Substance misuse is a term used to describe the improper use or abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Substance misuse can describe both one-time occurrences and long-term behaviour patterns, and can include both legal and illegal (illicit) substances. Individuals may engage in substance misuse for many reasons, including attempted self-medication and recreation.
Depending upon the substance that an individual has been misusing, the effects can range in severity of outcomes. Over the long-term, the risks that are associated with substance misuse will increase, as will the likelihood of developing an addiction.
At The Manor Clinic, our dedicated professionals have decades of combined experience working with people who have struggled with substance misuse and addiction. Our experiences have led us to develop specialised programming that has proved to be effective at helping adults end their dependence upon alcohol and other drugs and make the lifestyle changes that allow them to live healthier and happier lives, free from the constraints of chemical dependency.
Why Consider Treatment at The Manor Clinic
The damage that can be caused by untreated substance misuse on an individual’s health and wellbeing, cannot be understated. Depending upon the nature and severity of the problem, signs of substance misuse, or physical damage related to substance misuse can include:
- Heart problems
- Liver disease
- Brain damage
- Vision deficiencies
- Loss of muscle strength and coordination
- Increased risk for certain cancers
The mental and psychological impact of substance misuse can include impaired communication, diminished cognition, memory problems, and the development and/or exacerbation of a variety of co-occurring mental health disorders. Individuals who fail to get effective professional help for a substance misuse problem may also experience family discord, strained or ruined interpersonal relationships, job loss, unemployment, financial problems, and legal problems.
Yet when a person who has been engaging in prolonged substance misuse chooses to seek treatment, the pain can be stopped, they can begin to repair the damage, and they can begin pursuing a healthier and more productive future.
Types of Treatment Offered at The Manor Clinic
Located in Southampton, this 14-bed clinic supplies high quality treatment to people who are struggling with addictions to substances and co-occurring mental health disorders. With en-suite rooms that are accessible to individuals with limited mobility and treatment methods, and modalities that are proven effective in helping adults break free from addiciton, this clinic is where lives can be transformed for the better.
The team of professionals who deliver treatment at The Manor Clinic go above and beyond to help patients reach their recovery goals and are able to do so because of their expertise in treating people battling the disease of addiction. Respect for the dignity of each person entrusted into our care is revered, and the therapeutic experience at this centre is focused solely on the needs of each patient. When a person elects to receive care at The Manor Clinic, a customised plan of care will be devised, and will include only the most appropriate protocols that will enable the individual to recover and heal in a lasting way. Depending on the programme that a person participates in, whether it is our 7, 14, or 28 day programme, the following methods of treatment are those that can be incorporated into their personally tailored treatment plan:
Medically assisted detox: When a person starts their treatment at The Manor Clinic, they may require detoxification services at the start of their care. Medically assisted detox, which is supervised by our team of medical professionals, is offered to help patients clear their bodies of the substances that they have been misusing, and enables them to achieve the clarity of mind to participate in other elements of our treatment. Detox at our centre can be administered for up to a week, though the length of time a patient spends in our detox level of care can vary based on the patient’s needs.
Medication management: For patients who require pharmaceutical intervention in order to manage mental health condition symptoms while working to defeat substance misuse and addiction, our centre is pleased to provide medication management services to those who require it. Our psychiatrists are on-hand to assess the need for and prescribe medication, and our on-call doctors and 24-hour nursing staff supervise the progress and effectiveness of any medication given.
Group therapy: For many individuals, struggling with substance misuse and addiction can be a painfully lonely experience, with many thinking no one can understand what they are going through. At The Manor Clinic, however, we aim to eliminate this feeling and thought process by offering group therapy opportunities from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day. During group therapy sessions, patients benefit from the support of their peers and are given skills and guidance from our clinical team to leave their substance misuse in the past. Among the various types of groups and group topics covered in sessions, the following are are a few examples at our centre:
- Patient-centred groups that focus on addiction-related topics
- Disease concept
- Working the programme
- Family / relationships issues
- Work-related issues
- Social life concerns
- Anger management
- Mood management
- 12-Step groups
Individual therapy: At The Manor Clinic, group therapy meets most of our patients’ needs. However, at the care planning stage at the start of a patient’s treatment programme, individual therapy needs are discussed with all patients on our longer treatment programmes. If it is felt the patient would benefit from one to one therapy, it will be applied at a certain stage of treatment and tailored to the individual’s needs.
Family support: We support patients’ families and significant others in a safe environment to help them understand addiction. The weekend sessions help the family develop constructive ways they can help their loved ones overcome their addiction as well as caring for themselves. Our family liaison workers lead these sessions, and these staff members are highly trained to work with the primary support networks of people struggling with addiction. This support, including 24/7 telephone support remains available to family members even after the person they care about has completed treatment with us.
Experiential therapy: Being able to heal one’s mind and body is important when recovering from substance misuse and addiction. For this reason, The Manor Clinic includes various experiential therapies that are meant to help patients experience healing in a profound way. The below listed therapies are among those that can be incorporated into patients’ care plans so that the men and women we treat can benefit from our holistic approach to addiction treatment:
- Aftercare group
If you or someone you care about is in need of effective addiction treatment, look no further than The Manor Clinic. Our staff is available to answer any questions that you or your family member or friend may have, and we are happy to help you determine if our centre is where the next and sober chapter in your life can commence.
At The Manor Clinic, a healthier, substance-free future awaits.
Helping a Loved One Get Treatment
It can be difficult to be certain when a friend or family member needs professional help for substance misuse. If a person whom you care about appears to have become preoccupied with acquiring and using alcohol or another drug, and their physical, emotional, or social wellbeing is suffering as a result, they may be in dire need of professional intervention. Please consider the following:
- If possible, identify the specific substance or substances that they have been misusing.
- Educate yourself about the disease of addiction. When a person has become dependent upon one or more substances, they lose a degree of control over their thoughts, decisions, and actions. Addiction is not another word for bad behaviour or poor self-discipline; it is a chronic progressive disease that, if left untreated, can be fatal.
- Research treatment options from The Manor Clinic.
- Talk to them about your concerns, and encourage them to discuss this issue with their GP.
If the GP determines that professional help is needed, realise that this is just one step in a long process. Plan to play an active positive role in your loved one’s life before, during, and after they have completed treatment for their substance misuse problem.