Getting Help for Drug Addiction
Drug rehabilitation is the medical and therapeutic treatment process that helps people overcome addiction to substances such as cocaine, cannabis, heroin or alcohol, by helping them to get clean and stay sober. Drug rehabilitation is not just confined to illicit substances, many prescription based drugs such as opiates and benzodiazepines have the potential for abuse as well. The first step towards recovery from drug abuse is admitting that a problem exists. This is the hardest part for many people because they are fearful of how others will perceive them. In reality, drug addiction is an illness like any other, and seeking treatment is a brave first step.
For over 26 years, the Providence Projects has been successfully helping people recover from drug addiction. Our client reviews and success stories are testament to the effectiveness of our treatment approach thanks to our team of qualified medical professionals, addiction counsellors and support workers.
Although there are various options for treatment in the UK, residential programmes provide optimal levels of care for those seeking help. Our residential rehab programme includes detox, therapy, family support & aftercare to ensure you and your loved ones are supported throughout the rehabilitation process.
While you may feel like there is no way out from the cycle of drug abuse, we know from first hand experience that recovering from drug addiction is possible, no matter how dire things may feel right now.
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Dave's Drug Addiction Recovery Story
Dave discusses the effects that his drug addiction and relapses had on him and his family.
He has now been sober for over 2 years following his treatment at the Providence Projects.
We provide a free and immediate assessment for those looking to seek treatment at our drug rehab centre. These rehab assessments take no longer than 40 minutes, and are carried out either over the telephone or face-to-face. It is an opportunity for us to assess an individual’s suitability for treatment, but also for potential clients to see if we are the right fit for them.
These consultations are completely free of charge, and our dedicated team will answer any questions you may have about rehab, hopefully alleviating any fears too.
The assessment process can be arranged immediately, and will cover a range of topics such as:
- Current and previous drug use
- Previous drug detox/rehab attempts
- Medical history
- Family history
- Physical health
- Mental health
- Goals you would like to achieve
The Three Stages of Drug Rehabilitation
There are 3 stages of drug rehabilitation upon admission; Detox, rehab & aftercare.
Drug Detox (if required)
On the day of admission you will complete a full assessment and induction with one of our specialist addiction counsellors. They will help you settle in, explain how the drug rehab programme works and run through any paperwork with you. The final stage of the assessment and induction process will involve a consultation with one of the GPs from our partners at The Providence Surgery.
Seventeen years ago staff and peers at The Providence Project walked with me through the first six months of my sobriety. I have nothing but gratitude for the honesty, kindness, and patience shown to me during that time.
Medical Assessment & Detox Programme
Before a drug detox can begin, you or a loved one will run through a general health check with particular focus on drug use so that any potential drug detox regimes can be agreed.
Each and every person is unique, so depending on the nature of drug use and potential withdrawal symptoms, a medical-supervised detox may not be required at all.
Our priority is to ensure that you or a loved one remain safe and comfortable throughout the detox phase.
Will I need a medical Detox?
A medical detox involves detox medication being administered to the client to reduce symptoms of severe withdrawal.
A medical detox is only required for certain drugs where withdrawal could be dangerous or even fatal. The type of medication used will depend on the substance you are dependent on.
As part of your detox programme, our in-house GP may prescribe medication to assist with the withdrawal process. Our medical team, alongside our support team, will monitor you or a loved one for the duration of the detox programme.
The second phase of drug rehabilitation involves psychotherapy and holistic therapies. Therapy will be provided by our team of substance abuse counsellors and holistic therapists throughout the duration of the programme.
Our Primary Treatment Programme Provides:
- A Comprehensive programme, using the latest evidence-based therapies including CBT, DBT & motivational interviewing.
- A Family support programme
- A host of holistic therapies and exercise classes
- A chance to rebuild damaged relationships
- The opportunity to improve physical as well as mental health
- An intensive relapse prevention programme
- The ability to build interpersonal skills and strong support networks
Addiction Workshops cover a range of topics such as:
- Stress management
- Relapse prevention
- Families and significant others
- Health & wellbeing
Some people wish to remain in treatment for longer than the initial 4-6 week period. Depending on your requirements, you may look to move on to our secondary treatment programme. For some, this may not be an option due to other commitments but for others this is an essential part of strengthening the foundation made in the primary treatment stage.
During this second stage of the drug rehabilitation programme, clients continue to engage in the therapy programme and explore the issues identified during primary treatment in greater depth.
As well as resolving these issues, which many clients may have experienced for many, many years, there will also be an on-going focus on relapse prevention. The rolling relapse prevention programme explores triggers to relapse, coping mechanisms, high risk situations, thinking errors, drink and drug refusal and much more.
There is also a focus on reintegration and most clients will look to visit home during the secondary treatment phase. Secondary treatment is designed to soften the reintegration phase and ensure the smooth transition back to normal life.
Aftercare & Relapse Prevention
It is a huge achievement to successfully complete drug rehab. You will be equipped with a toolbox full of coping mechanisms to help you avoid relapse and maintain your recovery.
You should be incredibly proud of the steps you have taken to overcome drug addiction, and it’s important to remember that recovery is a lifelong process. It requires sustained effort, discipline and honesty to remain clean and sober, and there will undoubtedly be challenges and obstacles ahead.
Life after drug rehabilitation can provoke fear and anxiety in individuals, as they adjust to life without the safety, structure and routine of a residential rehab programme. That’s why our team of addiction counsellors work with every client to develop a strong relapse prevention plan prior to them leaving, as well as offering a variety of bespoke aftercare provisions to suit their needs.
Our aftercare services are there to provide additional support during the early stages of drug addiction recovery:
- Ongoing therapy & support
- Sober coaching and recovery services
Support for Loved Ones
Drug addiction is a family issue and the healing process in many ways, depends on the family unit coming together. Addiction can damage relationships at home and cause distrust, which can often leave family members feeling angry and hurt.
We place a lot of emphasis on the family unit, and long-term recovery requires collaboration, honesty and trust. Throughout the treatment process, we remain in close contact with loved ones and invite them to our family day events. It is important for families to heal from the pain of addiction, but it’s also vitally important that consistent boundaries are put in place post-rehab.
This service is available to everyone throughout the UK. If distance is an issue we can arrange online family support workshops with our therapists.
Outpatient & NHS Support
Free NHS Support
Contrary to popular belief, the NHS does not provide residential drug treatment programmes. However, the NHS does provide local outpatient addiction treatment services.
There are two ways of funding rehab: pay privately or apply for local authority funding. This involves engaging with your local drug and alcohol support service and putting in an application.
This may secure you a place at a private rehab for drug detox and treatment, but the process is lengthy and not guaranteed to work.
For more information around funding or free support services, please click on one of the below links.
GOV.UK – Funding for Drug Treatment
Public Health England – www.gov.uk
Narcotics Anonymous – https://ukna.org/
NHS Drug Support – https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/addiction-support/drug-addiction-getting-help/