Drug rehabilitation (drug rehab) is a process which entails drug detoxification followed by therapeutic sessions within a residential setting. It is a time for you to heal and undergo a physical and spiritual change – a realisation that substances like cocaine or heroin are merely distractions that hold you back from your full potential.
If you’ve been using substances for a long time, its very likely that your relationship with drugs is similar to that of food, it has become such a habitual part of your day to day that you almost cannot imagine life without it.
Drug rehab will allow you to undo those beliefs holding you back, in a comfortable and loving environment surrounded by some of the best addiction specialists in the UK. Your stay at our residential clinic will be calm, away from the day to day distractions and temptations of life so you can focus on you, and you only.
How does drug rehab work?
When you speak to one of our advisors, they will ask you a number of questions about you or a loved one’s drug use and medical history. You can be rest assured that the information provided will remain strictly confidential. Our team will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have. They are here to support you through the entire process.
Drug rehab consists of three core phases – drug detoxification, followed by rehabilitation and then aftercare.
Drug detox is the process of physically removing substances from the body, this process can take between 7-14 days to complete depending on the type of substance and the length of time you have been using it.
It is often the most misunderstood part of rehab, due to the feelings of unwanted withdrawal symptoms that may arise from it.
You will feel better knowing that this process is entirely managed by medically trained professionals, who will put in place a detox plan that works for you. In some cases detox medication can be provided to help alleviate some of the withdrawal symptoms, allowing for a smoother transition into therapy.
Drug Withdrawal Symptoms
One of the benefits of residential rehab is that you or someone you love, will be under the care and supervision of medical professionals throughout the entire detox process. Any withdrawal symptoms that do arise will be carefully managed to ensure complete safety.
Withdrawal symptoms are common and can range from cold-like symptoms to feeling anxious, these are completely normal and tend to disappear within a short period of time.
Different substances will bring about different withdrawal symptoms, but under no circumstances will you or a loved one suffer under the care and supervision of medical experts.
Common withdrawal symptoms include:
- Headache, dizziness or feeling nauseous
- Mild Tremors
- Changes in appetite
- Sensitivity to pain
- Changes in mood
- Feeling worried or confused
After a week or two, it’s very common to experience positive symptoms as the body begins to function without substances. People often talk about renewed levels of energy, calmness and focus. It is usually at this stage that therapy begins and you can start to unravel the many years of negative thinking that have led to addictive behaviours.
You may be asking yourself a lot of questions once the detox phase draws to an end. You may be feeling a sense of relief as you begin to see the world through an entirely different perspective.
You may be feeling elements of doubt or nervousness, these are very common feelings and are not signs that you are doing something wrong.
Therapy is an important part of the rehab process, because it allows you to challenge negative beliefs you hold about yourself and equip you with healthy coping strategies. When we think of addiction we often view it as an ‘escape from reality’, a way of coping with the stresses of day-to- day life. We’re here to equip you with the right tools for coping with daily stresses in a healthy & manageable way.
What Happens During Therapy?
Our treatment clinics utilise the 12 step programme, pioneered by Bill Wilson and Dr Bob Smith in 1935, the 12 step model forms the foundation of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
During your stay at one of our centres you will take part in various therapeutic activities both one-to-one with a trained counsellor, and group therapy where you can talk in an open space with others on the same path. Both one-to-one and group therapy will allow you to open up about your battles with both addiction and any past traumas you may have experienced.
One to One Therapy
During therapy with an addiction counsellor, you will get to the root causes of your addictive behaviour and begin to understand your mind in a new & explorative way. You will start to question the negative thought patterns and core beliefs you hold about yourself. Our therapists will equip you with coping strategies for dealing with them in the moment.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) are two common therapies used during treatment, our team will put together a care package that is right for you and your needs. All one to one sessions take place when needed or are available on request.
What Happens after Drug Rehab?
Recovery from addiction is a process that varies from person to person, as you or someone you love returns to day-to-day life its common to experience feelings of sensitivity.
We provide free aftercare and support to those who have successfully completed treatment at our clinic, and work with families to heal bonds that may have been impacted by addiction.
We strongly encourage you or a loved one to attend meetings and continue the 12 steps as frequently as possible. Remaining committed to a programme will help to reinforce what was learnt during rehab and provide a connection with others who share a common goal.
Our sole mission is to provide you or your loved one with the personalised addiction treatment you need!
We understand you may have a lot of questions about rehab. Please speak to one of our specialists today if you have any concerns.