It is an unfortunate reality that alcohol and drug addiction are on the rise in the UK, and the consequences are being felt by so many families. Each addiction has its own triggers and underlying causes, but the best way to overcome them is always with a comprehensive treatment programme. Whether you are in need of alcohol rehab or drug rehab, there are excellent rehab centres in Gloucestershire that can provide the treatment you need to begin your journey to recovery.
To help you choose between the different options, here is our guide to drug and alcohol rehab in Gloucestershire.
The first decision you will be faced with is whether to undergo outpatient treatment in Gloucestershire or inpatient treatment in Gloucestershire. Both approaches are available through your local addiction treatment centres, and in order to make the right choice for you, it is important that you fully understand what each involves.
There are a lot of people who choose outpatient treatment at a day rehab centre because it seems the most convenient option. For example, if you choose this approach, you will only need to attend your addiction treatment centre for scheduled appointments, and the rest of the time, you can go about your normal routine. The major downside of this approach, however, is that outside your appointments, you will be left alone to cope with your drug and alcohol cravings. It is important to give yourself the time and space you need to focus on your recovery, otherwise there can be a high chance of a relapse.
The best way to get that time and space is usually through inpatient treatment at a residential rehab centre. This will provide you with a completely immersive experience where the only thing you need to think about is overcoming your addiction. There are various residential rehab centres in Gloucestershire offering the highest standards of care and accommodation. You will be able to spend time getting to know the rehab centre staff and the other clients, which is the ideal way to build a network of people to help support you during difficult moments. Unlike day rehab, which is usually free through the NHS, you will need to pay for your inpatient treatment programme, but if you have private medical insurance, your plan may cover part or even all of the costs. If you are unsure what your plan covers, speak to your provider.
As well as providing the immersive experience which is so important for addiction recovery, inpatient treatment has numerous other advantages over outpatient treatment when it comes to choosing the best rehab clinic and treatment approach.
One major benefit of inpatient treatment is that you can choose between the different rehab centres available. Due to limited places, this is not possible with NHS treatment, where you will be assigned a place at whichever day rehab has available appointment times. However, this does present you with the problem of how to decide which is the right rehab centre for you. To help make this choice easier, the independent Care Quality Commission (CQC) gives all health and social care organisations special ratings based on their treatment options, staff numbers and standards of care. By comparing the CQC ratings, you can narrow down the choices available and find the perfect rehab centre to complete your treatment.
Drug and alcohol addiction is complex, and so effective addiction treatment requires a holistic approach. As well as a fully immersive environment, residential rehab also offers a far more diverse range of therapies and treatments than are possible through day rehab. This will include both one-to-one and group therapy sessions, in addition to other special sessions to help you with every aspect of your addiction. Many people’s addictions are triggered by stress, and so inpatient treatment programmes often include teaching clients new stress management tactics in order to reduce the impact of cravings. These may be simple breathing techniques, mindfulness exercises, or even yoga. This all-encompassing approach means that every aspect of your addiction and its underlying causes will be addressed, giving you a far better chance of achieving long-term recovery.
One of the most tragic things about drug and alcohol addiction is that it doesn’t just affect the individual but can also cause huge pain and suffering for families. It is therefore incredibly important that loved ones are also provided with support while you are undergoing your treatment. Comprehensive family support programmes will help your family understand what you are going through, and will also provide them with advice on how they can make your recovery process easier. The support that families can give can be critical in helping you to stay drug- and alcohol-free, so it is so important to involve them every step of the way.
In addition to supporting families through the rehab process, it is also very important to help loved ones rebuild bonds that may have been damaged by addiction. At UKAT we provide our clients and their families with conjoint sessions, which are an opportunity for everyone to talk about their feelings and repair relationships. These sessions are guided by an addiction treatment professional, and many of our clients have attested to how useful they found them.
Conjoints provide a safe space for both you and your loved ones to discuss how addiction has impacted your lives, the toll it may have taken on your family and how you hope the future can be a better time for you all.
Detox is a vital first step in the addiction recovery process, because it removes all substances from your body so that you can begin your addiction therapy drug- and alcohol-free. However, detox can be potentially very dangerous so you should always consult a medical professional before you begin detox.
The safest way to detox from drugs or alcohol is as part of a comprehensive treatment programme at a professional rehab centre. When you enter rehab to start your inpatient treatment, you will immediately undergo a full medical assessment so that the doctors and addiction treatment professionals can judge your detox risk levels. If they are concerned that you may experience severe withdrawal symptoms, then you will undergo medical drug or alcohol detox. This is done with round-the-clock medical observation and with the aid of detox drugs. These extra measures will ensure that you remain safe and comfortable until your alcohol or drug detox is complete. Due to the required medical observation, medical detox can only be provided as an inpatient procedure, so NHS addiction treatment patients usually have to wait a long time for an NHS inpatient bed to become available if they require medical detox.
A holistic recovery approach is always the most effective way to treat addiction. At all UKAT clinics, including Banbury Lodge, our clients follow a 12-step programme which features one-to-one therapy, group therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This programme has been designed to address every aspect of addiction in order to give you the best chance of long-term recovery. Other addiction treatment services provide a non-12-step programme instead but this does not take a holistic approach to recovery. We recommend you commit at least four weeks to your stay in rehab in order to recover from your detox and complete the first few steps of the programme.
While there are free addiction treatment services available through the NHS, the available spaces are unfortunately few and far between. You will be able to be admitted via self-referral if a space becomes available, but you will have to apply through your GP. They may instead prescribe you drug counselling or a detox programme, and this will lack the holistic approach that is usually needed for effective recovery from addiction.
If you want to go to residential rehab but are worried about the costs, speak to the charity Turning Point, who may be able to help fund your treatment.
As well as rehab, you can also try reaching out to your local AA meeting in Gloucestershire where you will be able to meet other people who are going through the same recovery process as you.
Unfortunately, many of the problems with NHS services come from a critical lack of government funding. The staff who work in these services are incredibly dedicated and hard-working but their hands have been badly tied. All services are now outpatient services, and even these are so oversubscribed that people who need immediate help are often left waiting for months for a place in rehab to open up. One of the main advantages of day rehab is that it is supposed to be more convenient, but due to the lack of available appointments, even those lucky enough to get a place often find they are unable to book a treatment time that works for them.
Completing a rehab programme is a huge achievement, so the first thing you will need to do is celebrate. Once it has all sunk in, you can then start looking forward to the next steps on your recovery journey, with the help of our dedicated UKAT aftercare team.
Aftercare is just as important as all the other stages of rehab, and our programme is designed to help you achieve long-term recovery. You will participate in further group therapy as part of your aftercare, and will also be introduced to our online Alumni network so you can meet others who are going through the same process.
In addition to our aftercare team, there are other support groups who can help you stay alcohol- and drug-free after leaving rehab. Try contacting some of these organisations and you will be able to make some useful contacts: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and SMART Recovery.
For many people, telling their loved ones that they are planning to go to rehab can be the most daunting part of the whole addiction treatment process. Some people are worried about their family judging them, while others may have been hiding the extent of their addiction from their loved ones. If you are worried about telling your family, try to look at it as just another step on your road to recovery. Sit down with your loved ones and explain to them your reasons for seeking help and the types of treatment you will undergo during your time in rehab.
As well as talking to your family about your own addiction, it can be just as difficult speaking to a loved one about theirs. If you have a friend or family member who you are worried about, it’s important to address the situation in the right way. You cannot make someone go to rehab who isn’t ready, and even if you could, the treatment would not be effective. Speak to your loved one about your concerns and try to help them see that they need help. The conversation may be the wake-up call they need to make a change in their life.
Overcoming a drug or alcohol addiction is not something that happens overnight, but the most important thing is that you have already taken the first and biggest step by reaching out for help. The best thing is that our team of dedicated UKAT professionals is going to be by your side for the rest of your recovery journey. We are here to provide support and guidance, and at any stage when things seem difficult, you can rest assured that you don’t have to face them alone. Together, we can help you to build a bright new future, totally free of drugs and alcohol.