Drug and Alcohol Rehab Bristol

Drug and alcohol addiction is a chronic illness which, if left untreated, can cause debilitating consequences for all involved. Not only does addiction wreak havoc on a person’s mental and physical health, but it also shatters the lives of family, friends and colleagues who can see their loved one struggling. This is why Rehab Recovery works with a multitude of centres to provide addiction rehab in Bristol.

Do you seek to begin a new life without drugs or alcohol? Are you ready to take positive steps in your life to ensure you are no longer controlled by your addiction? If this is the case, why not contact Rehab Recovery today to discover how we are able to help on 0800 088 6686.

Understanding Treatment In Bristol

Rehab Recovery offers drug and alcohol rehab programmes in Bristol. The duration of these programmes varies between ten days up to around twenty-eight days in length. We also offer a number of long-term rehabilitation programmes for drug and alcohol addiction lasting up to six months in duration.

No matter how long you stay at a Bristol rehab clinic, you will receive a year’s worth of aftercare support following the conclusion of your residential treatment. This provides you with an essential support network should the risk of relapse occur during your first year in recovery.

How Do I Know If I Need To Go To Rehab?

There are a number of signs that indicate you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, which warrants the need for rehab in Bristol. Take a look at the list below to see if you match more than two of the characteristics, which shows that you are addicted if you:

  • Have stolen or cheated to get money to buy it
  • Are obsessed with the particular substance
  • Have driven while under the influence of it
  • Get withdrawal symptoms
  • Have tried to stop but failed
  • Lie to others about your intake
  • Have slipped in work or school because of it
  • Need more of it to get high
  • Keep a stash of it at all times
  • Can see the damage it creates but can’t stop

If you suspect that you or a loved one is addicted to a substance from the signs above, it’s time to seek professional help. There’s no shame in asking for support; in fact, it’s the most responsible and brave thing you’ll ever do.

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The Primary Goals of Rehab in Bristol

Of course, the primary goal of rehab is to help a person achieve and maintain sobriety. They achieve sobriety as soon as they complete the detox, but dealing with the psychological addiction and learning coping skills is what allows them to maintain it and avoid relapse. The second goal of rehab is to treat any mental, medical, emotional, or relational problems that either caused the addiction or developed because of it.

Each rehab clinic we partner within Bristol aims to help you achieve a lifetime of abstinence. This means you must be willing to give up drugs and alcohol and refrain from their use for the rest of your life. You will receive all the help and support to enable you to achieve this aim.

However, you must be personally willing to adopt abstinence as your overall goal. If you do not, then investing in drug and alcohol treatment really is a waste of both your time and money. If you are willing to begin a life of abstinence from drug and alcohol use, then contact Rehab Recovery today.

Each Individual Programme Is Different

Rehab Recovery believes each person suffering from an addiction to drugs and alcohol does so because of unique underlying emotional circumstances. This uniqueness requires each treatment programme to be tailored to suit these specific needs. If a treatment programme is not tailored to the person’s individual needs, the success of the treatment will suffer.

To ensure treatment programmes are tailored to your needs, we carry an important and more thorough assessment before your treatment begins. The information we obtain during this assessment influences the treatment options you are given. When you are given treatment options, you are explained why these specific treatment options are selected over competing treatments.

The result of this process is that you attend a treatment programme that’s best suited to overcoming your issues with drug and alcohol addiction.

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What to Expect When You Arrive at a Rehab Clinic

When you are admitted into a Bristol rehab clinic, the first task is for the psychiatrist to carry out an assessment. During this assessment, the psychiatrist will prescribe you with medication. This medication allows you to detox without experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Your condition will be closely monitored for the first 48 hours of your detox programme.

A ‘pro re nata’ dosage of anti-withdrawal medication will be written out. This allows our staff the ability to increase your dosage of medication if withdrawal symptoms are not sufficiently treated by your starting dose.

What Happens During Rehab?

The general rehab process undertaken in each of our facilities has been set out below:

Admissions are the first step in rehab. During this step, a person reaches out to a facility, gets the information they need, answer some preliminary question, pack, and then go to the facility. Most centers try to make this process straightforward as to not stress out the patients more than necessary.

During this stage, a doctor or a team will meet with a patient to help gain an accurate idea of the severity of personal addiction and any co-occurring disorders. This is key in allowing the doctors to develop an individualized treatment plan that will work.

This can happen at almost any point during this process. This is when a person accepts that they have a problem and decide that they are going to pursue treatment and work to get healthy.

Treatment will only ever work if a person accepts that they have a problem and is open to the help needed for getting better. It can not be forced on a person.

This is the period of time when all traces of alcohol leaves a person's body. This is generally when a person deals with the most withdrawal symptoms, and they need to be under the supervision of a medical professional, or else it can be dangerous.

This is the period after detox, where a person receives therapy and other support in order to learn how to maintain sobriety and treat their psychological addiction. They may go to various support groups, see counsellors, and receive medication from a doctor. This is a key part of staying sober after they finish detox.

Recovery continues on long after a person leaves rehab; it can even last their entire life. During this time, a person should continue going to support groups and/or receiving counselling in order to deal with life and problems that they may face without returning to the substance.

If a person does not continue the recovery process after rehab, they are significantly more likely to relapse.

Benefits of a Medically-Assisted Detox

During detox, a person can experience a number of withdrawal symptoms that can range from uncomfortable to dangerous or even life-threatening. For this reason, it is highly beneficial for a person to go through a medically-assisted detox.

You will be monitored throughout the process, and a doctor can prescribe any medications that could help them be more comfortable and safer. A medically-assisted detox is typically the only safe way a person with an addiction can go through detox.

Why Is Counselling So Important During Rehab In Bristol?

Detox allows a person to physically rid their body of a substance, but it does not deal with the psychological addiction or any co-occurring disorders, and no matter the severity of the addiction, it is more than physical dependency. In order to maintain sobriety, counselling of some sort is key.

Rehabilitation is not merely about taking medication. Rehab clinics also aim to treat the underlying emotional causes of drug and alcohol addiction. How? By offering a range of therapy sessions.

These sessions make use of modern therapy techniques. These techniques include cognitive behavioural therapy, psychotherapy and mindfulness. Together, these therapies allow you to avoid relapse, reduce trauma and live a happy life without drugs and alcohol.

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Styles of Treatment At Rehab in Bristol

There are so many different types of treatment that a person can receive in rehab. Which ones they end up receiving depends a lot on the centre they go to and what their specific needs are. Below is a list of some of the most common styles:

  • Art therapy
  • Talk therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Medication
  • Health education
  • Group support sessions
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Couples therapy
  • Financial education
  • 12 step programmes

All of these different treatment styles can help a person overcome their addiction and deal with a variety of other mental health problems. Many people will continue to receive some forms of these therapies after they leave the rehab centre.

Treating Dual Diagnosis

Often when a person deals with addiction, they also have at least one other mental illness. During treatment, it is important that all concurring disorders are treated if a person is going to maintain sobriety. These disorders could be things like depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, or any other mental illness.

Often times, a person’s individualized treatment plan will be built around the specific disorders that a person deals with whether they caused the drinking problem or appeared after the addiction was already developed.

Types of Follow-on Care After Rehab in Bristol

  • Aftercare Programme: Aftercare is a type of support that a person continues to receive from a rehab centre after they leave the inpatient programme. This is so important as it significantly decreases a person’s chances of relapsing
  • Individual Therapy: Many people continue going to individual therapy after they leave rehab. This will help them deal with life problems without returning to the substance
  • 12-Step Programmes: Many people go to support groups or twelve-step programmes to get support from other people with similar problems. This type of follow-on care is extremely popular and generally successful
  • Sober Living Homes: These provide living accommodation to those transitioning from rehab to the community. They are community-type living complexes supervised by a care lead. The individual is required to contribute to these communities by paying bills, maintenance work, and abiding by rules and curfews
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