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This is the most detailed debriefing available on addiction treatment options in Totterdown.
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Is Rehab Actually Going To Help?
As long as you actively participate and don’t remain passive, rehab can and will help you.
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 is only part of the way to success.
You will need to take responsibility for your own life, as a lack of this is a keynote feature of addiction.
You should know from the start that rehab in Totterdown is not some kind of magic cure-all which will take away all addictive impulses.
It took a long while to build up the patterns of addiction, and it will take time and understanding for them to be resolved.
All this requires patience, persistence, and constructive engagement.
Rehab is the first step on this journey.
What Should I Expect, From Rehab Totterdown?
The detox itself is the initial phase of the private rehab process, and it’s followed by therapy which deals with the causes of addiction and then counselling and care which looks to the future.
This is what you should find in the first 7 days of alcohol/drug rehab ...
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.
This initial detox period, along with the history of addiction of the individual, can vary in length from one person to another, depending on frequency, recency, and amount of use.
Once the first week in rehab is over, you should expect…
Upon completing your detox, you’ll be in the safe hands of the clinicians who will guide you through the therapeutic process. You may find yourself in individual counselling sessions or in group Behavioural Therapy, which seeks to help you understand the reasons for your addiction.
Residential programs in Totterdown and Bristol are multi-faceted in general, and these will mean you’ll be participating in complementary therapies, mutual aid meetings, physical routines, sharing your experiences with others, and a move back toward structure and order, in your daily routine.
The Totterdown clinics, in general, will inform their clients of the following day’s activities on the preceding night.
What should you expect in the last week of rehab?
In the last 7 days, if not earlier, if your provider includes it, you should be planning out measures for relapse prevention, and aftercare supports.
These will help you move on from residential treatment back into life outside the clinic and will provide opportunities in advance for you to plan your support against any addictive triggers which, by now, you should be aware of.
Who Is Best Suited To Rehab?
Rehab is for those who are genuinely serious about long term recovery.
They’ve run the gamut of various ways to quite their addiction but have failed each time, but know that they can quit if only they had the help and support.
Rehab will take commitment and effort from those who undergo the treatment, from detox through to the sessions of therapy and counselling that follow, and out into the sunlight of normal life again.
Rehab is for those who are ready to accept responsibility again for their own life, and reap the gains accordingly.Rehab is designed for those willing to undertake the responsibility for their own lives and who know that they will gain the benefits once this is achieved.
What Aspects Of Rehab Treatment Are Now Outdated, That I Should Watch Out For?
- Going it alone. Believing that even though although external support channels are available, they are not required.
- Any approach to therapy which is demonstrably tied to only one type of outlook on what works best. 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 rather dogmatic approach to treatment which tends to leave patients feeling alienated.
At the heart of recovery should be mutual support and a sense of community, with the communal respect that goes with it.
Closer to Bristol? Check our main addiction guide here.
To Ensure My Rehab Success... What Should I Be Doing?
What Are The Things You Should Plan For, In Totterdown Rehab?
Any good addiction clinic will confirm the booking and send you a list of the things that you should bring with you.
Ask the admissions team you're dealing with for this, if they do not provide it.
In What 3 Areas Of My Life Should I See Noticeable Change, Following Treatment?
If you've integrated with the group, actively participated and taken responsibility along the way, you could expect:
- As long as you’ve accepted what the substance is doing to you, you’ll find that it’s easier to fulfil your need for this in healthier ways, and you should plan for this accordingly.
- 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.
- How much better your whole life will become when you allow the positive things in life fill the massive space which was previously occupied by addiction, and the associated behaviours that went with it!
For Those Entering Addiction Rehab For Their First Time, What Are 3 Things They Do Wrong?
(i) Fear associated with the initial detox phase leading to a desire to leave treatment before it has begun.
(ii) Being over-confident that treatment has completely succeeded when only a couple of insights or milestones have been made.
(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.
What If Totterdown Treatment Doesn't Work For Me?
If a relapse occurs after treatment there may be a couple of causes of this:
(i) For whatever reason, you didn’t make use of any of the follow-up help and support resources after treatment completed.
(ii) You didn't make enough progress on underlying psychological issues prior to experiencing an external trigger.
You can look to prevent these scenarios by:
(i) During your stay, make sure you pay attention to aftercare planning and always fully follow through on the help and support offered.
(ii) Making continuing therapeutic care a priority in your aftercare plan, to ensure you have active support, when you do experience triggers (this is inevitable).
In most cases, relapses are almost certainly due to omitting one of the above.
I Have No Family Or Support Channels, Will Recovery Work For Me?
You are among the millions of people in recovery across the world right now, each one with a different quality and history of support.
Even those people without a robust support network manage to recover from their drug or alcohol addiction, so it's possible for you too.
Is Rehab Different From Alcoholics Anonymous, If So, How?
If AA didn’t work for you, we assure you that rehab is different; here’s how…
Alcoholics Anonymous is a tremendous resource to have in anyone's recovery, but AA and rehab are not mutually exclusive.
There have been many success stories with people using only AA Totterdown to resolve their issues.
Others have attended AA in the long term, but felt that certain elements of their recovery were missing.
This tends to be related to psychological drivers of addiction which are undiscovered in a mutual aid environment, and need focussed one-to-one therapeutic help, to make progress on.
Mutual aid and rehab treatment co-exist very well together. Whilst they are often used in different ways, or at different parts of the journey, these details come down to each individual's experience, and the order they tackle their issues, along the way.
Those who have successfully completed a residential rehab programme often attend AA as part of their ongoing relapse prevention planning.
A good recovery can be produced by both rehab and AA, each together, or at different times, depending on circumstances.
Can’t I Just Stick With Alcoholics Anonymous, Or Other Mutual Aid Groups, To Recover?
AA, and other mutual aid groups, are often reported as the drivers behind maintaining long term sobriety and being the provider of hope.
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 you need a properly structured residential programme, then later you could make use of AA Totterdown as part of your long-term recovery support.
Is It Wise To Just Stop My Substance Abuse Without Outside Help?
Going it alone is rarely the answer, and often, is very dangerous.
Withdrawal without the expert help of experienced and qualified clinicians is extremely risky and we explicitly advise against this.
Cardiovascular complications may ensue, together with blood pressure variations and it may result in life threatening symptoms without appropriate supervision.
**You must never attempt withdrawal or any detox without suitable clinical support**.
What Is My Financial Situation Isn’t Up To That At The Moment?
Full rehab may be unreachable financially for some, so here's another option you may like to consider.
Though not widely advertised, many centres can provide a detox-only alternative.
This is not because there is less financial outlay, but instead because there are established links with lower success rates, for shorter term interventions, instead of longer ones.
Standard residential rehab usually takes 28 days in full. But here is what to consider if money is short at the moment.
Shorter detox programmes are available, **but only** if there are adequate support structures in place for when you complete this.
...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?
Each clinic will operate their own refund policies, so ask before your course begins.
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 Actually Sign Up For Rehab?
What If I Need To Get Started Quickly?
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.
Is Abbeycare A Well-Established Addiction Care Provider?
Following personal experiences of Abbeycare staff, we started providing rehab care in 2005.
Since then, we've grown into a recognised brand and industry leader in private addiction treatment in the UK.
Why Is It Considered Necessary To Complete An Assessment?
Like all rehab clinics, we have to evaluate that we are properly able to cater for your own needs and that we are entirely appropriate for you as an individual.
This is done by going through a brief phone questionnaire with our admissions team, followed by an internal appraisal about the help that we’d be able to provide for you for your long-term recovery.
Abbeycare's UK clinics are available to those in Totterdown and Bristol.
Since 2005, we've been helping thousands to overcome addiction, comfortably, and safely.
In these last 15 years, our experience has gone from strength to strength.
We can even arrange to assist with transport to the clinic (some extra charges do apply).
How did we do with inspections from regulators? Check our reports, available on our clinic pages, here: Abbeycare Scotland, and Abbeycare Gloucester.
Abbeycare admissions team can advise on options that suit your needs.
Our medical team can assist you to detox, safely, and 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?
To ask a question, or to arrange admission, ring our team now on 01603 513 091.