How to Break Away from Addiction in Sheffield
If you have fallen into alcohol or drug addiction you will want to break away from this behaviour as soon as possible. Failure to do so will lead to increasing suffering, and it could even cost you your life. There are many different options that will help people make the move from addiction to recovery including:
- Drug and alcohol counselling
- Addiction therapy
- Motivational interviewing
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Community group therapy
- Recovery fellowships
- Alcohol and drug rehabs
Of all of the above the probably the most effective will be the alcohol and drug rehab. This is because such a facility will offer the best of all the different approaches in a therapeutic setting.
What is Rehab?
When people hear the word “rehab” they are likely going to get a picture in their head of what this means. In many instances this picture will be inaccurate or at least distorted. These misconceptions about this type of treatment program can give people the wrong idea and discourage them from getting the help they need. Some of the things worth considering in regards to this type of approach would include:
- Most rehab facilities involve inpatient programs, but it is also possible to choose an outpatient program where the individual will stay in own their home each night. The outpatient program will usually be considered less effective because the individual will be missing out on the therapeutic environment at night (when they might need it). There are benefits to the outpatient program as well; for example, the person will not have a tough transition back to their home after rehab.
- It is usual for the person who is entering this type of facility to undergo a complete assessment as soon as they arrive in order to determine their exact needs. This should mean that the individual will be following a treatment program that is particularly suited to them. Their progress will be constantly monitored and any changes can be reflected in the treatment plan.
- The rehab offers a structured path to recovery. The fact that everything is so clearly laid out can make it extremely powerful and effective.
- Most rehab facilities will offer a high standard of accommodation for their residents. It is common for each resident to have their own room, and the furnishings are usually very modern and of high quality. These places can feel more like top class hotels or luxury homes.
- The individual will usually have a key worker. This is a member of the multidisciplinary team who will take a particular interest in them during their stay. It will usually be the key worker who conducts the one to one therapy session.
How to Get the Most Out of Rehab
When people enter rehab they will be choosing one of the best treatment options. This does not mean that their success will be guaranteed though. It is perfectly possible that the individual will enter rehab and not learn a thing. Even the best drug or alcohol rehab in the world can only offer the tools and support that the individual needs – it will be up to this person to make the most of these.
Here are a few ideas for how the individual will be able to get the most out of rehab:
- In order to get the most out of this type of facility it is vital that the individual has the right type of intention. If the person enters rehab without fully committing to lifelong abstinence they are unlikely to get much out of the program. Examples of the wrong type of intention would include; going to rehab as a break from addiction or going to rehab to please other people.
- The individual needs to be willing to do whatever it takes in order to build this new life in recovery. Any reservations that they might hold will act as weaknesses in their defences. It is vital that the person is 100% committed to this new life.
- It is best that the person feels a sense of urgency about their time in rehab. They need to keep in mind that the information and skills that they can pick up may well be life saving. The person will only have a short time in this facility, so they need to be highly motivated to get the most out of the experience. This should not mean that the individual needs to be too serious.
- It is important that the person remembers to have fun in rehab. This can be an important part of the overall treatment. This is a serious business, but it does not mean that the person has to make things any harder than they need to be. Fun and relaxation is vital because the person needs to have down time in order to rejuvenate.
- It is also vital that the person is able to approach rehab with an open mind. If they go there thinking that they already have all the answers they will probably be wasting their time in this facility. It is important to remember that it will have been their current thinking that brought the individual to where they are now – as they say in AA – my best thinking led me to addiction. The process of becoming and sustaining a substance abuse problem involves many mistaken beliefs and opinions. The individual has to become willing to let go of these mistaken ideas.
- The whole point of rehab is to prepare the person for life back in the real world. It does this by providing a safe environment in which the individual can experiment with sober living. There is no point in a person just learning to stay sober in rehab unless they plan on staying in rehab for the rest of their life. The person need to always keep in mind the real goal of this program.
12 Step Meetings in Sheffield
Alcoholics Anonymous – As Bill Sees It Meeting – Sunday 13:00 – Sheffield Alcohol Advisory Service, 644 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield
Alcoholics Anonymous – Recovery, Unity, and Service Meeting– Friday 20:00 – Hillsborough Baptist Church, Taplin Road, Sheffield
Alcoholics Anonymous – Experience Strength and Hope Meeting – Saturday 10:30 – Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk Street, Sheffield