Rehab Programmes

Rehab programmes help support individuals and their loved ones during and after treatment.
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Addiction Rehabilitation Programmes

Addiction rehabilitation programmes are designed to help individuals and their loved ones heal from the pain caused by addictive behaviours. They can come in many different forms and cater to differing needs and budgets.

In the UK, rehab programmes are typically broken down into 2 types

  • Residential programmes – where you will remain at a treatment centre such as ours, for the duration of our programme.
  • Outpatient programmes – Such as services offered by the NHS or 12-step support groups. Outpatient programmes are completed from home, and require you to attend sessions/meetings during the week.

A detox programme is typically offered as part of a residential programme, however your GP may support you with a detox plan, or an NHS referral, if you or someone you love is severely alcohol dependent or drug dependent.

It is also possible to combine different programmes, or create your own programme. For example, you may choose to opt for a residential detox programme and complete therapy as an outpatient.

We explore the different programmes in more detail below, including what we offer here at The Providence Projects.

Choosing a Programme

There are various different options available for individuals looking to overcome addiction. The main things to consider when choosing a programme is the length of treatment, the person’s lifestyle and schedule, how severe their addiction is, how old they are, what physical shape they’re in, and their mental health history.

The intensity and support offered by each programme differs significantly depending on your financial situation and life commitments. In the UK, residential programmes are only offered by private rehab centres such as ours, and must therefore be funded by the individual or loved ones. Residential programmes are intense, structured and provided by a team of highly skilled addiction treatment professionals.

Outpatient programmes are less structured, flexible and completed over a longer period of time. If your addiction is not preventing you from completing your daily routine, or you have only recently noticed a habit forming as a result of a difficult time in your life, outpatient programmes in conjunction with therapy may work for you.

However for individuals who have struggled with addictive behaviours for some time, or those with previous failed attempts to stay sober, residential programmes offer greater support and comfort for the duration of treatment.

Detox Programmes

Detox programmes by themselves are not a complete treatment for addiction, although they do offer you or a loved one a safe way to remove substances from the body, a detox does not help with the psychological nature of addiction. Therapy,

You can complete a detox programme within a residential facility such as ours.  Our in-house GP and support staff will monitor you or a loved one during the withdrawal phase, and provide medical supervision if needed to ensure you remain safe and comfortable throughout.

The length of your detox programme will depend on your circumstances and the type of substance you are struggling with. Detoxing from alcohol safely can take time, and it’s important that serious complications, such as delirium tremens are avoided.

Detoxing from drugs, such as benzodiazepines or opiates, may also require a medically-supervised detox programme to help individuals avoid severe withdrawal symptoms.

It is important that you do not attempt a detox until you have spoken with a trained specialist. We can arrange for a free assessment by our team here at the Providence Projects.

Residential Programmes

Residential treatment programmes are typically the best type of programme for those with a severe drug or alcohol dependency, because they include a medical detox programme as part of the rehab process. Your detox programme will take between 7-14 days typically.

Once your detox programme is complete, you will then move to the second phase of treatment which involves rehabilitative therapies including CBT, alongside holistic therapies such as meditation, designed to bring balance and restoration. The goal of rehab is to help the individual understand their addictive behaviours by exploring past traumas or difficult moments in their lives. Through a combination of therapies, workshops and holistic treatments, clients will have the necessary tools to support themselves post-rehab.

Residential programmes tend to last for a minimum of twenty-eight days, although they can be shorter or longer, depending on the needs of the client. Our residential programmes run for 28 days with options to extend treatment on a week-by-week basis.

As part of the residential programme on offer at the Providence Projects, we also provide family support programmes, and an aftercare programme to help individuals maintain recovery post-treatment. Helping the family unit heal and supporting the individual post-rehab provides better outcomes long-term.

Outpatient Programmes

The key benefit of outpatient programmes is the flexibility they can offer individuals. They can be completed at the individual’s pace over a period of time that works for them.

Many individuals who complete a residential programme often continue with outpatient care or some form of a 12-step programme post-rehab. This is recommended as part of a long-term recovery plan and forms part of the aftercare programme we provide.

Outpatient programmes offered by the NHS, charities or fellowship groups have helped many people overcome addiction, but for those with high support needs, a long history of substance abuse issues, or those who are putting themselves at risk of severe illness,  more intensive treatment in the form of residential programmes may be necessary.

Although outpatient programmes are considered cheaper from a financial perspective, success rates from residential programmes tend to be significantly higher because many individuals need structured treatment away from the home environment.


12-Step Programmes (Support Groups)

12-step programmes are a type of support group therapy that involve twelve particular actions that the participants must partake in as part of their recovery process. These programmes can be stand alone or they can work in tandem with other forms of treatment, depending on how they are structured and what they involve.

The idea behind the treatment is that by sticking to the program and following the steps fully, the individual will gradually overcome their addiction, and also improve themselves in the process. This form of treatment encourages people to take a deep look at the choices that led them down the path of addiction. It explores people’s individual cycles of addiction, and it teaches people how to avoid falling back into these patterns. It also gives them the strength and confidence to avoid relapse.

The 12-Steps to recovery may include steps such as:

  • a commitment to helping others
  • committing to continuity
  • forgiveness
  • growth
  • acknowledgement
  • self-reflection
  • understanding
  • examining growth
  • trust
  • acceptance

SMART Recovery

The SMART recovery program (Short for Self Management and Recovery Training) is similar to the 12-Step programme, but it differs in that it’s shorter and focuses on four key points:

  • Achieving a balanced lifestyle
  • Overcoming and maintaining urges
  • Growing and sustaining motivation
  • Effectively managing behaviour, feelings, and thoughts

The main focal point with SMART is regarding the concept of personal choice. It encourages the idea that everybody has the choice not to encourage behaviours that can lead to addiction. People can make the choice to stop engaging with their addiction at any time, and people are not defined by their behaviours.

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