If you or a loved one is suffering from a drug addiction, it can be difficult to know what to do next and where to turn to for help and support. At Action Rehab, we have helped thousands of people get back on their feet through drug rehabilitation programmes across the UK.
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There are three main stages in treating a drug addiction. The first stage is the detox process, (especially in severe cases), whereby a person’s system is cleansed and detoxed of the substance(s) they are addicted to. The second stage is rehab, in which the addict undergoes several forms of therapy, most usually in a medically controlled and secure environment, in order to tackle the psychological dependency, they have on the substance they are addicted to.
The third stage is to tackle the physical withdrawal symptoms associated with their addiction, in which medications can be given and nutrition workshops attended so the addict understands the importance of getting their overall physical health back on track to prevent relapse.
It is very important that when treating drug addiction, you go down a healthy route that has been medically tried and tested, with evidence to prove that it is safe. It is not advisable to go ‘cold turkey’ or to just suddenly stop taking drugs. This is because doing so can prove very dangerous, especially if opiates are the substance you are addicted to, as a potential overdose could be a great risk.
If you are unsure of how to detox from a substance, get in touch with us at Action Rehab today and let’s discuss your drug rehab options.
It is generally believed that many drug addicts can be effectively treated within a rehab facility. Rehab facilities are known for their high success rates in treating addicts for a wide range of substances, alcohol abuse and behavioural/mental health issues. While everyone responds to treatment differently, most rehab centres have the staff, equipment, medication and facilities to support, encourage and motivate a drug addict so they achieve success in reaching sobriety.
Rehab offers an addict a chance to speak with others who are also undergoing treatment in group therapy, as well as 1:1 sessions so they receive dedicated care for their needs and have the opportunity to address any underlying mental health issues or causes of their addiction. Rehab clinics also offer fitness activities, mindfulness activities, bespoke treatment plans and dietary programmes to ensure that each patient is getting what they need to recover mentally and physically.
Many rehab facilities adopt an evidence-based holistic approach to treating drug addiction, in the knowledge that a healthy body and mind will help an addict to fully recover and avoid future temptations that could cause relapse. Holistic therapies such as yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, hypnosis and art therapy are typically used as part of treatment.
Drug Rehab Treatment: In-Patient or Out-Patient?
You can attend rehab for drug addiction treatment as either an in-patient or out-patient. In-patient rehab involves residing at the rehab facility full-time so that you can be monitored closely and have dedicated support staff to motivate you and help you succeed in getting clean. Some people opt for in-patient rehab because it removes them from their previous environment that was associated with drugs.
However, for some people a long-term residential stay in rehab is not possible to due family and work commitments. For instance, a place of work may not allow an employee to be on leave to attend drug rehab for up to a month at any one time.
For these people, out-patient rehab for drug addiction could be a better option. In the case of out-patient rehab, you attend on a regular basis for detox sessions and for follow-up therapy sessions while living at home so you can fit your treatment around your living commitments. Some rehab facilities also offer therapy over the phone if a patient cannot attend their facility due to travel restrictions.
It is however important to note that out-patient rehab does carry some disadvantages. On the most basic level, an addict who isn’t in rehab on a residential basis will not get the benefit of the centre’s round-the-clock treatment, care and facilities. In some cases, rehab clinics are more like a wellness centre, with spa treatments, beauty and fitness treatments on offer, as well as a private suite.
In addition, an out-patient is not removed from their previous environment, meaning there could be more temptation, and setback or relapse could follow. The success of out-patient therapy will entirely depend on a patient’s determination to succeed and their willpower not to give in to temptation.
Drug Rehab & Support For Families
Many drug rehab centres have a good family focus and offer family counselling as part of their overall treatment, as they understand that an addiction doesn’t just affect the sufferer – it affects the people around them, too. A rehab centre will advise on the support that families can give a person in recovery and tools to help them deal with psychological and emotional issues related to their family member’s drug addiction. Most importantly, the support of family and friends is essential in ensuring the success of drug addiction treatment.
What Should I Consider When Selecting A Drug Rehab Facility?
Contact us today at Action Rehab for help and support on choosing the right rehab clinic for your needs. You should always consider location, facilities and staff training when choosing a rehab clinic.
You may also want to think about your budget as well, because although there are many luxury facilities on offer, these may not be available to everyone for financial reasons. You might also want to think about how you’d like to be treated, whether the rehab facility offers out-patient care, and the types of therapies the rehab centre uses in treating addiction.
As a guideline, we always ensure that people who contact us for drug rehab referral are pointed in the direction of rehab clinics that meet CQC (Care Quality Commission) guidelines. Get in touch with us at Action Rehab today for help and guidance on drug rehab.