It's easy to get overwhelmed searching for the right alcohol or drug addiction treatment near Southmead. But answers *are* available.
Below, we've laid out our 19 most forthright answers, to unflinching questions about alcohol and drug rehab near Southmead:
This is the most detailed debriefing available on addiction treatment options in Southmead.
How Does Treatment In An Addiction Clinic Compare To Treatment In The Community?
You can certainly expect rehab to be of use to you *as long as* you play an active role.
Along with the primary care needs for addiction, detox and therapy, rehab is the most structured method available for people to get well. But, rehab is only part of the way to success.
Public services are available, but usually limited in how many patients they can fund, and availability of beds for detox.
Long wait times are normal, and while therapy options exist, they are usually on an outpatient basis and not in a structured, joined up treatment approach.
Addiction comes about through the absence of personal responsibility, so taking back responsibility for ones life is necessary in order to recover.
You should not expect rehab Southmead to completely “cure” you of all your addictive impulses or feelings.
The addictive process takes many years to establish itself, so it will likely take a long time, and patience, to resolve it.
All this requires patience, persistence, and constructive engagement.
Rehab is just the beginning.
What Should I Expect, From Rehab Southmead?
Usually, private rehab is a 3-stage overall phase of initial detox, clinical assistance for underlying psychological addiction disorders, followed by aftercare, which includes future help and services.
In the first 7 days of drug/alcohol rehab, here's what you can expect...
In the first week you’ll be resting more than is usual during the physical detox process, as well as getting used to your medication.
Factors which will dictate the length of the initial detox phase will include the degree and length of dependency as well as the individual’s history of addiction.
What should you expect after the first week of rehab?
After initial detox is complete, the clinical team will invite you to begin taking part in therapeutic sessions. You may find yourself in individual counselling sessions or in group Behavioural Therapy, which seeks to help you understand the reasons for your addiction.
In general, residential programmes are quite diverse, and you’ll be sharing your experiences with the other clients, participating in physical routines and in complementary therapy sessions and mutual aid meetings, and a move back toward structure and order, in your daily routine.
Most Southmead 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.
These will help you move on from residential treatment back into life outside the clinic and allow you to plan ahead to prevent any triggers which may cause a relapse.
Who Is Likely To Benefit From Rehab?
Rehab is for those who are genuinely serious about long term recovery.
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 is for those ready to do the work involved, but need the help to physically feel better, detox, and get the therapy insights needed to move forward productively.
People who fully understand that they must be responsible for their own lives will be successful in this undertaking, and who fully commit to it.
What Aspects Of Rehab Treatment Are Now Outdated, That I Should Watch Out For?
- Trying to quite your addiction without any professional help; this is always a bad move.
- Any approaches which do not take a holistic view of what is required and only go down one narrow route. Most clinics and centres have now accepted a wider perspective on the underlying principles of recovery, and do not insist you adopt specific religious philosophies or similar.
- 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.
What Is The Best Way To Ensure Rehab Is Successful?
Is There A Checklist Of Things You Should Do When Planning To Enter Southmead Rehab?
All good clinics will send a booking acknowledgment to you prior to your stay, detailing all the things to bring with you.
Any good rehab clinic will send you details of everything you’ll need before starting your rehab residency.
What Are The Top 3 Changes In My Life, I Might See, During Or After Rehab?
If all goes according to plan you might expect to see signs of:
- If you've understood what the substance is doing *for* you, it becomes easier to fulfil this need in other, healthier ways, and plan this in aftercare planning.
- By understanding and taking care of these elements, behavioural changes, patterns of communication, and emotions should change, reflecting that basic needs are being met in a functional way, without the presence of the substance.
- You’ll find that once the addictive substance is removed, you’ll be letting all the other things in your life, such as work, family and relationships, expand, to fill the void previously occupied by the addictive substance.
For Those Entering Addiction Rehab For Their First Time, What Are 3 Things They Do Wrong?
(i) Fear at the prospect of taking the coping mechanism away, during the first phase of rehab.
(ii) Overconfidence following a few therapeutic gains made, early in the process. Believing that one or two individual insights is equal to lasting recovery.
(iii) The failure to properly take into account, and prepare for, any unexpected situation which could trigger a relapse back into addiction, and without the support and backup to prevent this from happening.
How Likely Is It That Southmead Rehab Will Not Work For Me?
If, following treatment, you relapse the likely explanations are:
(i) You didn't follow through on aftercare supports provided.
(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.
Make yourself less vulnerable to these events 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) Staying connected to all the aftercare support offered to you, which will help when dealing with trigger events.
Relapses often arise as a result of omitting or neglecting one of the above precautionary measures.
Is It Possible To Stay Sober/Clean Even Without Social Support?
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.
The facts show that even people lacking in a strong support network find drug/alcohol recovery possible, and so can you.
I Did Not Succeed With Alcoholics Anonymous; Why Is Rehab Different?
Even if you've already tried AA, here's how rehab is different...
Alcoholics Anonymous is a tremendous resource to have in anyone's recovery, but AA and rehab are not mutually exclusive.
Alcoholics Anonymous Southmead has been responsible for a good deal of long term recovery success stories over the years.
Others have attended AA in the long term, but felt that certain elements of their recovery were missing.
Rehab, with its focus on one-on-one therapy, is different to the group-based AA meetings, and it may be that the causes of addiction are more properly uncovered with the former type of approach.
Residential rehab and mutual aid do not have to be mutually exclusive, and work very well together, in sequence, or, in some rehab programmes, together.
Those who have successfully completed a residential rehab programme often attend AA as part of their ongoing relapse prevention planning.
Both rehab and AA provide excellent foundations for recovery, and can be used individually, together, or at different times in any one individual's overall recovery pathway.
Why Can't I Just Attend Alcoholics Anonymous To Get Better?
Alcoholics Anonymous as a source of hope, courage, and a path toward sobriety.
However, Alcoholics Anonymous are not the people who are best able to provide clinical care and therapy, or to examine the triggers and reasons for your addiction in a way which will be best at preventing relapse.
For this, turn first to a structured residential rehab programme, then later, enjoy the benefits of Alcoholics Anonymous or your chosen mutual aid programme, in Southmead in the longer term.
Is It Wise To Just Stop My Substance Abuse Without Outside Help?
We must expressly advise against this.
Attempting withdrawal without qualified medical supervision can be extremely dangerous and should not be undertaken.
Risks include elevated risk of seizure, heart and cardiovascular complications, blood pressure variations.
**You must NOT attempt to undergo detox yourself, or any kind of DIY withdrawal method**.
And If I Cannot Afford That?
If a complete treatment programme is a financial challenge right now, there are other options.
Though not the full programme, the detox-only route is available as a possibility. This is not usually widely advertised.
However, the success rates for these shorter courses can be lower than with the longer more established programmes.
Here is what we recommend if you want a less expensive and shorter course.
Ask about short term detox **only ** if you have adequate plans for support upon completion.
i.e. if a support plan were to be put in place ready to provide for your long term care and recovery.
In our experience, we find that opting for a short-term detox without planning ahead for support afterward will only reduce your chances of a full and long-term recovery.
Do Rehab Clinics Provide A Refund Policy?
You should ask the clinic you are about to attend about its own refund policy, as each is different.
You will find that most clinics will not offer a refund in cases where a relapse has taken place after a certain amount of time, as the cause of such a relapse is almost always a matter of individual behaviour.
Getting Started In Rehab: What Do I Need To Do?
I’d Like To Start The Programme Immediately; Can I Do That?
The majority of clinics are able to admit people within two days, assuming that all the medical checks are established together with an assessment that the treatment is suitable for the client.
How Did Abbeycare Get Started Providing Addiction Help?
Abbeycare began offering residential rehab treatment on a small scale back in 2005, following the personal experiences in recovery of our staff.
In the UK, since that year, Abbeycare has grown substantially, and we are now a recognised provider of rehab and addiction treatment.
Why Is It Considered Necessary To Complete An Assessment?
It is important, from the outset, that both clinic and client are appraised of whether the treatment we offer at a specific location is going to be the best for your overall health, well-being and long-term recovery.
To do this, we complete a brief telephone questionnaire with you, and obtain approval for your admission from our clinical and medical professionals.
Abbeycare operate UK clinics providing help for alcohol or drug addiction for those in the Southmead and Bristol area.
We've worked with thousands from all over the world, and we can probably help you too.
In these last 15 years, our experience has gone from strength to strength.
Our team can even get transport organised too, if needed, from your location (with an extra charge).
Our clinic inspection reports are available on the relevent service pages: Abbeycare Scotland, Abbeycare Gloucester.
Abbeycare admissions team can advise on options that suit your needs.
Detox is possible, safely and comfortably, with the help of our medical team.
Our addiction specialist therapists can help you overcome the underlying issues of addiction.
The Abbeycare clinic team are ready to help you co-ordinate everything.
The only question is - are you ready?
Ready to get started? All calls are confidential. Ring direct on 01603 513 091.