When the weekend is coming up, are you preoccupied with getting out, getting high? Does Friday merge into Saturday and Sunday, with unlimited drinks and drugs, barely any sleep? If reality starts to bite for you on Sunday evening, and your Monday mornings are Hell on Earth, please read on for drug addiction help. We cover how to admit an alcohol and drug habit, which is not only taking over your weekend, but it’s beating you up on Monday and beyond too. Call 0208 191 9191 or contact us in confidence to explore drug addiction treatment with Help Me Stop.
Ask yourself, are the highs worth the lows?
It can be hard to assess your own drink and drug use when things gets out of hand. When one or two recreational lines of coke become gram after gram, or when a few pints on Friday roll into hard spirits on Saturday and Sunday, your mental health will take a kicking. It’s difficult to see things straight. But, if you’re bingeing at weekends, then sobering up for work on Monday, you will know what it feels like to crash. You will know what it’s like to draw the curtains on Monday morning, the light hurting your eyes. You will know the sinking feeling of stepping outside into reality, avoiding the eyeline of ‘normal people’ on your way to work. If you feel like this, you probably dread going to work. Perhaps you are planning to get through the day by topping up at lunchtime.
In these low moments, there is an opportunity for lucid thinking. You get a chance to assess the price you pay for those weekend sessions. Ask yourself, are the highs worth it? Do they more than make up for the lows? Of course, the occasional hangover or comedown might not be something you’re too worried about. But if it’s most Mondays and other days creep in too, then is this what you really want?
If you’re calling in sick at work, are you running out of excuses?
Too many Mondays missed will ring an alarm bell at work. In the best workplaces, there’ll be support in place to help you. In others, there won’t be anything other than raised eyebrows and annoyed colleagues. Too many absences, or lots of different excuses for not showing up, will be making things more difficult at work. If you’ve called in sick today, or you’ve had a run of days off recently, does it feel like you’re jeopardising your job? If you have a supportive HR manager or boss, then it may be worth talking to them about what you’re going through. However, many of our clients at Help Me Stop don’t want to have that conversation before getting support. If you’re interested in treatment with us, we can help you to have the most effective conversation with your employer about what’s going on, if you want to do this. We also offer our Online Rehab, which can be completed whilst still going to work.
Are your family and friends asking questions?
Bingeing heavily at weekends, then trying to get through the following week, builds up into a pattern of behaviour that other people may notice. If your family are questioning where you’ve been or what you’ve been doing, it can increase the pressure to hide what’s really going on. There may be questions around finances too, from a partner or spouse, if you’re spending a lot of money on drugs and alcohol. If you find that your reactions to their questions are increasingly angry, defensive, or you are becoming more withdrawn, then this is a sign you need specialist support.
There is drug addiction help across the country
There are drug and alcohol support services right across the UK.
At Help Me Stop, we provide intensive drug and alcohol treatment in our London Dayhabs and our Online Rehab (available to anyone with wifi and a computer). We also have a one-to-one counselling service. Our confidential helpline is 0208 191 9191, or you can fill out our contact form or talk to us via live chat.
You could also book an appointment with your GP, to ask for help with alcohol or drug addiction. Though referrals to specialist support and waiting times vary widely, depending on your location and level of need, you may find it helpful to talk with a medical professional. Find out if there are services available to you locally.
You can attend free support meetings with Alcoholic Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and SMART recovery meetings. These are non-professional groups and they do not provide therapy, but they are used by millions of people worldwide to achieve and maintain addiction recovery.
If you’re also suffering with a food or behavioural addiction, there are many support groups nationwide including Overeaters Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, Debtors Anonymous and many more.
For family and friends of people with alcohol or drug addiction, there are specialist support groups for you too. Al-Anon, Alateen, Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families, Nar-Anon and Codependent Anonymous all provide support and a programme to support people affected by a loved one’s addiction and challenging relationships.