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What happens in drug rehab and how can it help?

One of the major stumbling blocks to seeking help for a drug addiction is the fear of what drug rehab will actually be like. Let us put your mind at rest, as we give you an overview of what really happens in drug rehab and how it can help you just as much as it did for Richard, a recovering addict from Leeds. We can help find you the right rehab for your addiction. 

‘Going in to rehab’ is a term we hear frequently in the media. Often associated with a celebrity who’s been found to have a drug problem and have sought help with their addiction. But drug rehab isn’t just the preserve of the rich and the famous. In fact, it is a highly effective course of action for people of all walks of life who might be taking their first steps to overcome a drug addiction.

How does drug rehab help

Drug rehab definition

Drug rehab is a course of treatment for drug addiction. It often occurs at a residential facility and is abstinence based. Expert drug clinicians provide an intense programme of support and care aimed at people who have difficulty becoming drug free without intensive support. Drug Rehabs also invariably involve a clinical team, who can administer a detox, which ensures safer and more comfortable withdrawal from drugs.

What happens in drug rehab?

Some of the most effective and popular methods of treating a drug addiction that Port of Call recommends are drug detox and drug rehab. Detox simply removes a drug’s toxins from the body. It is usually the first step towards treating drug addiction. A gradual detox should always be carried out in a medically supervised environment because sudden drug withdrawal can be life-threatening. Rehab is also a crucial follow up element of the drug recovery process. It can include treatments like individual counselling, group work, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), education, and relapse prevention.

How does drug rehab help?

Rehab for drug addiction is most successful as part of an intensive, structured programme of drug addiction treatment at a residential facility. Essentially, drug rehab saves lives and restores families and for many people this intensive form of treatment gives the absolute best chance to break the destructive cycle of drug addiction and secure a fresh start.

Richard’s experience of drug rehab

Richard, 29, from Leeds, agreed to go into rehab after his family and work colleagues implored him to seek help. He said: “That wake up call was enough to make me take a step back and consider my lifestyle choices. I was a mess and I needed help. Fast. My boss recommended Port of Call and they were able to find me a rehab clinic in no time.

“I went through a detox and counselling programme and it’s completely changed my life for the better. Detox was tough for me; the withdrawals I had were severe. But thank God I had the professional support of the clinic’s medics to wean me off it slowly and safely.

The detox was only half the story. Because, although I was taking control of the physical addiction, the psychological compulsion to get my fix and escape my everyday life was still as strong as ever. But the counselling sessions, both on my own and with a group of recovering addicts, really helped me to get things into perspective.

“Thanks to Port of Call, and the clinic they found me, I’ve realised that my life is actually worth living. Now that I’m clean, I’ve been able to replace the drugs with experiences. I got married last year and we’re expecting our first child. Everything is finally going in the right direction for me.”

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

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About the author: Alex Molyneux

Alex is our admissions team leader. Over the last 5 years he has spoken with more than 10,000 people via our helpline and has organised over 1,000 detox and rehabilitation placements.

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