Dorset Rehabs

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If you are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction in the Dorset area, there are several rehabs in available to help and support you.  Residential rehabs are equipped with addiction specialists who can help you to detox safely and overcome your addiction forever.

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Addiction is a progressive illness, meaning that over time it gets worse and worse. The quicker you can access treatment the easier it will be to beat your addiction. Taking time out from the pressures and responsibilities of life to focus on recovery will make getting clean and sober much easier. Attending residential rehab provides a remarkable opportunity to do this.

The rehab services in the Dorset area provide a holistic and integrated service of medical treatments, individual and group therapy, and various complementary therapies.


On admission, you will be assessed by a doctor who will give you a substance-specific and medically supervised detox to help you to wean off the drugs or alcohol. You will be supported 24 hours a day through this process by the counsellors and the support staff. You will always have someone to turn to when you are struggling.

Following successful completion of your detox, usually 7 – 10 days, you will be able to move on to the therapeutic part of the programme.

The programme

Rehab programmes are intensive and structured to include various research-based therapeutic components such as:

  • Psychoanalysis
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Individual counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Cognitive/ Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • The 12 Steps
  • Schema therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Complementary therapies
  • Family therapy
  • Relapse prevention
  • Gender Groups
  • Fitness and Exercise
  • Healthy Eating
  • Aftercare and relapse prevention

A typical day

A typical day in drug and alcohol rehab will consist of a blend of individual counselling, group therapy sessions, written/other assignments, and recovery groups. All this will be delivered in a safe and nurturing environment and facilitated by well-qualified addiction specialists.

You will be living with a group of peers who are going through the same programme as you and will spend free time in the evenings with them, you may have the option of attending external recovery groups.

You will also have the opportunity for visitors – usually at set times on the weekend. Rehab programmes are rigorous and aim to make the best therapeutic use of the limited time available.

Person-Centred Counselling in Dorset

Person Centred Counselling informs much of the way that drug and alcohol rehab treatment is delivered. One of the main premises of Person Centred Theory is that there is the ‘self-actualising tendency’ inherent in all of us, meaning we can all grow to our full potentials.  The therapeutic relationship should be used to facilitate the client’s own self-actualising tendency as opposed to you being directed by the counsellor. The expert on you is you.

When the therapists in a rehab say they have a person-centred approach to treatment that means that they believe that you can build on your own strengths and that you have within you the ability to fulfil your potential. That is not to say that the therapeutic process will not be challenging, of course, it will be.

There is a large educational aspect to rehab – you will be able to attend groups on addiction, relapse prevention, and other life issues like co-dependency. You will learn to challenge your peers in a respectful way on behaviours and attitudes that might hinder their recovery. You will also benefit from feedback from the group about your own progress.

The Core Conditions

Person-centred counsellors aim to provide you with the ‘core conditions’ that you need in order to heal and grow toward your full potential. These three core conditions are unconditional positive regard, empathy, and congruence.  Carl Rogers, who created Person-Centred Counselling, said that if a person experiences an environment where these conditions are not provided, in childhood, for instance, their growth toward fulfilment may be halted. Rehab aims to provide you with the conditions you need to do the challenging work of recovery.

An Integrative Approach

The counsellors in rehab will not only offer you these core conditions however, there are many other therapeutic tools which they will use to help you overcome your addiction – such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Group therapy, and the 12 Steps to name but a few. It is important to remember that for counselling to be most effective you must be motivated and be committed to your own process and recovery.

You may arrive in rehab in crisis or at ‘rock bottom’. You may be looking for solutions that you have not been able to find yourselves. Often you will quickly regain strength and faith in yourself and your recovery as you work collaboratively with a team of experts and peers. You can recover.

Behaviour Therapy

Behaviour Therapy will focus on replacing your unhelpful or destructive behaviours with more desirable and useful behaviours. Behavioural therapies focus on the here and now and work well within a short time. Behavioural therapies are less concerned with discovering the root cause of your addictive behaviours through psychoanalysis. Instead, behavioural therapies are more focused on how best you can stop the destructive behaviour and start new, positive, ways of behaving.

Cognitive Therapies

The behavioural and cognitive therapies complement each other very well. Despite being rooted in different schools of thought – they share common ground in that they are both focused in the here and now and are solution focused, as in the development of cognitive-behavioural therapy. CBT is popular amongst rehab providers as it has measurable results and can be effective in a short space of time.

Psychoanalytic Counselling

Advocates of the Behaviourist approach would say that it is timely – once the unwanted behaviour is changed your problem is dealt with and therapy can end. In rehab, the behaviourist and cognitive approaches certainly have their place – but rehab also offers therapies which look at the deeper reasons behind your behaviours, thoughts, and feelings.

Psychoanalytical approaches help to uncover and process childhood traumas and the history of the distress in the present.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I pay for rehab?

Those who are able to privately fund their rehab program will find little or even no waiting list prior to assessment and admission. You may be eligible for NHS funding. To find out about an NHS funded place in rehab please visit your GP who can then refer you to local drug and alcohol services.

What about my family?

Rehabs often offer family therapy where appropriate because the healing of the individual is often contingent on the education of the family. In addition to this rehabs acknowledge the fact that the families of addicts have often been through a lot, and are in need of some support themselves. Family members and friends will also be able to vast you in rehab- you can provide a list of visitors who have permission to visit you.

Addiction can cause real havoc in the lives of the non-addicted family members. It is often suggested that the family members attend Al-Anon groups in the Dorset area. There you will be able to hear the experience, strength and hope from other family members of addicts/alcoholics.

What about relapse prevention?

You will have a thorough relapse prevention plan with you when you complete treatment. This will include steps to take when you find yourself in triggering situations, after some time the new behaviours will feel automatic but in those first few months following treatment can be really useful to have a plan which you can refer to.  You will be able to attend aftercare groups at the rehab to support you through those first months. We are committed to supporting you in the long term.

Before you leave primary treatment we will give you information about Dorset Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings. In AA and NA you will find a recovery community. These meetings are free and available to all, the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using or drinking. There is no time limit to membership to the fellowships – meaning you can attend for as long as you need or want to.

Can I take my phone/tablet/laptop with me?

No, you will not usually be allowed to keep your phone or laptop in rehab. This is to decrease distractions from the programme, in order to help you focus on your recovery. The compulsion to check social media can sometimes be an addiction problem in its own right. You will also benefit from minimising contact with those people that might put your recovery at risk. It is also important that you utilise the support network inside the rehab rather than those outside. You will be able to receive phone calls and have visitors after detox is over but these will be at set times that do not disrupt your programme.

If you have any further questions about rehab options or would like to talk through your situation, please give our addiction experts a call.

We offer dedicated local treatment across Dorset including Bournemouth, Bridport, Christchurch, Dorchester, Ferndown, Minster, Poole, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Swanage, Weymouth and Wimborne.