Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Oxford
It is not uncommon for social drinking to spiral into substance abuse. Addiction can affect anyone. If that experience sounds all too familiar, we can help pull you out of the depths of addiction. Rehab provides a safe place to begin your recovery away from temptations. Rehab is short for “rehabilitation”, and going to rehab is about rehabilitating your mind, body and soul.
Below, we offer up treatment options in Oxford, and we also attempt to descript what to expect during your treatment process.
What is rehab?
Wikipedia defines rehab as:
The process of medical or psychotherapeutic treatment for dependency on psychoactive substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, and street drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, heroin or amphetamines. Source: Wikipedia
Treatment Options in Oxford
There are several options for addiction treatment in Oxford. We will go into detail about each option later, but here is a brief overview:
1. Residential Rehabilitation
This is an in-patient form of treatment that tends to last around a month. Patients are provided with everything they need from an ensuite bathroom to leisure facilities. The treatment involves an initial detox followed by intense rehabilitation, with 24/7 care guaranteed throughout.
2. Outpatient Clinic
For those who cannot leave their house for a month, it is possible to travel to an outpatient clinic in Oxford for detoxification and therapy.
Let’s talk about the specifics of the detoxification process.
Doctors and nurses will come alongside you as dangerous chemicals are withdrawn from your body, possibly leaving you with withdrawal symptoms.
Some patients experience relatively mild symptoms such as headaches, tremors, nausea, body aches, and fatigue. For others, their mental health can rapidly decline, and they may experience frightening symptoms such as hallucinations and seizures.
Fortunately, doctors and nurses will be ready to prescribe you the necessary medication if your symptoms are severe. This can be beta-blockers (such as propranolol), benzodiazepenes, or relapse prevention medication.
It is likely that you will have strong cravings as your body gets used to not having access to the substance in question. You can work through this challenge by following the advice of staff, having regular therapy sessions, and getting involved in the healthy lifestyle of rehab e.g. exercising, eating healthily, practising yoga/meditation, and sleeping well.
4. Rehab Therapy
Therapy is proven to be the most effective method for long-term recovery from addiction. Thankfully, there are many therapy options at residential rehab facilities in Oxford. Here are a few examples:
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy): This teaches you to challenge negative thoughts, which has a positive impact on your feelings and behaviours
- DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy): Dialectical Behavioural Therapy is a combination of CBT and mindfulness
- ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy): With ACT, you learn how to work through negative feelings rather than getting overwhelmed by them
- Psychotherapy: When you engage with psychotherapy, you are encouraged to look within and discover the root of your behaviours, as these can often be subconscious
- Counselling: Talking through your feelings with a trained counsellor can help you to discover things about yourself and your addiction that you had previously repressed
- Group therapy: Therapy sessions with other patients can be incredibly beneficial for those struggling with drug or alcohol dependency. You will feel as though you belong to a supportive community, which motivates you to stay sober
- Family therapy: It is possible to have therapy sessions with your loved ones to help you understand one another. This promotes healthy relationships
- Holistic therapy: Holistic therapies focus on the state of your mind, body, and spirit through practices such as aromatherapy, reiki, meditation, and yoga
- Experiential therapy: This involves reliving traumatic memories through methods such as role-play, which helps you identify how trauma has impacted you
- Fitness therapy: Regular exercise has been proven to positively impact your mental health, so fitness therapy can be a useful tool for people in recovery
- Art therapy: With art therapy, you can express yourself artistically which is beneficial for your mental health
- Music therapy: Similar to art therapy, music therapy promotes self-expression through music
5. Residential Rehab
As the milestones that need to be passed for each patient are similar, residential rehab can be arranged for just a few days after your initial call for help.
It involves living at a centre in Oxford (or elsewhere) with excellent facilities. Often, you will be surrounded by beautiful countryside, which is perfect for outdoor leisure activities such as swimming and fishing.
Rehab is a chance to separate yourself from bad influences and focus all your attention on healing. You will do this with the help of a team of staff, including addiction specialists, medical professionals, counsellors, therapists, and psychologists.
When you arrive at rehab, you will have a full medical examination to help staff take care of you in the most effective way.
You will be shown your individualised treatment programme that is crafted based on the details you have given us surrounding your addiction. Each proposed technique will take into account your physical and mental health, ensuring your treatment is as beneficial as possible for you.
Once you have agreed on your treatment plan, it’s time for the detox. Ridding your body of toxins puts you in the best position to begin recovery, as your body will have learnt how to live without substances.
During or after the detox, you will begin therapy. There will be a range of therapies available as different patients react differently to each type.
In rehab, your day-to-day routine will not differ hugely as the structure is incredibly important for your recovery. Generally, you will wake up early, have regular therapy sessions throughout the day, enjoy healthy home-cooked meals, participate in fun leisure activities, spend time with the other patients if desired, and go to bed early so you can wake up refreshed.
Some days will be slightly different. For example, most rehab centres have one set day a week for visits from friends and family. Additionally, on certain days, you will be able to attend educational workshops and motivational sessions which form part of the rehabilitation process.
Am I Ready For Rehab?
The most important question to consider before you opt for rehab is: do I want to leave substances in the past?
If you want to cling to your addiction, rehab will not work for you. It requires you to be completely ready to pursue a sober life. This does not mean that there is no room for failure (relapse), but rather that your intention should be to recover.
The reason this is so important is that rehab can be the most challenging thing you have ever done, so the motivation to recover is what will help carry you through the tough times.
If you are looking for signs that rehab is right for you, the following points may help:
- Addiction is the centre of your life: Everything you do revolves around addiction, you have no motivation to do anything else, addiction is always on your mind, and you consume substances on a daily basis.
- Addiction is destroying your life: You have lost your sense of self, you are having problems at work, your relationships are failing, your physical and mental health are in a poor state.
Please note that it is common for people with addiction problems to be in denial about the significance of their problem. Thus, it is important to take the time to honestly reflect on your situation. The fact that you have arrived on this page is in itself a sign you may be ready for rehab, as you are seeking out solutions to your problem.
OK Rehab can help with all levels of addiction, from mild to severe. Why pass up the opportunity to get immediate help?
What Happens After Rehab?
If you decide that you are ready for rehab, you will soon be propelled into a world of 24/7 support.
To go from that to total independence sounds scary. However, the idea that you enter rehab entirely alone is deceiving.
Ok Rehab selects centres in Oxford that offer a free aftercare plan. For a whole year after your stay in rehab, you will have access to resources provided by the rehab where you completed treatment.
The aftercare includes:
Therapy: After countless therapy sessions in rehab, you will have learnt what works for you and what doesn’t. Using this knowledge, you can continue to have therapy sessions for the 12 months following rehab. This can be a lifeline in times of hardship.
Helpline: Returning to the ‘real world’ after rehab can be extremely challenging, but you will be able to contact staff at the rehab centre whenever you need to. They will provide much-needed encouragement and advice.
Accountability: Staff at the rehab centre will check in on you regularly to ensure you are still on track, which helps you to remember why you are choosing to stay sober.
Local support groups: You will be encouraged to attend group meetings in Oxford in order to remain part of a supportive community. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) schedules meetings throughout the week, allowing you to check in as regularly as you would like.
In addition to the aftercare plan arranged by your chosen rehab, you are responsible for altering your life to fit in with sobriety. Everyone has their own boundaries, but this could include:
- Distancing yourself from unsupportive people
- Avoiding bars and clubs
- Choosing to not have substances in the house
- Keeping yourself busy with new leisure activities e.g. reading, writing, playing sports, going on hikes, or listening to music.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below, we provide several frequently asked questions asked by people seeking addiction treatment:
1. What is the Most Successful Treatment Option?
In-patient treatment in the form of residential rehab has the highest success rates of all the treatment methods. Being away from home and following a set structure makes it much easier to stay sober.
2. How Long Does Rehab Last?
While most patients attend rehab for a month, the time frame is flexible according to your specific needs and your level of progression throughout the treatment programme. This means that your stay could be just 10 days, or it could extend past 28 days. The exact length cannot be predicted.
3. Can I Arrange Help For a Loved One?
If you are worried about a loved one, OK Rehab can certainly help. We can refer your friend or family member to rehab in Oxford, or simply tell you how to handle the situation in the best possible way to protect the health of your loved one.
4. Where Can I Attend Rehab?
As you know, we have excellent contacts for residential rehab centres in and around Oxford. However, if you would rather move further away for treatment, we can make it happen. We offer treatment all over the UK, including London, Essex and Yorkshire.
How Can I Contact You?
For a free assessment with one of our lovely helpline advisors, call us on 0800 326 5559. Alternatively, request a call on our website and we will be in touch as soon as we can.