Driving down a local street in Swanage, it might be hard to recognise individuals struggling with drug or alcohol problems. However, they do exist. Substance abuse and addiction are every bit as real in Swanage as they are in the big cities like London and New York. That’s why the services of Addiction Helper are so necessary.
Addiction Helper was established as an organisation tasked with the mission of providing counselling, assessments and referrals to those trying to recover from alcohol or drug abuse. Over the years, we have helped countless individuals and their families find the treatment they needed to get well. Our mission will not be complete until we help every last one who wants to be helped.
Rehab treatments in the Swanage area are made available through a variety of service providers. We tend to recommend residential treatment at private clinics as the best option for most people. We believe in residential treatment because we have seen how well it works. If residential treatment is not right for you, there are other options by way of the NHS and local charities.
Residential treatment involves living at the rehab facility for a period of 4 to 12 weeks. The idea is to separate the addict from the day-to-day routine that enabled his or her addiction. By providing a quiet, distraction free environment the private clinic makes it easier for recovering addicts to get well.
The typical residential programme starts with a seven-day detox period. That is followed by several months of psychotherapeutic treatments designed to address the mental and emotional aspects of addiction. Therapies can include everything from support group meetings to 12-step works to life skills training.
Upon completion of a residential programme, the individual is released to return home. He or she is offered aftercare services that can extend for 3 to 12 months. What is aftercare? Is a collection of therapies and support services intended to help recovering addicts avoid relapse. Those who complete aftercare are significantly less likely to return to drugs or alcohol within the first year of completing rehab.