Rehab clinics are there for the well-being of patients. Patients in Guernsey who take advantage of rehab centres are given a chance of improving their futures.
By taking the decision to enter rehabilitation centres in Guernsey the opportunity to work with professional healthcare staff, other patients, and comprehensive detoxification programmes will ensure them a chance at beating their addictions. But it’s important to know how things work before entering rehabilitation.
Treatment for alcohol and drugs will always start off slowly. Throwing patients into the deep end is unwise and should be avoided at all costs. Instead, patients will be gently guided into their new lives in their new homes. Residential rehab is a daunting experience, but with this gentle approach, it’s hoped they will feel relaxed.
Firstly, any detoxification treatments will be administered before they meet the other patients. Immediately, it’s important to form strong bonds between patients because this is the main support mechanism.
People relate better to those who are going through the same situations as them. By promoting support between patients there’s a higher chance of completing the rehabilitation programme successfully.
Even with all these mechanisms in place, it’s still tough to avoid relapsing. But for people who are having these problems, they are always welcome to return to their facilities for another bout of treatment. Nobody is ever left on their own when it comes to defeating their addiction demons!
There are many people who attend rehab time and time again. This is because whilst they work hard to control their addiction in rehab, the environment is manufactured in a sense.
When people go home from rehab, the stable environment that was created for them in rehab no longer exists. Although programmes aim to equip people with the skill sets needed to survive on their own.
Leaving the peace of rehab to go home again can be a huge shock to the system. Unfortunately, shocks to the system are one of the major triggers for relapse. It is very tempting for people to revert to dealing with things by abusing substances.
One way to try to avoid relapse is to continue the good work and progress that has been made within the rehab clinic. Looking for local group meetings to do with drug and alcohol abuse can help to keep an addict’s mind focused on the end goal. They can also form positive relationships with people on the same path.
Substance abusers may also keep in touch with friends that they met in rehab. Many people go to rehab because they are unable to cope on their own. By staying in touch with somebody who is going through the exact same experience, substance abusers can feel that they are not alone. The friends may also act as a sponsor for each other, talking to each other out of relapsing.
Taking up hobbies as well as seeking employment can do wonders for abstaining from drugs and alcohol. The less idle the mind is, the less time it has to think about drugs and alcohol. This is where the workshops and activities in rehab can really help.
People may well have discovered something new that they never realised they had a passion for. Just because they are not in rehab anymore doesn’t mean that this passion should die. Continuing any interests found in rehab on the outside is an excellent way to keep busy. It also serves the purpose of being able to have something to be proud of.
If a project is achieved, the substance abuser can be proud that they have accomplished what they set out to do. Pride is something that many substance abusers may not have felt in a long time.
Seeking out employment is another way to keep busy, provide for oneself, earn money and independence as well as feel proud of achieving something every day. Going back to work can often be the most powerful way to avoid relapse as working is a sign of true integration into society.
Substance abusers can feel accepted again, something which they might not have felt when they had to lie all the time to people whilst they were drinking or taking drugs. As new colleagues are met, positive relationships can be made and the road to recovery is well underway.
Rehab 4 Addiction is an organisation offering counselling and referral services to addicts and their families in Guernsey. We work with private clinics offering drug and alcohol treatment programmes on a residential basis. We also advise clients regarding outpatient rehab services.
Contact us today for more advice on 0800 140 4690.