Moorpark Drug & Alcohol Rehab, Scotland

Addiction And Rehab Treatment In Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow has a high level of addiction deaths

Addiction Statistics For Glasgow & Scotland

Greater Glasgow has been identified as having a higher proportion per capita of problematic alcohol and drug addiction issues than the national average. With an estimated 23% of adults in Glasgow drinking alcohol at harmful levels, and 148 suspected drug deaths in the first nine months of 2022, drug and alcohol addiction in Glasgow is almost double the national average.

These depressing death statistics of the effects of drugs and alcohol misuse mean there is clearly a desperate need for high-quality, effective and successful addiction treatment programmes within the greater Glasgow area.

As well as those deaths in Glasgow, it’s important to note the levels of addiction deaths in other parts of Scotland. Within the same time frame as above, suspected drug deaths in Edinburgh City were 92, and there were 88 deaths in Lanarkshire.

When enclosed in a decreasing cycle of excessive alcohol and drug addiction, considering professional medical support through a drugs and alcohol rehabilitation programme should be a primary objective for all those who suffer.

A comparison of the drug deaths across regions of the UK in 2020 (see chart below) demonstrates how chronic addiction is in Scotland.

Addiction deaths in Scotland 2020

At the extreme end of the scale, health problems caused by drug or alcohol addiction often include:

  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased risk of stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Mental health problems such as depression and anxiety
  • Stomach, liver and throat cancer
  • Death, through suicide, overdose and poisoning

Specifically with reference to alcohol, sudden cessation of consumption can in itself be life-threatening, and it is recommended that a medically assisted, monitored and supported alcohol detox programme is undertaken. Any attempt to detox at home or self-detox from any drug without medical assistance and support is considered dangerous and is discouraged by the medical profession.

NHS Addiction Treatment in Glasgow & Scotland

NHS Scotland offers free outpatient treatment, but waiting times are long, (Glasgow, especially, has one of the longer waiting times of NHS areas in Scotland) and these treatments tend to deal with addiction as a purely medical condition, rather than the medical, physical and mental condition that it actually is.

It is important to note that there are NO free rehabs in the NHS in Scotland. The NHS detoxes individuals in their facilities but does not offer a full rehabilitation service. Anyone in Scotland that does manage to get rehab via the NHS has been outsourced to private rehab, with the NHS picking up the tab. This is extremely rare and very, very sad as far as we are concerned.

Free treatment on the NHS is a postcode lottery too, with different regions offering different levels and types of service. Often, it is outpatient treatment, too. They rarely use a holistic method of recovery, which has been proven to be the most effective treatment for addiction.

There are, however, some benefits of the NHS-funded system:

  • It is free at the point of use
  • It only requires a commitment of approximately 5–7 days
  • Your family and friends are able to help with the process
  • There are few admissions criteria
  • It provides a controlled detox

When trying to detox oneself, one of the main concerns is how to alleviate and treat withdrawals. In extreme cases, these can be very dangerous, and indeed in some cases, a home detox will be considered inappropriate.

Benefits of Residential Addiction Rehab in Glasgow

It has been proven time and time again that residential rehab is the most effective treatment for addiction, especially when combined with in-house detox. Benefits are:

  • 24/7 supervision
  • Specialist care
  • Greater aftercare and long-term support options
  • Therapeutic help for underlying issues
  • Physical, mental and emotional care
  • Isolation from triggers during treatment
  • A network of suitable social peers to reinforce life changes made

The most successful method of addressing drug and alcohol addiction – and for long-term recovery – is an intensive inpatient treatment programme. However, there is quite simply not enough funding in the system for NHS patients to be referred to non-NHS drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics.

In-patient treatment clinics offer a residential stay situated away from a person’s typical environment. This is of primary importance as it removes any domestic and societal triggers whilst providing a supported environment focused solely on recovery.

What Happens In The Best Addiction Rehabs?

Whilst detoxification from a substance is the first step to recovery, it is only that: the first step. Without proper support and care from trained medical practitioners, the chances of relapse are high. The best residential Glasgow drug and alcohol rehabs, such as Moorpark Clinic, usually provide many therapy techniques, all carefully structured to individual needs.

These normally include benefits such as:

  • Trained psychiatrists, doctors & nursing staff
  • One-to-one and group processes
  • Addiction counselling
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
  • Trauma Counselling
  • Tailored mental health care
  • Psychology workshops
  • Massage & reflexology
  • Fitness, exercise, yoga and Pilates
  • Nutrition testing & planning
  • Mindfulness
  • Acupuncture
  • Relapse prevention

The therapies listed above broadly indicate a need to heal the whole person and are all offered here. Holistic activities and therapies to support proper mental and physical change are required to connect and address the physical, mental and emotional issues that are underlying the cycle of addiction. This holistic approach offers the best opportunity for not only high-quality professional care but of avoiding relapse.

Addiction Help & Advice For Glasgow

If you or someone you love needs drug or alcohol addiction treatment, please get in touch with us for treatment and recovery advice. We are trained and qualified medical and therapeutic experts in addiction treatment and offer free advice to those who need it.

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