Rehab has been shown to be the most effective way to treat a serious addiction problem and could provide your best route forward. It’s natural to have questions though, and one of the first may be, ‘How do I apply for rehab in the first place?’.
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Going to Private Rehab
The easiest and most hassle-free way to get into a residential rehab is to contact a private rehab centre directly or to use a service like ours at Action Rehab that deals with a number of different treatment centres.
Because we deal with a wide range of different rehabs, we can help ensure that you find the right place for your own individual circumstances and requirements. No two people with addiction problems are the same, and neither are their recovery journeys.
Sometimes the best rehab for you will be right on your doorstep, but in other cases, it may be best to look further afield. It is generally more important to match up the treatment programmes and facilities with your treatment requirements and many rehabs will provide treatment if you do decide to travel.
Even though treatment courses are tailored to the individual, there are generally common elements and inpatient rehab has a number of clear benefits.
Unlike outpatient programmes, residential rehab places you in a secure and comfortable environment away from the stresses and substance use triggers of your everyday life.
You will undergo supervised detox and take part in a structured, tailored programme of therapies and treatments, all backed by evidence and long experience and designed to address every aspect of your drug or alcohol addiction.
There’s no such thing as a sure bet or magic cure when it comes to addiction recovery, but attending this sort of rehab gives you the very best chance of breaking free from that vicious cycle.
The Admissions Process
If you use a service like Action Rehab, we can take a lot of the effort and guesswork out of finding the best rehab centre for you. We can also help guide you through the initial steps of the admissions process.
This will involve a thorough pre-admission assessment, where you will be expected to discuss your problems and elements of your drinking or drug addiction as openly as possible.
This will help the rehab’s therapists and other recovery professionals to draw up a personalised treatment plan based on your own requirements. You will also undergo a medical assessment to ensure that any treatment is safe before arranging a mutually agreed admission date.
Private vs Free Rehab
It’s worth noting that the NHS very rarely provides residential rehab. It is all but impossible to get a place and where it does exist, it is generally in the shape of providing funding for a place at a cheaper private rehab.
There may be various eligibility requirements and you might feel like you are being made to jump through hoops as part of the application process.
You can only apply or, more accurately, have someone else apply on your behalf when you are already involved with the NHS drugs and alcohol service and have an assigned key worker.
You would be assessed for suitability – ensuring you are dedicated and committed to recovery and that rehab would have a reasonable chance of success. You might have to undergo detox and stabilise your drinking or drug use before being considered.
Funding could then be sought, although it may not be available at this stage. Finally, the rehab providing the treatment may wish to carry out its own assessment and checks.
Another option may be charities, which very rarely have funding to help people with rehab. For the vast majority of people seeking drug and alcohol treatment for free, the only choice is the community-based treatment available through normal NHS channels.
The NHS Rehab Process
The type of drug and alcohol treatment more commonly available through the NHS is an outpatient programme that involves you remaining in your own home and attending treatment sessions that are held in various clinics and other venues.
You will be responsible for attending these appointments and may again need to demonstrate that you are committed to improving your situation. Even with this type of community-based treatment, resources may be stretched and waiting lists involved.
It can also be challenging because you may have the same access to drugs and alcohol that you always had and be surrounded by the people and places associated with your drinking or drug use.
It can be very difficult to resist temptation, especially when cravings or withdrawal symptoms hit home. An outpatient treatment programme also tends to last a lot longer than inpatient rehab because the treatments are more spread out.
You do not have to apply for this sort of treatment as such, but you will be assessed before any treatment begins. Your GP is a good place to start and they may provide a referral to the drugs and alcohol service, but you can also approach your local service yourself.
Paying for Rehab
If you do go down the private rehab route without the help of the NHS or a charitable organisation there will be costs involved that you will have to fund.
If you happen to have private health insurance, either through a personal policy or through work, there is a chance that this may cover some or all of your costs.
Many major providers do cover drug and alcohol treatment but there may be conditions attached and you will need to check your policy carefully and speak to your insurer.
If you pay the costs of rehab yourself, there may be payment plans available that will help you to spread the costs. If you have any questions about this or any other aspect of rehab, contact us today to find out how we can help.