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Drug Rehab

Drug rehab takes place at residential rehab clinics. Learn about the drug rehab process for different addictions, including heroin, cocaine, prescription drugs and more.

Article by Keith Prance. Medically Reviewed by Warren Logge.

    Drug Rehab

    Rehab Recovery offers drug rehab clinics across the United Kingdom. If you suffer from drug addiction, you may have given up all hope of attaining a full recovery. Fortunately, our proven drug rehab clinics are here to prove you wrong.

    When you attend our UK drug rehab clinics, you receive modern therapy and detoxification techniques that will help you secure the long-term recovery you desire. Contact our admissions team today for more information and ensure you read the below message carefully.

    Understanding Addiction

    Addiction is principally a brain disease. The brain contains over 100 million neurons. When we learn anything new, we grow pathways between neurons located throughout the brain. Over time, specific behaviours and thoughts create set patterns because neurons that ‘fire together, wire together.’

    These strengthened neurological patterns can elicit or stimulate associated thoughts and feelings themselves, as the connections between neurons continue to strengthen. These thoughts and feelings are often triggered by experiences and sensations within the real world which can lead to these behaviours occurring and these thoughts are difficult to control and can be elicited by many more triggers.

    So how do we apply this process to addiction? If we observe how addiction builds up over the years, it often starts with normal thoughts, such as “I want to experience drugs because I am bored,” or “I want to take drugs because I am curious as to what it will feel like.”

    Over time, these thoughts build up and up as your drug use continues. In the end, you become addicted to drugs due to set thought pathways embedded in your brain. These thoughts cement in your brain and lead to the outcome that you cannot resist using drugs.

    The longer these thoughts are allowed to remain unchallenged, the more difficult it is to break free from your addiction. This is why it’s typically much more difficult for individuals that use drugs who are older and have longer chronic use to break free from their addiction when compared who are younger and often have been using drugs for a much shorter time.

    Why Can’t I ‘Just Quit’?

    Decades of this habitual and destructive thinking requires you to divert these thoughts to a different place. Just ‘quitting’ is not enough and you are certainly going to require professional support.

    Since addiction is a progressive disorder, it’s been compared to Type II diabetes because both illnesses develop over time. Addiction is a neurochemical imbalance caused by thoughts, experiences and genetic disposition to developing an addiction.

    Above all, addiction is a disease and not a vice. You must therefore not blame yourself for suffering from an addiction. However, you do have a choice to seek out treatment for the disease of drug addiction.

    When you attend our revolutionary drug rehab clinics in the UK, you learn the neuroscience behind your addiction. You then learn a number of techniques to alter your thinking in ways that do not involve drug use. This takes time and effort. However, the therapist we employ works extremely hard to ensure you break these thought patterns and develop healthier alternatives.

    What Is Self-Medication?

    When you experience stress, depression, or anxiety, you may begin to consume drugs in order to numb and mask this emotional pain. Essentially, bad things happen, and you consume drugs to regulate or soothe yourself.

    However, over time the drug becomes a worst problem than the initial problem they attempt to ‘cover-up.’ In a sentence, the ‘drug becomes the trauma.’ These emotional problems typically arise directly or as a knock-on effect to trauma experienced during childhood, known as ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences’.

    There are also several other types of disorders and mood and thought patterns, such as depression, anxiety, and life-experiences (losing a loved one or job, big life changes) that can all lead to increased drug use to self-medicate.

    These experiences mean the need for ‘soothing’ and relief is met with an addiction to drugs. It’s not drugs per se that causes addiction, but your psychological disposition to developing an addiction. To uncover this trauma and help you understand why you are engaging in addictive behaviours, our drug rehab clinics utilise modern psychoanalytical techniques.

    This is essentially a ‘talking therapy’. The goal of psychotherapy is to help you develop alternative ‘self-soothing’ activities and to also help you identify and stop behaviours that are causing undue stress and anxiety in your life.

    What Is Drug Rehab?

    Drug rehab can be defined as a facility composed of multi-disciplinary addiction treatment professionals whose work is detoxing and rehabilitating patients. Drug rehab usually offers inpatient and outpatient facilities.

    The facilities are comprised of experienced and qualified nurses, doctors, therapists, support workers, among many other medical professionals like consultant psychiatrists.

    The alcohol rehab centres legally must be regulated, and CQC registered. This is a testament to a rehab’s high level of care, safety, and license to deliver advertised treatments.

    Do I Need To Go To Rehab?

    Any level of substance abuse and resulting effects can warrant a visit to one of our inpatient facilities. Below we list the top ten signs or indicators that it’s time to seek professional help at a rehab centre. These include:

    1. You have driven your car while high or intoxicated
    2. Your health is suffering because of your addiction
    3. You have tried to stop using a drug in vain
    4. Friends and family have attempted to stop you from using drugs
    5. When you stop taking drugs, you experience withdrawal symptoms
    6. Your independence and freedom have been diminished as a result of the decision’s you’ve made while high
    7. Thinking or actually harming yourself under the influence of drugs
    8. Losing a job or being expelled/suspended from school because of drugs
    9. Lying about your use and intake is a common occurrence
    10. Stopping taking drugs is what you want, but you just don’t know how to

    How Can We Help?

    We offer extensive expertise in treating a variety of drug addiction problems. We also have a team that acts with the highest level of professionalism.

    Continuous drug use/abuse has a negative effect on a person’s life. It affects your work, relationships, social life, health, and more in a negative way. We can help individuals struggling with addiction get their life back.

    Signs of Drug Abuse

    Drug abuse is depicted in the form of physical and behavioural signs. Below we have listed these signs & symptoms for you to look out for in yourself or a loved one who you are concerned about.

    Someone who is abusing drugs will exhibit physical symptoms which include:

    • Having glazed or bloodshot eyes
    • Constricted or dilated pupils
    • Poor personal hygiene
    • Skin changes
    • Dental issues
    • Abrupt weight changes
    • Sleep problems (lack of sleep or excessive sleepiness)

    Individuals who are abusing drugs exhibit certain signs. The most notable include:

    • Depression
    • Lethargy
    • Increased irritability or aggressive behaviour
    • Personality changes
    • Sudden changes in priorities and habits
    • Involvement in illegal activity
    • Sudden changes in social networks

    If you/a family member/your friend has a drug problem that they can’t deal with on their own, then, drug rehab is highly recommendable. Drug addiction is a life-threatening disease that is exceedingly hard to deal with without professional help.

    How Do I Get Into Rehab?

    The first step to getting into rehab is admission. Our admission process is fast, easy, and confidential. All you need is to show up or make contact. We have staff ready to offer all the details you require on your condition.

    Once you have made contact, a member of our team will ask some personal and important questions which are crucial to your recovery. These are asked in confidence, and will only be used to determine the length and type of rehab we think is best for you.

    After this, we will consult with our psychologist and rehabilitation doctors to create a tailored plan for you. We will then discuss your options with you, and you will be invited to visit as many centres as you wish before making a decision.

    When you have chosen the right rehab centre for you, we will explain the next steps and what you need to bring to our facility. This whole process can be done in up to 24 hours, which is one of the benefits of choosing private rehab.

    We can also recommend ideal centres and admit patients. Our admission process is tailored to be hustle-free to encourage those who need help to seek treatment.

    What To Expect From Drug Rehab?

    Drug rehabs are usually a relief for individuals dealing with addiction. While personal experience may vary, most patients who go to the best rehab centres enjoy their experiences and recover fully. Alcohol rehab centres and other drug rehabs tend to operate in the same manner. The process begins with an assessment by a psychiatrist or doctor.

    Accommodation options vary depending on choice. Residential drug rehabs offer their patients everything from accommodation and medication to treatment and food under one facility. Other options may be available depending on cost.

    What Are The Benefits of Going To Rehab?

    The benefits of attending an inpatient private facility far outweigh the benefits of trying to overcome your addiction alone. Listed below are some of the many benefits of letting us help you through our rehab programmes:

    • Great environment that supports full recovery
    • Reduced temptation, unmatched comfort, and constant monitoring
    • Medical drug detox that minimises withdrawal symptoms
    • Custom addiction treatment delivered by professionals
    • Effective relapse prevention strategies and techniques
    • Tackles addiction from the root cause

    The Drug Rehab Process

    The drug rehab process begins with detoxification. Detox gets rid of the effects of drugs. It also helps patients adjust to living life without drugs. During detox, a patient is likely to suffer from withdrawal symptoms.

    The severity of these symptoms depends on factors such as the drug that was being taken, how long it was taken, age of the patient, and physiology, among other factors. Withdrawal symptoms are dealt with using medication.

    A patient is then subjected to therapy to deal with the underlying causes of addiction after detoxification is complete. Therapy is meant to discover the feelings or behaviour that encouraged the onset of drug use/abuse and change that behaviour or seek support to reduce the chances of a relapse.

    Therapy is important, but patients can respond differently, creating the need for different therapy models and combinations. CBT (Cognitive behavioural therapy) and DBT (dialectical behavioural therapy) are common examples of therapy in drug rehabs. Cognitive behavioural therapy helps patients understand themselves better with more honesty and clarity, a critical milestone for long-term healing.

    Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) is a specialised form of (CBT) cognitive behavioural therapy used to treat patients with chronic suicidal ideation. The therapy helps patients accept the things they can’t change while embracing positive aspects of life.

    Therapies Available During Rehab

    Constant access to a range of therapies is one of the many draws of rehab. These therapies are all tailored to your own needs and will work around your specific recovery plan following discussions between yourself, your doctor, and any family members who are supporting you.

    The therapies we offer at our rehab centres include:

    Goals Of Our Treatment For Drug Addiction

    During therapy sessions and the reflection exercises that follow, we aim to achieve the below outcomes:

    1. Help you understand that your addiction is a solution to painful emotions. Our goal is to explore why these emotional problems arose in the first place
    2. Help you uncover internal and external triggers of your addiction and provide you with strategies to overcome these triggers by either avoiding, coping with or limiting stressful activities in your life
    3. Help you to externalise your behaviours so you may view your addiction from an unbiased and more resourceful perspective

    Understanding Detoxification At Our Drug Rehab Clinics

    Whilst therapy is vital to your progress in recovery, therapy is very much only one side of the equation. The other side of the recovery equation is physical detoxification. Detoxification addresses physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms whilst toxins are naturally removed from their system over several days and weeks.

    These withdrawal symptoms vary in degree from slight discomfort to potentially life-threatening conditions. To ease this process, you receive a full psychiatric assessment upon admission. Our consultant psychiatrist prescribes you with medication designed to ease these withdrawal symptoms to manageable levels.

    Below we have discussed the withdrawal process in greater detail:

    • Expecting withdrawal: You should speak to a rehab professional or physician to know what to expect and how to cope with withdrawal effects. It also helps to have a list of the benefits of giving up your drug of choice. Withdrawal is inevitable. Patients are also bound to think of going back to their old habits especially when they experience withdrawal symptoms. Understanding withdrawal and how to deal with it beforehand helps. It also helps to lead a healthy lifestyle. A good diet and exercise can boost recovery. Lastly, patients are also advised to stay busy to avoid temptations
    • Dealing with withdrawal: Withdrawal symptoms can last for weeks prompting the need for medical assistance. Personalised treatment plans, 24/7 monitoring, effective medication, and support are some of the measures taken by drug rehabs to help their patients deal with withdrawal
    • Medications for withdrawal: Antidepressants are usually prescribed to cope with withdrawal symptoms like depression. Sedatives or hypnotics are used to treat symptoms like insomnia. Substitute drugs may also be used to replace more pernicious drugs. There are many medications approved in the UK for drug addiction treatment and the treatment of related disorders. Medication should be prescribed by addiction professionals. Patients suffering from other health problems should seek medical assistance first. Medication should also be taken as prescribed to avoid complications. Examples of medication commonly prescribed for addiction treatment include; Vivitrol, buprenorphine, methadone, disulfiram, Campral, Paxil, Modafinil, Norpramin, Mirtazapine, gabapentin, Bupropion, Desipramine, Gabapentin, Baclofen, Vigabatrin, and Topiramate
    • Home detox: Self-detox makes it challenging to manage serious withdrawal symptoms. Even mild withdrawal symptoms can be problematic. Withdrawal can be uncomfortable and fatal in some cases. As a result, a home detox should be medically supervised

    What Is The Cost Of Drug Rehab?

    UK drug rehab centres require some form of financial investment. However, different rehabs vary in regard to cost. The type of care also dictates the cost. Inpatient rehab treatment is usually more costly than outpatient rehab treatment.

    However, the chances of recovery are higher in an inpatient facility where patients are monitored 24/7. All in all, the best drug and alcohol rehabs in the UK offer value for money.

    How Long Are Drug Rehab Programmes?

    Traditional drug rehab programs last at least 28 to 30 days. Patients with moderate alcohol addiction problems spend at least a month in alcohol rehabs. Some may stay longer i.e., 2 to 3 months.

    Long-term treatment is recommendable for individuals with severe addiction problems. Individuals receive long-term inpatient care that lasts 3 to 12 months. The treatment encompasses group therapy, family counselling, vocational training, support groups, and more to increase the chances of a full recovery.

    Aftercare Planning

    After treatment is over, patients can get access to aftercare treatment. Most drug rehabs give patients membership after they receive initial treatment. Aftercare offers long-term support to those recovering by giving them access to counsellors among other rehab professionals.

    Aftercare also avails other resources like group therapy after treatment to prevent relapse. The on-going care long after a patient has left rehab increases the chances of a full recovery. We are among the rehab centres in the UK that offer free aftercare to patients who have left rehab.

    We provide a comprehensive aftercare programme at our drug rehab clinics that are tailored to your needs. Aftercare is offered through weekly ‘top-up’ meeting which takes place at our drug rehabilitation clinics located across the United Kingdom.

    The Importance of Relapse Prevention

    Once you have determined your reasons for using drugs, it’s essential our therapist work with you to ensure you are able to manage these reasons to prevent further drug use in the future. We also ensure you identify your ‘triggers or addiction’.

    These triggers are tied to the underlying reasons for developing an addiction to drugs, although triggers are generally broader so to also include a number of external cues.

    Stress is generally the most powerful trigger of addiction, and so you must identify stressful activities you engage in and then try to eliminate or reduce these activities as much as possible. Cortisol is the body’s stress hormone and when cortisol levels are high, you are much more likely to use drugs in order to soothe your discomfort.

    When you have experienced trauma as an infant or in early adulthood, you will have experienced cortisol levels that are toxic to your system. In adulthood, you will experience greater spikes in cortisol levels compared to other people who have not experienced this trauma.

    The therapy we provide at our drug rehab clinics helps you understand your unique psychology so that you may implement practical steps to reduce stress in your daily life.

    Choosing a Drug Rehab Facility

    Once you decide to go to rehab or take a loved one to rehab, you need to choose the right rehab. Some main factors to consider include:

    1. Location: The best rehab should be within proximity. However, some patients may be better off in faraway rehabs where they have fewer distractions. When making a final decision on location, consider the best interests of the patient
    2. Cost: The rehab you choose should be affordable. However, the cost of any rehab outweighs the cost of drug addiction. Good rehabs with a high recovery rate tend to be a bit pricey for obvious reasons. Ideally, the cost should match the services, facilities, programs, etc
    3. Accreditation: Most importantly, you should seek treatment from drug or alcohol rehab centres that are CQC-accredited. Such rehabs have met the strict guidelines and professional standards required by the independent NHS watchdog

    Get the support you deserve today

    If you would like to control your emotions and hence your addiction, contact Rehab Recovery today on 0800 088 66 86 for fast access to our drug rehab clinics.

    Alternatively, contact us through this website for a free assessment


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