Drug addiction is often dismissed as a poor and destructive lifestyle choice by those who do not understand it. Here at Oasis Bradford, we fully understand the implications and devastating consequences of this life threatening illness. Addiction to anything, whether it be a substance, an activity or to a person, is definitely not a choice. Addiction can have devastating effects on the individual sufferer and on those that love and care for them. An individual who is suffering from addiction is very mentally and physically unwell. Addiction resides in the individual mind and brain, the substance or activity is but a symptom of their illness. Putting down the alcohol, drugs or destructive activity is only the start of treatment. For a full recovery to be made they must undergo intense treatment for the psychological aspect of addiction; as with the same mindset, there is an extremely high chance of the individual relapsing or continuing in their maladaptive behaviours. There is no quick fix to addiction. Recovery takes time, willingness and practical application of the recovery tools we teach our patients. It is therefore strongly recommended, that alongside a medical detox, a full psychological and therapeutic rehabilitation programme is undertaken before the individual returns back to their home environment.
Someone with a drug addiction will be compelled to seek out and take drugs, regardless of consequences. They really have no choice in the matter, as their mind set overpowers any willpower that they may have and overrides any rational thought process. They will go to great lengths to get their next hit, fix, pill or drink; often harming themselves and others in the process. Negative consequences and emotional appeal from loved ones is not enough to deter them. The compulsion of the mind is so overpowering that it will often manifest physically as well; making them feel ill at ease, agitated and panicky until they are able to get their hands on the drug they are addicted to. They simply have no mental defence to stop them from engaging in their maladaptive and compulsive behaviours.
Addiction is a progressive illness of the mind and body, over any given period of time, without treatment, it will only get worse. Those that repeatedly abuse drugs are also considered addicts; as they too suffer the same mindset and symptoms and are just one step away from developing a full blown drug dependency. Drug addiction is so destructive and leaves the sufferer feeling hopeless and alone. Many reach a point where they feel they cannot go on, as cannot see a valid solution or way out; at this point they may well consider taking their own lives.
Whilst there is no scientific or medical cure for addiction as yet, it can be successfully treated through a number of proven addiction treatment methodologies. Once the drugs have been safely removed from the body (in cases of physical dependency this often requires a full medical detox), psychological measures can then be of maximum benefit. Any individual suffering from the disease of addiction will need to undergo a profound change in their thinking if they are to stand any chance of staying clean. This can be achieved through an intensive rehabilitation programme that is specifically designed to meet the individual’s physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual treatment needs. An intensive and structured professionally delivered rehabilitation and recovery programme can keep the individual safe from relapse. By dealing with the issues underpinning the addiction, treating the individual as a whole person and providing them with the recovery tools required for daily application; the individual can stay clean, sober and sane a day at a time. Once the addict has undergone a profound change in thinking and mindset, they will no longer suffer from the compulsion to take drugs. However, they will need to learn new coping mechanisms and apply these in their day to day living in order to maintain their recovery.
Addiction to drugs carries a high risk of a physical dependency developing. This is where the individual’s body physically requires the drug on a daily basis in order to function and to stave off withdrawal symptoms.
Drug dependency develops over time, but some drugs, when used frequently and daily, can cause a physical dependency within a matter of days or a few weeks. Dependency develops once an individual has become tolerant to the original dose of drugs; their body and brain become used to having that amount and adjust, so that it no longer has the desired effect. At this point the individual will need to increase the amount in order to gain the original effects of the drug. The body and brain will then become tolerant once again and so again they have to increase…this cycle is never ending. Taking less than the body and brain have become tolerant to, results in withdrawal symptoms and with some drugs this can be extremely unpleasant at best, and at worst – life threatening. The safest way to withdraw from a drug dependency has been proven to be a full medical detox. At Oasis Bradford we can facilitate all manner of drug detoxes with supervision and medical care 24/7
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. We take all of these factors into consideration when prescribing a suitable detox regime with an approved replacement drug.
Oasis Bradford offer a full medically managed Drug Detox for all of those that are identified as having 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 and protocols to the letter. Detoxing from drugs can be very dangerous, even life-threatening if not carried out correctly. We therefore offer very high levels of medical care and offer specialist support from our qualified nursing team around the clock, 7 days a week. We specialise in alcohol and drug detox and in managing complex detoxes, where the individual is dependent to more than one drug. We take every measure possible to ensure that each individual completes their medical detox safely and leaves our care drug free.
As previously stated there is no quick fix to overcoming an addiction to drugs. A detox alone is rarely sufficient for an individual suffering from the illness of addiction to stay clean on a permanent basis. The psychological aspect of addiction, which is the driving force behind the compulsive drug seeking and maladaptive and destructive behaviours, must be comprehensively treated also. Permanent recovery is achieved through a profound change in the addict’s thinking and subsequent actions. For all those needing treatment for drug addiction, it is suggested that they stay for a minimum of a 28 day residential programme. 28 days provides us with the opportunity to assist the individual in laying the foundations for a long and healthy recovery from addiction. The duration of rehabilitation will vary from individual to individual, some addicts need a longer period of rehabilitation and will complete a longer term primary care programme and then go on to secondary and tertiary care, all of which we can facilitate.
Oasis Bradford are experts in treating addiction; we have formulated a powerful healing programme that we believe provides the essential change in thinking required for an addict to stay clean and rebuild their lives and relationships. We achieve this shift in thinking through a number of cutting-edge, proven therapeutic treatments, also aimed at targeting the issues underpinning each individual’s addiction. By admitting to our clinic you or your loved one will benefit from the following evidence based addiction treatments, including:
Our recovery programme is also further enhanced by our Healthy Eating, Holistic and Fitness Programme. We treat each individual as a whole person, this means healing them through a person centred approach: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. By doing this we are ensuring that no stone is left unturned, as this could prove to be a potential blockage to their ongoing recovery and personal growth. Our drug addiction treatment programme is intensive and structured; this way we keep our patients engaged and focused on their recovery. No matter what time of day or night, we always have staff on hand that our patients can speak to if they are struggling. The hardest battle to overcome with addiction, is the one that the individual sufferer will have with their own mind. We aim to change this through our proven and highly effective therapies and by showing our patients new ways of coping and managing their own thoughts and emotions, without the need or want for drugs. Each of our patients receive a personalised rehabilitation programme, tailored to their individual specific treatment needs. No two individuals are the same, and through this approach we can free each individual from their addictive behaviours and provide them with the tools to maintain their recovery, drug free and on a permanent basis!
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.