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Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Dubai

Learn about drug and alcohol rehab and detox in Dubai. The rehab clinic offers a robust admissions process and supervised detox and evidence-based treatments.

    Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Dubai

    Many people seeking out drug and alcohol rehab in Dubai may be wondering where to turn for help.

    They may wonder if there’s anywhere they can go at all. In this situation, it’s very important that you focus on your personal recovery.

    You deserve to get better, and you deserve to heal in a space where people truly understand you. That’s where professionally supported drug and alcohol rehab comes in.

    It’s also important for you to know that there are places you can turn. If you just reach out to Rehab Recovery, we’ll be able to figure out a recovery plan that suits you, no matter where you are in the world.

    We have more information about our admissions process below, alongside:

    If you have any further questions after you’ve gone through all of these, you can contact Rehab Recovery for support and advice.

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

    Facts and stats about addiction


    In 2019, drug and alcohol addiction were already issues that plagued many. These kinds of addictions can destroy personal lives, people’s health, careers, and so much more.

    But statistics from 2020 highlighted how much the pandemic had worsened this issue.

    Scottish drug treatment and education charity Crew spoke to 300 respondents for their research and found that 58% of them took drugs more often during the pandemic.

    Overall, studies have shown a huge increase in the consumption of both drugs and alcohol.

    This could be for many reasons: primarily the emotional distress of the global situation and people being left alone with less support.

    In addition, many more people drank at home last year as pubs closed. This might not seem like a big deal for those who drink casually. But for addicts, it could have deadly consequences.

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

    The 12-step approach

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    One of the first treatment structures you might have heard of is the 12-step programme.

    As their name probably indicates, these are 12 stages that should set you on the path to healing. Of course, they can vary a bit, depending on where you go. But generally, they’re as follows:

    The 12 steps are:

    1. First of all, admit that you are currently powerless and that you need help. This is where almost everyone who learns to manage their addiction starts off. Even if you only admit it to yourself at first, it’s incredibly important to admit that you have a problem in the first place.
    2. Acknowledging a higher power – This doesn’t necessarily have to be religious. If you’re unsure about that, it can be more about acknowledging something greater than yourself and seeing a bigger picture. This can give a lot of people clarity and a sense of purpose.
    3. Following on from the previous step, the third step is deciding to turn your life over to that higher power.
    4. Accountability is also an important part of this process. As such, the fourth step is assessing what you need to fix inside of yourself, your past behaviour, and any mistakes you might have made.
    5. Admitting said mistakes to yourself, at least one other person and your chosen higher power. After examining your behaviour, the best way to move forward is to first own up to it.
    6. In the sixth stage, you must prepare to change from your chosen higher power or any other source.
    7. Ask your chosen higher power to “remove your shortcomings”. Again, this is all a part of the accountability process, of acknowledging where you might have hurt others, even unintentionally, and trying to repair relationships you might have damaged.
    8. The eighth step is simple and practical: list everyone you might have hurt before starting the process.
    9. Number nine is the natural next stage from that: making reparations to those people in whatever way you can.
    10. Continuing to hold yourself accountable – The entire recovery process is continual, especially as addiction is a lifelong battle. Overall, it’s important that you carry on making progress even after your initial treatment has finished.
    11. Finally, moving away from accountability, the eleventh step is to see your chosen higher power’s plan for your life, which again connects to the bigger picture we mentioned earlier.
    12. And finally, we reach number 12: continuing your recovery journey and carrying the lessons you’ve learned to others. When you’ve (hopefully) recovered and have your addiction under control, helping others to go through the same process can be very fulfilling.

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

    Physical vs psychological addictions

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    Addiction has both a physical side and a psychological side. Both of these are important to acknowledge, as they can affect you in vastly different ways, and both require treatment.

    Psychological addiction, as the name would suggest, occurs in the mind. It’s made up of all your mental cravings, which are dealt with through various mental health treatments.

    Physical addictions, on the other hand, show themselves through withdrawal symptoms.

    These withdrawal symptoms can vary a lot based on what you’re addicted to and the severity of your addiction.

    They occur at the stage of addiction where dependency has developed – as an important side note, a key sign of this is an increased tolerance to drugs and/or alcohol.

    These are dealt with via detoxes, which we have more detail on below.

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

    Detox for alcoholism vs drugs

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    As many substances work differently and produce different withdrawal symptoms, it stands to reason that their detoxes would be different too. This also applies to alcoholism, which is in its own category.

    During the detox, our team of specialists will slowly reduce your intake of the substance you are addicted to, whether that is alcohol or drugs.

    This generally lasts for about three weeks. But this can change based on how severe your addiction is and how well your initial detox goes.

    This is dealt with via detoxes, as we mentioned above.

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

    Dual diagnosis/co-occurring disorders and addiction

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    It’s also very common to have more than one addiction or to have mental health issues on top. Please be reassured – we can help with everything you’re struggling with.

    Many drugs are known to cause issues with depression, anxiety and many more mental health issues. On top of that, a lot of addictions are caused by trauma in the first place.

    The mental health treatments typically encountered during rehab (which we have more details on below) are also used for a variety of other mental health issues.

    Many organisations are also equipped to deal with a multitude of addictions, as they cater for a variety of situations.

    It may make for a harder road, as you’ll have more to overcome. But even if you are dealing with multiple diagnoses, you can heal too. So if and when you choose to talk to Rehab Recovery, please be as open as you can about everything you’re struggling with.

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

    How much time to spend at rehab?

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    This is a question a lot of people will have from the start. But it’s not really one that can be answered fully without knowing the specifics of your situation.

    Depending on the length of your addiction, its severity, your overall personality and how well you respond to treatment, rehab could last from a month to a year. Your previous experience with treatment will also influence your journey.

    Generally, we recommend focusing on recovery instead of getting too caught up in how long it will take. Although we do, of course, appreciate that you might want to know on a practical level.

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

    Types of therapies

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    Continuing our conversation on mental health treatment, let’s look at the few specific kinds of therapy and counselling used during rehab.

    One of the most common is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This specifically aims to eliminate the toxic thinking and behaviour patterns known as cognitive distortions.

    These can seriously inhibit recovery if they’re not worked through, which is why this is such important treatment.

    CBT generally encourages you to look back at past behaviour and see where you can make changes.

    This is similar to motivational interviewing, where you’re asked a series of non-judgmental questions which encourage you to change your behaviour.

    Dialectal Behavioural Therapy focuses on emotions, specifically controlling them. It’s based on CBT and is very well suited to those who are having trouble understanding and processing their feelings.

    Finally, contingency management focuses on a system of rewards. This way, individuals are reinforced by positive behavioural change.

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

    Aftercare and relapse prevention planning

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    All of the mental health treatments listed above can continue after you’ve finished treatment. However, this is often more localised as you start your new sober life in the stage known as aftercare.

    Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous can also be a huge source of support for a lot of people, both in and out of rehab.

    These give you access to an entire network of people with similar experiences who can help you through any difficult times during and after rehab.

    It can also be very beneficial for many people to share their stories and hear other people’s stories in turn.

    Finally, a good relapse prevention plan is also incredibly important to long-term recovery. There are many things you should consider when developing such a plan.

    This includes potential triggers, ways to stop cravings, any lifestyle changes you might need to make and a plan for if you do relapse.

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

    Where to get help/The admissions process into drug and alcohol rehab in Dubai

    We’ve examined different kinds of addictions, as well as all the kinds of help you can get. Now let’s talk a bit more about how to access that help.

    It’s actually pretty simple – all you need to do is get in touch with Rehab Recovery.

    Whether you’re looking for simple advice (which you can get through our phone number and/or our chatline), or if you’re looking for support, we can help you.

    More specifically, we can help with both treatment plans and interventions. In our initial conversations, we’ll attempt to figure out the specifics of your situation. Then, we’ll create a strategy that will (hopefully) help you to heal.

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

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