Drug and alcohol rehab in Russia has come a long way over the last several decades. Doctors and therapists combine traditional Russian treatments with treatments and modalities from Western Europe to create an environment in which substance abusers and addicts can successfully overcome their issues.

Travelling to obtain alcohol and drug rehab in Russia is an option if you do not want to seek treatment domestically. The goal of rehab is the same regardless of whether you seek it here or elsewhere. In Russia, their goal is to help addicts break free from addiction so that these individuals can return to their local communities completely substance-free. Patients basically leave rehab with the understanding that they can live substance-free lives permanently.

What Is the Approach to Alcohol Rehab in Russia?

The approach taken toward rehab in Russia can vary somewhat depending on the clinic chosen. For example, one of the therapies clinics typically utilise is something known as ‘aversion therapy’. This therapy seeks to work with patients on practices and ways of thinking that create an aversion to alcohol so that recovering addicts no longer have any desire to drink. Aversion therapy can take many forms.

Another thing common to Russian rehab is a concentration on nutrition. Many of the clinics operating there strive for medication-free detox that focuses on nutrition, exercise, and other forms of treatment to ease patients through the withdrawal process. Medications are still used when necessary.

Along those lines, do not confuse medication-free for lack of medical supervision. They are not the same. In fact, both detox and psychotherapeutic treatments are medically monitored throughout to ensure both the safety and comfort of patients. Recovering addicts are never put in danger during rehab.

One thing of note within the Russian approach is the focus on permanency. Addiction experts do expect relapse to some degree, but they also expect relapse to be the exception rather than the rule. A big part of rehab is equipping patients to maintain total sobriety for the rest of their lives. Permanent sobriety naturally becomes the main objective of the patient as well.

Is Rehab in Russia Different in Terms of Detox?

Independent rehab clinics in Russia do things differently from the earliest stages of treatment. For example, one prominent clinic with locations in Moscow and four other Russian cities does not actually wait for patients to arrive to begin treatment. A doctor meets the patient at the airport or train station (when helping patients coming in from abroad or out of town) to begin treatment immediately.

As soon as the patient arrives at the clinic, diagnostic tests are under way. Detox typically begins within 30 minutes of admission unless there are complications to deal with. The idea is to get started right away so as to not allow anxiety or second-guessing to make the detox process more difficult.

It is also fairly common for detox to be accelerated. Whereas alcohol detox in the UK might take 7 to 10 days, Russian doctors typically strive to have detox complete within 4 to 5 days. They do so using heavy doses of vitamins and minerals in order to replace what alcoholism has depleted from the patient’s body.

Some Russian rehab clinics are known to use sauna therapy during the detox process. Why? Because it is believed that spending time in the sauna helps the body flush out the toxins within more quickly. At the same time patients are in the sauna, they are also receiving doses of vitamins and minerals so that the body is being replenished as quickly as toxins are being flushed out. Upon the successful conclusion of detox, regardless of how long it takes, patients then enter the second stage, typified by various psychotherapeutic treatments.

What Therapies Are Used for Drug Treatment in Russia?

The Russian approach to rehab involves what they call ‘objectives’. Simply put, objectives or goals are to be met in such a way as to draw attention to the patient’s present and future rather than dwelling on the past. It is not that the past is ignored; it is that creating a stable present is more important in order to move into a productive future.

Each of the objectives that make up an individual’s bespoke treatment plan are developed in accordance with what that patient is personally dealing with. There may be one patient suffering from a dual diagnosis of alcoholism and depression, necessitating treatment for co-morbid conditions. Another patient may be working through alcohol rehab with the knowledge that returning home after treatment means returning home to be alone – because there are no family members at home to offer support.

Objectives are addressed through a number of different psychotherapeutic strategies, including the previously mentioned aversion therapy. Again, the point of aversion therapy is to create negative feelings and thoughts toward alcohol and other substances in the mind of the patient. It is the psychotherapeutic equivalent of providing alcoholic with a prescription medication that creates hangover symptoms within minutes of drinking. By creating these negative thoughts and emotions, doctors hope to create in the patient an actual dislike of alcohol.

Other possible therapies include things such as cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational therapy, role-playing, and so on. Therapies are offered through both individual and group counselling.

Does Rehab in Russia Involve Aftercare?

Aftercare in Russia is available for patients who want to arrange it for themselves. One important thing to know in this regard is that the Russian government is not as heavily involved in substance abuse and rehab as our own is – or other European governments, for that matter. So not only do addicts and their families have to arrange for their own private treatment, but they must also arrange for aftercare.

You can remain in Russia to receive aftercare or get your aftercare back here at home. Aftercare in Russia consists of counselling and support group participation. Please note that there are English-speaking support groups in most major Russian cities, groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcanon.

If you are looking for drug or alcohol treatment outside of the UK, Russia is certainly an option. Rehab in Russia is very much focused on permanent sobriety as a means of completely overcoming addiction. There are private clinics throughout the country accepting patients on a regular basis. For more information or help in finding a clinic, feel free to contact us at Addiction Helper today.