing alcohol or barbiturates long term are the most at risk of developing the DTs.
- One of the great advantages of entering detox in rehab is that the person can begin the treatment program from the first day of their recovery. They will be able to attend group therapy and avail of other treatments while still going through withdrawals. This is beneficial because it will not only speed up the treatment process, but it will also mean that the individual will be getting plenty of support during this time.
- By going through a rehab type detox the individual will have their withdrawal symptoms kept to a minimum. There will be medications and other treatment options available to help them.
Aftercare in County Londonderry
Once the individual passes through detox and rehab they are still going to need some support in order to stay sober. This support can come from a number of different places including:
- Outpatient group therapy sessions
- One to one therapy sessions
- Sober networks
- Recovery fellowships
There are a number of fellowships in the Londonderry area for people trying to break away from addiction including:
- Alcoholics Anonymous ??? Magherfelt Meeting ??? Wednesday 20:30 – Beacon Centre, The Diamond, Magherafelt
- Alcoholics Anonymous ??? Living Sober Meeting ??? Wednesday 19:00 – Methodist Church Hall, 36 Clooney Terrace, Waterside
- Alcoholics Anonymous – Coleraine West Meeting ??? Friday 20:30, Saturday 11:30 – St. John’s Clubhouse, Killowen Street, Coleraine
We offer dedicated local treatment across??Londonderry??including??Londonderry,??Coleraine,??Limavady.