When addiction takes over a person’s life, they will often tell us that they just want the problem to go away. It stands to reason therefore, that many people suffering from addiction seek some sort of quick fix. For some individuals this may mean cutting the substance out immediately, which can lead to unpleasant withdrawals and often to relapse. Others will look into private rehab clinics.
The advantage of private residential treatment is that it can be accessed immediately. It is important not to get caught up in the speed of the process, and to make sure that the rehab centre chosen is going to be the one best suited to the needs of the person.
Rapid Detox Approach
Certain private rehab clinics will offer what is known as a rapid detox. This is a service where the person is sedated for the duration of their stay, in order for the body to rid itself of a substance. Whilst the idea of being substance-free within a matter of days may be very appealing, it is important to approach this treatment with caution. Addiction is by nature a two-sided illness, one the one hand a physical dependence and on the other a psychological dependence. Private rehab clinics that offer rapid detox are focusing primarily on the physical side of things. Whilst some will offer an aftercare programme comprising of weekly counselling sessions, it is important to realise that the person will leave the rehab clinic with all the psychological dependence still in place, therefore increasing the likelihood of relapse before aftercare can be accessed.
Rehab Through Detox And Therapy
A more rounded approach is to deal with the physical and psychological side of the addiction alongside each other. This enables the person to identify why they may be feeling a certain way, and to teach them coping strategies to deal with this way of feeling. However, for this approach to work, the person needs to be awake. Rapid detox programmes which sedate the person cannot provide this service. A private rehab clinic which offers a medicated detox alongside an intensive therapy programme is the route most likely to result in long-term success.