Record numbers of rehab centers close, but convalescent Daniel Solomons says the centers « taught him how to get well ».
Rehabilitation centers across the country are closing in large numbers during the pandemic. This is based on data provided to Sky News by addiction treatment experts.
In the last seven years, the number of rehab centers has almost halved, as figures from the UK Addiction Treatment Group show.
This year, 20% of rehabs have closed at least temporarily and only 94 have opened across the country.
A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Affairs said: « There are drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs across the UK for those who need help with addiction or substance dependence. «
East London, 46-year-old Daniel Solomons is having an addictive recovery, telling his story of how rehab centers helped him get back on track.
I went to rehab for the first time after my brother’s death in 2018.
I had hit such a low point not only because my brother died, but also because my best friend lost his battle with cancer and lost both of my parents at a young age.
I had a traditional upbringing. I grew up in the suburbs and was tutored in a local comprehensive school where I did well academically.
I went to university and became a teacher. I had a successful career in training for nine years before becoming a London taxi driver.
I was addicted to sugar, watching TV and running the streets bothering everyone with my crazy nature. I was always rebellious and people in authority had no control over me.
This pattern of behavior continued into adulthood and it wasn’t until I went to rehab that I learned that I had to completely change my behavior.
My crazy, impulsive thoughts are still there; However, now I can identify them and act in a more balanced and measured manner.
Rehab taught me how to reorganize my life. I have tried very hard now to act with more humility, compassion, acceptance, and selflessness.
Most importantly, I’ve learned to identify my fears that I now know are the root of my desires.
Since I left my last rehab stay this year, I have been restoring the life I should have had if addiction hadn’t gotten in the way, and I have been demanding it back.
I finally feel good in my own skin. I can now communicate honestly and openly in many situations and have achieved enormous self-acceptance.
It really revolutionized my world. At first the program seemed drastic, scary and daunting, but I persisted and now I can finally manage my life and deal with situations that baffle me.
I wanted to share my rehab experience because I believe other addicts can achieve what I have with the same help.
Addicts have an illness, and rehabilitation centers teach and guide them to get better.
If this service is not available to people who are affected by active, disruptive addictions, their illness will affect not only themselves but their families, friends, and the entire community as well.
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