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Drug & Alcohol Rehab Help

One of the best options for people who are dealing with addiction problems is for them to enter an alcohol or drug residential treatment programme. Unfortunately, most of the people who would benefit from this type of help will at least initially feel some resistance to the idea. The individual can remain convinced that they will be able to sort out their own problems – even after they have failed numerous times to do this. In other cases, the individual will be ambivalent towards recovery, and this means that they just do not feel ready to accept a solution to their problems.


There are a number of good reasons for why people might want to choose a drug & alcohol rehab, including:


  • Most of these facilities also provide a detox service. This means that the individual can be taken through the withdrawal process safely – this is particularly important for those people who are at risk of experiencing severe symptoms. The fact that the person is being monitored through their withdrawals should also mean that they would find things to be more comfortable. This is important because it is at this stage that most people will give up when they try to quit.
  • This type of programme provides the individual with a nurturing and therapeutic environment. This amplifies their determination and motivation.
  • When the individual is in a residential programme, they will be protected from the usual stresses and strains of daily living. This means that they will not be facing the usual triggers that they use as justification for the alcohol or drug abuse. The individual will be able to put all their attention on getting sober, and this will greatly increase their chances of being successful.
  • One of the great things about this type of treatment is that the person will be supported at all times. It is usual for people to have both high and low points at the beginning of their recovery, and by staying in rehab the person will always have somebody to turn to for support.
  • The fact that the person is willing to enter rehab is a strong signal that they are serious about ending addiction. Family and friends will not only welcome this signal, but the individual is also sending a signal to their own mind that the game is up.
  • By staying in this type of programme the individual will have access to all the resources they are going to need in order to stay sober.
  • The person will get to benefit from therapy sessions (group and one to one) where they can explore the driving forces behind their addiction.
  • The individual will have the opportunity to develop important life skills and coping strategies. These are vital because the usual reason for why people relapse in early recovery is that they feel unable to cope with things.


What to Expect in Drug and Alcohol Rehab


One of the common reasons for why people will feel resistant to the idea of rehab is fear of what it is going to involve. The individual may have picked up all types of unhelpful misconceptions about this treatment option, and this will be the cause of their concern. Here are some of the things that people can expect when they enter this type of programme:


  • Almost all rehabs offer a high level of comfort to clients. This is something that these facilities take seriously because it is understood that if the individual is not comfortable in their environment, they will be unable to get the most out of the experience. Some of these facilities offer a level of comfort that is similar to what you might find in a top hotel or resort while others will offer a more homely experience.
  • When you enter this programme, you will be treated with respect and dignity. Those who work in this type of unit will offer their services in a non-judgmental approach, and they will be there to help you in a collaborative manner. These service providers will be expected to behave professionally, but this does not mean that they will be cold or unfriendly.
  • Some rehabs provide clients with their own rooms and some do not. This decision is not just based on the availability of beds but also on the philosophy of the unit. The concern is that if the individual has their own room they may try to isolate, and this will prevent them from getting the most out of the programme. Other rehabs see this as less of a problem, but they may expect that the individual will share a room during the detox stage.
  • Each rehab will have its own philosophy and this will influence the type of treatments that are on offer. Some facilities will be committed to promoting one particular approach (for example, the 12 steps or cognitive behavioural therapy) while others will offer a mix of different approaches based on the needs of the client.
  • The programmes will differ in how long they last, and this can be anywhere from 10 days to two years.

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