In most instances, those with illnesses such as drug addiction require drug rehab in order to overcome their addictions. This is typically provided by free organisations such as charities, local support groups, and the NHS, as well as fee-based institutions such as private clinics.

Reaching out for help for addiction is never easy; some individuals will struggle with addiction for many years because they are unable, or unwilling, to face up to the reality of their situation. Their illness will continue to progress while they are caught in this cycle of denial and addiction, and unless they reach out for help, it will ultimately destroy their lives.

Overcoming Addiction

It is important to remember that while addiction is not a curable illness, it is a treatable one. With the right help and support, those with addiction can overcome their illness and learn to live healthy and happy sober lives.

Unfortunately, some people are determined to sabotage the attempts of individual addicts to get better. There have been reports of criminal drug dealers hanging around outside Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow targeting vulnerable addicts.

These patients have finally taken the huge step and have asked for help for their addiction but are being preyed on by these shameless dealers when they go outside to have a cigarette or when they leave the hospital.

Readymade Customers

Drug dealers know that they have a supply of ready-made customers who leave the hospital in Glasgow after they have sought help for their addictions. Patients have been offered many drugs as they exit the hospital or stand outside for a cigarette; these drugs include cannabis, heroin, and Valium.

A police source said, “The problem has been growing over the last few months. You’re getting dealers hanging about outside targeting people who are leaving, or in-patients coming out for fresh air or a cigarette. A high number of patients with addiction issues are coming in and out all the time. They are going to be prime targets. Often it will be people the dealers know from their communities. They’re in hospital, so they are travelling out to sell to them.”

Police are now planning to place a permanent presence at the hospital in a bid to tackle the trade there. The source told the Daily Record that there had been a number of complaints by members of the public who have seen these dealers hanging around. Police now want to make sure the problem is dealt with before it gets worse.

Hospital Problems

The Glasgow hospital has been hit with problems in recent weeks and news of drug dealers targeting patients who have reached out for drug rehab help will not be welcomed by management. An NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde spokesperson said of the issue, “There are occasional allegations of people selling illegal drugs on the site, and this is reported to police immediately. Police Scotland join morning staff meetings to provide an extra opportunity for staff and police to address any areas of concern.”

The hospital was opened just a year ago and already a whistle-blower has come forward to describe working conditions as ‘shambolic and unsafe’. A hospital source told the Daily Record that the hospital was at ‘breaking point’ and added, “There simply aren’t enough staff to keep the place clean and functioning efficiently.”

This news of vulnerable patients being targeted on the grounds of the hospital will be of further concern to hospital chiefs.

Beating Addiction

There are many options for those who want to overcome a drug addiction, with free NHS-run programmes often being the preferred choice for many individuals. Nevertheless, drug rehab is also available from charities and private clinics based all over the UK.

To beat a drug addiction, it is usually necessary to start with a programme of detoxification, which involves quitting drugs and waiting until they have left the system. After this, drug rehab can begin, and during this process, the patient will be treated with therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, contingency management, 12-step work, individual counselling, and group therapy.

The aim of drug rehab is to help the patient identify the cause of the addictive behaviour and to provide him or her with the skills required to return to independent living. Much of addiction rehab is dedicated to relapse prevention because this is a big worry for recovering addicts.

Professional counsellors and therapists in both private and free addiction clinics will work with the patient to encourage him or her to take responsibility for his/her recovery. They will work alongside the patient so that he or she can learn how to live without relying on drugs.

Patients can choose to attend an inpatient or outpatient programme, depending on their needs and circumstances. While some experts believe that inpatient programmes offer the best chance of success because they are more intensive and concentrated, others are of the opinion that outpatient programmes are more true to life because the patient must also deal with everyday life issues while also beating their addiction.

Source: Shameless drug dealers target vulnerable patients with heroin and cannabis outside ‘Death Star’ hospital (Mirror.co.uk)