As with all methods of treatment, recovery requires a commitment of time and energy.
It is not possible to reverse many years’ worth of drug or alcohol abuse in just a week or two.
The road to recovery always needs hard work and attention.
Fortunately, most of this work is conducted for you by highly trained staff.
To book into a Sheffield-based drug or alcohol rehab, call us today on 0800 140 4690.
Attending residential rehab is not a suitable option for everyone.
This may be due to a number of reasons, including
In general, rehabilitation is suitable for individuals consuming around 20 or more units of alcohol per day (for alcohol addiction), those with severe substance abuse issues, and those with co-occurring mental health issues.
This includes mental health disorders such as:
Additionally, rehabilitation is suitable for those who have had past attempts to recover or to abstain from a substance but have failed or given up.
This is usually attempted alone, meaning that these attempts are more likely to be unsuccessful and the individual is likely to feel less motivated.
There are also several other factors that may make an individual suitable for rehabilitation, including:
Before entering rehab, or before considering what type of rehabilitation may be most suitable, it’s important to consider the different factors that may affect the level of care required.
Having a good understating of this makes it easier to find out which treatments will be the most effective for each individual’s needs.
The level of care required can be assessed using the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s Patient Placement Criteria, also known as the ASAM Criteria.
This is a holistic measure, assessing six dimensions of a patient’s life to gage their requirements for rehabilitation.
It’s important to provide all of this information during an initial consultation before entering rehab, so being prepared to talk about this information is essential.
Specific to alcohol addiction, there are also measures that may be used to assess the severity of the addiction itself.
Though this type of tool is available for other addictions, the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) is the most well-known and used in the field of alcohol addictions.
It consists of 10 questions that analyse the areas of alcohol intake, dependency and the consequences that this may have on an individual’s life.
The 10 questions are scored on a scale of 1-4, where 4 is the most severe case.
From this, any score above 13 indicates an alcohol dependency, though any score above 8 is a cause for concern and should be investigated further.
In general, intervention refers to the presence of a counsellor (or interventionist) during discussions between an individual struggling with an issue and those around them who are affected.
This can be applied to addiction treatment, such as for alcohol addiction, as a way to encourage the individual to seek further rehabilitative support for their issues.
Traditionally, interventions can be very confrontational towards the individual struggling with addiction.
It can often seem as though they are being reprimanded for their behaviour or made to feel guilty about the negative consequences that it may have.
However, as a response to this, the Community Reinforcement Approach to Family Training (CRAFT) method of interventions was developed.
This is a far more encouraging alternative, focussing on helping the friends and family of the individual to understand the triggers, cravings, and negative behavioural cycles that they may be experiencing.
Overall, the CRAFT approach is far more effective at encouraging individuals to seek further care, improving the success rate of traditional intervention methods from 30% to 70% when using this method.
There is no set cost to rehabilitation as every individual will require a unique and personally tailored experience.
The overall cost will depend on a number of factors, such as:
Though the other factors are far more difficult to predict, a constant factor is generally the type of accommodation selected.
Below is a brief overview:
Please bear in mind that these are averages in the cost of rehabilitation and should not be taken as an upfront cost.
As mentioned before, there are many factors that will influence the cost, and some individuals may also have factors such as insurance to consider.
When selecting rehab, there are two main options that people will consider at the early stages.
This is the decision between private residential rehabilitation or council-funded treatments.
There may be only one option that is suitable for an individual, but it is important to understand the differences between them nonetheless.
A summary, including the positives and negatives, is outlined below:
Council-funded treatments – this is often the first place that individuals think to seek care as it is easily accessible, confidential, and free-of-charge.
However, an individual may not be guaranteed to see the same professional each time, and the initial waiting lists are often extremely lengthy.
Private residential rehab – this is perhaps the more stereotypical image that people have of rehabilitation.
Its popularity is mainly due to its high success rates, making it the most effective rehab treatment option.
Its implementation is being continually discussed to improve access.
Additionally, these centres hold a high staff to patient ratio, always providing expert care 24/7.
The cost may be considered as the only drawback, but it is important to consider the high level of care given in addition to the tailored nature of the treatments provided.
If an individual is unsure about their substance usage – whether it counts as misuse or abuse – then it may be helpful to take a look at the DSM-V criteria.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has been continually updated and informed over time, making it one of the most trusted measures of assessing whether someone has a substance use disorder.
This is achieved by assessing the individual’s behaviour across 4 categories, each containing several symptoms that an individual may exhibit.
These are outlined below:
When withdrawing from a substance, the risks can be different depending on the type of substance, as well as the amount consumed and the individual’s history.
For example, alcohol is considered a physically addictive drug, meaning that withdrawal can be incredibly dangerous, resulting in death if not managed or approached correctly.
Addictions tend to worsen over time, especially when they are not treated correctly or in a suitable amount of time.
For this reason, individuals will continue consuming alcohol, needing a larger and larger quantity to gain the same effects as before.
This is known as an increase in tolerance and can lead to serious health risks if not treated.
When regularly consuming large quantities of alcohol, individuals risk damage to the:
The longer this problem is left, the lengthier the process of rehabilitation becomes.
This is because the individual will require additional treatments and therapy, even after considering the length of detoxification that the individual will need to undergo to remove the harmful chemical build-up.
In some cases, attending rehabilitation in a centre or away from at all may not be an option.
For some individuals, the thought or possibility of progressing through rehab outside of their own home may not be suitable.
In these cases, and under strict circumstances, an individual may be suitable for a home detox for alcohol addiction.
In general, this individual must be consuming less than 20 units of alcohol a day, amongst many other requirements.
From this, the individual is then sent Librium, a drug designed to help combat the harmful withdrawal symptoms that an individual may experience during withdrawal.
This is posted directly to their address, and the individual is also recommended to have daily calls with an addiction specialist to assess their progress.
Individuals will be able to increase or reduce their dosage of Librium depending on their reaction to it, making the process slow and steady.
This type of rehabilitation is not as safe as other methods, as the individual is often unsupervised, and the medication cannot be fully tracked.
This is why there are so many requirements for a home detox and why any decision to proceed with this method must be discussed and approved by a medical addiction specialist.
Although addictions such as those to alcohol may be the most focussed on in current media, research, and most people’s first thought when considering addiction, there are many other more addictive substances of which addictions are prevalent in the UK.
This is a highly addictive substance, having powerful stimulating effects when consumed, often by snorting.
Cocaine has serious effects on the individual’s behaviour, often alerting family and friends to deeper problems if they were previously unaware.
Although withdrawing from cocaine is not life-threatening, cocaine addiction is often degrading to the individual’s mental health.
For this reason, it is important to consider treatment programmes with a focus on both physical and mental effects of addiction, aiming to treat both during the individual’s time rehabilitating.
Another highly addictive drug prevalent in the UK is heroin.
Often consumed in the form of a white or light brown powder, heroin is smoked, snorted, or injected into the bloodstream.
This comes with its own host of dangers and risks.
If used in the long-term and in high quantities, heroin can lead to serious medical issues such as:
In general, heroin is shown to impair mental functioning, also affecting the day-to-day life of an individual.
Like alcohol, heroin is physically addictive, meaning that withdrawal should always be supervised, if not monitored by an addiction specialist.
For this reason, it is often recommended that individuals should go through a process known as tapering.
This refers to the transition from heroin to a heroin substitute, combatting the negative withdrawal effects that come from a heroin withdrawal.
Similar to cocaine, individuals should also consider a rehabilitative programme with a strong focus on mental health in order to combat any mental health disorders that may have arisen as a result of addiction or vice versa.
Cannabis, although perhaps not as commonly thought of as an addictive substance, is still a common addiction for individuals to develop.
In some areas this drug is easier to come by, making the addiction even more prevalent.
However, it can have a range of effects depending on the individual and their history with cannabis consumption.
Often smoked or consumed through infused oils, cannabis contains the highly addictive THC substance which affects the central nervous system (CNS) of the body.
Everyone experiences cannabis differently, meaning that there are countless effects that some people may experience.
As with all substances, when seeking care individuals should ensure that their chosen treatment provider will follow the stages of detoxification, rehabilitation, and aftercare.
By progressing through each stage effectively, individuals are statistically more likely to experience long-term recovery.
Through Rehab 4 Addiction, any service provider or addiction treatment programme will follow these steps, ensuring the best possible chance at long-term recovery.
As mentioned previously, addiction has both physical and mental effects, many of which have already been covered.
However, in all cases of addiction, it is vital to focus on both areas during treatment.
Without a focus on both the physical and mental effects, individuals are unlikely to make efficient progress.
There are some common mental health effects that are experienced due to addiction, often as an underlying cause of the substance use disorder.
Common examples include:
Rehabilitation services offered through Rehab 4 Addiction will always follow this dual diagnosis approach, ensuring each step of the rehabilitation process considers both of these areas and increasing the chances of success.
One of the most vital parts of the rehabilitation journey is the focus on creating a relapse prevention plan.
Whilst in rehab, individuals will improve it constantly to provide an accurate and helpful resource for later in the rehabilitation process.
In most cases, this plan will include the individual’s triggers, cravings, coping mechanisms, and other factors relating to addiction, including an action plan that individuals can refer to if needed.
This is a vital part of rehabilitation as it prepares the individual for life outside of rehab, after the individual leaves their chosen rehab centre or addiction treatment programme.
This also helps the individual to feel more independent in their recovery.
In the cases where residential rehab may not be a suitable option for individuals, there are some alternatives.
These are not suitable for every individual due to sensitive personal differences or addiction history, but they are always worth considering.
A list of the most common alternatives to residential rehab follows below:
During this assessment, we assess your unique treatment needs.
With your permission, we refer your details to several treatment providers located throughout the Sheffield area.