If you are struggling to cope and feel like your drug or alcohol intake is out of control, you can seek support in rehab centres in Bedfordshire. Addiction can quickly take over your life, causing damage to yourself and your relationships, but there is plenty of support available at either drug rehab or alcohol rehab.
Drug and alcohol rehab in Bedfordshire can provide therapeutic support to help you overcome addiction. Although rehab may seem daunting, it is a highly successful and extremely supportive form of addiction treatment. You can find out more about the treatment at rehab centres in this guide.
You are required to visit treatment centres to receive rehab treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. You can choose from outpatient treatment in Bedfordshire and inpatient treatment in Bedfordshire. Both of these treatment options are focused on helping you to overcome drug or alcohol addiction, but they use varying treatment methods.
Outpatient treatment (which is also known as day rehab) is a form of addiction treatment that is offered to clients as they continue to live at home. This often makes the treatment more appealing to those who have responsibilities they cannot leave. Clients are required to visit the treatment centre for their appointments for drug and alcohol addiction and will receive support to detox, as well as group therapy. Detoxing as an outpatient can be challenging due to lifestyle triggers that are still likely to be present, so we advise clients to carefully consider if they could commit to this.
Inpatient treatment (also known as residential rehab) offers treatment to clients whilst they live at the addiction treatment centre. It offers bedrooms, facilities, living areas and therapeutic grounds to help you escape daily life to focus solely on treatment. There are rehab centres in Bedfordshire that provide inpatient treatment, offering support from staff who are available around-the-clock.
At UKAT, our treatment programme offers holistic support to address all areas of your addiction, improving the chance of long-term recovery. You will be supported by other clients also embarking on their addiction treatment, giving you the opportunity to meet peers who are facing similar challenges to you. If you feel like you would benefit from inpatient treatment but are worried about residential rehab, you can contact a member of our admissions team on the number at the top of the page, who will be happy to discuss any queries.
All rehab centres are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This means that inpatient and outpatient treatment is monitored by a governing body that inspects and scores the facility based on its quality of care. If you feel undecided on where to receive addiction treatment, you can look up the CQC ratings of your chosen rehab centres to support your decision. The CQC will calculate ratings for inpatient treatment based on the treatment programmes provided, calibre of staff and facilities, so you can be reassured that you will be treated with utmost care and professionalism.
At UKAT, we use a mixture of treatment options in our treatment programme to ensure that each client has the best chance of successful recovery. This is because all clients respond differently to different forms of treatment, so using multiple options means that every client can engage meaningfully with the therapies. These therapies include one-to-one therapy, group therapy and support for family and relationships. This mixture of therapies is offered exclusively by inpatient rehab centres, as most NHS options only provide outpatient services using one form of therapy.
As mentioned above, inpatient treatment with UKAT offers support for your family, which is an invaluable resource. Clients’ families can often feel just as worried as the clients themselves, so having access to information and advice from our professionals can help to ease these feelings for them. Supporting families to understand addiction, treatment and recovery will also help them to understand the best ways to support you better outside of rehab, because they will have an increased understanding of your journey.
A further form of support that is focused on you and your loved ones is conjoint meetings. These meetings aim to repair any harm to your significant relationships and help to open forms of communication again. They take place at the rehab centre, and you can invite your loved ones to attend a meeting at the rehab facility as part of your treatment programme. We understand that relationships can be challenging, so a member of staff will facilitate the meeting to help initiate meaningful communication.
All inpatient treatment programmes will offer you a detox, which is the way that you become free of addictive substances. You will do this by abstaining from the addictive substance at the start of your treatment programme and will be supported in doing so by staff at the rehab centre.
A detox will cause some uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that some clients are nervous about prior to attending rehab. However, in inpatient rehab, you will be offered a medical detox to help ease this process for you. A medical detox is a form of drug detox or alcohol detox that requires medication prescribed by a doctor in addition to your abstinence. This medication acts as a substitute for the addictive substance you were taking, which helps to ease withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms are the body’s natural response to abstaining from drugs and alcohol. As your body has become accustomed to functioning under the influence of harmful substances, the withdrawal symptoms signal that your body is adjusting to functioning without them again. You will be fully supported by staff at the rehab centre throughout this entire process to monitor your improvement and ensure that you withdraw from drugs or alcohol safely.
A drug and alcohol rehab programme with UKAT includes medical detox, group therapy, one-to-one therapy and holistic therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and meditation. CBT is a talking therapy that aims to adjust negative thinking patterns into more positive thoughts. These therapies form a part of our holistic recovery approach alongside the 12-step programme and usually last between two and twelve weeks. The 12-step programme supports clients through a journey to transform their lives, using a series of guidelines with the aim of long-term sobriety. Non-12-step programmes are available with alternative treatment providers, but it’s not guaranteed they will offer a holistic recovery.
UKAT only provides inpatient treatment that can be paid for privately or through health insurance policies covering addiction treatment costs. However, there are free addiction treatment services available that can be accessed on the NHS by visiting your GP or via a self-referral to the treatment provider.
The detox programmes offered at no charge may be limited to outpatient treatment. Turning Point, an addiction charity that offers free inpatient treatment, may have some inpatient beds providing detox treatment, but spaces can be competitive due to the high demand for free services.
As well as NHS services, there are free treatment services in the community that you may want to explore. These will mostly consist of group therapies, such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
Where possible, we encourage clients to use inpatient addiction treatment services because the level of support offered is much higher than free outpatient services. Whilst we understand that not everybody is able to access private treatment, free services may not always have the capacity to meet your needs. There are long waiting lists in the NHS, which continue to form as more government spending is reduced in this area. This means that you may not be able to receive help as soon as you need it, which could hinder your addiction recovery. There is also a reduced choice of treatment options available.
After rehab, you will be able to go home and continue to work on any remaining steps from your 12-step programme. You will have learnt many tools and techniques that will help you continue with your recovery journey at home, as well as have access to an aftercare programme.
Aftercare programmes with UKAT provide ongoing support for clients who have successfully completed their rehab treatment. They include access to information and advice from our team of professionals, as well as access to the Alumni Network. This network supports clients to continue with peer support and helps maintain relationships.
Support groups are another form of accessing peer support in the community. They are free and help you make new relationships in your new life of sobriety. Some popular groups that may be of interest to you are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and SMART Recovery.
Once you have completed rehab, you may feel overwhelmed with many emotions. We hope one of these feelings is pride, as you have come a long way since your rehab admission. The tools and resources explained above aim to support you after rehab as you continue in your recovery journey.
We understand that committing to inpatient rehab can be scary. However, rehab can only be viewed as a positive step to start your addiction treatment, and your loved ones will understand this. Telling your family that you are going to rehab will be received as a positive step, and they will be happy that you are taking ownership of your situation and seeking help, even if they are unaware of the severity of your addiction. The family support programmes provided with UKAT can give your family all the information they need to assist their understanding of addiction and recovery.
If you have read this guide and know somebody who may benefit from rehab, you should talk openly about this to them. You are unable to sign up to rehab on someone’s behalf or force somebody to go, so calm communication can be key in encouraging them to seek support.