Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious problem and one that only seems to be getting worse. A review of numerous studies suggested that both alcohol and drug use increased during the pandemic, leading to an increased need for treatment.
Unfortunately, NHS resources in this area remain stretched but there are other options like residential rehab that have proven to be incredibly effective at treating alcohol and drug addiction. If you are looking for drug and alcohol rehab in Tipton, or just need confidential advice on what to do next, we can help you to take the next step.
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How does rehab work?
When you attend rehab you will be committing to participate in a full addiction treatment programme designed to address every aspect of your substance abuse. This will usually start with a period of detoxification, followed or accompanied by a range of therapies.
These group and individual therapies will help you explore the root causes behind your addiction and to change the way you think and behave around drugs or alcohol. Most rehab programmes will also offer a tailored aftercare programme to provide vital support after you complete the main part of the treatment programme.
What happens during alcohol and drug rehab?
The journey begins with an assessment and admissions process that will help addiction recovery experts to draw up a personalised treatment plan for your own unique circumstances. For most people this is followed by a drug detox, during which you metabolise the drugs or alcohol already in your system, essentially flushing them away.
This can be seen as the point at which you get clean or sober up and it can be very challenging as it may be accompanied by severe cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Detox is an important step but it is only part of a holistic drug addiction treatment plan. You will also take part in a range of therapies designed to help you stay clean and avoid relapse moving forward. These will usually include a combination of group and individual therapies and treatments that will be delivered in a structured programme.
There will be some downtime though and you may also be encouraged to take part in social activities with fellow residents. While everyone’s recovery journey is different, everyone will be going through at least a similar experience and the atmosphere will be non-judgmental and supportive.
Addiction therapy and treatment options
There are other treatment options available other than residential rehab programmes. Outpatient treatment can be useful for some but there are limitations. For one thing, you will still be around the usual triggers and temptations associated with your drinking or drug abuse.
You will have to be organized enough to attend treatment sessions and will have less support during detox. At a residential rehab, you will be in a secure, comfortable environment with no access to drugs or alcohol. You will have the full support and medical supervision where appropriate. In short, it provides you with the perfect opportunity to really focus on your recovery.
Medical alcohol and drug detox
Due to the potential withdrawal symptoms involved it is always advisable to undergo a drug or alcohol detox in a medically supervised environment. The withdrawal symptoms can vary widely depending on the substance involved, the severity of the addiction and other factors such as your age and general health. Cocaine and marijuana withdrawal symptoms tend to be mostly psychological, but the potential dangers and difficulties of overcoming these symptoms should not be underestimated.
Other substances such as opioids and alcohol can bring a combination of physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms, some of which can be particularly severe. Despite it being a legal drug, withdrawal from alcohol can be very dangerous and delirium tremens (commonly known as ‘the DTs’) can lead to hallucinations, seizures and even death.
Undergoing detox in a supervised setting such as that provided in rehab centres will ensure you are medically supervised and prescription medications can help to control some withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Therapy for alcohol and drug addiction
Alongside detox, you will also take part in a programme of therapies. These will typically involve a combination of group therapies and individual therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and one to one counselling.
There may be other options such as family therapy and ‘alternative’ well-being therapies such as art and music therapy, meditation and mindfulness. Workshops on relaxation techniques and nutrition can also help you to adopt a healthier lifestyle, which can in turn have a positive effect on your addiction recovery.
How long is rehab?
The length of a drug and alcohol rehab programme can vary but typically will last for 28 days. This is generally considered long enough to undergo detox and cover the required milestones in providing you with everything you need to continue your recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction.
Cost of alcohol and drug rehab
The cost of alcohol and drug rehab can vary widely depending on the luxuriousness of the rehab clinic, the length of the programme and other factors. It could vary from around £2,000 for outpatient rehab to £12,000 for a full residential rehab programme. It is worth noting, however, that NHS services in the field of addiction recovery are often stretched.
The costs of leaving an addiction untreated can often be far higher – not only monetarily but to your health and relationships – and residential rehab provides your best chance of making a full and long-term recovery.
Nearest CQC registered rehab
If you decide that rehab is for you, it’s important to find a place that is registered and provides the highest quality care. Choosing a rehab centre with a Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating will help ensure that rehab centres meet the required standards. If you are looking for drug and alcohol rehab in Tipton or further afield, we can help you to find the place that’s right for you. Contact us today to find out more.
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