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Addiction rehabilitation treatment programmes
The holiday season is upon us and to some this means it’s the time for joyful celebrations and festivities. However, for people who are in addiction recovery, this can be a difficult time of year.
Often, these celebrations take place as social gatherings accompanied by food and alcohol and sometimes even other illegal and harmful substances.
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Although bipolar disorder and addiction are not officially symptomatic of each other, they often occur concurrently.
These two conditions are commonly related to one another; therefore, many medical professionals will routinely check for substance abuse and addiction in people who have been diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder.
During addiction recovery, the effects of substance abuse on mental health are easily observed.
The impact addiction has on mental health is undeniable and often, permanent. This is especially true when someone has abused substances for an extended period of time.
Some of the long-term mental health issues that may arise from addiction are anxiety, depression, sleeping disorders, mood disorders and even psychosis.
Psychological trauma is a factor that must be strongly considered in any person who is undergoing addiction recovery.
Trauma is often found to be the root cause of someone’s addictions and therefore, the trauma itself should be addressed along with the actual addiction.
What is mental health?
Mental health refers to a person’s emotional, social and psychological well-being. It has an effect on how we feel, act and think.
Furthermore, our mental state will determine how we make choices, handle stress and relate to others.
With our current modern and fast-paced lifestyles, more and more people are suffering from various kinds of anxiety disorders.
In addition, with advances in medicine and psychology, doctors have been able to sub-divide anxiety disorders into more specific categories.
These are based on particular symptoms as well as the patients’ history and circumstance. Understanding the particular disorder will assist in more personalised treatment.
Hitting rock bottom is often associated with the idea that there is no hope left to turn things around for the better.
However, sometimes it’s necessary to reach this point in order to make the most important choice in your life – the one that leads you out of the dark.
Rock bottom is generally considered the moment where a person reaches a point where they believe that things could not possibly get worse. Some may feel they have nothing left to lose.
Despite the large number of rehabs in South Africa, it’s unclear how many of them operate within the scope of ethical rehabilitation practices.
The success of a person’s addiction recovery depends largely on the way they are treated while undergoing rehabilitation.
Rehab centres are obliged both morally and legally to enforce ethical standards of practice as a non-negotiable part of their program.
Using intervention techniques when suggesting that a loved one should seek addiction treatment makes the process easier and more likely to be successful.
Interventions create change and allow family and friends to take a loving stance for the benefit of a loved one. They allow everyone involved the opportunity to talk about the situation and how the effects of substance abuse and alcoholism travel far beyond the person addicted to them.
Compassion towards yourself is easily one of the most valuable things to learn. This is a concept that is thoroughly addressed during substance abuse treatment and addiction counselling at Step Away.
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