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Are you, battling with addiction and think that your habit is getting out of control? Or perhaps you are concerned about a loved one and don’t know what to do? If so, we urge you to read on. On this page we are going to talk the devastating effects of both drug and alcohol addiction, and how it can impact a person’s life if left unchanged.

We will also highlight the various tell-sale signs and symptoms of drug abuse and alcohol addiction. Following that, we will share some additional information on our residential rehab facilities in Cambridge, and how they can support you or your loved one through alcohol and drug addiction, with all of the help and support necessary to make a full recovery.

Struggling with addiction can be a hopeless feeling, but we want to remind you that you are not alone. There are rehab programmes out there that can help you kick these harmful habits and take your life back once more. Here’s everything you need to know…

About drug and alcohol addiction

What is addiction? This is an important question because to those who are unfamiliar, addiction is often seen as weakness, self-destructive, and a poor excuse for reckless behaviour. The fact is however, that addiction is far more dangerous and must be treated as such.

Addiction is a chronic relapsing brain disease. This means that anyone who is suffering with addiction and struggling to overcome their negative habits, has had their thoughts, feelings, and behaviour altered by the substances they have been abusing; which is why telling an addict to simply ‘stop’, is far easier said than done – and entirely unhelpful.

It is after prolonged abuse that a person’s mental and physical health rapidly begins to decline, thus leading to a variety of problems (i.e., difficulty maintaining personal and professional relationships, keeping a job, and suffering from a plethora of other health afflictions).

To make matters even worse, most addicts are aware that they have a substance abuse problem, but are powerless to stop. This is why it is paramount that they get all of the care and support that they need; if they have any chance at overcoming addiction.

Which is where we come in; at Rehab Today by PCP, our rehab specialists can provide you and your loved ones with free, confidential advice on where to begin. The road to recovery is long, but we can help guide you every step of the way!

Let’s begin by exploring the dangers of addiction and highlighting some of the short and long term symptoms to keep an eye out for. Then, we will talk you through the process of being admitted into one of our drug or alcohol addiction facilities in Cambridge.

How to spot someone who needs help with addiction

It isn’t always easy to spot when someone needs help with addiction. If someone is in the early stages of substance abuse, you may notice some of their behaviours changing. Some people become more secretive, less social, and possess a shorter fuse.

Others however, are very good at hiding their addiction and can go undetected for years. In any case, this next section is designed to help you spot someone who needs help with addiction. If you or a loved one is suffering with some of the symptoms listed below, there’s a good chance that addiction is the culprit.

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Drug Abuse

Drug abuse has been on the rise in the UK during recent years and we believe that this is largely attributed to how easy it has become to get hold of drugs – especially prescription drugs from the black market, such as benzodiazepines.

What often starts out as seemingly ‘harmless’ experimentation, can soon escalate into a serious, life-threatening addiction. This is why drugs are so dangerous; the associated ‘high’ can feel so good that many people continue to chase it. And of course, the problem with this is that the human body builds up a tolerance to the drug, making said high all the more elusive. It’s a perpetual cycle that ends with a person consuming large amounts of their chosen drug, leading to many life-threatening symptoms.

Short & Long Term Symptoms of Drug Addiction

Taking drugs on the short term is always a risk, but it is the long term effects that you should be wary of.

Below, we’ll share the short and long term impacts of drug use. If either you, or someone that you love is displaying these signs, we urge you to contact us today.

Short term:

  • Shallow breathing and shortness of breath

  • Elevated body temperature (including the sweats)

  • Rapid (or irregular) heart rate

  • A dangerous increase in blood pressure

  • Insomnia and having difficulty sleeping at night (irregular sleeping patterns and days on end without sleep)

  • Slurred speech

  • Loss of appetite

  • Uncoordinated movements and clumsiness

  • Having difficulty concentrating on normal day to day tasks, including work duties

  • Irritability and loss of patience

  • Aggression toward others

  • Angry outbursts (often over trivial things)

  • A growing lack of inhibition

  • Hallucinations.

Long term:

  • Severe kidney damage

  • Cirrhosis and permanent damage to the liver

  • Increased risk of cancers

  • Irreversible tooth decay

  • Skin damage and increased signs of visible ageing

  • Infertility

  • Strokes

  • Seizures

  • Sexual dysfunction (and loss of libido)

  • Lung & breathing issues

  • Cardiovascular problems

  • Overdose and the possibility of fatality

  • A decline in cognitive function

  • Memory loss

  • Chronic paranoia (resulting in the collapse of relationships and increased social anxiety)

  • Depression

  • Psychosis.

Alcohol abuse

Alcohol abuse is becoming an increasingly serious issue throughout the UK and this is largely because binge drinking has become a large part of our culture. It is so widely accepted that more and more people are suffering with addiction to alcohol, thus leading to all manner of personal and societal problems.

With alcohol being available to purchase practically everywhere, and with television adverts promoting alcohol so casually, it’s no wonder why so many people don’t even know that they have an addiction problem until it’s too late. Often a person’s life falls to pieces before they realise that the driving force behind their deterioration was what they believed to be casual drinking and otherwise normal and accepted behaviour in the UK.

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Short & Long Term Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

Of course, having the occasional drink with friends and family at social events is safe – assuming that you are able to limit your consumption. However, if you are unable to do so, it can soon turn into a serious problem that not only impacts your life, but those of others close to you.

Below are some of the tell-sale signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction. If any of the following apply to you or someone that you care about, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

Short term:

  • Slurring of the speech

  • Feelings of drowsiness

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Frequent and severe headaches

  • Having difficulty breathing

  • Distorted vision and trouble with hearing 

  • Impaired judgment (often resulting in brash decision making)

  • Temporary unconsciousness 

  • Anaemia

  • Coma

  • Blackouts

  • Unintentional injuries such as being in a car crash.

Long term:

  • Intentional injuries such as sexual assault and domestic violence

  • Increased risk of work-related injuries

  • A loss of productivity both at work and at home

  • Increased relationship issues

  • Alcohol poisoning 

  • High blood-pressure

  • Stroke

  • Liver disease

  • Nerve damage 

  • Sexual dysfunction (erectile dysfunction for example)

  • Permanent brain damage

  • Ulcers 

  • Gastritis

  • Malnutrition 

  • Increased risk of cancer of the mouth and throat

  • A wide variety of mental health issues, including depression.

Drug and alcohol rehab Cambridge

As you can see from the symptoms listed above, drug and alcohol abuse can lead to some seriously devastating consequences in a person’s life. Now that you can see quite how dangerous addiction is, let’s take you through the process of seeking addiction treatment and how our rehab facilities in Cambridge can help!

Drug rehab Cambridge

Are you worried that yours or a loved one’s drug addiction is getting out of control? If so, we would like to invite you to contact our treatment centre in Cambridge for some some free advice. We can talk you through your options, including inpatient residential rehab, which may be the preferred choice for those who are struggling to avoid drugs due to their current environment. We can put together a comprehensive treatment programme and help you kick the habit for good!

Alcohol rehab in Cambridge

Do you feel that perhaps yours or a loved one’s alcohol consumption is taking control? If so, we offer a free callback service to those who want confidential advice on our alcohol rehab in Cambridge and the extended rehab programmes available.

If you’d like to know more about the admissions process and how to secure your own personalised treatment programme, simply read on and we will tell you everything you need to know…

Drug and alcohol addiction treatment in Cambridge - How does it work?

So, how do private rehab centres actually work? Is alcohol and drug rehab effective? What’s involved?

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Step 1 - Intake (the process of getting into rehab):

The first step is simple: accepting the fact that you have an addiction problem and making the decision to want to get better. Once you are determined to change, you can then speak with one of our addiction counsellors and begin the admissions process at one of our treatment centres.

This is when the initiation and comprehensive screening process begins. You will undergo an extensive analysis where our medical professionals will assess your physical and mental health. This is to determine the extent of your addiction in order to prescribe a comprehensive addiction treatment programme that is designed especially for you.

Our experts will find out as much as possible about you and your personal situation, including any mental health conditions that may have led to your addiction in the first place.

Step 2 - Drug alcohol detox:

After having been accepted and initiated into our inpatient residential rehab centre in Cambridge, you will need to undergo a medically assisted detox. A medical detox is an important process that cleanses your body of the harmful substances that you have been abusing. You cannot effectively go through your recovery programme until this step is out of the way.

Detox medication may be prescribed, depending on the nature of your addiction and the substance that you have been misusing. This is a dangerous process which is accompanied by a variety of painful withdrawal symptoms – which is why detox without the proper medical supervision is never advised. Your body will have many physical and psychological dependencies, making specialist treatment and medical assistance paramount.

Fortunately, as part of our drug and alcohol rehab in Cambridge, you will receive the best medical attention and supervision available; our staff with see you through the process as safely and comfortably as possible.

Step 3 - Long term treatment efforts:

After your system has been successfully cleansed of your previous drug and alcohol use, the rehab process can begin. Most addiction treatment organisations follow similar methodology, though your recovery programme will be tailored to fit your unique circumstances.

The treatment services provided vary, but you will be required to take part in a number of evidence based therapies in order to overcome withdrawal symptoms and get to the bottom of your addiction. These therapies include (but are not limited to): cognitive behavioural therapy, family therapy, art therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, individual therapy, psychological treatment, and joining addiction support groups.

This is an important process as we will work towards identifying your existing mental health conditions and begin the healing process. When you better understand the nature of your addiction and the issues that may have led to your addiction, you will be better positioned to combat and overcome it.

It can be very therapeutic speaking with other addicts as well. This is why group therapy is so critical for your long term recovery. You can learn more about addiction with other people who understand what you are going through, free of judgement.

Additionally, Cambridge rehab equips individuals with the ability to recognise their personal triggers, including coping strategies to avoid relapse and overcome addiction for good.

Step 4 - Recovery and aftercare:

After you have successfully completed your alcohol and drug rehab in Cambridge, you will then be ready to return to your life. This is when you can reconnect with friends and family and even get back to work. That said, just because you have left our rehab facility, it doesn’t mean that your substance use disorder is entirely gone – there is yet more work to be done!

For most people with substance dependency, their recovery is an ongoing process. This is why our medical professionals and addiction counsellors will put together an aftercare plan for you. Our aftercare services are critical to your recovery efforts; in order to successfully reintegrate into your life and refrain from relapsing and getting hooked again, ongoing support is necessary.

Our aftercare services will involve a wide variety of recommended therapy programmes, including motivational therapy, group sessions (such as Alcoholics Anonymous), various outpatient programmes, and regular check-ups with our wellness specialists. In other words, or doors remain open to you, and we will do whatever is necessary to facilitate long term recovery.

How long does rehab take?

How long does drug and alcohol rehab take? The duration your treatment options varies from one rehab facility to the next. This also depends on what your individual needs and requirements are. In general, the average rehab programme for addiction recovery can take:

  • 30-days

  • 60-days

  • 90-days

If you don’t like the thought of spending time away from your family, there are outpatient programmes that you can explore.

Outpatient programmes allow you to pursue your substance dependence treatment in the evenings and on days that suit you. This is ideal for those with work and familial obligations, or whose addiction isn’t as severe as others.

Private rehab clinics Cambridge

Rehab Today by PCP has many private rehab clinics in Cambridge and across the United Kingdom. All of our facilities are equipped with state of the art medical equipment, a professional medical team, and licensed addiction specialists who can provide you with an optimal recovery environment.

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Are you a Cambridge resident and wish to receive some of the finest addiction treatments the UK has to offer? If so, we urge you to get in touch with us today.

We can offer free, immediate confidential help on seeking professional assistance and joining one of our residential programmes.

At PCP we understand how hopeless it can feel when battling with addiction. However, we want to assure you that we will provide a safe and judgement-free environment where you can feel comfortable making your recovery. In fact, many of our employees at our rehab centres in Cambridge were once addicts themselves, which means not only can you receive help and support from people who understand what you’ve been going through, but that there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel as well.

Are you ready to take your life back once and for all?

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What We Do

At Rehab Today (PCP) we offer all of our clients a safe and confidential alcohol detox across all of our trusted residential centres. Our alcohol detox treatments are thoroughly regulated by the Care Quality Commission and delivered by our experienced in-house doctors and nurses. Using evidence-based research and years of experience, we tailor your alcohol detox treatment personally to you and guide you on your path to sobriety.

How We Can Help

Alcoholics feel hopeless, no matter how much they want to stop. However, it is possible to stop and to stay stopped, and even enjoy the process. Our team of professionals have helped thousands of different people like you, who are struggling to recover from active alcohol addiction.

We are ready to help you overcome this deadly disease; are you ready to begin the recovery process and reconnect with your life and the old “you”?

We have a number of programs for people with alcohol use disorder and will do everything in our power to guide you through the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal and help you take back control of your life.

Why Choose Us

We operate some of the UK’s leading drug and alcohol rehab centres and have been successfully treating people and their addictions for over 15-years. We treat our clients with the highest level of respect and dignity. At Rehab Today (PCP) we pride ourselves in providing a safe, comfortable, and judgement-free environment for you to receive your alcohol detox treatment.

That, and few people understand with symptoms of alcohol withdrawal than those who have had an alcohol use disorder themselves. Many of our medically trained staff have been a patient in an alcohol detox program and can speak from personal experience of just how difficult it is – and just how amazing it feels to be free of addiction.

If you decide to tackle your addiction with us you will have access to a wealth of resources. From free advice on how to start on your journey to recovery, to medication, care from medically trained professionals, and support groups with other people who understand exactly what you are going through.

How to Get Help

Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Ready to tackle your alcohol addiction? If so then getting professional help is the first real step to overcoming your problem and starting your journey to recovery. Please do not hesitate to use the live chat function to get in touch with a member of our team or contact us via telephone for immediate support and admission. Call today on 0800 0380 480. We have a number of friendly and professional staff waiting on standby 24/7