We hear so much about drug rehab in this day and age because, unfortunately, it seems drug and alcohol abuse touches everyone in some way. According to statistics released by the Home Office during the summer of 2013, about 8% of all Britons use some sort of illicit drug.
When casual drug use becomes abuse or addiction, it becomes a problem that negatively affects both the user and everyone around him or her. Drug rehab is oftentimes the only real solution. The good news is that properly administered drug rehab is successful among abusers and addicts willing to give it their best effort.
UK Rehab is happy to say we have helped countless numbers of addicts who sincerely wanted to get well. We have helped them by getting them in touch with the appropriate agencies offering the specific types of rehab best for their circumstances. We can help you too, whether you are visiting our site as a potential addict or as someone concerned about another.
Definition of Rehab
In defining rehab, you can look at it two ways. The first way to define it is to include the total compendium of services available to help drug addicts overcome their addictions. This broad definition includes:
- Detox - The detox process is one of separating the drug addict from his or her substances so as to allow their body to cleanse itself. Detox can take place at an inpatient NHS facility, at home, on an outpatient basis or at a private residential clinic.
- Therapy - Once detox is complete, and addict might undergo 4 to 12 weeks of therapy in order to break the psychological addiction to drugs. Therapies can range from one-on-one counselling to group counselling to shared activities and challenges.
- Aftercare - The final phase of a comprehensive rehab programme is known as aftercare. This is a group of continuing services offered in the weeks and months following successful therapy. Recovering addicts who get appropriate aftercare are statistically less likely to relapse in the future.
The second definition of rehab is a bit more specific. It includes only the therapy portion of the services listed above. Those who prefer to use this more narrow definition do so as a means of describing the types of therapies used in greater detail. Here are just a couple of examples:
- CBT - Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic treatment first developed to treat patients with certain mental disorders. Nevertheless, CBT works very well with some drug addicts as well. It is a goal-oriented treatment with specific measures of failure and success.
- Group Counselling - Most rehab programmes utilise group counselling to one extent or another. Therapists have come to realise that group counselling provides a means of mutual accountability and support.
- 12-Step Work - The 12-step programme developed by Alcoholics Anonymous is an important part of most rehab programmes in the UK. It is a strategy that forces recovering addicts to take ownership of both their pasts and futures.
What's Right for You
UK Rehab knows that every client who contacts us is an individual with his or her own personality and past. We also know that a one-size-fits-all approach to rehab is not wise. A customised rehab plan is the best way to achieve the greatest chances of permanent success.
When a client first contacts us to inquire about rehab, we first take the time to assess that individual’s current situation. For example, he or she may be a recreational drug user who has not yet graduated to the level of abuse or addiction. However, he or she might also be a full-blown addict who has been using illicit drugs for years.
This initial assessment is necessary in order for us to determine the most appropriate type of care. The recreational user will likely be best served by a combination of prescription medications and 12-step work with a local support group. The full-blown addict will usually require a stay in a residential treatment facility.
How Residential Drug Rehab Works
Assuming you are visiting our website because you are concerned you might have an addiction problem, we want to set your mind at ease. Tens of thousands have gone before you to complete rehab and come out the other end clean and sober. Should you decide to enter residential rehab - and we hope you will - here is what you can expect:
- Medical Evaluation - Upon arriving at the residential facility, you will undergo a medical evaluation to determine the seriousness of your addiction and your general health. Clinic staff will use information from that evaluation to design a rehab programme for you.
- Detox - Before any therapy can be undertaken, detox must be completed first. The clinics we work with use the medicated detox model whenever it is appropriate. Rest assured that you would be monitored and made as comfortable as possible throughout the process.
- Therapy - With detox complete you will undergo 4 to 12 weeks of therapy that will break the psychological addiction to drugs, help you understand what a life without drugs will be like, and prepare you to embrace that life once your treatment is finished.
- Aftercare - The clinics we work with typically follow up detox therapy with several months of aftercare. This aftercare will include things like support group meetings and individual counselling.
You may be a bit frightened by the thought of going into rehab, and that’s fine. Fear of the unknown is normal. However, we hope you understand the reality that rehab can be successful if you are willing to participate and give it your best effort. Keep in mind that only you can make the decision to get well. If you are willing, we can help you find a clinic and programme to meet your needs.
UK Rehab’s drug addiction helpline is available to you 24 hours a day, every single day. Our helpline is staffed by caring and compassionate individuals who possess both the skills and knowledge to assist you in finding and securing appropriate treatment.