Addiction Rehabilitation Explained

Addiction is an illness that can take over your life. While the negative consequences of any addiction may have a clear effect on mental and physical health, it is not easy to overcome addiction on your own, and for many, staying committed to a recovery programme can be a challenge.

While it may seem scary to consider going to rehab, it is in fact the safest and most supportive space for anyone during the very difficult time of battling with addiction. Regardless of how your addiction started, we can help you overcome any past or present difficulties and lead a life without substance use or addictive behaviours such as problem gambling. Addiction rehabilitation can give you a real chance to lead a sober life, as it does not only help stop an addiction to a substance or behaviour, but addresses the underlying causes that started it in the first place.

How Does Addiction Rehabilitation Work?

Addiction rehabilitation follows steps to ensure you rid of substances from the body with the help of our medical professionals, and receive mental support for the psychological nature of addiction in the form of therapy, and support you in maintaining sobriety after rehab. We offer an aftercare programme to help support individuals post-rehab, which is often a time when individuals struggle the most.

For the best chance of long-term recovery, it is important to maintain a support network after treatment, including our aftercare programme and additional support groups or therapy. Our recovery team will be there to support you with any difficulties at any stage of the recovery process.

Initial Assessment

If you have made the brave decision to seek help, our highly trained professionals would like to talk to you in order to discuss treatment options that best suit your needs. We can design an individual treatment plan to fit your medical, emotional, and social needs. Our admissions team will do an initial assessment to understand your medical history, and once you’re ready to come into treatment, a full medical examination will be conducted in order to evaluate your health and determine what additional support you may need.

The initial assessment also considers any co-occurring disorders. If you struggle with substance addiction and any co-occurring mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, you may require dual diagnosis treatment. This treatment can be vital, as one condition often contributes to or worsens the other. For example, a person suffering from depression may use drugs or alcohol to cope with symptoms, while drinking may uncover or worsen symptoms of depression. By addressing both issues, it helps to reduce the potential for relapse in the future.

If you have a dual diagnosis, our in-house GP will discuss additional treatment options to ensure that you receive the support and care you need.


The next step aims to remove any addictive substances from your body safely. It is normal to experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop an addiction. This is when your body reacts to the absence of a drug after having developed a dependency to it.

Drug withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant and sometimes dangerous, this is especially true for alcohol withdrawal and benzodiazepine withdrawal, which is why it is always safer to undergo detox in a safe and monitored environment. It is also part of what makes overcoming addiction so hard; people often continue drug use in order to cope with painful withdrawal symptoms alongside cravings for drugs or alcohol.

We offer a medical drug and alcohol detox programme during which you or a loved one will be supported and monitored. As part of the detox process, withdrawal symptoms are monitored to give clients the best chance of successful completion. In this way, withdrawal symptoms are managed and the detox process is less severe. In some cases, detox medication may be used in order to combat cravings or help manage more severe withdrawal symptoms such as delirium tremens. Our goal is to make you safe and comfortable so that you are ready for the second stage of rehabilitation.


After a successful detox and effective withdrawal from substances, long-term recovery becomes the focus and the rehabilitation stage begins. For those joining us at The Providence Projects for gambling addiction, the therapeutic phase of treatment begins on day 1.

Therapy allows you to address the underlying causes of addictions while offering holistic support, personal growth and education around the nature of addiction. With the help of our treatment specialists, you will learn skills and tools that enable you to cope with those issues post-treatment.

Guidance is given so that you may recognise any triggers for returning to drug or alcohol use, and know how to respond to them healthily. This helps prevent relapse and allows you to continue life after rehab without addictive behaviour.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy could include cognitive behavioural therapy. Here, you can do self-analysis by recognising when a substance use or addictive behaviour started, as well as why. The therapists will provide you with strategies on how to redirect time,  how to identify triggers, and how to deal with them so as to avoid relapse.

This therapy can help you to reform thinking patterns and cause a change in behaviour that can lead to a healthy, sober life.

Group Therapy

Addiction rehabilitation also includes therapy in a group setting. During group therapy sessions, anyone recovering from addiction has the chance to interact with others who have similar challenges or are in similar situations. The supportive peer group will help to ensure that you are not alone in your struggle, and support groups remain available after leaving the treatment facility.

The sense of community that group therapy provides is a vital part of the recovery process.

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Aftercare and Long-term Recovery

Recovery is a lifelong commitment. This means that when our initial rehabilitation program is completed, you will need to manage and maintain your sobriety in your own environment.

That is why our addiction specialists will discuss an aftercare plan, which will support you through the early stages of recovery and beyond. The aftercare plan will be bespoke based on your needs and may include additional therapy, support groups or recovery coaching.

In conjunction with your aftercare programme, we strongly recommend that you look at other ways to manage your stress, mental health and boredom levels. Boredom can be a big driving factor behind relapse, so staying active and finding new ways to enjoy life should be part of a wider recovery plan.

Here at the Providence Projects, we firmly believe that the family unit is the most important element of addiction recovery. A house built on love, support and encouragement will provide an even greater defense against relapse, so we offer a family support programme alongside the residential rehab treatment to help loved ones through the process. Understanding boundaries and healing from the pain of addiction can be challenging, but our team are here to support you in any way that we can.