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Rehab Through The 12 Steps Program

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Those that live in England and Wales and suffer from alcoholism or a drug addiction, will be pleased to know that we also connect you to 12 step program resources (Also know as the 12 steps of recovery). Our organisation specialises in matching you to the best rehab clinic near you by asking you a series of questions and weighing your responses appropriately. We have a working knowledge of several hundred rehab clinics, meaning that we can find the one that works for you without more than a quick search.

Not everyone appreciates the courage and strength it takes for someone suffering from addiction to actually reach out to rehab services. When you do take that admirable step, you shouldn’t be met with confusion. Our founder was once an addict himself, and when he tried to quit his drug addiction, he struggled to find a professional service that did more than point him in the direction of his nearest centre. Even if you use the NHS and get that referral to a GP, they will refer you to the nearest rehab clinic near you – not the one that is best for your personality, wants, needs, and rehab expectations.

One final thought on this matter: the right rehab service for your personality, hobbies, and interests, all give you a better chance at quitting drink or drugs the first time around.

One of the most trusted models of recovery from alcoholism has thus far been the twelve step treatment program that was initially devised by the famous organisation, Alcoholics Anonymous. But what is this 12 step treatment program, and can it help you to quit drinking or to treat your drug addiction? We put together this short guide to enlighten you.

The History Behind the 12 Step Alcoholic Recovery Treatment Plan

Back at the start of the 20th century, addiction treatment plans weren’t really a thing, per say. It wasn’t until 1935 that two fellows, both recovering addicts themselves, decided to start a sort of club where they could help themselves (and other addicts) to recover. Their names were Dr  Robert Holbrook Smith and Bill Wilson. A nice idea soon turned into the Alcoholics Anonymous, and this organisation persists to this day. By 1939, the 12 steps that the two men had devised for use among their members had gained enough notoriety for them to release a book on the subject. The book was called “Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism”.

The book quickly gained traction since addictions were largely swept under the family rug in those days. Once the mainstream media caught on to the fact that there were twelve steps involved in the process, the methods devised by Wilson and Smith were seized and elevated to suit a variety of organisations. As we know of it today, more than 200 fellowships around the globe adapted the method to suit their recovery programs.

Nowadays, the techniques devised by the original program is used all over the world. There is a Cocaine Anonymous, a Narcotics Anonymous, A Marijuana Anonymous and even programs meant to accommodate your family members into your treatments. There is Co-Dependents anonymous, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and numerous other charities, groups, and firms, all over the world. The 12 step program is very much still a part of the way we treat recovering addicts to this day.

With all of this illustrious history in mind, let’s move on to what the 12 steps actually are and how they apply to your life.

The 12 Steps Begin After Detox

A note on detox first. When you engage with any 12 step treatment plan, it is due to start once you have gone through the detox program. It cannot begin before that, since you need to be clean of drink or drugs before you begin. If you are interested in enlisting in a detox facility, contact our advisors on 0203 955 7700, or get in touch with us through our online consultation service, and one of our team will get back to you.

Whether you need alcohol detox or drug detox, we are able to connect you with the right resources to get you through it. Afterwards, look us up again to get the best rehab clinic choices to start your 12 step treatment plan with.

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What Are the Old AA 12 Steps?

Next. let’s tackle exactly what you have to do during the 12 steps program if you want to complete it as either your drug rehab or your alcohol rehab programs.

1 – Taking the First Step towards Recovery from Addiction

The first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem – and the twelve step program is the origin of that exact phrase. The first step means admitting that you were an addict and making peace with the fact that your life had become unmanageable because of it. Now that you have decided to change your ways, you will henceforth be on an upward turn.

2 – The Second Step is a Spiritual One

The AA’s 12 step program was written at a time when God was a big part of our day-to-day lives. As such, some of the original 12 steps involve dealing with a higher power. For the 2nd step, that means believing in that higher power and asking them to restore you to ‘sanity’. Which leads to the 3rd step…

3 – Turning yourself Over

When you reach this stage you have already recognised there is a higher power at work in your life. Step three encourages you to turn control of your life back over to God in the hope that he will help you. Don’t panic if you are not religious, we will get to the modern version of these steps commonly employed by rehab centres of today in a moment.

4 – The Moral Inventory

What Smith and Wilson taught next was that you took a full and just moral inventory of your life. This means looking at who you have hurt on a karmic level and deciding where the responsibility lies. More often than not it lies with the addict.

5 – Admitting your Wrongs

It is now that the participant in the program realises, they are at least 50% (likely more) responsible for all of the bad things their addiction has made them do.

6 – Preparation for Forgiveness

At this point, we ask God or our other higher power to remove the defects from your character so that you can start a clean slate. These steps of forgiveness are psychologically significant, since they allow you this fresh start.

7 – Forgiveness for our Addictions

When enough time has passed, we have developed a slightly different outlook wherein our higher power has removed these defects and empowered us to move forward in our cleaner lives.

8 – The Dreaded 12 Steps List

This is when you see the film and television alcoholics going to their friends and family with a list of apologies for past actions. This technique is a fully positive one that feels fully negative at the time. Many modern rehab clinics in England and Wales are able to facilitate this step with the support of a therapist and even bring your family in for sessions.

9 – Fulfilling that List

Step 9 is to make amends to as many people as we possibly can on our list. this is the 1935 equivalent of setting your karmic scales back in balance.

10 – Continuous Realignment

For the tenth step in treatment towards recovery from alcoholism, we have to be aware of ourselves on a consistent basis. This vigil of monitoring your actions both helps you stay off drink or drugs and helps you stay karmically square with your higher power.

11 – Involves Prayer and Meditation

12 – While the final step is to have a spiritual awakening as a result of the previous steps. Once you have reached this stage, you are able to go back to the AA groups and help other people in your situation to recover from alcoholism.

Here at Help4Addiction we do not care which higher power you follow, and we can see that these original 12 steps are no longer fully relevant to those without religious beliefs. Instead, we will summarise the more modern version of the 12 step program that is commonly utilised by the contemporary rehab clinic. If you do wish to operate using this 12 step treatment, then contact us today, on 0203 955 7700.

The Modern 12 Steps Have Been Adapted from Organisation to Organisation

Although the modern versions of the 12 step AA recovery treatments exist, there are a few common principles that each one shares. We wanted to include these so that we don’t scare away the non-religious. We call them the six fundamentals of the 12 step program as they are condensed.

1 – Admitting you have a problem

Unsurprisingly, the first fundamental is no different from that of the original 12 steps. You need to recognise that your behaviour isn’t normal before you can treat it.

2 – Admitting Greater Powers than You Exist

You do still have to acknowledge that you do not have full and complete control over your life and actions, although it is less focused on the idea of God.

3 – Recognising your Mistakes

Past actions have hurt people, if you are an addict this is a statement of fact. Recognising this is the next fundamental step.

4 – Atonement

Going through those mistakes and asking for forgiveness from those you have hurt.

5 – Healthy Coping Tactics

Now that you are free of the past, you are able to devise healthier coping tactics than substance abuse to help you manage your future life.

6 – Other Addicts

Since you have survived thus far and are on the steady path to a complete recovery, you can now give back to those that help you up. You do this by getting involved with group therapies so that you can guide others through similar experiences to you.

All of these provide a rounded treatment plan that help you, as a former addict, accept and forgive some of your past behaviours. It is this recognition, coupled with helping others to recover from drug or alcohol abuse, that will keep you sober in the future. As you move on with your life, be aware that others will turn to you as a pillar of strength. See this as your opportunity to start tilting those karmic scales the opposite way, so that they are balanced in your favour.

 

Does it Cost Extra to Complete the 12 Steps During Rehab?

Of course not! You can receive the 12 step treatment plan from your GP at the outset if you want to, and the rehab clinic you choose will have to be one that accommodates it. Otherwise, you do not need any special requirements to take a modern 12 steps program. You can use it to help you get off drink or drugs, or you can use it to help you stay away from substance abuse after you have already recovered… the choice is entirely yours.

We appreciate that not everyone thinks they can afford rehab care, but we would urge you to check again. In England and Wales you have the support of the NHS, which means you receive help towards funding your rehab stint. You can borrow the money as a personal investment and pay it back when you are sober and able to hold down a job. Until then, feel free to browse our article on the costs of rehab to get more information.

If you would like to go into the 12 steps treatment program and you do want to go through with rehab for drugs or alcoholism, then do mention it when you call us. This way, we can ensure that the top picks for rehab clinics near you contain only those with an adapted version of that original 12 step treatment plan. To get started with your recovery today, call 0203 955 7700 for more information. Help4Addiction are eager for your call since every client we treat is another life saved… and that’s why we do what we do in the first place.

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Detoxification (detox) is the medical intervention required for someone who is physically dependent to drugs or alcohol. If required, medical detoxification would be the first step taken in residential rehab. Detox is used to prevent uncomfortable and dangerous (even fatal) withdrawals symptoms resulting in suddenly becoming abstinent from alcohol/certain drugs.

The goal of a medical detox is to aid in the physical healing required following long term addiction and rid the body of all together of substance whilst providing a cushion for unpleasant symptoms of withdrawals. Detox is not considered the whole treatment for drug/alcohol addiction and it is always recommended that a comprehensive rehabilitation program is used along side to help maintain long term abstinence.

Medication is often required for alcohol detox. If you are dependent on alcohol and experiencing withdrawal symptoms it is vitally important to seek medical advice prior to stopping. There is a long list of medications used when treating alcohol addiction and the exact medication given to an individual will depend on their needs/medical history. Some of these include;

  • Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Diazapam (vailium)


Librium and Valium are the most commonly used detox medication in the UK. All medication used to help with alcohol detox have been proven to help reduce the effects of withdrawal symptoms.

There are also a number of drugs recombined by the NHS to help treat alcohol misuse. Some of these include:

  • Naltrexone
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Nalmefene
  • Acamprosate (campral)

Medication is always required for heroin detox. For someone suffering from heroin addiction, the thought of detoxification (detox) can be exceptionally daunting. Withdrawal symptoms from opiates, such as heroin, can be severe and include pain, vomiting, nausea and shaking.

There are different ways that heroin detox can be carried out, most usually either ‘maintenance therapy’ or ‘full medical detox’.

Attempting to switch from heroin to a heroin substitute, usually on a controlled prescription, is known as Maintenance therapy. Subsites used are most often methadone or buprenorphine.

A full medical detox from heroin will always be carried out in a residential rehab setting and will allow the individual to switch form heroin to a substitute and slowly withdraw completing treatment free of all substances. Someone using a heroin substitute can choose to have a full medical detox at any time, however detoxing substances such a methadone can often add to the length of detox required. Drugs most commonly used to fully detox from heroin are, Subutex, Suboxone and Methadone. Much like alcohol, the exact drugs used will be dependent on the individuals needs/medical history.

Once detoxed from heroin the risk of overdose is much higher following relapse due to tolerance following withdrawal.

The length of treatment in a residential rehab depends on a number of elements. Some substances require longer periods of detox than others.

Private paying patients will also often choose a length of stay that suites their therapeutic and financial needs. As a rule, a full treatment program in a rehab is considered to be 28 days (often referred to as a month), however, treatment is offered in several different ways and lengths starting at 7 days.

Treating alcohol addiction will always require a minimum of 7-10 days, this would be considered the detoxification (detox) faze. The length required for treating drug addiction can vary drastically depending on the substance being used. Detox for Heroin addiction is generally around 14 days minimum, with more time required if substances such a methadone are being used. Treating prescription drug addiction can often take the longest. The time required for treating gambling addiction, eating disorders and sex addiction will be based on the individuals needs.

Rehab programs can be as long as an individual requires but primary treatment is normally caped at 12 weeks, with the offering for further secondary and tertiary treatment thereafter.

*based on average rehab stays, everyone will vary dependant on needs and medical requirement/history.

There is no need for your employer to know that you are seeking help for trauma and addiction unless you choose to involve them with the process. All employers should have a policy that explains what you do if you cannot come to work due to illness – illness to include treating alcohol addiction/treating drug addiction.

If your work absence extends over 7 days your employer is likely to require an official statement of fitness to work which would be obtained from your GP. This would need to supply evidence of your illness as well as any adjustments required for returning to work, fazed return or reduced hours, but does not need to specify in detail the reason why you have been absent.

If you are absent from work for 7 days of less, for example entering rehab for a detoxification (detox) on a Saturday for 7-10 days taking a full week away from work, you can self-certify your illness by letting your employer work you will not be attending work for that period of time. Exactly how an individual would do this would be dependent on a specific companies’ policies on taking sick leave.

Any time longer than 7 days it is likely an employer will require a note from the individuals GP certifying their sickness and a fit note on return. Most companies have a clearly outlined policy on sickness and receiving sick pay so the exact requirement can vary. A rehab will always be willing to advise on time off work.

How much does rehab cost is a very frequently asked question. The cost of treatment can range from £1,000 per week upwards depending on the place, with luxury rehab being the most expensive.

There are free options available on the NHS but the waitlist of those looking for free treatment is longer than that for privately paying patients. Some private health insurance policies will cover treatment in some rehabs around the country.

Choosing the right rehab centre will often be based on priced but it is important to follow guidance on the most suitable treatment centre for an individual’s needs which our expert team of advisers are on hand to offer.

There are certainly pro’s for both treatment near by and traveling for treatment with one of the most asked question being should I get rehab near me? There are rehabs all over the UK and around the world that all offer expert programs, let’s look at how to choose a rehab.

Local treatment

Being close to home gives certainly has benefits. Visitors are normally permitted in rehab following the first 7 days stay, therefore if an individual is in treatment for a length of time longer than that being local will make it easier for loved ones to visit.

Most rehab centres will also provide a full aftercare plan for someone following treatment, this will include ongoing aftercare in the specific treatment centre. Living close by can make it easy to take full advantage of ongoing aftercare. There can also often be the option for ongoing care with an individual therapist, again being close by will allow that treatment to be carried out face to face.

Some individuals wish to be local but are willing to look broader, for instance the greater city of residence (London, Manchester, Liverpool, etc)

Treatment Away

Getting treatment away from home can be very appealing to some. Being out of the local area makes it a lot harder to just walk out of treatment as resources locally are unknown. Some also take comfort in knowing that they are not near home and focus more on treatment.

As the price for treatment can vary so much from one residential treatment centre to another, private paying patients often would rather travel to keep the cost down. Those using private health insurance may also have to travel to find a treatment centre covered in their policy.

When opting for treatment away from home this can be anywhere in the UK and also abroad. Aftercare can still be carried out and very successful using tools such as The Online Rehab.

There is no right or wrong when choosing where to go to residential rehab, but our expert advisors are always on hand to help provide information on all possible options.

Whilst millions of people in the UK have taken recreational drugs (amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine, crack, crystal meth, GHB, heron, ketamine, methadone, and prescription drugs) and drank alcohol not all become ‘addicted’. Most recent reports show that 279,793 individuals were in contact with drug and alcohol misuse services in the last year with over half of that being from opiate addiction and a quarter for alcohol.

There are several risk factors invoiced in addiction and those using drugs and alcohol socially, simply take the risk. These risks are as follows;

Tolerance – basically, if a substance is used repeatedly an individual’s tolerance to it will build. This will result in more of the same substance being required to get the same effect. In the long run this can easily lead to addiction and physical dependencies.

Environmental risks – these can include influences such a peer pressure and stress as well as physical or mental abuse of an individual (particularly as a child). Overall, those who live with frequent pressures and stress are more likely to reach for a substance to cope and are therefore at higher risk of becoming addicted.

Drug type – it is very well known that certain drugs are simply more addictive than others. Using substances such as heroin increases the risk of becoming addicted for need to ‘chase’ a high as well as physical dependency.

Drug administration – how a drug is administered can affect its addictive qualities. A drug injected rather than smoked or snorted will release a quicker and more intense high thus making it psychologically (and in many cases physically) more addictive.

Biological factors – it is now widely reported that being an addict is not only psychological but also biological. This includes your genetic makeup, mental health, sex and age. It is also reported to be 8 times more likely for the child of an addict to become an addict themselves.

Its believed that addiction is approximately half genetics and therefore some are 50% more likely to become addicted than others.

How do you help a loved one trapped in addiction?

The first step is to help and encourage the individual to become willing to accept help. They do not need to be shouting this off the rooftops, but they do need to be willing to go into treatment. There are ways to help someone become willing to get treatment for alcohol or treatment for drugs.

Set boundaries – set boundaries and stick to them. Once you have laid them out follow through with whatever consequences you have set however hard it is.

Stop finances – if you are financially supporting someone stopping these finances can be the quickest way for the addict needing to ask for help. With no money to acquire a substance an addict’s options become very limited.

Intervention – getting together with other family members/friends/colleagues and staging an intervention is often very successful in the fist stage of acceptance and gaining an admission to residential rehab.

You can’t make them quit, this can lead to dangerous withdrawal. Boundaries are very important in helping someone become willing to get help. Unfortunately you cannot do someone’s recovery for them and without self-motivation it is very hard to make it work.

The next step is to call our highly trained advisers 0203 955 7700.

There is a huge range of rehab options available and where to start can be completely over whelming so let us help.