Rehab 4 Addiction

Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Dubai

Problems relating to addiction in Dubai often go ignored.

Communities have been known to shun those that have expressed the need for help with a drug or alcohol abuse problem, driven mostly by the continuing stigmas surrounding addiction and dependence.

Due to many cultural and religious values, many even believe that addiction is simply not common in this country, but this is far from the truth.

In fact, the situation may even be getting worse. According to data from June 2020, the average age of drug abuse in youths dropped drastically from an already-low 16, to a mere 12 years old.

Deaths relating to drug abuse and addiction are also on the rise, with an increase from 4.5 out of every million deaths, to 6.1 in recent years.

Because of these harrowing statistics, it is becoming increasingly important to reach out for professional support if you are experiencing a substance or behavioural addiction.

We are ready and willing to help and can find you a drug and alcohol rehab in Dubai for you to begin treatment right away.

The rehab admission process in Dubai

To find you the best possible drug and alcohol rehab in Dubai, we first need to determine what your personal needs for treatment are.

We do this through two simple assessments, which help us realise how we can best care for you and in which rehabilitation facility you would have the highest chances of recovery.

The first assessment will usually take place over the phone and will cover information about you such as your personality and characteristics that may impact your treatment needs, and also aspects of your addiction such as the substance or multiple substances you have used, and the method of your abuse.

We may also need information on whether or not you have any history of addiction within your family.

The second assessment will take place in person when you have arrived at your chosen rehab, and will look further at your physical and mental health.

These assessments combine to give us here at Rehab 4 Addiction the necessary information to begin creating your treatment plan and admitting you to your chosen drug and alcohol rehab.

Addiction: Physical vs. Psychological

The two main types of addiction – physical and psychological – are very different in both how they present and how they can impact the affected individual, but they also overlap in a multitude of areas.

Though we can note the different types to differentiate between the two, no addiction will ever be purely one way or the other.

Classing an addiction a such often shows a misunderstanding of behaviour and leads to the two extremes of ‘addiction is not a choice’ (even though we do make certain decisions ourselves whether addiction is largely psychological or not) and ‘addiction is a choice’ (even though we are often still influenced by many psychological processes during a more physical addiction).

The alcohol detoxification process

Alcohol detox can last anywhere between a few days to a few months – in some really serious cases, they can last even longer. It is important to persevere through this process, as it is the first step to a full recovery from alcohol addiction.

For the first 6-12 hours of detox, initial mild symptoms such as headaches, shakes, irritability and nausea will kick in. After day one these symptoms can become increasingly severe, and hand tremors and seizures can also sometimes begin.

The most painful withdrawal symptoms will likely continue into day two. At this time some clients have also experienced panic attacks as the body rids itself of alcohol.

Symptoms may come and go throughout the first week. These first seven days are where you are usually most at risk of developing the more life-threatening symptoms, though they are much rarer.

After one-week symptoms should begin to start tapering off slowly, though some mild symptoms can last up to a year after an alcohol detox.

When the most serious withdrawal symptoms have passed, some may experience Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). This can cause feelings of anxiety, low energy, sleeping troubles, and delayed reflexes.

These can last anywhere from several months to a year.

The drug detoxification process

If you are battling drug addiction, it is highly likely that you will have to undergo a drug detox at your chosen drug and alcohol rehab in Dubai.

Though this can be a scary and daunting step, it is a very necessary one on the journey to recovery, and allows your body to begin healing so that you can focus on the remainder of your treatment.

To detox your body from the substance or substances you have used, you will slowly withdraw from the drug at a comfortable pace, until no traces of the drug are left behind.

To help ensure any side effects that you experience are taken care of properly and the detox is carried out safely, this process should always be done in the care of medical professionals.

It is likely that during a drug detox you will experience a number of withdrawal symptoms. These side effects of withdrawal are completely normal and expected, and can be eased with certain medication if they become too severe.

Some of the most common of these withdrawal symptoms include flu-like symptoms, sickness, shaking, headaches, and heightened feelings of agitation, depression or anxiety.

What you experience will largely be determined by the overall severity of your drug addiction, the drug that you have used, and how long you have been using for.

This can also impact the amount of time you will need to detox – the process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months depending on you and your addiction.

Dual diagnosis and addiction

It is very common for those battling substance addictions to also suffer from a mental health condition. This is called a dual diagnosis, and it is extremely common.

Around 45% of people with a drug or alcohol addiction also suffer from a coinciding mental health disorder, and those with existing mental health conditions are almost twice as likely as the general population to face a substance addiction at one point in their lives.

Rest assured that if you receive a dual diagnosis in your chosen drug and alcohol rehab in Dubai, there is still treatment available. You will receive a much more detailed treatment plan, which will cover both issues in equal parts and will deal with the two as interconnected problems.

This is necessary and crucial for your recovery as the seemingly separate issues are actually not so separate, and the existence of one can actually sometimes be a catalyst for the other.

How much time will I spend in rehab?

Though the average is around 28 days, the amount of time you will spend in rehab will be dependent on a few things.

The first factors that will decide the length of your rehab stay are now mostly out of your control, such as the seriousness of your addiction, the method of your abuse, and the substance you are dependent on.

The second set of determining factors, however, can be controlled. These include things like motivation, participation, and, though it may sound clichéd, a positive attitude towards treatment.

Ensuring that you are ready and willing to actively partake in treatments such as therapy and counselling, and trying your hardest to stay hopeful and motivated throughout your stay can make your recovery that much closer.

Therapy and counselling in rehab

Throughout your time in your chosen drug and alcohol rehab in Dubai, you will participate in several different forms of therapy that will combine to provide you with well-rounded and effective treatment.

Though which exact treatments you partake in will be decided by assessments you undergo during the admissions process, the most common treatments you are likely to encounter include:

12 steps to a recovery

The 12 step programme, originated by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), is a foundation for personal recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction.

Many people, now living in recovery, that have used the 12 step programme have reported it as not just a set of directions to follow, but a way of life.

The 12 steps can help not only the affected individual but their loved ones too, with some steps even able to be completed by family as well as the person battling the addiction.

The steps are:

1. Honesty

Admittance that you are helpless against your substance use. Friends and family can also take this step, by admitting how they have been impacted by your addiction.

2. Faith

Higher power cannot operate before you believe that it can. Accept that a greater power may be able to help you.

3. Surrender

Realise that you will not be able to recover alone, but with the right help and support, you will be able to.

4. Soul-searching

Find out what your own problems are, and how your addiction has harmed yourself and your loved ones.

5. Integrity

Admit these wrongs to another person or your higher power. This is a great opportunity to grow as a person.

6. Acceptance

Accept your ‘flaws’ or ‘defects’ as a part of you, and be willing to let them go.

7. Humility

Be humble and understand you’re meaningless in the grand scheme of things, but don’t let this lead to self-pity.

8. Willingness

Make a list of people you harmed during your addiction and how you hurt them.

9. Forgiveness

Act on this list by making amends with the people you hurt before your recovery journey.

10. Maintenance

Maintain your improvement and progress.

11. Making contact

Ask your higher power for any help you need with the remainder of your recovery journey.

12. Service

Pass on what you have learnt to those in need.

Preventing relapse after rehab

To help decrease your chances of relapsing after you leave the care of your chosen drug and alcohol rehab in Dubai, you will need a relapse prevention plan.

This plan will consider your history with drugs and alcohol, which substances you have abused, and your personal triggers or signs that may lead you to a relapse.

With this information, you and the team at your rehabilitation facility will be able to create a plan of action, which will guide you through what to do if you experience a relapse.

Don’t worry if you do happen to relapse. You are always able to get back on track with the help of Rehab 4 Addiction, and with your detailed and personal relapse prevention plan, you will know exactly what to do to continue the road to recovery.

Aftercare and fellowship groups

In 1935, two men who were struggling alcoholics themselves realised that addiction is far from the simple moral failing that many at that time branded it to be.

The two went on to create Alcoholics Anonymous (AA); a mutual support group that considers addiction and substance dependence as a disease that can be treated, rather than something to be ashamed of.

Nearly a hundred years later, millions of struggling individuals have been helped by the 12 step programme that AA created and popularised, and other branches of AA such as NA, Alateen, and Al-anon have been created to support even more people in need.

These groups work so well due to the social interaction that they foster, and the emotional connections and support that is gained from sharing and hearing others experiences with drugs and alcohol.

Research has found that someone wishing to change their behaviour does much better with the help of someone else also wishing to change theirs.

AA and NA – and other branches – are open to anyone, and any age.

If you wish to find a fellowship group for yourself (or a loved one) when you leave your chosen drug and alcohol rehab in Dubai, have a chat with a member of our team for the possible options in your area.

Call us on 0800 140 4690


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