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Choosing the help you need is an important decision so it’s right to ask questions about it. This ensures you get the best treatment for your addiction and the right support for your recovery.
If the answers you need are not here, please call us in confidence in the UK on (+44 or 0) 207 558 8420 or in Spain on (+34) 951 107 195. Every enquiry is dealt with privacy and respect.
What should I look for in a treatment centre?
A professional addiction treatment centre should first and foremost have an excellent clinical team with each member of staff bringing the right training, education and experience to the role they fulfil. They should each have a minimum of a Masters degree in addiction treatment or a related field and a licence to operate in the country in which they provide care. Another good indicator is to see what previous clients have said about the care that has been provided by the treatment centre.
What is addiction exactly and how does it start?
Addiction is a common and progressive illness. In every culture in every country worldwide it is estimated that one in ten people suffer from addiction. This may be to a substance (such as drugs or alcohol), a behaviour (such as sex, gambling, shopping, relationships or self-harm) or to food (including anorexia, bulimia and over-eating). The latest research indicates that addictive behaviour is often rooted in trauma: the experience of a situation, event, or series of events of a terrifying and overwhelming nature. As a result of this experience an individual may repeatedly turn to a substance or type of behaviour in an attempt to comfort themselves. Unfortunately it doesn’t work and as addiction takes hold, a complete loss of self-worth, a breakdown in trust, and inevitable social isolation follow as both the addict and his or her family are drawn into the vortex. In this sense addiction can be seen as an illness that affects the whole family.
Why are people reluctant to seek help?
Saying no to addiction treatment is understandable because of two very clear pressures. One is the internal pressure of denial, which can be very strong in people who suffer from addiction. The other is an external pressure which comes from the social stigma of addiction that stops you seeking the help you need. This is very counter-productive because professional help is crucial to recovery and the stigma only reinforces the unimaginable sense of shame you already feel.
What causes people to relapse?
Usually a relapse is from a lack of support. This is one of the reasons why Camino Recovery places such a high value on group therapy as part of the 12-step programme. Working in a group helps you to develop a support network which can help you to sustain your abstinence and reduce the chances of relapsing.
What is the 12-step recovery programme?
The 12-step recovery programme is a set of principles on which to plot a course of action that will take you away from a life of addiction, compulsion or other behavioural problems. It is delivered in a group therapy setting which has been shown to be the most effective addiction treatment for the largest number of people.
I’ve heard that the 12 step programme is a set of religious beliefs. Is that true?
No, the 12 steps are merely a useful set of principles on which to base your recovery plan. They help you move on from the sense of emptiness and hopelessness in your addiction to find happiness and meaning in your life. Twelve-step programmes do encourage you to consider and develop your own spiritual beliefs, but spirituality is different from religion: it is concerned with how you think and feel about yourself, other people and the world around you. Because this is individual to each person, the programme works just as well for those who have no religious beliefs as for those who do follow a particular faith.
Why is family therapy important?
Addiction is a family illness. People often want to believe that it only affects the ‘addict’ but it affects the entire family. As a result all the most successful treatment centres around the world offer a family component to their recovery programme.
Why go abroad for treatment?
There are many benefits to receiving treatment for addiction away from home – not least of which is the fact that you can get the same quality of care at a lower price. But more than that, a new environment, away from the things you are familiar with, can help you to make a break from old mental patterns and prepare yourself for a better future after a fresh start. We also know that a warm, sunny climate can help people with depression. It also makes an opiate-detox more comfortable.
Which conditions are typically treated alongside addiction?
The two most common dual-diagnoses are depression and trauma. Obsessive compulsive behaviour and personality disorders are also quite common, while anxiety is often experienced alongside depression and bi-polar disorder.
What is a detox and how long does it take?
Detoxification is the process by which you are helped to overcome the feelings of withdrawal after you begin your recovery from addiction. The duration of your detox will depend on how severe your level of use has been and what you have been using but it normally takes between three and ten days. A detox from alcohol is very different to a detox from opiates. Opiate detox symptoms appear flu-like so a warm, sunny climate helps you to feel better.
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To start your journey towards recovery from addiction to alcohol, drugs, food, gambling or sex – and to address any associated issues such as depression, anxiety or trauma – speak to us in confidence today.
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