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At Rehab 4 Addiction, we have witnessed the power of residential rehab on many occasions and we believe this form of treatment really is the best option for people looking to quit drugs and alcohol for good. Whilst the vast majority of people attending a rehab clinic will succeed in their recovery, success should never be taken as a given. The reality is that some who do attend rehab will relapse.

In this short guide, we offer up some tips to help you make the most of your time in a drug and alcohol rehab clinic so that your recovery gets off to the best possible start imaginable.

If you have never been to rehab before, then it’s likely that this upcoming experience will fill you with trepidation. Going to rehab means you will be surrounded by unfamiliar people literally 24/7 for around 3-4 weeks. It’s thus not surprising that this prospect may make you feel slightly concerned.

When you begin your treatment, you will be required to meet medical experts. You will be physically and psychologically assessed and then you will be given medications that will treat withdrawal symptoms. The few days in rehab will likely be the most taxing. The good news is that things do get considerably easier once your detox has completed.

Below, we list five simple ways you can better prepare yourself both before you begin rehab and whilst your rehab programme is in motion:

1. Be willing to learn from everyone you come into contact with

When it comes to rehab, the experience isn’t really like academic learning. When you attend school or college, you expect to learn from teachers and professors respectively. This is not the case with rehab. Most people who work in rehab will be in recovery themselves. This includes the chef, the groundskeeper and even the cleaners. Many of these people volunteer or take up paid work because they want to give back to the system that helped them attain their own recovery goals.

This means that you should learn from everyone you come into contact with. Whilst you will learn a significant amount from appointed therapists and counselors, you could arguably learn just the same amount of information from those that do not have these fancy job titles.

It’s also important to understand that rehab clinics have changed over the last decade. Before, most rehab clinics blindly followed the 12-step programme. Nowadays, whilst the 12-step programme remains popular, many rehabs offer a much broader approach to their treatment offerings. This is particularly the case following the growth in popularity of holistic therapies amongst UK rehab clinics.

We recommend that you keep an open mind when it comes to participating in holistic therapies, particularly those that might seem rather peculiar to what you may have experienced in the past. If rehabs offer particular therapies, it’s because these therapies are evidence-based and proven to assist people who are battling drug and alcohol addiction.

2. Kill off negative thoughts about going to rehab

Some people who are going to rehab for the first time will fail in their treatment programme even before it begins. This is because these people either don’t want to change or because they believe they ‘know it all’ already. Both of these mindsets are setting you up for failure.

If you aren’t willing to change, then it’s likely that going to rehab isn’t worth the effort. However, if you think you know it all already, then this is something you can tackle and we guarantee you do not know how to tackle addiction on your own otherwise you wouldn’t be considering going to rehab if this was the case.

3. Don’t break the rules

This is another major point that some people choose to ignore. Rehab clinics are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and if they do not enforce rules they will be closed. Rehab clinics will develop rules in order to keep them in business. You need to understand that rehabs are under an absolute professional duty to safeguard the vulnerable adults who are in their care.

When you begin rehab, make a point to familiarise yourself with the rules that apply to you. Also, please do distance yourself from those that are willing to break the rules, because your association with these people could result in early termination of your treatment if you are unfortunate.

4. Be as honest as possible

When you attend rehab, you will benefit from individual and group therapy sessions. During these sessions, you will be given a platform to discuss your experiences with drugs and alcohol. Your time being addicted to substances will have conditioned you to deceive yourself and others. Part of being in recovery is about embracing honesty and shunning lies, deception and manipulative behaviours.

5. Work as hard as possible to attain the skills that are needed to make your recovery a success

Let’s assume your rehab experience went as planned. You have fully detoxed and you have met some incredible people who have taught you some incredible things. You feel safe and the things that cause you to use drugs and alcohol may seem like a million miles away. However, the time to leave rehab will arrive sooner rather than later. If you aren’t able to translate your recovery into the real world, then everything you have learned during your rehab programme will be for naught.

Let’s make no bones about it: when you leave rehab, the real test will begin i.e. are you able to stay away from drugs and alcohol when you are still able to easily access them? Fortunately, most rehabs in the UK will prepare you for this test. However, the onus is still ultimately upon you to ensure your recovery is not short lived.

How we can help

At Rehab 4 Addiction, we offer expert advice when it comes to placing people in drug and alcohol rehab clinics. We may also advise on how to claim the costs of sending a loved one to rehab via a health insurance policy. Not all rehab clinics accept payment by way of insurance policy. We shall advise you on which clinics will accept this form of payment when you contact us on 0800 140 4690 today. You may also contact us through this website.

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