What Goes on in a Rehab?
Every day we help addicts and their families connect with alcohol and drug rehab centres offering the help they need. However, sometimes we encounter a client who is so terribly frightened by what goes on in a rehab centre that he or she is too reluctant to seek help. If this is how you feel about rehab, please let us put your mind at ease. There is nothing to be afraid of.
We work with professional and certified clinics located throughout the UK and abroad. We also have working relationships with alcohol and drug recovery charities, professional counselling services, and NHS clinics offering outpatient programmes. If you are willing to let us help you, we assure you the programmes we recommend are safe, certified, and effective.
In order to explain what goes on in an addiction rehab centre we must differentiate between residential rehab and outpatient services. Residential rehab is a model that involves having the addict live at the facility for a period of 4 to 12 weeks. During that time, he or she undergoes a series of therapies that will break their addiction and prepare them for reintegration into their community.
Outpatient programmes require the client to travel to and from the facility each day. Daily sessions can last anywhere from several hours to the entire workday, depending on the programme. At the end of the day, the client returns home to his or her family.
We generally recommend residential rehab as the best option. Residential rehab has several decided advantages over outpatient programmes:
- Separation – Most addicts are helped a great deal by being totally separated from their normal life and circumstances. Residential rehab treatment affords that. This separation allows the individual to focus all of his or her energies on getting well.
- Concentration – The residential treatment option also allows for concentration of therapies. Because the environment is distraction free, therapists can concentrate all of their activities into a shorter span of time. This generally allows for quicker and more complete recovery.
- Surroundings – The typical residential facility is located in an area that is peaceful and quiet. This is the most suitable environment in many cases. The peaceful serenity allows for plenty of introspection, conversation, and interaction with other addicts dealing with the same issues.
Outpatient rehab programmes can be a bit more difficult because of the distractions and the ability to return home to one’s normal surroundings. Nevertheless, if residential rehab is out of the question for you, an outpatient programme can still be effective.
The Treatment Process
We will explain the treatment process assuming you’ll choose a residential rehab programme. The treatment begins the moment you arrive at the facility, with the centre’s clinical staff greeting you and performing an initial assessment. They use this initial assessment to develop a customised treatment plan for you.
If detox is necessary, it will be the next step in your treatment. The clinics we work with make use of medically supervised detox and, when necessary, certain medications that will ease withdrawal symptoms and prevent possible injury. Medically supervised detox is the only appropriate way to go about this therapy.
Most addicts can complete detox in about a week or so. Then begins the rehab therapy, which can last up to 12 weeks. Therapies consist of a multitude of programmes that are custom tailored to individual circumstances. Therapies can include all or some of the following:
- group counselling
- group support activities
- 12-step work
- physical challenges
- mental challenges
- cognitive behavioural therapy
- one-on-one counselling
- life skills training.
Some residential rehab centres employ speciality therapies like music or art therapy. These therapies are utilised when the therapist is trying to reach a specific goal with a specific client. For example, one client may have trouble expressing him or herself in words but has no trouble doing so through painting. Art therapy might be used to help them express what they are thinking and feeling.
Once residential treatment is complete, the rehab facility will typically offer reintegration services as well as an aftercare programme. Reintegration helps the recovering addict become reacquainted with their community and family. Aftercare is a selection of services designed to offer additional support in the months following residential rehab.
What’s Expected of You
Now that you know what goes on in a rehab clinic, you also need to know what is expected of you. First and foremost is the fact that the success or failure of your rehab depends entirely on your commitment to it. Your attitude and willingness to fully participate are the single most important factors in determining whether you will permanently overcome addiction.
Rest assured that your therapists would expect you to follow all instructions, give every therapy your best effort, be honest and open all times, and be willing to face who you are as a person. They will be as gentle and compassionate as they can, but they will also be firm in their resolve. This is the only way to achieve permanent sobriety, which, in the end, is the only true cure for addiction.
Residential rehab at a private clinic is not free, but it is likely not as expensive as you imagine. There are many affordable clinics throughout the UK offering programmes that fit your budget. You can pay for your treatment via private health insurance, a personal loan, a credit card account, or donations from your friends and family.
If there’s no way you can afford a private rehab clinic, there may be a residential programme being offered by a charity you can qualify for. Otherwise, we will be happy to help you take advantage of low-cost outpatient services or the free programmes offered by the NHS.
One way or the other our goal is to make sure you get on the road to recovery as soon as possible. As a confidential referral agency, we make it our business to help you find the facilities and care suitable to your circumstances. Our dedicated and fully trained-staff are ready and waiting to hear from you right now.