Entering residential rehabilitation for drugs or alcohol is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. In the same way that you wouldn’t buy the first car or house you saw, you should take some time to review the rehabilitation options available to you before making a decision.
There are many aspects to consider, but perhaps the most important is: this is about you. Often people will choose a self-funded rehab based on how easy it will be for a family member to drive them there, or because it has been recommended to them by someone else. While word-of-mouth can be useful it’s important to consider, what works for one person may not necessarily work for you. Keeping an open mind is essential.
This also applies to traveling. It may be an inconvenience if the right clinic for you is not on your doorstep, but if you want to have a successful recovery, isn’t a one-off long journey is worth a lifetime of clean living? It can be helpful to ask: would I consider the journey if my substance of choice was at the end of it? If the answer is yes then you are doing yourself an injustice by not considering traveling to access the appropriate treatment.
That being said, perhaps the right place for you is on your doorstep. Fantastic. But there are other hurdles you may have to overcome before you settle on the best rehab for your situation. Questions such as: is it fully residential or quasi? Quasi is where the accommodation will be in a separate building to the one therapy takes place in, sometimes a few miles apart. For some, this is perfect. At the end of a very intensive day of therapy, individuals are able to get some distance from the situation and return to their own space. For others, the traveling to and from can be unsettling, it entirely depends on personal choice.
What about sharing a room? Is this something you would be willing to do? For some, having a room of their own means they are given the opportunity to isolate themselves in the evenings and dwell on things. Therefore, having someone share a room with you who is going through the same thing can be comforting. On the other hand, there are those that highly value their personal space, and having another person encroach on that could be detrimental. These are questions that need considering when looking into the possibility of entering drug or alcohol rehab.
Do you want to enter a busy clinic with a supportive community that gets you throw the days where you struggle? Or do you want to go somewhere where there are fewer people being treated so you have more one-to-one support? There is no right or wrong answer. If the path to recovery were a singular one there would be no room for variation in clinics, they would all offer the same thing.
What about duration of stay? It’s a well-known fact that the longer spent in a rehabilitation clinic, the greater the chances of success. It makes sense really. If this is something that has been a huge part of your life for many years it is not simply going to disappear overnight. Coming to terms with the loss of your addiction takes time. However, we don’t live in a perfect world where we can all afford financially, to be able to take long periods of time away. There are also those who have an extensive support network in place, but desperately need help with the physical side of the addiction – detox is the very first step in recovering from addiction and we can help you find the right option if that is what you need.
Finally, let’s not forget cost. While it is really not a good idea to skimp on the cost of life-saving treatment, it is important to consider your quality of life after you have completed a residential rehab programme. It seems pointless to get yourself well if the cost of doing so means you are not living well afterwards. It is important to remember that the outcome of alcohol addiction or drug rehabilitation is not guaranteed, it will depend on the level of commitment and determination you show in the programme. So if you decide to borrow money to pay for the cost of treatment, you need to be certain you want to achieve recovery and that you are entering the right facility for you to achieve that.
When you consider the factors mentioned above, it’s easy to see how it can be extremely confusing when attempting to carry out a rehab review. This is where Addiction Helper comes in. We have no allegiance to any particular rehabilitation centre, meaning that when you call us you will receive impartial advice. Understandably, when you call treatment clinics directly they are going to sell themselves, who in their right mind would tell you they are not the right facility for you? But at Addiction Helper, we look at you as an individual. We work with 90% of the UK’s rehabs and have several options overseas. You will find it much less stressful to make one call and have all the information available than make several and perhaps still be none-the-wiser.
The right rehab is waiting for you. It’s just a case of letting us support you whilst you make that vital decision. Let us help you.
Points to consider before entering rehab:
- Where do YOU want to go to rehab?
- Residential or Quasi?
- Would you share a room?
- Community or one-to-one care?
- How long will you stay?
- How much can you afford to spend?
If you need advice about an addiction or to find out how to get treatment, contact us today on freephone 0800 44 88 688 or text ‘Help’ to 66777.
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