How to Get Help When Addiction Becomes a Problem: Resources for Residents in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Including Truro, Penzance, and Redruth
Though generally regarded a peaceful region, perhaps one ideal for a holiday, the area of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly are not immune to the addiction epidemic troubling the U.K. Help for people affected by the problem of alcohol or drug abuse, or any other behavioural/process addiction (e.g. gambling, sex or porn, compulsive hoarding), is available throughout the region. Resources for addiction recovery can be found in Truro, Redruth, Penzance and other parts of the county.
Will an addiction treatment programme be able to accommodate me if I have a mental health issue as well?
Most clinics, rehabilitation programmes and therapeutic treatments are familiar with the concept of dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis simply means that in addition to an addiction, the person also has an underlying mental health issue, which can be depression, an eating disorder, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), anxiety, PTSD or something else.
Having a dual diagnosis is fairly common among people who have an addiction, and many residential addiction treatment programmes understand that one problem may influence the other. Hence, if the psychological problem is not addressed, recovery from addiction may be more complicated.
How are mental health problems treated, and is therapy for addiction done alongside, separately?
At Castle Craig Hospital, and many other residential rehabilitation centres, therapy for dual diagnosis and underlying psychological problems is done concurrently with addiction treatment. Ideally, a personalised treatment plan is prepared, tailored to the patient’s needs, in order to ensure the likelihood of recovery.
Medical professionals at Castle Craig also believes treating both issues at the same time, in one location, is the best route. Ignoring an underlying psychological issue amplifies the risk of relapse. Furthermore, the mental health issue cannot be properly addressed until the patient is sober.
Therapy for someone with a dual diagnosis varies, as each case is unique. The approach also varies from centre to centre, as each residential rehab offers different services. At Castle Craig, for example, common specialist or complementary therapies for treating underlying psychological problems include CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), EMDR (eye movement desensitisation reprocessing), and equine-facilitated psychotherapy.
Are there services available in Cornwall or Isles of Scilly that address alcohol or drug addiction, or other substance or behavioural dependencies?
There are multiple locations throughout Cornwall and Isles of Scilly where one can go to ask for help for any addiction-related problems, whether the addiction affects you directly or indirectly. Services specialising in alcohol, drug or behavioural dependencies can be found throughout the county.
The Safer Cornwall, sponsored by the local government, has contact details for centres offering assistance for alcohol-dependent individuals and those addicted to drugs. They list other online resources for residents of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, with addiction-specialising organisations or clinics in Truro, Redruth, St. Austell, and other towns. Their site also links to other pages that offer educational materials about addiction.
Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as other 12-step fellowships, also host meetings in many cities and towns throughout Cornwall. Attending a meeting can be a good first step towards addressing one’s addiction.