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Addiction can have hugely significant consequences upon someone’s health, education career, financial wellbeing and relationships. If you are struggling with addictive substances, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help, but undergoing an addiction treatment programme can help turn your life around.
There is a wide range of rehab options available in the UK and everyone has their own individual needs which need to be addressed in addiction recovery. Here we discuss what benefits to look for when choosing an addiction rehabilitation centre so you can make an informed choice.
High CQC ratings
One of the most useful tools for comparing different rehab centres is the rating given by the Care Quality Commission. This is an independent body that assesses every alcohol and drug rehab centre based on a range of factors, including staff to client ratio, the variety of therapies offered and the quality of facilities and accommodation. You can check the CQC ratings of different rehab centres on their websites or contact CQC to get an in-depth breakdown of their findings so that you can weigh up your options.
There are both inpatient and outpatient rehab centres available, but most people find inpatient treatment is the most effective option for long-term recovery. Addiction rehab requires a holistic approach in a safe, recovery-focused environment where you are able to form connections with staff and other clients in a mutually supportive community. Establishing this level of connection is very difficult if you are only attending day rehab for therapy and then going home the rest of the time during outpatient treatment.
Inpatient treatment requires you to live in the rehab centre while completing your treatment programme, helping you to focus on your recovery and meet people who are going through the same process as you. You will attend group therapy together but also receive one-to-one therapy with an addiction professional, many of whom have been through rehab themselves. At UKAT, we offer eight treatment centres across England, UK, which offer inpatient treatment and a range of addiction therapies to create a programme that best suits your needs.
Addiction detox is a vital part of treatment because it allows the addictive substance to leave your body, enabling you to start your therapy with a clean slate. However, detox can be potentially very dangerous, as some people can experience severe drug or alcohol withdrawal symptoms such as high blood pressure, seizures and hallucinations. This is why we always advise you to seek professional help when starting any kind of detox.
The best rehab centres will conduct a full medical assessment when you are admitted so that they can get an accurate picture of your overall health, the extent of your addiction and any potential detox dangers. If they are concerned that you are at risk of developing severe drug or alcohol withdrawal, they will then provide medical detox. This is when you undergo addiction detox with the guidance and supervision of a medical professional who may also prescribe you certain medicines to keep you safe and comfortable. Due to the 24/7 supervision that this treatment requires, it is very difficult to complete as an outpatient at your own home, so you will need to choose an inpatient treatment clinic if you require medical addiction detox.
The range of therapies and treatment activities
Whilst detox may help with the physical effects of substance use, there are also common underlying mental and emotional causes of addiction. Addressing these underlying issues and understanding your triggers is crucial to making a full recovery. Many day rehab centres are only able to provide group therapy due to budget and time restrictions, but effective treatment usually involves both individual and group therapy sessions.
The most successful clinics will provide you with a diverse treatment programme that will address every aspect of your addiction. These programmes will always include a mixture of different therapies, such as individual and group therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and stress management strategies. This treatment approach will help you to overcome your addiction in the short term and provide you with the tools you need to maintain sobriety after you leave rehab.
Support available for loved ones
Addiction doesn’t just affect the individual but can cause significant harm to those closest to them. The best rehab centres recognise that the support of loved ones can be one of the most powerful tools for a person to complete their addiction rehabilitation. Knowing that your family and friends wish you success and understand what you are going through can be a crucial to rebuilding the trust that is often damaged by addiction.
When choosing an alcohol and drug rehab centre, look for one with a family support programme that will guide and assist your loved ones through each stage of your rehab. These programmes also help to teach them how to create a home environment that is conducive to addiction recovery, such as removing alcohol or the addictive substance from the environment. Some clinics may also provide extra support with rebuilding relationships. UKAT clinics offer sessions called conjoints; these sessions are led by an addiction specialist, allowing you and your family to voice your concerns and hopes in a safe space.
A comprehensive aftercare programme
Successful recovery from addiction is a marathon, not a sprint. Most people only stay in rehab for between one and three months. Whilst completing rehab is a huge achievement, it is only the first step in the journey. Addiction can be incredibly isolating, but the best addiction rehab centres provide comprehensive aftercare programmes which make sure that their clients never have to suffer alone.
A comprehensive aftercare programme will usually involve further group therapy sessions and other strategies to help extend the sense of community fostered during rehab. Clients will often be encouraged to stay in touch with people they have met during rehab through group chats or other communication platforms to help one another during the difficult moments of their recovery.
What to do next
Choosing the best drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre may seem daunting, but it is an important decision that should not be taken lightly. While individual needs may differ, finding a recovery centre that builds a strong sense of community will provide the support and connection that is crucial for successful addiction treatment. It is also advisable to find a centre that offers medical detox for severe drug and alcohol withdrawal, a variety of different therapies and a comprehensive aftercare programme.
If you are still unsure of what to look out for in a rehab centre, get in touch with us at UKAT and we can help you to make the best choice possible.