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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.

    Get the help you need from a drug and alcohol rehab in Dubai by calling our team today on +44 330 333 6197

    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, both in Dubai and across the world.

    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 social environments close. This might not seem like a big deal for those who drink casually, but for those suffering from addiction it could have deadly consequences.

    You can read more about the disease of addiction here.

    Don’t wait until it’s too late to get help – find your perfect alcohol or drug addiction treatment in Dubai by calling us today on +44 330 333 6197

    The 12-step approach for addiction in Dubai

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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 these can varu depending on where you go, but generally they involve:

    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 alcohol or drug 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.

    To discover how the 12-step approach can help you beat alcohol or drug addiction in Dubai, call our team today on +44 330 333 6197

    Physical vs psychological addictions in Dubai

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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, and include everything from shaking and delirium tremens to seizures and heart attacks.

    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.

    Both alcohol withdrawal and drug withdrawal can pose life-threatening dangers.

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

    To learn more about the nature of addiction and what addiction treatment services in Dubai can help you, call our expert team on +44 330 333 6197

    Alcohol detox and drug detox in Dubai

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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 alcohol addiction, which is in its own category.

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

    This will help to limit your alcohol withdrawal symptoms and maintain your safety and comfort.

    This generally lasts up to 10 days, but this can change based on how severe your addiction is and how well your initial detox goes.

    This is dealt with via a detox, as we mentioned above. There is a good chance this will be assisted with the use of a prescription drug called Librium.

    Find out what your detox experience could be like at a private rehab clinic in Dubai by calling us today on +44 330 333 6197

    Dual diagnosis at rehab in Dubai

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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.

    To find our more about how a rehab in Dubai can work to support your mental health, give our team a call today on +44 330 333 6197

    Inpatient vs Outpatient Drug Addiction Treatment in Dubai

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    Addiction is not considered a ‘choice’ or ‘moral failing’ on behalf of the addiction sufferer – so the focus of rehab is always on returning agency to the patient.

    A key factor to take into consideration regarding rehab duration is inpatient versus outpatient treatment.

    Both offer a similar program – detox, therapy, relapse prevention and aftercare – but are different in various ways.

    The most obvious difference is that inpatient treatment (also known as residential rehab) requires the person to stay at a facility for the duration of their treatment. Most inpatient treatments last for 28 days.

    Outpatient treatment, on the other hand, does not. Instead, people will attend a weekly appointment at a local service, clinic, doctor’s surgery, or hospital. On average, outpatient treatment lasts between several months to a year.

    The benefit of inpatient treatment, although more intense, is that people will receive 24/7 medical assistance and will be in a more secure environment.

    This can be particularly useful for those that are suffering from severe addiction.

    The benefit of outpatient treatment is that it can be worked around a person’s commitments, whether work or childcare.

    In addition, outpatient treatment is more readily available and is often free through local services.

    The main downside is that people remain in their normal environment surrounded by potential triggers. [5]

    For help choosing between inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation in Dubai, call our team today on +44 330 333 6197

    How much time should I spend at rehab in Dubai?

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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.

    To learn how long your stay at a drug and alcohol rehab in centre in Dubai is likely to last, give our expert team a call today on +44 330 333 6197

    Cannabis Rehab, Cocaine Rehab and Heroin Rehab in Dubai

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    The withdrawal process can be milder when undergoing drug detox for certain substances, such as cannabis.

    Cannabis withdrawal does not require medical assistance, and symptoms are not severe or life-threatening, so cannabis detox is not necessary.

    Symptoms of cannabis withdrawal include anxiety, agitation, restlessness, headaches, and a lack of appetite.

    When a person stops using after a significant period of cannabis addiction, they can expect withdrawal symptoms to emerge within 7 days and to last up to 10 days.

    When a person is going through cocaine withdrawal, they are likely to experience psychological symptoms such as paranoia, anxiety, mood swings, irritation, and depression.

    However, some people have been known to experience headaches, sweats, restlessness, and fatigue.

    Cocaine and crack cocaine are not physically addictive, so cocaine detox is not necessary.

    After a person stops using cocaine when they have suffered from cocaine addiction, withdrawal symptoms can emerge very quickly – sometimes as quick as an hour. Cocaine withdrawal symptoms should begin to reduce after several days, but some can last up to 10 days.


    Heroin addiction has one of the more arduous withdrawal experiences. This is due to heroin being very psychologically and physically addictive.

    Heroin withdrawal symptoms range from mild to serve, but even mild symptoms are very unpleasant.

    Mild symptoms include flu-like symptoms – nausea, vomiting, fatigue, sweats, and diarrhoea – anxiety, depression, restlessness, and agitation.

    Severe symptoms include increased heart rate, breathing issues, insomnia, and hypertension (high blood pressure).

    Such symptoms usually begin to emerge six to twelve hours after the person stops using and can last for up to ten days.

    It is usually recommended that people come off heroin under medical supervision and are likely to use prescription drugs like Methadone, Suboxone, or Buprenorphine during their heroin detox.

    Whatever addiction you may be suffering from, get the help you need from one of the many drug rehab clinics in Dubai by calling us today on+44 330 333 6197

    Types of therapies available at rehab in Dubai

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    Professionally supported drug and alcohol rehab is one of the best ways to recover from addiction, largely because of the specific kinds of therapy and addiction counselling it can provide.

    Many of these therapies are available as both group therapy and individual therapy, depending on your needs and preferences.

    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. This often comes hand in hand with Motivational Enhancement Therapy, working to build up your drive to beat addiction during the most difficult stages of recovery.

    Dialectical 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.

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

    Finally, holistic therapy focuses on providing support for general well-being, addressing both physical and mental health.

    This comes in many different forms including art therapy, music therapy, mindfulness, meditation, acupuncture, yoga, nutritional counselling and much more.

    To experience any and all of these superb therapies at an rehab centre in Dubai, give our team a call on +44 330 333 6197

    Aftercare and relapse prevention planning in Dubai

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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.

    Experts have agreed that abstinence is far more effective than harm reduction or moderation management – as a result, that’s what rehabs focus on.

    Therefore, 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.

    Learn how rehab centres in Dubai can set you up for sobriety by calling us on +44 330 333 6197

    Getting help today

    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.

    Find the support you need to attend drug and alcohol rehab in Dubai by calling us on +44 330 333 6197

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