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How do I know if I need to go to alcohol rehab in Kent?
It can be hard to spot addiction in yourself or others.
Below, we’ve made a list of some signs of addiction. If you spot any of these signs, it may be time to get treatment.
Heavy use. If alcohol or drugs become a daily habit, you may have a problem.
Inability to stop abusing substances. If you can’t or won’t cut down on your use, that’s another bad sign.
Social isolation. Avoiding other people in order to take drugs or drink is a sign of addiction.
Hiding levels of consumption. Lying to your loved ones about your substance abuse is another bad sign.
Financial hardship. If your usage is causing financial problems, you could have an addiction.
These are not the only symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction. Poor hygiene, bad mental health, messed up sleep patterns, and irritability are red flags to look out for.
How do I choose the right treatment programme in Kent?
Choosing the right Kent rehab programme can be tricky. If you are in the south-east of England and need rehab, Kent is one location to consider. The inpatient rehabs here in Kent have very good facilities and experienced staff.
Inpatient programmes are for those who want to live in a treatment centre in Kent during detox and rehab. Residential rehab gives you access to 24/7 medical care and take away the risk of relapse.
We go into more detail about inpatient vs outpatient programmes below.
Questions to ask when looking for a rehab centre in Kent
When choosing an inpatient rehab centre, there are certain things that you need to bear in mind. After all, this is all about you and your own needs. Here are some of the most common questions when choosing a rehab centre:
What Addictions does the Centre Treat?: You first need to know what types of addictions the facility treats. In this case, you should look for alcohol rehab or drug rehab programmes. During our initial telephone assessment, we will discuss your substance use in detail with you to see what sort of treatment you require, and for which drug
What Therapies Does the Treatment Entail?: Some therapies will entail group sessions as well as one-on-one sessions. Some treatment centres might also offer various holistic approaches, such as yoga and mindfulness meditation, as well as cognitive-behavioural therapy. Art and music therapy has been proven beneficial, but it’s vital that the centre offers the basics such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and the 12 Step Programme that can work around you
What are the Outpatient Options?: After the inpatient rehab treatment is complete, what are the options that the facility offer? Do they offer outpatient treatment after the rehab is complete? Aftercare is very important for keeping addictions at bay
Does the Facility Have the Relevant Licenses?: It’s important to know whether the facility has the proper licensing for performing the treatment. All of our rehab centres have been approved by the Care Quality Commission and they employ only private and fully trained medical staff
Are There Group Therapies?: Group therapies and support groups can help patients stay clean even after they leave the facility, so it’s important that the facility offers this. Rehab is all about creating the right sort of environment where you will have the best chance at recovery, and choosing a facility with a solid network of people is key
What are the Payment Options and the Cost?: It’s easier if the facility has a plan for payment and if the costs are fixed and transparent. If you are concerned about the finanical side of rehab, do not hesitiate to contact us and we can discuss your options with you as well as pointing you in the direction for financial relief
What are my Kent treatment options?
We’ve talked already about the difference between inpatient and outpatient rehab programmes. In the next section, we go into more detail.
Choosing between inpatient and outpatient rehabs in Kent is really important. It can be a big factor in the success of your treatment. To help you make the right decision, we’ve listed some of the points about both below.
What is the difference between inpatient and outpatient treatment?
Inpatient treatment means living in rehab for up to 6 weeks. You will move into one of our state-of-the-art drug rehabs in Kent. There you will receive round-the-clock care.
Residential treatment in Kent is more intense. It tends to be better at curing people than outpatient courses. Patients get all the benefits of outpatient treatment and more. These may include alternative treatments. Examples are yoga, acupuncture, massages, mindfulness, and more.
In residential treatment in Kent, the patient has no access to drugs or alcohol. This is a major advantage over outpatient programmes.
With outpatient treatment, the patient enters Kent alcohol rehab in the morning. Then they go through a series of treatment sessions. These include one-on-one sessions, group sessions, and workshops. In the evening, when all the sessions are complete, the patient can return home.
Outpatient programmes in Kent can take weeks or months. They tend to last longer than inpatient programmes. This is because they only take a few hours a day.
The problem with outpatient treatment is that patients have a greater risk of relapse. It can be harder to resist the urge to indulge in alcohol or drugs.
With residential treatment, there is no such risk. The treatment is also more intense.
Outpatient treatment allows the patient to keep up other commitments. It is easier to balance with work life and home life. But it has a lower chance of curing you.
What happens during drug & alcohol rehab in Kent?
Rehab 4 Addiction offers effective drug and alcohol treatment in Kent. When they arrive, all patients receive a full test from a trained psychiatrist.
Detox comes first. Then we use talking therapies and holistic therapies to treat the mental side of addiction. This ensures we treat the root causes of this illness as well as its physical symptoms.
This is how the rehab process works:
Initial Assessment: During the initial assessment, doctors and therapists will run several tests and assessing questionnaires that will help them determine the course of the treatment. Usually, the first thing that we do is health assessment, which will give us a better understanding of the patient’s health condition. Then, the patient will be asked several questions where it’s important that they remain completely honest and open. Nobody will judge, everybody will try to help. Then the doctors and therapists will analyse the results and devise an individual treatment plan. The word individual is important here, as not every patient will respond to universal treatment the same, so it’s important to assess every patient individually
Medically-Assisted Detoxification: During the detoxification process, the patient might start to feel the withdrawal symptoms that will vary in severity from patient to patient. Based on the tests from the initial assessment and blood work, the patient will receive medication to help with the withdrawal symptoms and to stabilise their condition. The crucial thing here is to get the patient mentally stable so that they’ll cope with the therapy and the symptoms better
Rehabilitation: After or during detoxification, additional therapies are just as important as the detox process itself. The patient will receive close attention at this point and will have access to talking therapies, group sessions, and one-on-one sessions. These can be crucial in the process of rehab, and the patient should be honest with themselves here. It’s much easier when you’ve got someone you can trust with your problems, someone you know won’t judge and will do everything they can to help you
What does a normal day in Kent rehab look like?
Most rehab programmes begin with a detox. A safe way to detox is under close medical supervision. Detoxing at home can be risky.
After detox, comes rehab. Rehab is not just about getting ‘clean’. It is about giving people the tools to stay sober in the long run. We do this through a structured treatment programme. The aim is to give people healthy coping tactics for dealing with cravings.
Group therapy is after breakfast. It focusses on harmful patterns of behaviour. Group therapy is good for creating a sense of community and building peer support.
In the afternoons, patients have other therapy sessions. These will be based on their treatment plan. They include individual therapy, CBT, and family therapy. 12-step meetings may happen after dinner.
There is also a few hours of free time every day for activities such as sports, reading, writing, or prayer. Patients go to bed at the same time every day to help them get a good night’s sleep.
How do I prepare for rehab in Kent?
If you or a loved one are going to inpatient rehab in Kent, it’s worth preparing.
You should tell your family what you’re doing. You should also tell your place of work. This will be stressful but remember you’re not alone. We are here to guide and support you from start to finish.
The centre you choose will send out a list of items for you to bring when you have booked. Here are some of the items you might need during your stay:
Names and numbers of people you think you may want to phone for support
Sentimental jewellery (if it makes you feel comfortable wearing it every day e.g. a wedding ring, a watch)
All prescribed medication, in its original bottle or packaging
Small change for things like vending machines
A form of ID
Writing materials and stamps if you want to send letters
Pictures of your friends and family to make it feel homely
Any books you want to read
Enough clothes and beauty products to last for the period of treatment
What will I get out of inpatient rehab in Kent?
We pride ourselves on the quality of rehab we offer in Kent. This is to ensure that patients get back to a happy and healthy life. We have evidence and a skills-based approach to recovery.
We offer a tailored programme for addiction treatment. There is a limit to the number of patients our rehabs accept. This allows us to offer a personal and focused programme. We feel this approach is part of why our patients tend to stay in recovery.
What sort of substance addictions do we treat in Kent?
We treat a range of substance abuse problems. This includes more common ones, such as alcohol. It also includes less common ones.
Below we’ve included a list of them all:
Alcohol: The alcohol rehab Kent offers is one of the best inpatient programmes in the country. We treat not only alcohol dependency and addiction, but any co-occurring disorders or mental health issues that may be present. Our alcohol addiction programme consists of a period of detoxification followed by a mix of individual and group therapy which follows the tenants of the AA 12-step programme.
Heroin: Heroin is one of the most addictive substances in the world, and so treating a substance dependency or abuse disorder that hinges on this substance is complex. This is why we offer an intensive treatment programme that includes a supervised withdrawal with pharmaceutical intervention if necessary. Following detox, a mixed programme of individual and group counselling as well as therapy sessions and a 12-step programme. We also offer art and recreational therapies as well as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)
Cocaine: There are currently no pharmaceutical options for assisting in withdrawal from cocaine and crack cocaine. As a result, our current detoxification process includes supervision where necessary. It should be noted, however, that medications such as disulfiram (used to treat alcohol addiction) are showing promise as potentially effective treatments for cocaine addiction and may be used in the future. Following detox, our inpatient programme includes therapy and counselling (both one-on-one and group) as well as CBT sessions, and, of course, a supportive 12-step approach to long-term rehabilitation
Benzodiazepine: Benzodiazepines are incredibly addictive pills, and so withdrawal can be a complicated and long process. Following detoxification, we support our patients in maintaining their long-term sobriety through CBT, individual and group counselling, and recreational therapies which are designed to encourage better coping mechanisms
Cannabis: Cannabis is a divisive issue for many people. While many people use this illicit substance without issue, studies show that it can have a negative impact on mental health. Furthermore, while many people claim it is harmless and non-addictive, this is untrue; many people struggle with cannabis addiction and find it difficult to cope with the co-occurring disorders which are commonly associated with it. Our rehabilitation programme for cannabis addiction and dependency is progressive and effective. We use a mix of individual and group therapies, recreational therapies, CBT, and psychiatric treatments for any co-occurring disorders that require treatment
Can my family be involved in inpatient treatment in Kent?
We appreciate the negative impact of addiction on family members. For this reason, we encourage family to get involved at all stages of the process.
Assessment upon admission
Therapy – both group work and 1-on-1 therapy
Patients can use their laptop, tablet or mobile phone during rehab. This ensures they may contact their loved ones during their stay.
What is the aftercare process?
Residential treatment in Kent is only the first step towards recovery. The most important thing is staying clean in the real world.
That is why we offer the highest quality of outpatient therapy and support. This continues after you leave rehab. You will be able to contact us for support at any time. Patients are always welcome to come back at any time if they are struggling.
All of our residential rehab programmes in Kent are backed up by a years’ worth of aftercare. We keep close contact with our patients in the weeks and months after they leave our care. This helps reduce the risk of relapse.
Group therapy and support from everyone at our rehabs mean that our patients feel supported. We aim to get everyone who comes through our doors clean and keep them clean.
Let us help you
In our rehabs in Kent, you will get 24/7 support and care. This is from specialists with years of experience. They will do all they can to help you. That means one-on-one sessions, therapy, holistic treatments, and more. You’ll be able to stay sober without the urge to relapse during your stay.
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