If you or someone you love has an addiction, it’s a challenge. There is no easy way to navigate through this disease.
The person with the addiction could have taken a long time to admit it and still might not be totally convinced that they want to stop using drink and drugs. Some might flatly deny they have a problem.
When a family watches someone they love self-abuse and self-destruct, it’s heartbreaking and frustrating. It can cause tension, stress, worry, and anger. The family dynamics are affected and people are often at a loss of what to do for the best.
There are things you can do, though, as a family. For instance, you can carry out an intervention. The CRAFT approach focuses on how you and your loved one communicate. It aims to make the interactions more positive and to keep you, the caregiver, looked after too. You might work with a local professional to approach your loved one and raise the issues related to their addiction.
Whether it’s you or someone you love, you can find out all about the rehab options in Uttlesford by calling OK Rehab on 0800 326 5559.
What’s the difference between outpatient and inpatient rehab options in Uttlesford?
There are two different ways you can approach treatments in terms of recovery. When you access a rehabilitation service you will either become an outpatient or an inpatient.
An outpatient approach is where your life will look much the same but you will start going to the clinic one or more times a week to access treatments. These might include counselling sessions or group therapies.
Some people might receive a home detox if they have a dependency and are assessed by a psychiatrist as being low-risk. This offers people lighter input from professionals. It’s flexible and will fit around your current life and responsibilities.
An inpatient service is where you go to stay as a resident at a rehab clinic for some time. You’ll have 24-hour care by a team of staff who specialise in supporting people who have addictions and who want to recover.
This type of service offers the most effective approach to healing as it covers all areas of the problem and its causes. Patients are looked after in terms of their physical, mental, and emotional selves.
Ultimately, for the person who has a moderate to severe addiction as rated on the DSM-5 scale, a stay at rehab is going to be most effective.
What you can do before going to rehab…
Before entering a rehab clinic as an inpatient, there are ways you can prepare. It’s imperative that you think carefully about what you’re doing. This will get you off to the best start.
So what do you need to do?
- Be honest with yourself. Recovery is a time for deep humility and vulnerability, and for many people, this can be hard to swallow. It takes a hell of a lot of strength to show this side of ourselves. When you’re able to get in touch and express this part of you openly and honestly then you’re better able to receive treatments that will help you recover.
- Prepare to open up. It’s essential that you’re willing to talk and share with professionals and others in similar situations. It’s only through communication and being ready to receive from others that you can learn how to adapt and change.
- Learn about treatments. Finding out a little bit about the treatments you’ll undergo can help you feel ready and reduce any feelings of worry.
- Consider your motivations. Recovery has to come from you. You need to think about what’s driving you to want to heal and hold these motivations close to you.
- Ask yourself what makes life worthwhile. Forget all the stuff that goes around it, simply think about what makes life worthwhile. Maybe it’s a person, a hobby, a place, an emotion… These are sources of purpose and meaning. This can be built on to develop yourself and create a new and healthy life.
What treatments will you experience if you stay as a resident at a private clinic?
There are many drug and alcohol treatments in the Uttlesford area. When you stay at rehab for a month, you get access to all the top-quality treatments on offer in the UK in the addiction field.
For those who have a dependency on alcohol, heroin (or other opioids), or benzodiazepines, a tapered detox is critical. This will ensure you’re safely weaned off the substance. You’ll receive a medically supervised detox that will ensure you’re safe and as comfortable as possible.
Everyone who has an addiction requires psychotherapies, such as cognitive and dialectical behavioural therapy. This will provide the knowledge and guidance for you to understand yourself, the addiction, and what to do to change your behaviours.
As well as these core treatments, you’ll be able to access alternative therapies such as art therapy, yoga, mindfulness, and equine therapy. Group sessions are also an integral part of recovery treatment as connection to others is an essential pillar of healing.
What happens when you leave rehab? Are you supported?
Yes. You’ll have an aftercare plan which will have been developed between you and the rehab team. It will outline what outpatient services are available to you and what treatments will be essential for you to keep attending (i.e. local 12-step groups).
It will also outline the necessary next steps to take in terms of developing healthy habits and hobbies and what lifestyle changes you need to make. Finally, there will be a plan as to how to handle a relapse.
How to find the right rehab for your needs in Uttlesford
Going to rehab is the most successful treatment for people in recovery. It offers the highest recovery rates. You want specialised and tailored treatments by professionals who have lots of experience. Each clinic is slightly different and there will be those that suit your requirements more than others.
OK Rehab offers guidance, referrals, and support so that you can access the most suitable rehab for you.
Call us now on 0800 326 5559 to find the best rehab for you in the Uttlesford area.