Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Scotland
Addiction affects communities all over the world. Sadly, here in Scotland, we have it worse than most in this regard. The widespread problem of substance abuse in Scotland is well-documented and continues to damage communities across the country, despite the best efforts of various administrations. There are a number of different factors involved in this problem, from a cultural propensity for binge drinking to socioeconomics factors.
Whatever the contributing factors, the statistics around drug and alcohol use are astonishing. For example, the average Scottish citizen is around five times more likely to due to drug or alcohol abuse in Scotland than the average English citizen.
Despite these bleak statistics, recovery is always possible, as long as you are willing to acknowledge your addiction and commit to changing your life for the better. If you are currently going through the misery of drug or alcohol addiction, and want to recover, the best thing you can do is go to rehab.
While you may be able to get some treatment in other places as an outpatient, there is nowhere else that you will be able to access the same comprehensive treatment as you will find in a residential rehab facility.
This is where OK Rehab comes in – we are a specialist referral service that can get you into a rehab facility that is the right fit for you. There are hundreds of rehab facilities around Scotland, all of which have a slightly different focus on different kinds of treatment.
Once we have a bit more information about you, your addiction, and your own particular set of circumstances, we will be able to refer you to an appropriate centre as soon as possible.
If you are ready to face your addiction, you can call us today on 0800 326 5559 to get the ball rolling. Once you are ready, we can begin our initial telephone consultation, in order to assess your needs and recovery goals. If you’re not quite ready to do so yet, please read on as we answer some of the most-asked questions about the rehab process and how we at OK Rehab can help you.
How does referral work?
The first step in recovering from any addiction or problematic behaviour is acknowledging and accepting that there is a problem to be addressed. Once you have done that, you will be in a position to call us on 0800 326 5559 and begin the referral process. Once you feel comfortable, the first thing we will do is begin our consultation, in order to get more information about your case.
This will involve the advisor asking you a number of questions about your addiction, such as when you think it became a problem, the severity of your substance abuse, and how it has impacted your life up to this point. We understand that some of these are deeply personal questions, and that you may be apprehensive of speaking about such matters with a stranger on the telephone.
However, please be assured that our staff are highly trained and empathetic, and many of them will have been in a similar position to you at some point in their life. Please also be aware that your information will be treated with the strictest of confidence.
We ask these questions to ensure that we can refer you to the right place, to get the treatment that you need. We have an in-depth knowledge of the many rehab facilities around Scotland, and once we get to know you better, we can determine which would be best for you.
Calling an organisation like ours is an achievement in itself – you should be proud of yourself for taking this step towards recovery.
Can I attend a rehab facility near me?
Yes, absolutely. We have the means to arrange rehab referral across the whole of Scotland, with centres in every county. We find that most of our service users prefer to seek treatment close to home, for a number of different reasons.
For one thing, it means that you can be close to your support network, with family and friends nearby. There may even be the opportunity if appropriate for your recovery, to involve family members or loved ones in some of your therapy sessions, with the involvement of professionals at the centre.
These kinds of sessions can go a long way towards healing the damage done by addiction and destructive behaviours. However, this course of action will only be recommended if a professional deems that it is appropriate for your recovery, and you consent to have them involved.
In some cases, being close to home can also provide the opportunity to attend rehab as an outpatient – in other words, to stay at home overnight and travel to the facility during the daytime. However, this will only be recommended in a minority of cases, and where appropriate. For example, if you are going through a chaotic set of circumstances at home, it would likely not be recommended that you attend as an outpatient.
This is because these difficulties in your home life could be detrimental to your chances of recovery. As an inpatient, you also wouldn’t have to worry about missing any sessions at rehab, which is very important to keep on top of.
What kind of treatment can I expect from rehab?
One of the first things that you will do once you arrive at rehab is put together a personal plan of treatment. There is an emphasis on tailoring this plan to your needs, as everyone’s addiction is different, and requires a slightly different approach to treat.
This plan will feature a number of different therapies and holistic activities, the idea being that they have an accumulative and beneficial effect on your recovery and general wellbeing. Here are some of the things that you can expect to go through at rehab:
When you arrive at the centre, you will go through a private assessment with one of the professionals at the facility, usually a psychiatrist. The goal here is to properly identify your needs for recovery, your current state of mind, as well as any potential triggers that you might have. This part assessment is not likely to be extensive in length, but it will help the staff when they are drawing up your treatment plan.
A necessary part of any stay in rehab is to go through detox. At rehab, you will have the opportunity to do this in a proper and medically supervised way. If you are an alcoholic, this is likely to involve reducing your alcohol consumption slowly over several days, rather than stopping immediately. As your consumption decreases, you are likely to experience some of the unpleasant side effects of withdrawal.
In a physical sense, this can involve things like muscle pain, chronic headaches, and intense sweating. On the mental side, you may suffer from bouts of anxiety, irritability, and perhaps even hallucinations.
Although these symptoms can be very unpleasant, they will not last for long, and the medical staff looking after you will be able to help you through any discomfort, in a manner that does not affect your recovery. Please note that you should not attempt to detox by yourself away from the centre – this is highly dangerous, and can even be fatal – it is never recommended.
As you come out of detox, the most crucial part of recovery treatment can begin – therapy.
3. Group Therapy
Taking part in group sessions will give you the chance to connect with others who are going through the same challenges as you, and to share your thoughts with a group that will be sympathetic to your struggles. Group therapy also gives people the opportunity to gain a fresh new perspective on various aspects of addiction.
Although some people may be apprehensive about sharing their issues with a group of strangers, these sessions are conducted in a safe, supervised environment, and can be very beneficial to your recovery in the long run.
4. Psychotherapy and solo counselling
All of us have our own personal issues, and we could all benefit from discussing these issues with a mental health professional. These issues can often be one of the causes of falling into addiction in the first place, and can certainly exacerbate an addiction that has already developed.
At rehab, you will have the chance to discuss your issues with a qualified professional, in a safe environment, at a pace that suits you.
This will help you to get to the underlying psychological issues behind your addiction, and gain a better understanding of them, and begin the process of healing. By the end of your time at rehab, you should have a much better understanding of yourself and your addiction, and you will have been provided with the psychological tools that you can now utilise to stay in recovery.
5. Other therapies
Your treatment plan may also include some therapeutic activities which you may not be as familiar with, such as motivational therapy or art therapy. There might also be the suggestion of engaging in activities such as yoga, tai chi, and mindfulness meditation.
Although some of these may be entirely new to you, they are included in your plan in order to give you the best possible chance of a full recovery. The only requirement is that you approach these activities with an open mind, and an ongoing commitment to engage in your own recovery.
A crucial part of your treatment at rehab is preparing you for reintegration into the wider world once you leave. As you come to the end of your time at the facility, you and a professional will draw up a personalised plan for relapse prevention.
This could involve proactive steps such as attending ongoing group therapy meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous. It could also include setting out social situations to stay away from – for example, cutting off contact with an old group of friends who are still in addiction. Some of these decisions could be difficult to make, but the idea is simply to maximise your chances of staying in recovery and to use everything you have learned in rehab to achieve that goal.
Call Ok Rehab Scotland Today
We hope that you now have a clearer understanding of our referral process, and what to expect from your stay at rehab. If you are ready to accept and acknowledge your addiction, you can reach out today by calling us on 0800 326 5559. One of our team of friendly advisors will be happy to take your call and begin the consultation whenever you are ready.
Please note that we currently only refer to private rehab facilities. We appreciate that cost may be a concern, but please try to think of rehab as an investment in yourself. The cost of any rehab stay will be very small in comparison to the potential cost of staying in addiction for the rest of your life, not to mention the effect that doing so could have on your personal relationships and mental and physical health.
Once we have determined the right facility for you through our assessment, we will be able to give you detailed information on how much your placement will cost, and how long you will need to stay for.
The financial cost varies from one facility to another, but most service users will be required to stay for between 14 and 28 days, with most staying for 28 days. This is enough time to detox, go through therapy, establish new patterns of behaviour, and prepare for life in recovery after you leave rehab.
Here at OK Rehab, we have the ability to refer to facilities across the whole of Scotland, including Aberdeen, Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Stirling, St Andrews, and Perth. Wherever you live in the country, we can get you into rehab as soon as possible, where you can begin your journey to recovery. However severe your addiction is, and however long it has been affecting you, a new life free from the misery of substance abuse is always possible.