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The reality of Alcohol Rehab

Meet Doug, 46, from Macclesfield. Doug is a recovering alcoholic, who’s been sober for six months now, and is taking each day at a time. This is Doug’s candid account of what his first day in alcohol rehab was really like and how Port of Call helped him to get there.

What is rehab like

Doug’s story – The reality of rehab

I remember physically shaking that first day of going to rehab. Partly because, for the first time in as long as I could remember, I hadn’t had a drink yet that day to settle my nerves. But it was also fear and shame that had me trembling. In truth, I wanted a drink…badly.

A few days previously, I’d taken the first step of recovery by calling Port of Call. I didn’t know anyone who’d been treated for alcoholism, or where on earth to start looking for treatment, so looked to them for some Addiction support. Just like their website, their advisers were clear, down to earth, and really efficient. One of their addiction counsellors patiently asked me about my drinking habits and suggested a treatment plan that included rehab.

First steps of recovery from alcohol addiction

So there I was, waiting outside my house, waiting for my sober companion to pick me up. I was too embarrassed to call on friends or family to take me in. It was bad enough getting signed off work for three months. So I was really glad of my companion’s company. They were friendly, chatty and treated me like a human being. It was exactly what I needed.

When they dropped me off at the rehab clinic, that Port of Call had found for me, a member of staff greeted me and checked me in. After dropping my bags off in my room, which was perfectly nice as it goes, they politely searched me and my belongings for contraband. I hadn’t even thought of slipping in some booze. I was then booked in to see the doctor who, after a thorough physical and mental examination, prescribed a structured detox and rehabilitation plan for me.

Alcohol Detox

I knew that the detox was going to be tough. The one-to-one therapy, and later group therapy, bothered me more though. But as I sat on the end of my bed, looking out at a group of fellow patients – who were chatting and laughing – I felt hopeful about the future for the first time in a very long while. I can admit it now: I’m an alcoholic. I always will be. That first day of treatment was the start of a long journey back to sobriety. It hasn’t been without a few bumps in the road but Port of Call have always been there whenever I’ve needed support.

Contact us today to find out how alcohol addiction can be treated and how to get addiction help for yourself, or a loved one.

Disclaimer: Names and certain details have been changed to protect the identity of case study participants.

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