We’ve treated high court judges, an ex-presidents bodyguard, high performance athletes as well as people who’ve lived on the streets and everyone in between. Becoming addicted isn’t a reflection of poor character, lack of will power or intellectual prowess. Becoming addicted doesn’t mean we’re bad people who need to be good, it means we’re sick people who need treatment and learn to live a better way.
Most of us that end up addicted to alcohol or other drugs initially experienced drinking and/or using drugs as something good. It certainly made us feel better, even helped us to cope and function better.
At first drinking alcohol and using drugs worked, it seemed they fulfilled a useful purpose, some patients report a sense of being whole for a short time.
But that isn’t where the story ended.
“Our addiction got progressively worse and so too did the consequences.”
Whatever the individual and very personal details of your story are, so many of us that become addicted thought that our situations were unique and we felt utterly alone. Some of us stayed in complete denial until we received treatment and some of us reached a point where we could no longer lie to ourselves. We were exhausted and willing to consider other options.
“Most of us just wanted a break from the chaos to get our families off our backs.”
Living in active addiction is gets lonelier and lonelier. The mounting consequences, our desperate and angry family, work and legal problems, as well as general unmanageability, only adds to the misery.
WeDoRecover offers a totally confidential, non-judgmental service that helps you look at potential treatment options. Whether you’re in the UK, Europe, South Africa, Australia or anywhere else, we can help. People like us can recover and live a happy, contented life without drugs and alcohol.
Drug / Alcohol Addiction – Self Diagnosis
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you drink or use drugs alone?
- Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of drinking or drug use?
- Has your physician ever treated you for drinking or drug use?
- Do you drink or use drugs to build up your self-confidence?
- Have you ever been to a hospital or institution because of drinking or drug use?
- Do you lose time from work due to drinking or drug use?
- Is drinking or drug use making your home life unhappy?
- Is drinking or drug use affecting you reputation?
- Have you gotten in financial difficulties as a result of drinking of drug use?
- Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when drinking or using drugs?
- Does your drinking or drug use make you careless of your family’s welfare?
- Has your ambition decreased since drinking or using drugs?
- Do you crave a drink of drugs at a definite time daily?
- Do you want a drink or drugs the next morning?
- Does drinking or using drugs cause you to have difficulty sleeping?
- Has your efficiency decreased since drinking or using drugs?
- Is drinking or using drugs jeopardizing your job or business?
- Do you drink or use drugs to escape from worries or troubles?
Answering ‘Yes’ to three or more questions indicates that either abuse or dependence is present and corrective action needs to be taken. [Questions are courtesy of Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, USA]
Finding the right rehab centre
Not all alcoholics and addicts are the same, neither are all addiction treatment centres.
Our expert consultants will discuss your needs with you and give you sensible advice on which treatment centre you’re going to feel most comfortable at whilst receiving the treatment that you need. We work with registered, private rehabs that have good reputations, provide excellent clinical care and comfortable living accommodation.
The Good News
The best news we can give you is that coming clean doesn’t mean you have to be miserable.
Of course there may be some difficulty in the beginning, but as time goes on you’ll discover to your amazement that you’re living free of the compulsion to use.
You’ll find that you’re enjoying your new life clean and sober and that you’re doing things you never thought possible.
Addiction rehab isn’t just an opportunity to stop drinking or using drugs, it’s an opportunity to restructure your life in a way that can make you happier too!
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