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Likely and Unlikely Beneficiaries of Drug and Alcohol Rehab

posted on: August 13th, 2012
We tend to associate private drug rehab and alcohol rehab centres as something reserved exclusively for celebrities or those with ‘serious’ drug problems. This isn’t the case – anyone is welcome to attend a drug or alcohol rehab clinic if they, or their friends or family, feel they have a need. Rehab can be invaluable for someone suffering from addiction, providing not just ongoing support by medical professionals and those who have made it through to the other side of addiction, but also in creating changes in behaviour which lead to a clean and sober future ahead.

Yes, rehab really can be for everyone, and here we look at some of the expected, and not so expected, cases that are making their way to rehabilitation centres across the country.

The Young

Young people are becoming increasingly open to drugs and alcohol despite the scary reports in the media and the deaths of their idols, such as Amy Winehouse. A fifth of those who take drugs admit to taking them without knowing what they contain, and those who define themselves as clubbers are more likely to take ecstasy than they are to smoke cigarettes. 15% of those surveyed in the Guardian/Mixmag poll last November admitted to taking an unknown white powder within the last year, with a third then adding that it was supplied by someone they didn’t know or trust.

New illegal and legal highs are coming on the market all the time, the latest being the ‘pink ecstasy’ which started to do the rounds in Liverpool in June. Mephedrone, also known as ‘Miaow Miaow’, was made illegal in 2010 after it suddenly became popular on the clubbing scene.

Many of those who take drugs or consume large amounts of alcohol while on nights out don’t usually consider that they have a problem. However, the social consumption of these substances can quickly lead to addiction, causing personal and professional problems which may result in the young person following a downward spiral to losing everything.

The Drunkorexics

No, we’ve not made it up. One in four female students have started reducing their food intake to allow for the calories in the alcohol they consume in bouts of binge drinking. The combination of a lack of necessary nutrition plus the effect of the alcohol can be extremely dangerous and can lead to a dual problem – alcoholism combined with an eating disorder.

Our alcohol rehab clinics provide bespoke recovery programmes which look at specifically tackling the nature of the problem, including other mental or physical health issues if necessary.

The OAPs

It’s not just young people that are experiencing addiction to drugs and alcohol. More and more OAPs are finding that they can no longer cope with their ‘daily tipple’, seeing the over-60s heading to rehab facilities in a bid to tackle the problem.

People are living longer and are generally more healthy, but are (at the moment, at least) still retiring at the same age, leaving them with many years to fill. This means that OAPs can be particularly vulnerable, as the combination of loneliness, boredom and ailing health can lead to them turning to drink.




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