Drug addiction is a chronic and progressive mental illness, and it requires much bravery and honesty to make the decision to get professional help from a drug rehabilitation centre. When seeking addiction treatment, whether for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to choose a rehabilitation programme that will suit your unique needs and circumstances. There are a whole host of rehab programmes available, but how do you find the best drug rehab centre for you?

We’ve put together this guide to help make the decision-making process a little bit easier. If you’re suffering with drug addiction, it can feel like there is no way out, no light at the end of the tunnel. A life without drugs can feel impossible, but we’re here to tell you that there is a solution. We want you to know that recovery is possible, no matter how hard things might seem right now. Drug addiction is a treatable illness, and with the right support and guidance, it is possible to live a happy and fulfilled life clean and sober.

Choosing the right drug rehab

When choosing the best drug rehab for you, the amount of choice can be overwhelming. It can be helpful to consider the following factors when doing your research:

Is bespoke and personalised treatment available?

When researching residential and outpatient drug rehab centres, it’s worth checking whether they offer specialised treatment programmes that will suit your individual needs. Finding a rehab centre which provides bespoke treatment plans, tailored to your unique circumstances, should be a priority.

You might look for a drug rehabilitation programme that can treat your specific drug of choice, such as prescription drugs or opioids. It’s also worth looking at rehab centres whose staff are professionals trained specifically in mental health, co-occurring disorders or eating disorders. Treatment shouldn’t take a ‘one size fits all’ approach, because what works for one addict or alcoholic may prove ineffective for another.

Look for a drug rehab with longevity

Look for a drug rehab clinic which has longevity; a good indicator is any centre which has been established for a minimum of 10 years, with a strong track record and proven client success rates. You can get a good idea of the centre’s reputation by looking at ex-client reviews, any social media presence such as Facebook or Instagram pages, as well as giving the rehab centre a call and speaking to members of staff there.

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Rehab program length

As a general rule of thumb, the most recommended treatment programme duration is 28 days. However, a good drug rehab clinic will be flexible on rehab length and offer longer stays depending on the progress of the individual and whether they require additional support. Make sure to find out whether the rehab clinic offers various levels of care, so as to enable the transition from residential, intensive treatment back into society.

What aftercare provisions are on offer to help you transition to outpatient treatment once you’re ready? How does the treatment facility support you in continuing to move forward in recovery? Support groups, outpatient therapy or counselling, and other programs can be beneficial in helping you to stay focused and keep working on challenges as they arise.

The length of time you spend in treatment is best determined by your individual progress, rather than a specific number of days. Whilst rehab clinics can suggest an estimated time frame, everyone is different and you may need to extend your stay to make the necessary progress.

Treatment approach

The treatment approach and therapies provided during your rehab experience can make all the difference to your ongoing recovery. Here at the Providence Projects, we know that every client is different, and that addiction recovery cannot take a one-size-fits-all approach. We use the latest, evidence-based methodologies to treat both the addiction problem as well as any co-existing mental health conditions.

Therapies include cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, group therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), as well as trauma-focused therapy. What works for one individual will not necessarily be effective for someone else, so it’s important to keep an open mind when entering treatment and be willing to try the treatments suggested to you by the therapeutic and medical teams.

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Family Support

Addiction is often referred to as a family disease: it goes without saying that the illness has a devastating impact on the family and friends of the addict or alcoholic. The Providence Projects has always believed that family members can play a crucial part in their loved one’s recovery if they are involved.

Families are in just as much pain as the recovering addict, and so we offer family therapy sessions as a core component of our drug rehab program, to help rebuild relationships and help everyone to move forward and heal together. During family meetings, you and your loved ones will learn more about unhealthy behaviours and dynamics within the family unit, how to set boundaries, prevent relapse, avoid enabling behaviours, and begin healing the family unit as a whole.

The benefits of family therapy include:

  • Improving the mental wellbeing of all family members
  • Opening up new lines of communication
  • Improve understanding of enabling behaviours and how to avoid them
  • Provide a safe space to explore past issues
  • Allow the family unit as a whole to heal
  • Improve family members’ understanding of relapse prevention
  • All parties agree on boundaries to be upheld after treatment

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Relapse Prevention Plan

Any reputable drug rehab or alcohol rehab programmes will incorporate a relapse prevention plan into their treatment programme. This helps individuals to develop the skills and coping mechanisms to maintain new, healthy long-term behaviours. Addiction is a relapsing illness, which is why it’s crucial that you develop alternative ways to handle stress, instead of relying on substances to cope with life.

Relapse is defined as the return to drug use after an attempt to stop and a period of abstinence. The best drug rehab relapse prevention plans ensure you’re not putting yourself in high risk situations which could trigger a relapse. You will learn how to assess situations, identify negative thought patterns and unhealthy behaviours, and respond appropriately. The reasoning you will develop is a powerful tool if and when future temptations to use drugs or alcohol arise.

One to one counselling

Drug addiction is often just a symptom of other underlying issues. The psychological factors at play can be very deep-rooted, and individual counselling and psychotherapy is often required to help tackle these issues and begin to heal. Talking therapies such as CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) can be extremely beneficial to the recovering addict.

One to one therapy sessions are provided bi-weekly at the Providence Projects, and provide a safe space in which to address your addiction problem, and explore the underlying psychological problems. These may include but are not limited to: trauma, childhood experiences, low self-esteem, negative core beliefs and other co-existing mental health disorders. These sessions prove highly effective, especially when experienced in conjunction with group therapy sessions.

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Group therapy

Group therapy is an effective treatment provided by most rehab clinics. It is a daily timetabled activity here at the Providence Projects. The benefits of group therapy are proven, it helps you build relationships and connections with your peers, build interpersonal and communication skills, as well as effective conflict resolution skills. Group therapy sessions can help you develop empathy, trust, and compassion, and also help you feel less alienated from other people and the world around you. This connection is so important because addiction is such a lonely and isolating disease.  

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Addiction wreaks havoc on the addict’s life as well as everyone who cares about them. The consequences are severe and can be life-threatening, which is why seeking quality addiction treatment and care must be a priority. Here at the Providence Projects in Bournemouth, we have been providing successful, effective and affordable addiction treatment for over 25 years. We want you to know that addiction is a treatable illness, and that getting help for your problem is the best decision you can possibly make. It is an investment in your future, not only for yourself but for all those who love and care about you too.

If you or a loved one would like more information on finding the best drug rehab centre for you, and how to get help for your drug addiction, please give us a call today to speak to one of our expert addiction counsellors on 0800 955 0945. Alternatively, you could fill out our quick and easy contact form. We want you to know that recovery from drug addiction is possible – you no longer need to suffer alone. Help is available and you can start your journey today.

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