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Rehab for Drug Addiction

How Rehab Would Benefit Someone?

Admission into rehab is an opportunity for yourself and loved ones to have a place of safety and security. If your addiction has reached the point where you are no longer able to function daily without the use of alcohol or drugs despite maybe still holding a full-time job down, being removed from society for a period whilst allowing you the respite period needed to focus on your recovery journey.

 

Rehab will give you the chance to meet trained professionals who can give you expert care that is required in the early stage of treatment, whether that be through a medically assisted detoxication regime or through a therapy program. In many rehab clinics, you will come across professionals, who’ve had direct experience with addiction, who are able to give you the highest quality of care and personal insight on addiction.

 

Entering rehab will give you an introduction to the recovery process, whilst outlining the tried and tested tools for recovery that have been used successfully over many years. Whether that be through talking therapy, 12 steep meetings, online support or SMART recovery.

 

Rehab allows addiction professionals, to make clinical decisions, plus make referrals for specialist help or on-going support once you leave the centre, if this is required. This might be tailored therapy, housing support, health-related concerns, solicitors etc.

 

Rehab will enable patients to learn new coping skills and strategies whilst being in a supportive environment. Addiction can be viewed as a coping skill itself, so when clients stop, its essential they’re given new skills to ensure they don’t return to their substances of choice.

 

For many who’ve been abusing alcohol or substances, rehab gives you the chance to give your health a much-needed boost, this could be through vitamins supplied by the GP or, being introduced to eating a healthy balanced diet again. Many rehabs will run a nutrition program, alongside a fitness regime as part of the structure as its seen as a vital aspect of recovery.

 

All rehabs will run a form of aftercare support once you complete, this will vary form each one, but generally, you will be given access, either back to the rehab on allocated days, skype or telephone support from your previous worker. This allows you to continue back in your life, whilst still being able to gain ongoing support.

 

Many rehabs will run a family support program, this will allow your loved ones if they choose to, visit, get support and, gain knowledge about addiction from the addiction professionals working there.

 

What Types of Therapies are used?

 

 

12 Step Modality

 

Rehab clinics will use the program of AA (Alcoholic Anonymous) which is a proven method of recovery used worldwide for many years.  The element of this program is for you to be part of a support network of other people who’ve have recovered from their addictions.

 

 

Talking Therapies

 

There are many talking therapy theories but generally, rehab clinics will use CBT, DBT, Person Centred, Psychodynamic or Psychotherapy.

 

Person Centred, Psychodynamic or Psychotherapy

 

These theories of counselling, are designed for clients to look at aspects of themselves, whilst learning new ways of coping whilst not using drugs or alcohol. Patients may at times look back at their life history to better understand themselves in the present moment or just stay focused on the “Here and Now”

 

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

 

Focuses on the patients, to look at unhelpful thinking patterns, whilst learning new ways to change behavioural patterns.

 

DBT (Dialectal Behavioural Therapy)

 

Is very similar to CBT but has been adapted to help those who suffer from intense emotions.

 

NLP/Coaching

 

NLP and coaching is a method used to help clients with motivation through rapid goal setting, to help improve their quality of life, enhance their performance and deepen their understanding of themselves.

 

Workshops

 

These are educationally based, with the focus and goals to teach you about a subject. Within rehab clinics they will be delivered in wide variety subjects, mainly focussed on recovery and addiction, to teach and show you new skills.

 

Group therapy

 

This is a process in which patients share experience within a group setting led by a facilitator. The aim is to allows clients to share in a mutual way, with similar experiences by gaining insight from each other.  It’s believed that the healing process of the group working together is as powerful as one-one therapy.

 

Mindfulness/ Meditation/Yoga

 

Is the art of learning to be more in the present moment to cultivate a relaxed state of being, using mindfulness-based techniques MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) and meditation. This is proven to aid those who suffer from stress, anxiety, depression and sleep problems, all which are very common for those in the preliminary stages of recovery.

 

Art Therapy

 

Art Therapy is used to help those who may find talking therapies difficult. Art allows patients to express themselves in another form, this can be either through drawing, painting or creative writing exercises.

 

Equine therapy

 

This is used to help patients promote emotional growth by using physical contact with horses with a trained therapist. Studies have shown that those with mental health conditions benefit the most from this type of therapy.

 

 Acupuncture

 

This form of complementary therapy is designed to improve the body’s functions and promote the natural self-healing process.  This is achieved by inserting small needles in certain pressure points over the body to create a life force energy to be activated. Its roots come from traditional Chinese medicine. Contrary to belief, the needles used are relatively pain-free.

 

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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.