The First Steps to Addiction Recovery
Many individuals experiencing difficulty with addiction deny the reality of their substance abuse, and often refuse to accept the damage they may have caused to themselves and to their loved ones. Breaking through this denial is a powerful tool and is the first step to begin a journey free from addiction.
The Signs of Addiction
Alcoholism is not as straightforward as you might think. You don’t have to drink excessively all the time to be addicted: the extent of dependence sits on a spectrum. You might be 15 or 65 and may or may not have a stable job. You might drink in isolation or be incredibly social, maybe you have a family history of alcoholism.
You might be a binge drinker or class yourself as a heavy drinker, but if you feel the compulsion to drink is too strong and find it difficult to stop or modify your drinking patterns, you most likely have an alcohol addiction.
However, the significance of the side effects that alcohol dependence presents is very clear. Alcoholism puts you at a higher risk of liver damage, cancer, heart disease and other debilitating conditions. It can also put pressure on your relationships, your career and your finances.
The behaviours of Addiction
- Increased aggression
- Drinking in secret
- Drink driving
- Acting irrational or saying hurtful things to others, and having no recollection of these events the day after
- Finding excuses to drink
- Unlawful activities
- Emotional, physical or verbal abuse
- Neglecting own personal hygiene
- Neglecting responsibilities, not going to work or looking after your family
How Steps Together can help
We help make the first step to recovery and reduce the harm that alcohol or drug misuse brings to each individual, their loved ones, or their colleagues with our evidence based treatments & programmes. Addiction is not a moral failure, but a disease which Steps Together can help you with one step at a time. We offer a range of treatment and support services that can be tailored to your needs and ensure you gain the help you need. We have three stages of treatment and support including our free aftercare services, see below for further information.
First Phase Primary Residential – Steps Together’s Residential Services offer the most effective and safe treatment programmes, in our welcoming and homely residential treatment centres
Second Phase Rehab – Enables clients to build on their existing and amazing recovery achievements in primary care with Steps Together, or another primary treatment centre
Outpatient Services – Our extensive range of professional outpatient services are the perfect fit for busy lives, and can help secure your recovery long term recovery
Aftercare Services – Providing our clients and their loved ones with the right recovery toolbox to maintain long-term sobriety
You are in safe hands
Clinical Detoxification from alcohol or drugs is an essential part of Steps Together’s RESET approach to recovery. At Steps Together, we believe that clinical treatment and care maintain the highest standards and ensure that our clients receive the most comfortable and safe treatment experience for their individual needs. Find our more here.
Our mission is clear
Steps Together core purpose is to change the lives of individuals, families and communities affected by the devastating and destructive impact of addictions. For further information please call 0330 175 7031 to speak to a friendly treatment advisor today.