Drug and alcohol rehab in Dartford
We understand how difficult it can be if you or a loved one are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. It can completely change the behaviour of a person and devastate lives, which is why it is important to seek the support of drug rehab or alcohol rehab. You can access these services at rehab centres in Dartford, and elsewhere in the UK. Drug and alcohol rehab can help you or your loved one to overcome addiction and change your lifestyle to maintain your transformation. It does this using varying treatment methods that will be explained further in this guide.
Types of addiction treatment and rehab programme in Dartford
There are two main forms of rehab treatment that can treat both drug or alcohol addiction. Outpatient treatment in Dartford offers predominantly group therapy, whereas inpatient treatment in Dartford offers a mixture of therapies. The treatment options are both offered at treatment centres that you visit to receive the support.
Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)
Outpatient treatment is provided on an appointment basis, so you visit the treatment centre for your planned treatment sessions. This means that you can continue to live at home whilst you are on your treatment programme. You may find this form of addiction treatment more desirable if you have responsibilities, such as work or childcare, that you cannot rearrange. You can still be offered a detox for drug or alcohol addiction at outpatient rehab, but there is only a limited amount of support available. This can make it more challenging because you cannot break free from your lifestyle triggers.
Inpatient addiction treatment (residential rehab)
At inpatient treatment, you stay at the rehab centre for the entirety of your treatment programme. The addiction treatment centre will be your home for a number of weeks as you progress through your treatment, which is why it is known as residential rehab. Other people receiving support will also live there, being supported by a team of professionals who can meet your needs. Breaking free from your usual daily life offers greater chance of treatment success, because you can focus on your recovery in a therapeutic environment. This is offered by UK Rehab, and many rehab centres in Dartford.
Why inpatient rehab?
Inpatient rehab provides a mixture of therapies, treating addiction holistically to promote long-term abstinence. If you feel overwhelmed researching your rehab choices, you can look at their Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings to help narrow down your options. The CQC ensures that all therapies and facilities are of the highest standard for clients. UK Rehab offers group therapies as well as one-to-one therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), in our treatment programmes. CBT is a talking therapy that aims to challenge negative thinking patterns so that our clients can approach daily tasks more positively. We also offer family support programmes. Our family support programmes are offered recognising that addiction also harms loved ones as well as the person, so provides information and advice on how to cope with and support a loved one with addiction. Conjoints are an additional form of family support, helping clients to repair relationships through family meetings.
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What should I expect from a detox in Dartford?
UK Rehab, as with most inpatient rehab centres, supports clients that need it through detox so they can begin their treatment with a clear head. A detox will stop you from taking drugs or alcohol by abstaining for a period of time. It can create uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms during the process, which staff will monitor and support you with.
A medical detox is the process of abstaining from harmful substances whilst taking prescribed medication as a substitute. You are only required to take the medication until doctors deem you to be free from addictive substances, with your withdrawal symptoms stabilised. Withdrawal symptoms are your body’s physical and mental responses to you no longer consuming drugs or alcohol. When you abstain from these substances, the shock to the body can be dangerous, causing more severe withdrawal symptoms. The medication helps to manage this until your body is free from the addictive substances. Withdrawal symptoms can present differently for each client depending on factors such as the level of your addiction and the substance you are addicted to.
Although this part of treatment can be challenging, it is crucial to complete the medical drug detox or alcohol detox at the start to ensure success for the remainder of the treatment programme.
Drug and alcohol rehab programme
A drug and alcohol rehab programme with UK Rehab usually lasts from one to twelve weeks, but we always welcome clients to extend their stay if they wish. Our recovery approach uses the 12-step programme, where you will be guided through a series of steps to recovery. It is based on a holistic transformation guided by a higher power (which can be anything that you can resonate with). Non-12-step programmes may only use one form of treatment, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), but our programmes include this, as well as other one-to-one therapy and group therapies.
Is rehab free?
There are some outpatient rehab services that are free to access. They usually require a self-referral or NHS GP referral, which will likely place you on a waiting list. Free addiction treatment services are in high demand, which has caused a reduced service offering. Detox programmes are rarely offered, with the exception of the charity called Turning Point. Turning Point have limited free inpatient beds that can provide more support for clients to complete a detox. However, the waiting lists for free services can be up to eight months, which could cause your addiction to worsen before help is available.
Free addiction treatment services in Dartford
There are some free groups offering peer support in Dartford for people suffering with addiction. One of these is Alcoholic Anonymous, where clients share stories of sobriety with each other.
The downside to free services
Unfortunately, there are many downsides to free services due to the pressure that is placed on them by the government reducing their spending. Many people cannot afford to access inpatient rehab services, causing them to rely on the NHS and charities, which do not have enough resources to meet demand. This means that they are unable to provide holistic support, and instead rely on providing therapies separately to maximise treatment spaces. There will be less choice over your type of treatment and where it is provided, as well as having less support through the process, which can hinder your progress.
The benefits of residential rehab in Dartford
- Choice of rehab centre so that you can feel most comfortable receiving support.
- Fast admission process so that you can receive help straight away.
- Have staff available 24 hours a day for added reassurance.
- Break free from your lifestyle to focus solely on addiction recovery.
- Have your meals provided to promote healthy living.
- Access to a medical detox.
- A mixture of therapies to provide holistic treatment.
- Family support programmes offering inclusive care.
- Conjoint meetings to help you repair damaged relationships.
- Meet peers also saying at the rehab centre for peer support.
- Access to an aftercare programme to help you at home.
What happens after a rehab programme?
Completing rehab is a huge accomplishment, and you should feel extremely proud of yourself. However, recovery from addiction is a long process, and you may even have some steps from your drug and alcohol rehab programme to complete at home. However, you will receive aftercare to support you with this.
The aftercare programmes with UK Rehab provide ongoing information and advice, support from professionals and access to an Alumni network. Our Alumni network are clients who have successfully completed their rehab programmes and are continuing their long-term sobriety at home. Utilising these support mechanisms outside of rehab can help you to continue your journey and help you during difficult times. It ensures that our clients are not alone when adapting to their new lifestyles.
As well as aftercare programmes, you can access support groups in your local community to widen your support network. Some popular groups include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and SMART Recovery. These groups can offer a sense of accountability to continue progressing with your lifestyle changes.
How do I tell my family I’m going to rehab?
We understand it can feel daunting telling your loved ones about going to rehab. However, rehab is a huge turning point, and telling your family will be a weight lifted off your shoulders. Your family will want what is best for you and support you to succeed in your journey.
Long-term recovery from addiction
Unfortunately, just because you have finished rehab, it does not mean that you are completely recovered from addiction. You still struggle to avoid occasional triggers for a long time after rehab, which is why we encourage all of our clients to utilise the support available to them outside of rehab.
Call our admissions line 24 hours a day to get help.
Frequently Asked Questions
Inpatient rehab starts with a medical detox, which allows clients to detox safely from the harmful substance they are addicted to. After this, rehab will use a range of therapies to teach coping mechanisms, new patterns of thinking and lifestyle changes to help combat addiction for the long term.
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