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rehab-what-happensIf you suffer from drug addiction of any variety then a solution to your illness probably seems like a million miles away. However, with the correct drug rehab programme, your recovery goal is certainly achievable.

Drug addiction has afflicted humanity for hundreds of years. In 2016, almost 2,600 deaths in England and Wales were attributed to drug misuse, a 58% increase from a decade earlier. Over the past decade, there has been a 12% increase in hospital admissions for drug-related issues.

Due to a wide range of impacts drug abuse can have on an individual, their family, and society at large, the National Treatment Agency estimated the total cost of drug misuse in 2014 to be about 15.4 billion pounds. But there is hope, both for those fighting substance abuse and for society. Treatment is available to help overcome drug abuse.

The first step to change must come from within. No amount of therapy will work if you are not 110% committed to getting better. For this reason, we ask for your complete commitment to recovery before we accept your application for residential rehabilitation.

Whilst the road to lasting recovery may be populated with bumps and setbacks, with the correct rehabilitation programme you will be well on your way to lasting recovery.

What Is Drug Addiction?

Drug addiction is recognised as an illness by medical professionals throughout the globe. Whilst drug use may start off as a social activity it is capable of quickly snowballing out of control so the user no longer has any control over his or her drug use.

Drug use becomes a compulsion and chemicals in the user’s brain are altered so when a withdrawal is attempted, a number of unpleasant symptoms arise. This, in turn, ensures the user returns to consuming the drug in order to ease the symptoms associated with withdrawal. The cycle of drug addiction has begun.

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What Is Drug Rehab?

Drug rehab refers to a specialised drug rehabilitation facility that caters for the treatment of addictions. Treatment within a drug rehab may include a medicated detox if there is physical dependence. This should be an important factor in your consideration.

A psychological programme will then address the behavioural and habitual patterns of drug addiction. This will be delivered through group therapy, one to one counselling thought and feeling groups, anxiety and anger management classes, educational workshops, diary-keeping, reflection groups, and fellowship meetings.

Drug rehab clinics may also offer holistic therapies such as acupuncture, art therapy, reflexology, equine therapy, yoga and many more to help with withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

We treat every kind of substance addiction in our drug rehabilitation clinics. Each treatment programme is tailored to individual needs, no matter the type or severity of the addiction.

Other types of addiction such as heroin and prescription drug addiction can lead to severe and uncontrollable behaviours and lifestyle choices that again can be challenging to overcome alone. The psychological and medical care within clinics offers a safe and supportive environment for these addictions to be treated.

What Are My Drug Rehab Options?

Treatment comes in a variety of ways, and the main thing to remember is that each option is different for each sufferer. Some may aspire to maintain their work-life balance while seeking help for their addiction, while others may benefit from intensive and full private treatment.

Below we discuss your various options in greater detail:

Private clinics can provide the most immediate access to drug treatment. This option aims to break the habit and behaviours around an addiction. A fully medicated and supported detox will also be given where required.

When considering drug rehab, it is important to choose a clinic that is most likely to offer suitable treatment and cater to the needs of the individual.

Private drug rehab facilities can vary in terms of accommodation, treatment programme, activities and approach. It is vital to choose the most appropriate treatment centre for you or your loved one.

Some people may not have the time or availability for a residential programme. Outpatient treatment allows people to attend daily meetings and therapy sessions for a few hours. A doctor will direct the patient to the programmes he could benefit from the most.

Outpatient treatment is recommended for less severe drug misuse or people with demanding schedules. It may also serve as aftercare for patients who have gone through rehab before and feel they still need assistance.

It is also possible to access private residential drug rehab overseas. This option can be particularly appealing to those individuals who have already accessed drug rehab in the UK with limited success.

By travelling overseas to access treatment, the person is completely removed from their problematic surroundings. Overseas treatment can also represent better value for money in some cases.

Patients suffering from addiction have a few choices to make for their treatment. The options are dependent on how severe their addiction is and the care that they need for withdrawal symptoms.

Day programmes are available for people with a mild addiction but who still want support as they quit. Just like outpatient treatment options, daycare centres can provide supplementary support after more intense treatment.

After an initial screening process, a doctor or professional will recommend drug rehab activities - various therapeutic techniques, one-on-one/group counselling, and recovery planning.

At some rehab centres, these weekly activities are only available for serious people who practise abstinence.

The Benefits of Inpatient Treatment

With inpatient treatment comes benefits you cannot receive as an outpatient:

  • 24/7 support and supervision
  • A treatment plan tailored specifically for you after checking up with a medical professional
  • Living in a comfortable setting away from triggers
  • Various counselling and physical and emotional therapy options
  • Finding a peer group that supports your progress
  • Faster response times to life-threatening withdrawal symptoms

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When Should Someone Seek Drug Rehab Help?

Drug rehabilitation treatment can be accessed by anyone who suffers from drug addiction. For some individuals, they may recognise when their drug use has become uncontrollable and understand that they need help.

For others, it may take a nudge in the right direction for them to recognise and become agreeable to help. Rehab 4 Addiction has a wealth of experience with situations such as this and can help you to support your loved one in making the right decisions.

There are a number of warning signs that suggest someone would benefit from drug rehab. Their drug use may be affecting their social life and relationships in a negative manner.

They may be irritable, secretive, and dishonest to those around them. Their drug use may begin to have a negative impact on their work. Financial problems may arise due to the excessive usage of substances.

Normal lifestyle patterns and behaviour are affected and the person will begin to ‘miss out’ on things in order to satisfy their addiction. Sometimes the health and psychological well-being of someone may begin to concern themselves or those around them.

In severe and well-established cases of drug addiction, the person may begin to take part in criminal activities to fund their addiction. This includes stealing from family members.

If you are concerned that you or a loved one may need addiction treatment then call us today. Our advisors work on a daily basis with people affected by drug addiction and we understand the difficulties and challenges facing those who are taking the first steps toward treatment.

Understanding the Drug Rehab Process

Drug rehab is designed to make quitting drugs easier for people suffering from addiction. The entire rehabilitation process can take five to eight weeks, up to several months to a year as determined by case acuity.

Below we outline the general three-stage process for all our drug rehab options:

The first thing most rehab centres do is plan out the detox for the patient. At this stage, the primary goal is to remove all of the substance from the body.

This procedure puts stress on the brain, which recently relied on the drug to function. Ceasing substance intake forces the brain to restore chemical equilibrium. Withdrawal symptoms will appear during this process.

Withdrawal symptoms reflect a person's drug habit. In cases of serious addiction, withdrawal symptoms might be fatal.

Rehab centres are prepared for the worst with experienced medical staff on standby. They will monitor a patient's health throughout the detox process and prescribe medication for health or comfort.

Inpatient treatment can aid people with rough addiction. Doctors can provide personalised medical treatment for inpatients. Outpatient therapy works well for people who have obligations that prevent residential therapy, or for milder addictions.

They have to manage their lives and drub rehab. People seeking treatment for addictions can admit themselves to a hospital for medical treatment via a partial hospitalisation programme.

For this reason, once detoxification concludes you will begin your programme of psychological and emotional therapy where old negative beliefs are replaced with positive coping strategies. This will mean you are less likely to relapse when you leave our centre.

Aftercare programmes provide the support that people need to stay clean after rehab. Peer groups allow patients to band together to offer encouragement.

Sober living communities offer a commune with other patients recovering from addiction. Patients can also attend 12-step programmes and other check-ups to continue finding the support they need.


Who Should Consider Inpatient Therapy?

People who have abused a substance over an extended period of time will benefit greatly from inpatient therapy. This is why it is a good option for people who need more support in quitting or who do not completely trust themselves at home.

Inpatient treatment is also very effective for managing withdrawal symptoms during detox. Without professional care and attention, withdrawal symptoms from certain drugs such as heroin and benzodiazepines could be fatal. Those who are addicted to such substances should without a doubt attend a residential facility.

Anyone who is committed to a full recovery should look into inpatient therapy. Our patients’ success rates demonstrate that those who attend private drug rehab are more likely to make a full recovery, with less risk of relapsing.

Inpatient drug rehab is also great for people who rely on support and help from others. In a group setting such as private rehab, you will be surrounded not only by empathic medical staff and counsellors, but also by your peers. Attending private drug rehab will ground you among a solid bunch of advocates who want you to succeed in your recovery.

How To Choose an Inpatient Centre?

When looking for an inpatient centre for drug rehab, you should consider a few elements:

  • Location
  • Which addictions do they treat?
  • The type of treatments they offer
  • How long treatment goes on for
  • Aftercare
  • Cost and payment options

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Understanding & Expecting Withdrawal Symptoms

Heavy drug users will experience withdrawal symptoms. Their brains become so used to the chemicals that, as a result, the nerve endings and certain regions of the brain become impaired as the brain develops a dependency on the drug to maintain chemical balance.

Detox forces the brain to produce as normal, even in this state. Although this sounds beneficial, the brain starts operating at full strength even though the nerve endings and brain regions are still in recovery. This leads to the withdrawal symptoms which most substance abusers encounter.

Every user will experience withdrawal differently according to their drug usage. Heavy users will have worse complications than lighter users. Some will have physical symptoms like uncontrollable sweating and weakness; others will show mental and emotional symptoms like depression and mental confusion.

Can Medications Be Prescribed To Help With Withdrawal Symptoms?

Yes, medication is prescribed to people who have very uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. These medications will be administered according to your individual needs by a licensed medical professional.

We are highly skilled and cautious when it comes to prescribing more drugs to patients who enter our facilities for addiction purposes. Your dosage will be regularly monitored and we will continue to discuss your treatments with you to ensure your overall health and safety.

Some medications we offer include:

1. Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines act as sedatives working to counteract anxiety, insomnia, and moodiness.

2. Antidepressants

Parts of the brain responsible for happiness are deeply affected by substance abuse. When the patient stops taking the drug, he may initially feel sad. Antidepressants relieve feelings of depression and sadness.

3. Clonidine

Clonidine lowers blood pressure which slows and relaxes the heart. As such, clonidine alleviates tremors, muscle tensions, and hyperactivity/anxiety.

4. Naltrexone

Naltrexone reduces the urge to drink. It can also block the effect of opioid medication.

5. Acomprosate

Acamprosate helps to restore chemical balance in an alcohol-dependent brain.

6. Disulfuram

Disulfiram inhibits an enzyme responsible for metabolizing alcohol. When someone drinks after taking disulfiram, he will have very annoying symptoms.

How Long Could Treatment on a Drug Rehab Programme Take?

The length of the programme can vary depending on the severity of the dependence, the situation, and the substance being taken.

Typically, a minimum of a 6-week programme is recommended, although the longer the better. In cases where this is not feasible, a minimum detox period of 14 days can be arranged if suitable.

For the best outcome of success, a detox programme should be accessed as part of a full treatment plan that also offers psychological and therapeutic support. This is supported by the National Treatment Outcome Research Study (NTORS) in 1996 that showed those who completed a minimum of 28 days in a treatment centre were four times more likely to maintain abstinence than some others.

Types Of Therapy In Drug Rehab

After detox, the most important part of your journey is talking through your issues, addressing the root of your addiction, and understanding your own behaviours and patterns. This can all be done through a range of therapies we offer at all our drug rehab clinics.

The following treatment options in drug rehab are effective in dealing with substance abuse.

CBT works with the patient's mind to recover from mental illness. The therapist helps to uncover the harmful thought patterns that provoke the patient to keep abusing drugs.

After acknowledging these thought patterns, the patient then replaces them with strategies for handling stress better.

12-step programmes are led by recovering patients designed to help substance abusers accept their addiction. Through conversation and sharing stories, attendees learn to accept help from their peers.

12-step programmes can cover a wide range of addictions, though it is quite effective in Alcoholics Anonymous. For more information, visit the 12 Steps page.

Addictive behaviour is harmful to relationships, and deception can destroy familial bonds. Family therapy allows a patient to explain their addiction to loved ones, but the biggest benefit is listening to how the addiction has affected their family members.

By having a conversation, many facets of the addiction can be brought to light for the family to explore and resolve.

Group therapy helps patients to understand they are not alone in their battle against addiction by offering a chance for people to share their stories with other people in recovery.

It helps patients to build social skills, listen to different perspectives on substance abuse, and could also encourage more involvement in other group therapy sessions.

How Much Does Private Drug Rehab Cost?

The cost of private treatment programs can vary depending on the duration, clinic and the amount of aftercare accessed.

Rehab 4 Addiction recognises that there is a deficit in the provision of affordable private rehabilitation drug addiction treatment in the UK. In order to find out the treatment that represents the best chance of success for all concerned, call one of our experienced advisors.

Our advice is completely free and confidential. We can offer guidance towards the best treatment options based on your individual circumstances, budget, and needs. Our advisors are ethically bound to give you advice according to the latest evidence of what works, and not according to a profit motive.

Life After Rehab

Detox and rehab are only the beginning of managing addiction. Post-treatment is when the true work begins for the patient. Because addiction stays with them forever, they must learn to cope with the difficulties of life without resorting to substance use.

A key to prevent relapse is forming relationships with drug-free individuals. Living in a sober community is an option to experience life without drugs in a supportive neighbourhood. Another option is to attend regular meetings or a 12-step programme to continue socialising and building a sober network.

For patients who need more attention, they can have individual therapy and check-ups at a nearby rehab centre. By keeping in touch with doctors, patients can be held officially accountable by a professional.

Where To Find Drug Rehab Centres In the UK

Rehab 4 Addiction provides immediate access to rehab, drug treatment programs, and detoxification at a wide range of specialist treatment centres around the UK and abroad. We work with selected groups of clinics in the UK that are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and offer comprehensive rehabilitation drug addiction treatment.

We understand that there may be concerns regarding treatment, particularly in terms of cost, location, and success. That is why we are here. Our aim is to provide you with confidential and reliable advice regarding all areas of addiction.

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