It's easy to get overwhelmed searching for the right alcohol or drug addiction treatment near Ashley Down. But answers *are* available.
We tracked the 19 most common questions we're asked, and laid out the answers, below:
This is the most detailed debriefing available on addiction treatment options in Ashley Down.
Will Rehab Do Any Good?
Rehab could play a good part in helping you, *if* you allow it to help you, *and* you play an active role in facilitating this.
At the point of crisis we have found that rehab is the best approach available among the primary care needs of people who are in active addiction. But, rehab will not work in a vacuum, or without your cooperation.
You will need to take responsibility for your own life, as a lack of this is a keynote feature of addiction.
Rehab in Ashley Down cannot be considered a permanent "cure", which will automatically resolve all addiction issues in your life.
It will always take a great deal of time and perseverance to deal with a habit that was a long time in the making.
All of this requires patience, dedication, and active involvement.
The first step on this path is rehab.
What Should I Expect, From Rehab Ashley Down?
Three stages can be identified as being part of the private rehab course, the first being the detox itself, followed by therapy and counselling to address the causes of addiction and then the aftercare element which seeks to engage with matters over the longer term.
Over the first seven days in alcohol/drug rehab you should expect the following…
Usually the first seven days are spent finishing physical detox, sleeping more than usual, and following prescribed drug advice.
This initial detox period will vary in duration from one individual to another, depending on frequency, recency, and amount of usage, together with the individual's history of addiction.
This is what you should find after the first 7 days of rehab ...
Once you have completed the detox, you’ll begin the therapeutic sessions with the help of the clinical team. This could be group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, individual counselling, or similar, as a means to help you understand how you arrived in addiction, and how to get out.
Usually, residential programmes near Ashley Down and the surrounding Bristol area are multi-faceted, and these will mean you’ll be participating in complementary therapies, mutual aid meetings, physical routines, sharing your experiences with others, And gradually you’ll sense a shift back towards an ordered and structured life.
Most Ashley Down clinics have an agenda of daily activities, distributed the night before, detailing the events of the next day, and where you should be, and when.
What should you expect in the last week of rehab?
In this final week the clinic will put in place measures which will be designed to help prevent you from relapse.
Such measures will assist you in your transition towards living a normal life outside the clinic and give an opportunity for you to plan supports in advance, for addictive triggers you've identified during treatment.
Who Is Best Suited To Rehab?
People who are serious about their long term recovery will benefit from rehab.
This generally means that they have been round many times in the circle of alcohol or drug abuse, seen and borne the harmful effects, and know that there must be another way-but need support to do this.
Rehab means putting in the work necessary to get your life back, and with the support and help of a proper detox followed by therapy and other forms of support.
Rehab will reward those who accept full responsibility for getting their lives back on track and who understand that only their own will can achieve this.
What Aspects Of Rehab Treatment Are Now Outdated, That I Should Watch Out For?
- Attempting to detox yourself and stop your addictive patterns of behaviour, even though the appropriate help and support is at hand when you need it most.
- Any approaches which do not take a holistic view of what is required and only go down one narrow route. The majority of rehab clinics favour a broader approach which takes into account all routes to recovery and don’t insist that religious adherence is required.
- A clinical programme that is driven almost entirely by process, can lead to individuals feeling like "just a number".
At the heart of recovery should be mutual support and a sense of community, with the communal respect that goes with it.
To Ensure My Rehab Success... What Should I Be Doing?
Is There A Checklist Of Things You Should Do When Planning To Enter Ashley Down Rehab?
All good clinics will send a booking acknowledgment to you prior to your stay, detailing all the things to bring with you.
Prior to your admission, your clinic should send you a list of things you should bring with you to rehab.
What Things Should I Expect To See Transformed During And After My Rehab?
If you've integrated with the group, actively participated and taken responsibility along the way, you could expect:
- You’ll find that it is much easier to fulfil the needs of the substance in ways which are positive rather than dysfunctional, and so you should plan for this.
- By dealing with all of these things, in turn, you should find that you emotional life, the way that you behave and interact with other people will be brighter and more positive, and without the need for your addictive behaviour.
- Many find that relationships, family life and the world of work are also improved, because they're now given the room to grow into the space which previously had been given over entirely to addiction.
For Those Entering Addiction Treatment For The First Time, What Mistakes Do You See Most Often Occurring?
(i) The thought of being deprived of the addictive substance during the detox stage, leading to a wish to cancel the whole rehab treatment.
(ii) The erroneous belief that success has been achieved in long term recovery when only small/initial gains have been made.
(iii) An increased risk of relapse because of inadequate preparedness for any trigger situations which may come into play when the treatment has concluded, and without necessary support to deal with these situations.
How Likely Is It That Ashley Down Rehab Will Not Work For Me?
A few specifics often lie underneath potential relapses after completing rehab:
(i) For whatever reason, you didn’t make use of any of the follow-up help and support resources after treatment completed.
(ii) Your understanding of the psychology of what causes your addictive behaviour was not yet advanced enough; sometimes this just takes time to work through.
You’ll be able to prepare for such situations by:
(i) Whilst still in treatment, actively engaging in aftercare planning, and actively following through on the supports given, to make sure you stay on track in sobriety.
(ii) To avoid succumbing to trigger events (which are 100% certain to happen) make sure you make continued therapeutic care, your priority.
Those who relapse, tend to have missed out any one of the above safeguards.
Do People Without Any Support Network Fail In Long-Term Recovery?
Every one of the huge number of people in recovery at any one time will have a different level of support as they start their rehab.
You need to remember that even those people without a good support network continue to recover successfully.
Alcoholics Anonymous .v. Rehab - Which Is Better And Why?
Rehab is different to the AA approach, and this is how…
Alcoholics Anonymous is useful to have access to, but rehab and AA are not the same.
There have been many success stories with people using only AA Ashley Down to resolve their issues.
People have said that just using AA meant that there was something missing in their recovery.
In hindsight, it may be that the AA meetings, which lack the one-to-one aspect of rehab, failed to fully address the psychological triggers of addiction.
*Both* rehab and mutual aid, such as AA, or SMART recovery, are beneficial, especially when used at different times or for different purposes, in any one person's recovery pathway.
Those who have successfully completed a residential rehab programme often attend AA as part of their ongoing relapse prevention planning.
Both AA and residential rehab can be effective approaches to long-term recovery, and usage of both can be done in a variety of combinations.
Isn’t It Sufficient Just To Attend AA?
AA, and other mutual aid groups, are often reported as the drivers behind maintaining long term sobriety and being the provider of hope.
However, AA cannot provide a structured therapeutic framework in which to address the underlying issues which cause addiction, nor do they offer any clinical support.
For this, look for clinical detox first, and then you can follow this with AA Ashley Down meetings which are ideal as a way of supporting you in preventing relapse.
I Want To Stop Using Alcohol Or Drugs Without Professional Help
We must expressly advise against this.
Going "cold turkey" is something which we do not recommend on serious medical grounds.
There are a multitude of risks associated with this, including heart issues and convulsions/seizures.
**You must never attempt withdrawal or any detox without suitable clinical support**.
What If My Finances Won’t Allow That?
If a complete treatment programme is a financial challenge right now, there are other options.
There is sometimes a shorter programme which involves only completing the initial detox, although not available in all cases.
However, shorter programmes can result in lower success rates, for long term recovery.
It usually takes 28 days for the full residential course; but we can recommend an alternative if that suits your pocket at the moment.
Ask about short term detox **only ** if you have adequate plans for support upon completion.
...such as a well-organised support plan with a sponsor for your long term recovery.
Attempting to arrange a short-term detox, without these supports already in place, increases risk of relapse, and may considerably lower the chances of long-term recovery success, in our experience.
Do Rehab Clinics Provide A Refund Policy?
Refund policies will vary from clinic to clinic, be sure to ask before committing.
Any refunds given are not provided on the basis of a client relapsing, as long term success is a matter of individual responsibility.
How Do I Get Started In Treatment?
How Do I Go About Starting My Residential Treatment Right Away?
Most clinics can admit a client within 24-48 hrs, pending essential medical checks and a short assessment of suitability, carried out by the clinic's admissions or intake team.
How Long Has Abbeycare Been Providing Help For Addiction?
Following personal experiences of Abbeycare staff, we started providing rehab care in 2005.
Abbeycare has since grown to become a nationally recognised company and as a provider of rehab treatment.
Why Do I Need To Complete An Assessment To Enter Abbeycare?
Like every rehab clinic, we need to understand clearly that we can look after your needs appropriately, and that we are a suitable clinic for you.
To do this, we complete a brief telephone questionnaire with you, and obtain approval for your admission from our clinical and medical professionals.
Abbeycare have central UK locations, and serve the Ashley Down and Bristol area.
We've helped thousands overcome their addiction to alcohol or drugs.
There's no substitute for the years of experience we've had, assisting with even the most complex cases.
Not nearby? No problem, we can arrange transport too, in many cases.
Our admissions team will help you navigate the treatment options.
Our medical team are ready to help you detox, comfortably.
Our therapists are ready to help you get the insights you need, to stop the pattern of addiction, and reclaim your life.
Our clinic team are ready to help you make the progress you need.
Are you ready?
Ready to get started? All calls are confidential. Ring direct on 01603 513 091.