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What to expect in rehab – use fear as an engine, not a brake to seek help

One of the hallmarks of active addiction is fear. In active addiction we often become riddled with a fear so paralysing that the most natural solution is to seek oblivion in yet more alcohol, drugs or addictive behaviour.

This cycle of active addiction is incredibly difficult to break and coupled with the fact that stopping using or drinking is in itself frightening, it’s little wonder that it takes so much courage to reach out for help.

Fear of withdrawal

The prospect of detox and drug or alcohol rehab, support groups and addiction counselling is frightening for many people. Fear of detox and withdrawal can stop many people from seeking help. Fear of looking at what is underlying one’s using can hinder addicts in reaching out for support. Fear of failure, perhaps above all else, also often prevents addicts from seeking treatment.

Active addiction

If you identify with such feelings, we wish to assure you – you are not alone. We recognise how much courage it takes to seek help with an addiction and we’re here to help. Seeking help with an addiction requires a huge amount of courage and humility. Yet at the point where we invite help into our lives, things begin to change.

Medically supervised detox

The process of detox is a frightening prospect for many. At a registered clinic, rest assured, your detox will be supervised by clinicians who have helped thousands of people go through such a process. It is their job to ensure that you feel as comfortable and as safe as possible. The chances are you will find it less uncomfortable than you might fear. Trust us, we’ve been through it and have come out the other side – clean, sober, happier and healthier too.

Talking about addiction

Talking in a group, sharing a one-to-one and speaking with others about our own struggle often helps quell the feelings of isolation and loneliness. In fact, it has been our experience that sharing and opening up actually lifts a huge weight off your shoulders. You don’t have to go through it alone and there is help available.

Finding the right rehab facility

Rehab is something that many people are scared about. A lot of this fear seems to be about what to expect. People are often confused about what rehab is like and tend to believe it is one of two extremes; either a strict, boot camp environment or a luxury retreat. The truth is, rehab is neither. It is not a punishment, nor a holiday. There is lots of choice and finding somewhere you will be comfortable is important.

If you’re full of fear – use it – it might just save your life. At Port of Call we are here to answer any questions you may have and can organise your admission into a registered rehab clinic in the UK. We can find you a rehab close to home, that suits your needs best. Please call our free phone line on 08000029010 or text ‘PORT’ to 82228 and we will call you back.

About the author: Martin Preston

Martin is our Founder and Chief Executive. Martin is himself in long term recovery and started Port of Call to help families navigate treatment options. In 2020 Martin will open Delamere Health Ltd, the UK’s first purpose built addiction treatment clinic.

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