Drug abuse and addiction is a reality that cannot be ignored. Throughout the UK – and across the world, in fact – people are using and abusing all sorts of drugs to either escape from the unpleasantness of life or because they believe they have no other way to get by. Equal to the reality of drug abuse and addiction is another reality the addict him/herself must face: structured drug rehab is the only way out of the self-destructive lifestyle that is addiction.
Addiction is a progressively destructive condition that slowly robs a person of everything he or she holds dear. Things may start out innocently enough, with the user only occasionally using drugs recreationally, but then misuse becomes abuse and abuse becomes addiction. Without ever knowing what is happening, the casual drug user can easily become an addict over time. How long it takes for addiction to develop depends on the drugs being used and the person’s tolerance to them. Yet addiction is almost always the result when drug abuse is not brought under control.
Are you struggling with your own drug issues? Or perhaps you are concerned about a friend or family member who doesn’t seem to be able to stop using. In either case, we are here to help. Our drug rehab experts are available to help assess your situation and provide you with a list of treatment options you can choose from. It is our goal that every client who contacts us gets the help necessary to overcome drug addiction.
We are pleased to say that there are a lot of different options for drug rehab in the UK. And because there are so many options, we have the ability to recommend a facility and treatment programme that offers each client the best chances of long-term recovery. We are not limited to a one-size-fits-all programme that doesn’t really fit everyone.
As a general rule, the options for drug rehab are:
It has been our experience that drug addicts and their families looking for help turn to the NHS first. If you are thinking of doing so, there are a few things you should know first. To begin with, the NHS no longer operates residential facilities for drug rehab. Their funding for residential treatment is also limited. In order to enrol in a residential programme through the NHS, a drug addict would likely have to exhaust all other options first.
You should also know that the application and approval process for NHS treatment is painfully slow. There are also no guarantees that a person will be approved. As you work your way through the application process, your doctor will refer you to a local support group and perhaps a private counsellor that you will be expected to avail yourself of until entry into the NHS programme is granted.
One of the primary reasons we prefer residential drug rehab at a private clinic is that admittance can usually be realised within 24 hours. You could contact our 24-hour helpline today, get connected with a private rehab clinic tomorrow, and be admitted to the facility to start your rehab programme on the following day.
The drug rehab process is built on three stages of treatment designed to address the different aspects of addiction. Rehab facilities can take advantage of literally dozens of treatment methods within these three stages, to create a bespoke treatment plan for each client. Any programme that does not cover all three stages is not likely to see the kind of success that would otherwise be seen if all stages were implemented.
The first stage is detox. During the detox period, the addict is physically separated from the drugs being used in order to give the body ample opportunity to cleanse itself. Sometimes prescription medications are used during detox to make withdrawal more gradual and easier to tolerate.
The second stage of drug rehab is psychotherapeutic treatment. Where detox can usually be completed within 7 to 10 days, psychotherapeutic treatments usually last between three and 12 weeks depending on the chosen programme. During this portion of rehab, patients undergo a series of therapies designed to help them understand the mechanism behind addiction, what sorts of things trigger addictive behaviour, and how to avoid those triggers in the future.
The third and final stage of drug rehab is aftercare. Aftercare encompasses a set of ongoing therapies and services designed to help the addict reintegrate into normal life and do so without relapsing. Aftercare services can include counselling, support group participation, skills training programmes, and more.
As you seek to find a drug rehab programme appropriate for yourself or a loved one, we want to encourage you to not try to avoid detox. There are some drug rehab programmes in the UK, many of them offered through the NHS, that avoid detox by prescribing substitute drugs to addicts. The policy of providing heroin addicts with methadone is a good example.
Decades of experience combined with clinical data make it clear that it is virtually impossible to achieve long-term recovery from drugs without undergoing detox. In other words, you cannot end an addiction to drugs if you don’t stop using them. Simply substituting one drug for another and calling that recovery is no recovery at all. It is substitute addiction.
Please note that the rehab clinics we work with are licenced and certified by the proper authorities. Almost all of them use a medically supervised detox programme that focuses on safety first, followed by a commitment to making clients as comfortable as possible throughout withdrawal. Our clinics are the safest place to undergo detox in a controlled and supportive environment.
We have provided a general overview of drug rehab in order to give you a basic understanding of what you can expect. What you do with the information is up to you. Put simply, the choice of receiving treatment for your drug problem is entirely your choice. We truly hope you will make the right choice by calling our 24-hour helpline and speaking with one of our trained counsellors.
Overcoming drug addiction on your own is extremely challenging. So challenging, in fact, that it is the rare drug addict who actually succeeds without any help. You need professional help, and that’s okay. The help is there by way of in- and outpatient clinics located throughout the UK. All you have to do to get your rehab started is contact us and ask for help.
We’ve already helped countless people just like you looking to overcome drug problems. Our counsellors use a proven step-by-step process to assess the severity of each client’s drug problem so that appropriate treatment can be offered. The client is then walked through the various treatment programmes and advice given as to what appear to be the best options. The client is then given the opportunity to choose if and where treatment will be received.
Drug rehab may not be something you ever expected to participate in during your lifetime. Nonetheless, it is necessary if you want to overcome your drug problem permanently. We urge you not to delay any longer. If you are struggling with any kind of drug, make the decision right now to do something about it. The sooner you get in touch with us, the sooner we can work with you to help get your life back on track.