Making the decision to go to rehab is one of the most difficult decisions that anyone might make in their lives. Addiction is so powerful that people will rely on their chosen substance to see them through every aspect of their lives. They will use it to celebrate an occasion, console themselves when something bad happens, and hide behind it if they have a traumatic experience. To an addict, everything revolves around that one thing and to give it up is a huge step for them, which is scarier than anything else.
Going to rehab
When the decision has been made to go to rehab, patients will need to discover the best rehab for them. This may depend on the type of addiction they have. There are specific rehabilitation centres for drugs and alcohol. In addition to this, future patients should look at the rehab centres treatment program. Some clinics use a strong spiritualist approach, teaching patients to let go of their addiction in favour of God. Whilst this approach has worked for many people over the world, many more find that they are unable to willingly put so much trust in God. For these people, alternative treatments that still use the same 12 step program are in place but without so much emphasis on religion. Alternatively there are centres which offer holistic treatments such as acupuncture to help clean the body and mind of the addiction.
Once a treatment centre is chosen, it is time to request admittance. This usually involves making contact with the centre via telephone or email. An appointment can be made to go along and talk to one of the counsellors. Here, the patient will discuss their need to go to a rehab clinic and the family can find out exactly what to expect. The facilities can be discussed and viewed.
Should everything go ahead, the patient will be admitted. At this point, a more in depth discussion and appraisal will take place. The result of this will lead to a specific itinerary and program for each day for the patient according to the doctor’s findings. There might be more need for one on one therapy than workshops for the first few weeks for example.
The first week will involve a detox. This could mean different things for different people depending on the substance they are addicted to. For severe addictions, where it is considered dangerous to the health of the addict to go cold turkey (stop all use of the drug immediately), medication may be used or the drug could be tapered out by using controlled amounts over time. For many people, this part of rehab is the part that they dread. Withdrawal symptoms can be painful for a patient and make them incredibly ill. However, once this part is over and their minds are clearer, many patients find it easier to focus on the end goal which is to lead a life without substance abuse.
Those people from Nottinghamshire who make it through drug and alcohol detox centres have a much higher chance of success in recovery. This is because they will have a strong foundation on which to build the rest of their life. It is important to keep in mind though that the fact that the person has managed to stop abusing alcohol and drugs does not mean that things are going to be perfect going forward. There are many traps to be avoided in early recovery, and one of these will be dry drunk syndrome.