Thank you all for the beautiful life I have back. I wouldn’t be in this position without the support you all provided, each of you in your own special way. 9.5 months clean and sober. – Mark
If you are suffering from mental health issues, you may be feeling that there is no way out and that you cannot get better.
While mental health issues and addiction are complex illnesses, they are treatable, and recovery is very possible.
The dangers of self-medicating with alcohol and drugs
If you are suffering from mental health problems, then you are twice as likely to begin turning to substances like drugs, prescription drugs or alcohol as a way of easing your symptoms.
While you may believe that substance use can alleviate your depressive or anxious feelings, it does the complete opposite.
The ‘high’ you will feel is only temporary, and self-medicating with alcohol or stimulant drugs will actually exacerbate your symptoms.
You will be caught in a vicious circle whereby you will need more of the substance to feel the desired effect, and your body will become dependent, which will lead to substance abuse disorder (SUD). More.
If you are on antidepressant medication already, your drug intake and alcohol consumption will make these less effective.
Relying on substances is dangerous because alcohol itself is a depressant, and of course, trying to combat depression with depressants will worsen your condition.
Dual diagnosis is something you should not ignore.
You need to be treated in a residential facility which will help you manage your mental health issues and regain sobriety.
Call us today on 0808 1150 446.
Why choose treatment? Why can’t I get better on my own?
Therapy and recovery treatment is incredibly beneficial to long-term recovery.
If you are suffering from addiction, then detoxing or going ‘cold turkey’ on your own at home, is not only hard to achieve but dangerous.
Detox will be made as comfortable and safe as possible in a residential rehab facility, and this will allow you to become sober and stable enough to receive further treatment.
- It will identify the root causes of your mental health issues and your substance abuse.
- You will develop a deeper insight into your addiction and mental illness, and the barrier they are putting between you and sobriety.
- Treatment will provide you with the right tools to cope with stress, cravings and withdrawal.
- Evidence-based therapies are proven to help your recovery.
- You will have access to professional medical staff and leading consultants who directly address your mental health and substance use symptoms with a treatment plan tailored to you.
By taking yourself out of your usual home environment, which is full of distractions, temptations and most importantly, lacking in medical support, you will be able to focus solely on your recovery and regain control over your life, and your mental wellbeing.
Treatment will strengthen and balance your mindset and give you the short- and long-term tools to maintain not only a sober life, but a healthy routine that encourages mental wellbeing.
The proof of success is in the stats. 84% of those in addiction treatment programmes maintained long-term sobriety and happiness. Read our full report of success rates here.
How can sobriety save my mental health?
As well as the physical health benefits of sobriety, you will have a clear mind which will enable you to deal with future problems in a healthier way.
If you have been treated for a dual diagnosis, you will have used alcohol and drugs as a mental crutch, but in recovery, you need to seek a different and healthier mental and emotional support system.
The purpose of experiential and holistic therapies in rehab is to instil a healthy routine which not only provides a positive distraction from longer-term cravings but enhances and improves mentality.
Here are some things that can help you maintain sobriety and a healthy state of mind:
1. Exercise and diet:
Not only will this allow your body to rebuild itself after the severe physical side effects of drinking and taking drugs, but you need to keep moving. This will help you to maintain positivity, improved sleep, better mood and stress relief.
2. Make yourself stable
Sobriety means stability – not only by giving you a clearer head, but you will be able to rebuild a stable life, which can improve your mental state too. How to stay sober after rehab.
You will be able to continue your existing job or search for a new one. You can then make sure your housing situation is safe for you, as well as economically viable.
A sober and stable life means going on to bigger, better and happier things, but like all good things that do not create a false sense of security or happiness, it takes a little work and a little time.
Read more: Staying Sober: The First 90 Days.
If you remain sober, you will be able to personally develop and maintain a healthy mindset by seeking motivation and support from others.
12-Step Meetings will allow you to share your experiences, feelings and thoughts in a safe and supportive environment, as well as listen to others’ success stories.
This not only provides an outlet for your emotions, which is mentally healthy but also can give you the motivation you need to continue living your best sober life.
Support is out there, now go and find it
If you are struggling with mental health and addiction, or during your recovery, reach out. There are so many who are here to help and support you.
Our team at the Executive Rehab Guide are sympathetic and friendly and will provide support, advice and recommendations when you need us most.
Call us today on 0808 1150 446.
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Last Updated on April 29, 2021 by Alison