We have compiled some frequently asked questions to support you as you investigate treatment options in Swindon.
If you still have questions, or are ready to start considering
treatment, phone Swindon Rehab on 01793 251 888
How can I tell if I’m addicted?
If you’re asking this question, it’s likely that drugs or alcohol are having a negative effect on your life.
Addiction often causes people to continue to use the substance when it is hurting other areas of their lives, such as their relationships, employment, finances and health.
If you have tried to stop before and have been unable to, it might be a sign that you need to seek support with this.
How do I get my family member into treatment?
It can be very difficult for family members when they feel that their family member is in denial.
It can be useful to find out about some treatment options and work towards having calm and supportive conservation about addressing their problems. Treatment needs to be their own decision.
Swindon Rehab can provide advice on clinics available and advise on how to encourage them to get into treatment.
What sort of treatment is right for me?
There is no easy or short answer to this question.
This is because everyone who is suffering from addiction has their own beliefs, history and usage.
It can be useful to have a conversation with someone who is knowledgeable about this subject to start to determine what may be the best course of treatment for you.
What if I’m not ready to go into treatment?
The notion of giving up a substance that is a big part of your life can be extremely daunting.
You don’t need to lose everything or “hit rock bottom” to decide that it’s time to make a change.
Many treatment facilities can help you to consider why you are making this decision and help you to motivate yourself in the long term.
I need rehab but can’t afford it. Are there any options for me?
Yes. Some private residential clinics will offer finance options, which will allow you to pay this up over a period of time.
Alternatively, you may wish to contact your local GP to discuss treatment with the NHS.
You can also contact local charities and support groups.
How long would I need to be in rehab for?
Each person’s situation is different. Our addiction specialists would assess your level of use and other factors before recommending a treatment programme for you.
I’m worried about anyone finding out about my addiction. How do I know it’s safe to phone?
Swindon Rehab will keep your information confidential unless you consent to us speaking to someone else involved in your care, such as your GP.
Confidentiality would only be broken if our advisors felt that you or someone else was at risk of serious harm.
I have been to rehab before and have started using again. How do I know if this will work?
Relapsing is common in addiction.
Clinics will help you to develop coping strategies and will provide long-term support after you leave.
Unfortunately, there are no guarantees, but gaining control over your addiction is possible.
Past attempts can be looked at, to see what went wrong and learn from
What is withdrawal? How long does it last?
Withdrawal describes the symptoms that occur after a person reduces or stops long-term use of drugs or alcohol.
The length of these withdrawal symptoms varies with the type of drug.
Often, withdrawal symptoms can be treated with medications to ease the symptoms.
What are “triggers”?
A trigger is anything that starts the desire to engage in your addictive behaviour.
During recovery, triggers might prompt a person to use the substance again.
With support, treatment clinics can help you to identify triggers (e.g. situations, groups of people, events, times of the week, feeling bored).
Does being clean or sober become easier over time? Is there always a temptation?
This depends on the person. Many people report that their cravings reduce over time.
Many also report that their confidence in managing triggers and dangerous situations becomes easier the more they do it.
A person’s confidence tends to build during their recovery as they begin to explore other interests and focus on other aspects of their lives.