Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Bristol
Addiction is a huge problem that causes devastation across the whole of the country, despite the United Kingdom being one of the richest countries in the world. For those who suffer from substance addiction, the world can seem like a pretty bleak place.
A prolonged pattern of substance abuse can take a massive toll on a person’s physical and mental wellbeing, as well as their career, love life, and other personal relationships. It’s a cycle that is not likely to change until the person is ready to accept their problem and seek help.
Despite how devastating addiction is, there is always the possibility of getting help, and ultimately entering into recovery. It will not be an easy process, but the grim alternative of a lifetime spent in addiction does not bear thinking about.
If you are committed to the idea of getting sober, there is no better course of action than going to rehab. If you are a resident of the Bristol area, there are no shortage of rehab facilities available to you within a reasonable distance.
However, if you don’t have any knowledge of these different centres and what they do, it can be very hard to make a decision as to which one is right for you. That’s where we at OK Rehab come in.
If you give us a call on 0800 326 5559, we can conduct a no-obligation telephone assessment, in order to better understand your needs. From there, we can use our expertise and contact database to identify an appropriate rehab facility for you and arrange to get you in there as soon as possible. We understand that making this call may be a daunting step.
After all, you would be acknowledging your addiction – this is a big ask for many people in addiction, but it is a step that is necessary. If you are not yet ready to call us, read on for more information about what we do, and what a stay in rehab actually involves.
What does OK Rehab do?
We at OK Rehab are experts in recovery and the ins and outs of rehab. We can help you make an informed decision on where you should attend rehab, and help you with all the practical steps of getting into private treatment.
We can provide advice and guidance on the various process of rehab, as well as answering any questions you might have, from planning for the financial investment of rehab, to arranging care for your children or dependents while you are away.
We have a huge database of contacts in rehab centres all across the UK, as well as detailed knowledge on how each centre operates. This makes it as easy as possible for you to get into rehab – we take all of the hard work off your hands so that you can concentrate on the most important thing of all – getting better and recovering.
How effective is rehab in treating addiction?
There is nothing more effective at treating drug and alcohol addiction than a stay at rehab. You will be able to access the highest quality of care, and be guided through each step of the recovery and healing processes by a team of professionals.
What’s more, your treatment plan will be tailored to you, and your specific needs. It covers everything from detox to planning for life after leaving rehab. This will be the case whichever rehab you are referred to – patients are treated as individuals.
Accessing all of these different treatments outside of rehab would be incredibly complicated and time-consuming, and may not even be possible.
It would also likely end up costing you more money than you would spend at rehab when you add up the cost of the various different treatments. All things considered, rehab just makes the most sense for anyone who is trying to recover from addiction and substance abuse.
The Benefits of Private Rehab
With private rehab, you will not be obliged to linger on any kind of waiting list – you will be able to receive treatment straight away, once you have been assessed and referred to rehab.
If you were to try to go through the NHS for treatment, it is likely that you either would have to wait for months for placement or that you may not be deemed high enough priority to be on the waiting list. With private facilities, this will not happen.
Of course, there is a trade-off, in that any private rehab centre will charge you for treatment. We understand that this may be a concern if your finances aren’t great right now, but we encourage you to think of the value that you would get from successfully completing rehab and starting a new life of sobriety.
Think of the huge amount of money you would save over your lifetime by never using drugs or buying alcohol again! We are happy to discuss financing options in detail with you on the phone, once we have completed your assessment.
We will make sure you are fully aware of how much treatment will cost before you make a decision as to whether you would like to go ahead with rehab. You are not bound to a decision at any point during the phone call – you can always take your time and think about it.
The Rehab Process, Step by Step
Even if you are open to the idea of going to rehab, you may still be wondering what day-to-day life will look like once you arrive at rehab. Below, we have laid out the different stages of rehab, in chronological order.
This process will usually take place over a time period of about 28 days, although this varies slightly per individual, depending on their circumstances.
While all rehab centres have their own slightly different ways of operating, any centre that you go to will involve a process of detox, therapy, and aftercare. Here’s what you can expect from each:
This is one part of the rehab process that most people will at least be aware of, and some may have some apprehension about – going through detox. At rehab, you will have the opportunity to do this in a proper medically supervised fashion, with the help of a dedicated team of professionals.
Those professionals will be there to help you when things get rough – for example, if you end up experiencing some of the unpleasant side effects of withdrawal, such as muscle pains, anxiety, or profuse shaking or sweating. The severity of these effects will vary depending on how long you have been using them.
If you are detoxing from alcohol abuse, it is likely that you will be made to reduce your alcohol consumption over a number of days, rather than stopping abruptly. It is usually safer to do it this way.
Speaking of safety, you should absolutely NOT attempt to go through detox by yourself before arriving. This is extremely dangerous and can have disastrous consequences such as seizures or even death. When you get to rehab, the staff will be able to guide you through detox properly. You will then be able to move on to the next phase – engaging in therapy sessions.
At rehab, you will go through various types of therapy in order to get to the bottom of your addiction and the underlying factors behind it. This may involve exploring some traumatic events from your past, or talking about some uncomfortable subjects – although this will not be easy, it is a necessary part of healing from addiction.
Your therapy plan will be drawn up towards the start of your stay, as you start to come out of detox. It will almost certainly include counselling, group therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy.
It could also include less well-known types of therapy, such as art therapy and motivational therapy, as well as educational classes on mental health, and things like stress management techniques. By the time you have been through therapy, you will have a much better understanding of addiction in general, and particularly as it pertains to your own condition.
Knowledge is power, and you will be in a much better position in terms of fighting your addiction. This will stand you in good stead for when you go back into the outside world.
Relapse prevention and aftercare
By the time you get to the end of your stay at rehab, you will have come a very long way from where you started. Now that you are sober, better educated, and aware, you will have a whole new experience of the world around you. This is a wonderful achievement for anyone.
However, you will need to turn your attention to what happens after you leave, and staying actively involved in your own recovery once you are back out in the wider world. After all, the chaotic environment of the modern world is a far cry from the controlled, secure environment of rehab, and it will throw up a series of new challenges to your recovery.
This is why you will be encouraged to sit down with a mental health professional and draw up a relapse prevention plan.
Your plan will likely involve identifying some problematic areas of your previous life to stay away from. For example, you may be encouraged to distance yourself from an old group of friends who is still abusing drugs and/or alcohol or engaging in behaviours that might increase the chances of you relapsing.
You will likely also be advised to attend some kind of support group on an ongoing basis – for example, Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous, or some kind of non-12 step equivalent. As you will have learned in rehab, there is no ‘cure’ for addiction – you may always feel urges to go back to using, to a greater or lesser extent.
However, you can still remain in recovery for the rest of your life, if you are willing to put in the effort and keep being proactive in your recovery.
Get Addiction Help in Bristol Today
Hopefully, after reading the information above, you will now have a much better understanding of what rehab involves, and how we at OK Rehab can facilitate that kind of care for you.
We have the means to refer service users to facilities across the Bristol and Avon area. If you are ready to acknowledge your addiction and face it head-on, please give us a call as soon as possible on 0800 326 5559.
In your own time, we can take you through the telephone assessment, identify the right facility for you, and get you referred there as soon as possible. Before you know it, you will be able to begin treatment and work towards getting your life back on track. Addiction is hell, but there is always a way out through rehab.