Rehab 4 Addiction

Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Canterbury

Drug and alcohol rehabs in Canterbury were created to offer effective, affordable and accessible treatment for people suffering from addiction.

Our team understand first-hand the problems that need to be overcome. Our goal is to help individuals overcome their addiction and get their lives back on track.

We offer a high level of accommodation set within the Canterbury countryside and the day centre.

We offer each client a tailored programme based on their requirements within a caring and encouraging environment to get well.

We believe recovery begins in treatment but continues in the outside world and our focus is to give people the tools they need.

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What makes us special?

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Below is why we believe we’re the team that can help you to reach a sustainable level of recovery.

  • We have a very strong programme based on years of experience within the field of addiction
  • We offer beautiful accommodation, all with private rooms and garden access
  • We focus heavily on empowering clients to rebuild and improve their lives and the lives of their loved ones
  • We offer 24/7 care and a 7 day per week programme
  • Excellent value for the level of care and location
  • A team who have been through recovery and really care and understand

Programme Overview

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Our treatment is based on a combination of several proven techniques and is designed to give each individual a good chance of recovery.

We do not take a one size fits all approach. We work with small groups and have an excellent ratio of counselling staff to clients.

The general programme consists of the following:

Who is rehab suitable for?

Many people diagnosed with a substance misuse disorder are able to make the necessary positive changes without needing to attend rehab services as an inpatient.

Some people with more severe addiction and various co-occurring conditions however may find that attending a rehab clinic is the best option for them to begin their recovery.

Inpatient rehab is particularly recommended for people who are concerned that their substance misuse has become unmanageable and who fall into the following categories:

  • If you are concerned you may be diagnosed with a severe form of addiction, because you have been consuming large quantities of a substance on a daily basis for a long time and all other aspects of your life have been totally neglected.
  • You may be struggling with your mental health, as well and may have contemplated suicide
  • You have tried on several occasions, to tackle your excessive drug or alcohol consumption but have been unsuccessful so far.
  • You may have received treatment as an outpatient, such as counselling and other psychological interventions and even been through a detox treatment, however despite your best efforts you have relapsed several times.
  • If you have been diagnosed as having a co-occurring mental condition alongside your substance misuse disorder, or think you may have a mental health condition, you may find it more beneficial to receive treatment at rehab.
  • If your drinking has become so excessive and out of control, that it has led to you displaying acts of violence towards family members then this is a massive cause for concern.

Unfortunately, the situation is likely to become worse before it gets better and it is important for anyone who has reached this point to consider reaching out for help.

Rehab4Addiction can help you gain access to the best rehab treatment possible in the Canterbury area.

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The admissions process in Canterbury

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Each person referred to the Rehab4Addiction treatment providers in the Canterbury area would face a comprehensive assessment covering the 6 dimensions of the ASAM criteria which will help to establish your own personalised treatment plan.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is an established organisation specialising in providing advice and guidance on treating all forms of addictive disorder.

ASAM has established set criteria to help assess and plan treatment for people seeking help for their substance misuse behaviour. (7)

During the admissions process, the Rehab4Addiction assessors will adopt a Bio-Psycho-Social approach using  ASAM criteria to help develop a suitable treatment plan for your individual needs.

The first three dimensions help the assessor establish your current level of intoxication, whether you have any medical conditions that may affect your ability to fully engage with treatment or whether you have any mental health conditions or emotional barriers.

The fourth dimension examines how ready you are to change your behaviour, whereas the fifth dimension examines your vulnerability to relapse.

Finally, the sixth dimension assesses how much your social and living environment helps or hinders your ability to commit to the treatment plan.

This will include domestic living arrangements, your work and financial situation and any outstanding legal issues. (7)

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DSM Levels of Severity

You will be assessed on how severe your substance misuse behaviour is and this will determine the content of your treatment plan.

There are three categories you could be placed into, according to the DSM5 diagnostic criteria, which are:

  • Mild
  • Moderate
  • or Severe substance misuse.

Pre-rebab steps: Intervention

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Sometimes people who become dependent on substances are unable to admit that their behaviour is problematic, even though it is obvious to everyone else.

A specific intervention may be required to persuade the targeted person that they should seriously consider beginning treatment for their excessive substance use.

An intervention is a specifically designed systematic plan which attempts to alter a person’s current negative behaviour patterns which are causing them distress.

Interventions may be necessary if a person’s substance-related behaviour has become a cause for concern.

CRAFT is an example of one type of intervention rehab specialists can utilise  to  influence people to  change their behaviour or enter into treatment

CRAFT stands for Community Reinforcement and Family Training and utilises family members and close friends of the person of concern in order to persuade them to change. (8)

This approach was developed when it became apparent that family members and friends of substance abusers could be a key resource in influencing people to change their behaviour.

This is because they are in a unique position to offer insight into the daily experiences of their troubled relative and so can help pinpoint the circumstances they are likely to act out.

CRAFT uses principles of operant conditioning which is associated with the Behavioural school of psychology.

CRAFT practitioners will train family members to adapt their behaviour so they will reward positive behaviour from the target person, such as abstaining from drinking alcohol and reacting negatively towards their family member consuming drugs or alcohol.

A reward may be cooking them a favourite meal whereas a punishment may include refusing to spend time with them. (8)

CRAFT therapists train family members in the communication skills necessary to achieve the desired outcome.

This involves explaining the reasons for their behaviour in a  positive, honest and non-judgemental way, avoiding both anger and blame while doing so. (8)

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How much does rehab cost in Canterbury?

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The exact cost of rehab differs from person to person and depends on many factors, such as the treatment centre you choose, the length of time your treatment programme lasts and the types of services that your treatment plan includes.

Anyone choosing to enter treatment has several options they can choose from to fit in with their budget.

For example, you can sleep in your own room or opt to share with others, with the latter option being the cheapest.

Most people on average stay in rehab for one month, so the cost of staying in a room by yourself would cost in the region of £8,000-£12,000.

This would come down to approximately £6,000  if you opted to share a room with other clients.

There is the option to have the detox treatment as an outpatient which will enable you to reduce the overall cost.

One drawback with this option, however, is that being an outpatient will mean you do not have the regular monitoring and round the clock support you would receive as an inpatient.

You may also be vulnerable to certain temptations which may be prevalent in your home environment. Many people, however, have been able to complete the detox successfully at home.

A home detox would normally cost around £1,500

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Private Rehab vs. Council funded rehab treatment

Anyone seeking to access treatment as an inpatient has the option of applying for funding via local the council and NHS to cover the cost of their treatment if they are unable to finance the cost themselves.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both of these options although it is likely that not all the treatment is likely to be funded.

Private rehab

Below we’ve listed a number of advantages and disadvantages of opting in for private rehab.

Advantages of attending a private rehab include:

The main benefit of financing your own rehab privately is the speed at which you will gain access to treatment.

Self-funding clients are able to begin treatment at a  specialist rehab service within a matter of days as most delays people experience tend to be a result of the time taken for funding of treatment to be approved by the relevant bodies.

There is also more choice available for self-funded people, so they will have a wider range of therapeutic interventions to choose from which will be more compatible with their recommended treatment needs.

They will also experience a higher staff to patient ratio due to the superior resources available to them

It is likely that you will be able to enter treatment at a location of their choice depending on their individual preferences.

Disadvantages of attending a private rehab include:

The cost is obviously more expensive but people are able to devise their own personal treatment plan which can fit in with the budget they have allocated for their treatment.

Paying for treatment in itself does not guarantee a successful outcome, anyone attending private rehab still needs to work hard on their recovery and reflect on what they need to do to move forward.

Council / NHS funded Rehab

Below we’ve listed a number of advantages and disadvantages of opting for the council-funded rehab route.

Advantages of attending Council/NHS funded rehab include:

Having an expensive treatment funded by NHS is valuable for people who are in need of the treatment but who are unable to finance it themselves.

It is important that there is funding available for people who are committed to treatment and who are motivated to turn their lives around.

One of the reasons why funding takes so long is to assess whether the funding is going to a person who is committed to recovery and will make good use of the funding.

Disadvantages of attending Council/NHS funded rehab include:

Waiting for funding to be approved and take a very long time, and you may find there are many obstacles to overcome and delays whilst all aspects of the application are considered

There is also likely to be a long waiting list so it could be months if not years before you can enter treatment

Applying for treatment is a long process in itself, with many documents and forms of evidence required to be submitted along with the application.

There may be letters or evidence required from certain people to strengthen your application and these will take time depending on the workload of these individuals.

The range of services on offer may be less when compared with a private rehab service, all services are run by qualified professionals with relevant expertise.

However, the financial limitations of council-funded treatment services mean that not all the services are on offer and there may be a lower staff-patient ratio than would be the case at a private rehab service.

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Criteria for Substance Use Disorder in DSM-5

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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is now on its fifth version and is used to diagnose several substance misuse disorders (SUD) It achieves this by comparing a person’s behaviour with a setlist of 11 criteria.

You will be diagnosed as having a SUD if your behaviour matches two out of eleven criteria set for the disorder. The more of the criteria for the disorder you meet then the more severe the diagnosis will be.

Three levels of the disorder have been established in total, these being mild, moderate and severe.

A person who meets two or three of the criteria will be assessed as having a mild SUD,  meeting 4 or 5 of the criteria will probably lead to a moderate SUD whereas meeting 6 or more would indicate a severe SUD.

How long does rehab last?

If you are attending rehab just for detox then the amount of time you spend there can vary depending on which substance you are detoxing from.

For example, for alcohol detox, you may find yourself staying for any time up to one week, whereas a detox from any Opioid drug may take between 2 to 3 weeks to complete.

The outcome of your individual comprehensive assessment will give you a clearer idea of how much time you can expect your detox treatment to take

A person attending rehab for other psycho-social interventions as well as detox can expect to be attending the inpatient programme for 4-6 weeks, although the usual time spent in rehab is 28 days.

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Alcohol detox & rehab in Canterbury

Withdrawing from alcohol can cause unpleasant effects, most of which are caused by overactivity of the Central Nervous System and include nausea, vomiting, fever and sweating.

In the most severe symptoms, people who may have developed a strong physical dependence may experience tremors and seizures which can be life-threatening.

A person entering treatment for severe alcohol misuse will find that the treatment will initially focus on the detox and slowly manage the withdrawal from alcohol over a period of 7-10 days.

This needs to be managed very carefully due to the potentially harmful effects of withdrawing from alcohol.

Medical supervision when withdrawing from alcohol is absolutely essential and ensures patient safety.

Trained staff will be able to provide medication such as Chlordiazepoxide (brand name Librium) or Diazepam to protect against seizures whilst withdrawing.

Regular monitoring throughout the process will ensure that withdrawal is completed efficiently and safely. (12)

As soon as the medical team have got your withdrawal symptoms under control there is then the opportunity to engage fully with all the psychological therapies and interventions on offer to help you with your recovery for the remaining 3 weeks.

Such interventions include group therapy, individual counselling, following the 12 step programme and relapse prevention skills.

All of these interventions will help you understand the origins of your substance misuse and what you can do to put it right and move forward with your life.

There will be much focus on enabling you to manage your thoughts, feelings and relationships more effectively to avoid the pitfall of turning to substances when faced with challenging situations.

Cognitive based strategies will form a key part of the treatment.

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The risks of an unmanaged alcohol withdrawal

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Due to the serious and life-threatening consequences of withdrawing from alcohol too quickly, any alcohol detox will be managed very carefully by qualified medical professionals.

Attempting to withdraw from alcohol on your own without the guidance of medical experts can be very dangerous and is NOT recommended.

This is because alcohol has a depressive effect on the central nervous system and sudden withdrawal can cause seizures and tremors.

It can also initiate irregular heartbeats all of which can be life-threatening if not life-limiting. (12)

Home detox in Canterbury

It is possible to organise a home detox in the Canterbury area, however, you must complete a thorough assessment to ensure you are a suitable candidate for treatment.

To be eligible you need to be drinking less than 30 units a day and if the psychiatrist overseeing your treatment believes that you do not fall into the high-risk category then you can have the Librium posted out to you.

This will facilitate a safe withdrawal and protect against seizures.

Even though you will not be based at a treatment centre you will be monitored remotely by trained medical professionals on a daily basis via phone call to ensure that you are progressing well and not experiencing any adverse effects.

Although this is a cheaper option there is still an element of risk as you are not able to access immediate medical treatment if needed, which would be the case at an inpatient service.

Home detox is distinct from self-detox which is when a person attempts to detox by themselves without consulting any medical professionals. (5)

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Rehab for Cocaine in Canterbury

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Cocaine is a Central Nervous System stimulant, and unlike Heroin and other opioid-based drugs, there is no substitute drug treatment available for people who have become physically dependent on cocaine.

However there is still excellent support available to help overcome this addiction, the approaches to treating cocaine involve providing people with the necessary medication to help to control the withdrawal symptoms.

For stimulants like cocaine, this could include depression, fatigue, insomnia (after a period of hypersomnia) and intense drug craving.

Rehab for addiction have access to an expert medical team who will prescribe the medication necessary to target the most unpleasant withdrawal symptoms you experience. (10)

The other aspect of treatment involves counselling sessions, both group and individual as well as other psychosocial interventions to support you when you are going through this tough withdrawal period.

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Rehab for Heroin in Canterbury

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Heroin is an opioid drug that is highly addictive, treating heroin addiction has become a specialist area of its own with a well established and safe treatment process.

The biological aspect of the treatment will involve you going through a detox process and consuming decreasing amounts of a substitute drug (such as Methadone) over a period of time to relieve withdrawal symptoms and to slowly reduce the levels of heroin in your body. (10)

Treatment also includes various psycho-social therapies to help people overcome the psychological challenges that led to their substance misuse problems.

This will include individual and group therapy, following the 12 step programme and relapse preventions strategies.

This is designed to provide you with the cognitive skills necessary to avoid relapsing when faced with high-risk situations that could lead to using heroin again.

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Rehab for Cannabis in Canterbury

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Cannabis may be seen as the less harmful of all the drugs but there is still first-class support available for people wishing to stop taking it.

The withdrawal symptoms experienced when people cease taking cannabis are relatively mild when compared with other drugs.

However, the longer a person has been taking the drug the harder it will be to stop, due to the fact the user will have developed a psychological dependence. (10)

Because of this, everyone who enters treatment undergoes a complete assessment of their cannabis use so that a personalised treatment plan can be developed.

Treatment normally focuses on medication to help manage any withdrawal symptoms, as well as psychosocial treatment, which aims to help you understand the reasons you became reliant on the drug in the first place. (10)

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Therapies offered by Rehab4Addiction in Canterbury


Below is a list of therapies that will most likely be offered to you during your time on a rehab programme.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

CBT is one of many psychological therapies that can be applied to help people recover from substance misuse.

CBT targets a person’s thoughts and feelings and seeks to identify any irrational and inaccurate beliefs that people have about themselves, others and the way they interact with the world around them.

This cognitive-based therapy enables people to notice how their negative feelings are a result of the faulty thought patterns that they have developed over the years. (1a)

CBT is able to help people develop new mental skills which will enable them to deal with stressful events more calmly and effectively when they arise rather than resorting to their former reaction of turning to substances for comfort.

It also helps boost self-esteem and enable people to possess a more realistic view of negative events that occur rather than their usual tendency of self-blame.

Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT)

DBT is a form of psychological therapy that is well suited to working with people in recovery from substance misuse.

DBT helps people to come to terms with, and make sense of the strong feelings that they are experiencing by them develop the cognitive skills to help deal with them more productively.

This enables people to initiate positive transformations in their lives and to maintain these changes in the future. (2)

The term dialectical relates to two separate ideas that on the surface don’t seem to be able to co-exist simultaneously within a person but through the therapeutic process can actually go together.

The two aspects of a person’s behaviour in question are the ability to accept yourself for who you are and the ability to change your behaviour for the better. (2)

Brief Interventions

Brief interventions are primarily targeted at people who have started to drink at a level that could be a cause for concern if it is sustained for too long into the future.

Their health is not causing them too many issues but intervening at this stage could be invaluable for their long term health if their behaviour is addressed early. (4)

Therapists may well use the FRAMES model to help them work with clients that fall into this category. The FRAMES model helps draw the clients’ attention to their substance behaviour and their own responsibility to initiate change.

The therapist will be supportive and empathic towards the client and not be confrontational, however, they will be presenting change options for clients to explore which will be beneficial for their health and convince the client that they have the ability to change their behaviour.

The ability to work in an empathic way with clients has been seen to be more successful than a confrontational approach. (4,9)

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Motivational interviewing is a regular tool used in substance misuse treatment.

MI is a technique adopted to elicit behaviour change in people and help them move through the Stages of Change Model designed by Prohaska and Di Clemente.

MI  can be performed regardless of which stage the client is at although the approach of the therapist will differ slightly depending on which stage of change they are in. (9)

The goal in MI is to overcome any resistance that the client may show to engaging with treatment.

The therapist will be able to work through this resistance and move the client forward by being patient with them and showing understanding and expressing empathy which helps the client slowly realise that they need to change.

This can be facilitated by allowing the client to identify reasons for why they should change, such as holding onto a job that they enjoy or resuming contact with family members they have not seen. (9)

Holistic therapies

The term ‘holistic therapies’ include:

There has been a significant amount of research over recent years into assessing the therapeutic value of a wide range of therapies that can improve the psychological well-being of people who are experiencing poor mental health.

The addiction field has been able to benefit from many of these different therapies, all of which have been found to be highly effective.

Rehab4Addiction offers several experiential therapy treatments with a creative element that have proved effective in the addiction field.

The key premise behind the use of such treatments is that the act of being creative allows the body to begin to deal with any emotional traces leftover from previous traumatic experiences.

1. Equine Therapy

Equine therapy is a therapeutic approach that has gained a lot of credibility over recent years and is now used to treat addictive disorders.

The horse takes on the role of a co-therapist alongside the equine therapist, and the belief behind the therapy is that animals are more effective at confronting behaviours than people are.

This is because they are more honest and possess a superior ability to read a person’s non-verbal communication.(13)

The horse provides a target for the client to project their fears and worries onto and helps them face up to, and understand themselves better which will lead to them improving their interactions with others and their ability to see the effect their actions have on others.

People who have been through several sessions of equine therapy have been able to experience more favourable communications when interacting with people.

They are also able to show more confidence and assertiveness and start to set healthy boundaries. Equine therapy has also allowed people to control their anger and curb any impulsive tendencies they previously had. (13) 

2. Art Therapy

Art therapy facilitates the expression of negative emotions which have remained in the body and have not been released.

Some people can struggle to talk about their feelings regarding past experiences because they cannot find the words, engaging in various art-based activities allows the brain to find an alternative way to express unprocessed negative emotions. (17)

Art therapy lends itself well to working with substance misusers, as therapists are able to develop creative exercises which will enable their clients to work through important aspects of themselves which are strongly related to the 12 step principles of AA.

These include powerlessness and the ability to relate to a higher power. Creativity also allows people to recognise and reduce the strong denial apparent in substance misusers as well as the shame which is also synonymous with this clinical group.

Art also provides an opportunity for clients to gain a degree of mastery and control over something which they have been unable to achieve since becoming dependent on substances. (17)

3. Music Therapy

Just like Art therapy Music therapy uses creative expression through music to try and access and process negative emotions that the body has not been able to release over the years after experiencing pain and trauma.

Music helps people re-connect with themselves and eradicate all the negative feelings that led to their substance misuse.

Group therapy

Attending group therapy will help you to understand how you relate to other people and the world around you.

Many addiction theorists believe that addiction develops as a result of an inability to manage relationships effectively, which could be down to a lack of assertiveness or being unable to manage feelings and express needs in social situations.

This could be down to insecure attachment patterns which originate from early childhood.

Learning to interact with others in group therapy facilitated by a qualified psychotherapist will help the group and all the individuals in it start to grow and develop the necessary skills to relate to each other and to other people they encounter in their lives.

Being part of a group also allows people to gain key social and communication skills that can help improve their relationships with people.

Empathy is an example of such a key social skill for example and the group provides an opportunity for members to express concern for others, supporting others can in itself help improve people’s self-esteem.

Individual therapy

Anyone receiving treatment for their substance misuse behaviour will invariably have some type of individual therapy on their treatment plan.

Attending sessions with a qualified psychotherapist will enable clients to understand the root causes of their behaviour.

With the help and support of the therapist will gain valuable insight into these causes and work through any issues in their lives that have contributed to their substance misuse behaviour.

People may have experienced some kind of trauma in their lives or had difficulties during their childhood. Understanding how these negative experiences impacted their behaviour later in life can help them to move forward and break free from their substance misuse.

There are several types of counselling and psychotherapy available to people, such as psychodynamic, person-centred, transactional analysis, Gestalt, CBT and trauma-based therapy.

The professional carrying out the initial comprehensive assessment will recommend the most suitable form of counselling after reviewing your medical, psychological and social history.

Family therapy

People who develop a substance misuse disorder, do not become unwell overnight, their behaviour developed in a certain environment linked to their early family life.

Family therapy helps the patient and family members understand the unhealthy dynamics that set the foundation for substance misuse.

This method helps the client understand that their behaviour is not necessarily down to them but arose due to the breakdown of the family circumstances at the time, where there may have been poor communication and unexpressed emotions.

Family therapy can become a regular component of a treatment plan and the more family members that are present the more helpful the sessions can be.

The more that family members understand the processes that have occurred in the family and the more supportive they are of their relative the better the chances of the family and the substance misuse have of moving forward.

Co-dependency treatment

Codependency is an issue for many people who have become addicted to substances.

Codependent people tend to become over-reliant on other people and have developed an unhealthy need to care for and control others, whilst at the same time ignoring their own needs and caring for themselves.

Many substance misusers have become involved in a co-dependent relationship where family members can enable the substance misuser’s behaviour as it suits them to meet their own unmet needs. (1)

Individual and group therapy can help people understand their codependent patterns and find the ability to start understanding their own needs and caring for themselves.

It is likely that the substance user and family members may benefit from codependency treatment.

Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy

Twelve Step Therapy is derived from one of the core features of Alcoholics Anonymous which is the 12 steps that people in recovery need to work through to support them in their journey towards abstinence.

At the heart of  AA is the notion that addiction is a chronic disease in which a person has lost the ability to control their substance-related behaviour.

Recovery from a long term condition can be achieved by reaching out to people who have been through similar experiences.

AA meetings provide the opportunity for people to achieve this and the more often people attend such meetings the more connected they will feel to others and the more supported they will feel when working through the steps. (16)

Features of the 12 step programme include enabling all members to appreciate how beneficial fellowship is to improve mental well-being and recovery.

The programme also includes exercises they will work through encourage people to reflect on their behaviour, attitudes and thought processes to see if they can develop a new, healthier mindset.

The programme has a spiritual element to it which enables people to explore their own beliefs and perspectives more deeply. (16)

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The importance of dual diagnosis for co-occurring disorders at rehab

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It is not uncommon for people who have been diagnosed with a substance misuse disorder to also have another mental health diagnosis coexisting alongside it.

These patients are referred to as dual diagnosis patients.

The most common mental health disorders that co-exist alongside substance misuse are:

This is because of the role that trauma plays in the development of an addiction. (18)

The treatment programme of clients who fall into this category needs to be managed with extra care and sensitivity due to the complex nature of having two diagnoses.

People with a dual diagnosis tend to have a lower success rate and less favourable outcomes compared with those who have received one diagnosis.

Rehab4Addiction uses highly skilled medical professionals working with dual diagnosis patients who are simultaneously able to treat both the mental health condition and the substance misuse disorder.

Although there are common similarities between each of these conditions, individually they all provide different challenges which our specialist treatment team are fully experienced in dealing with.

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Relapse prevention planning at rehab

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The basic tenet of Relapse Prevention is maintaining the habit-changing process which has moved away from maladaptive, unhelpful behaviour patterns to healthier ones.

After successfully navigating through treatment and making excellent progress clients will learn about relapse prevention strategies to ensure that they continue to maintain their recovery.

Relapse prevention strategies help people identify and cope with high-risk situations they are likely to encounter that could lead to them taking to substances again.

Such situations could include being in the company of certain people or visiting a location that has strong associations with drinking.

An obvious example of high-risk situations would be an event or social function in which alcohol would feature prominently such as a wedding or birthday gathering. (3)

Anticipating which situations could lead to relapse form the foundations for the development of coping strategies which will reduce the likelihood of a person relapsing.

Trained therapists adopt a cognitive behavioural approach to help people understand that any lapse is not a total failure rather an opportunity to reflect on, and learn about what happened and what they can do differently next time. (3)

Alternatives to going to rehab

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If you feel that attending a rehab clinic as an inpatient is not possible for you then there are other options available to turn to if you need to access support. For example:

1. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) / Narcotics Anonymous (N/A)

There are a large number of support groups throughout the UK to help people who are struggling with alcohol or drug abuse and this includes the Canterbury area.

These fellowships offer non-judgemental support and a chance to connect with other people going through similar experiences.

The 12 step philosophy they advocate is widely used in treatment centres and you will have the opportunity to work through this programme when you attend meetings, which are held weekly.

There are likely to be several meetings you can attend each week in the Canterbury area.

2. Outpatient services in Canterbury

You can access treatment services as an outpatient, this is achieved by establishing a point of contact with appropriate medical professionals experienced in addiction.

For example, a local drugs charity, community drug & alcohol team in the Canterbury area and your local GP surgery.

Home detox is possible depending on the nature and severity of the substance used. It is possible for example for your local GP and local drug and alcohol team to organise detox treatment for you as an outpatient.

They will also inform you of how to access the relevant psychosocial interventions you require to assist in your recovery including AA or NA meetings and therapists specialising in working with addictions.

3. SMART Recovery

SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training and is a national charity that provides resources and strategies to help people change their substance use behaviour that they have lost control of.

Trained facilitators are on hand to guide people through their programme which contains cognitive behavioural tools

This is aimed at supporting people attempting recovery through a well-established network throughout the country which contains a specially designed programme.

It teaches members of its network a wide range of skills that will empower and educate them to organise and maintain a healthier and substance-free lifestyle compared to the one they currently have.

They have designed a 4 point programme focusing on building and maintaining motivation, dealing with urges when they arise, Managing thoughts and feelings and bringing balance to your life

SMART encourages personal choice, personal development and is available to access online.

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Getting in touch with Rehab4Addiction

If you feel that you need to know more information or discuss your own personal treatment needs please contact Rehab4Addiction today, our team of highly trained and experienced staff will be able to advise you on the best course of action.

You can contact us by phone on 0800 140 4690 or complete our contact form here where one of our team will be able to access your message and get in touch with you.

Rehab 4 Addiction officers a range of addiction treatments in Kent, including Maidstone, Gravesend, Canterbury, Dover, Margate, Folkestone, Gillingham, Ramsgate, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Dartford.


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