A person looking for help with an alcohol problem in Denmark first has to determine whether there is a preference for either outpatient or inpatient treatment. That’s because alcohol rehab in Denmark is offered along very clearly delineated lines. Their system of in- and outpatient treatment is similar to what we have here in terms of structure. This will be explained, along with additional information, in this guide.
Any plans to travel abroad to receive alcohol or drug rehab in Denmark should be preceded by sound advice from an organisation like ours. Even if you are already living in Denmark, you can contact Addiction Helper for more information about rehab. You can also visit your GP for a rehab referral.
How Is Rehab in Denmark Conducted?
There is both public and private rehab available under the Danish system. However, both are distinct and separate at every level. Very rarely do public and private sector rehab facilities interact, and very rarely do they overlap in terms of the kinds of treatments they provide.
Public rehab is offered through a partnership between the country’s National Health Authority and the National Board of Social Services. All public treatments are outpatient-based except in very rare circumstances. What’s more, they are free of charge to legal residents.
Danish law requires that people in need of alcohol rehab begin treatment within 14 days of referral. Furthermore, treatment facilities are required by law to develop bespoke treatment plans for each patient. Patients are not required to avail themselves of public treatments at first contact, and they may choose to undergo private rehab as an alternative. Patients (Danish residents) choosing private, residential treatment are eligible to receive their treatments free under most circumstances.
Having said that, most alcohol treatment is accessed on an outpatient basis. Patients undergo medically supervised detox before moving into psychosocial therapies through local day centres.
Detox and Drug Rehab in Denmark
The Danish philosophy of addiction recovery is one of providing medically supervised but drug-free detox when possible. Where alcohol detox is concerned, patients undergoing private rehab are given large volumes of vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional supplements in order to create as comfortable an experience as possible.
This drug-free approach is believed to hasten the detox process while at the same time making it more thorough. Private clinics are known to use this approach more often than not. Where other drugs are concerned, prescription medications may be used if appropriate.
Detox in a public setting is quite the opposite. Rather than focusing on a drug-free environment, public clinics are more likely to use prescription medications. This is one of the reasons it is important for those seeking treatment to decide right from the start if they prefer public or private rehab.
In either case, the goal of detox is the same. The Danish philosophy is one of promoting permanent abstinence, which is not possible without completing detox first.
How Important Is Psychotherapy to Rehab in Denmark?
How extensively psychotherapeutic treatments are used depends on who is actually providing treatment. Among the 98 municipalities responsible for rehab, some rely heavily on psychosocial therapies and reintegration for preventing relapse. Other municipalities take a much more casual approach in the days and weeks following detox. For this reason, Danish rehab is known as being inconsistent from one municipality to the next.
On the bright side, private rehab is decidedly different. Private rehab clinics in Denmark stress psychotherapeutic treatments as equally important to detox. If you were to enrol in a residential treatment programme, you would engage in psychotherapeutic treatments very similar to what we know here in the UK.
The point of psychotherapeutic treatments is one of helping patients understand their conditions and develop strategies for successfully preventing future relapse. To that end, therapists focus on standard counselling therapies as a means of addressing the underlying causes of addictive behaviour and developing coping strategies.
Unfortunately, aftercare is not as readily available following either public or private treatment. There are those private clinics that can arrange for aftercare services for non-nationals who return home following residential treatment. Nationals and other Danish residents have a more difficult time finding aftercare services.
Support Groups and Rehab in Denmark
One of the opportunities available to alcohol addicts in recovery following formal treatment is that of joining a local support group. Organisations like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narconon have chapters throughout the country in most major cities, including Copenhagen.
Furthermore, support groups offer both Danish- and English-speaking meetings in order to accommodate the largest number of clients possible. Support groups typically follow the 12-step philosophy that involves taking personal responsibility for avoiding future relapse.
Patients can combine support group participation with private counselling to prevent relapse. Private counselling is strongly suggested given the tolerant nature of Danish society by which both drugs and alcohol are used. It is very important for recovering alcoholics to have a strong support system in place as well because opportunities to relapse are abundant.
If you are looking to travel overseas to engage in alcohol rehab, Denmark is one option. There are both public and private rehab clinics offering detox and psychotherapeutic treatments according to need. The strongest feature of the Danish system is compulsory bespoke treatment plans offered to each individual along with enrolment within 14 days of first contact. Travelling there for treatment would definitely mean not having to wait for several months.
For more information about alcohol rehab, what it involves, and how you can access it, feel free to contact Addiction Helper on our 24-hour helpline or through our website. As a referral organisation, we can provide all the information you need to make a decision. Our advice and referrals are 100% free and completely confidential.
If Denmark is not the right choice for you, we can help connect you with an alcohol rehab centre located here in the United Kingdom or elsewhere in Europe. There are so many treatment options available that we can surely find something that is right for you. All you need to do is contact us. Simply by reaching out and letting us know you need rehab, we can help you get started down that road of recovery.