The hunt for addiction treatment near Gabalfa can be confusing. But our companion guide can lend a hand...
In this comprehensive 19 Q&A guidebook, we laid out answers to:
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Will Rehab Treatment Actually Help Me In The Long Term?
Rehab can and does help, *if* you take an active part, and don't remain passive, or expect everything to be done for you.
For those suffering from addiction, detox followed by a well-managed rehab stay is the way forward in to recovery. But, rehab is only part of the way to success.
Reclaiming responsibility for yourself is necessary to recovery, as it is likely that lack of this is what forms the basis of addiction in the first place.
Rehab in Gabalfa 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.
It will take plenty of perseverance and self-will.
Rehab is the first step on this journey.
What Should I Expect, From Rehab Gabalfa?
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.
During the initial week in drug or alcohol rehab, you should expect…
The first 7 days are usually spent completing physical detox, resting more than normal, and following advice for prescribed 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.
This is what you should find after the first 7 days of rehab ...
The clinical team will guide you through the therapeutic sessions when your detox has been completed. The best way to proceed here may be group sessions or on an individual counselling basis, or both, as a means to unlock the reasons for your original addiction.
In general, residential programmes are quite diverse, and will see you participating in mutual aid meetings, complementary or holistic therapies, sharing experiences with other clients, physical exercise routines, and a move back toward structure and order, in your daily routine.
The Gabalfa clinics, in general, will inform their clients of the following day’s activities on the preceding night.
Once in the final week in rehab, you should expect…
Measures to assist you in relapse prevention will take place in the final week, provided by the clinic.
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 will help those who come into treatment with the intention of achieving long term recovery from their addiction.
Such people have tried time and time again to quit their harmful use of alcohol or drugs and know there must be a way for them to succeed even though they’ve failed before – if only they had the right support.
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.
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?
- Doing it yourself. The delusion that trying to get your life back on track without outside professional help, even though you know that help is available.
- Any approach to therapy which is demonstrably tied to only one type of outlook on what works best. A wider approach to the problem of addiction is now in favour across most rehab clinics, and a big difference is the lack of a strict adherence to religious dogma at the heart of recovery.
- Any programme which is dogmatic and process-driven, which will tend to make patients feel that they’re numbers rather than people.
At the heart of recovery should be mutual support and a sense of community, with the communal respect that goes with it.
How Do I Set Myself Up For Success In Rehab?
How Should I Make Plans For My Upcoming Gabalfa Rehab Admission?
Any good addiction clinic will confirm the booking and send you a list of the things that you should bring with you.
Prior to your admission, your clinic should send you a list of things you should bring with you to rehab.
What 3 Main Areas Of Life Should I Expect Changes In, After Rehab?
If all goes according to plan you might expect to see signs of:
- 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 taking care of these things you should find that your behaviour, modes of communicating and especially your emotional responses should all change, and this is a reflection that you needs are being addressed in a positive way, free of the addictive 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) Being over-confident that treatment has completely succeeded when only a couple of insights or milestones have been made.
(iii) The risk of relapsing due to improper preparation for, or misreading of, trigger events which present themselves after the rehab has been completed.
Why Would Gabalfa Rehab Not Work?
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 were't able to understand enough about your own personal triggers, during treatment.
Help yourself to safeguard against these circumstances by:
(i) During treatment, ensuring you plan for aftercare and engage with all the help on offer.
(ii) Staying connected to all the aftercare support offered to you, which will help when dealing with trigger events.
Those who relapse, tend to have missed out any one of the above safeguards.
I Don't Have Any Support Or Family Members: Is Recovery Possible?
Of the millions in recovery globally, everyone has a different history and level of support available in their lives, when they enter treatment.
Even those people without a robust support network manage to recover from their drug or alcohol addiction, so it's possible for you too.
Alcoholics Anonymous .v. Rehab - Which Is Better And Why?
If AA didn’t work for you, we assure you that rehab is different; here’s how…
AA is a great resource to have, but AA and rehab are not the same thing.
In fact, people have reported long-term recovery success just with AA Gabalfa alone.
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.
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.
After rehab has been completed, people quite regularly choose to attend AA meetings as well, as an ongoing part of their relapse prevention programme.
Both programmes, in fact, provide very good foundations for full recovery, and may be used in any combination which is suitable for the individual.
Is Recovery Possible By Attending AA Meetings Alone?
AA is a great help for anyone in recovery and is often seen as the light at the end of the tunnel.
However, AA cannot provide medical detox, personalised therapeutic insight into the reasons behind your personal pattern of addiction, or structure and accountability in a cohesive aftercare plan.
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 Gabalfa in the longer term.
Is It OK To Stop Drinking Or Using Substances Without Help?
We really do warn against this.
Going "cold turkey" is something which we do not recommend on serious medical grounds.
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**.
What If My Finances Won’t Allow That?
Another option can be available to you if the full rehab programme isn’t realistic right now.
There is sometimes a shorter programme which involves only completing the initial detox, although not available in all cases.
This isn’t for financial reasons alone, but because shorter programmes are often associated with less successful outcomes, in the longer term.
Here is what we recommend if you want a less expensive and shorter course.
Ask about short term detox plans, **but only** if you already have additional emotional supports setup for once detox completes.
i.e. a structured, organised approach to addiction therapy, follow up supports, mutual aid supports, and a sponsor lined up for the long term.
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.
How Do Clinics Approach Their Rehab Refund Policy?
You should ask the clinic you are about to attend about its own refund policy, as each is different.
If you relapse you should not expect a refund, as the cause of the relapse is down to the client in each case.
Getting Started In Rehab: What Do I Need To Do?
I’d Like To Start The Programme Immediately; Can I Do That?
It will only take between one and two days for some basic checks to be carried out for suitability, and the clients can be welcomed by the admissions team for the start of their residential care.
Is Abbeycare A Well-Established Addiction Care Provider?
Following personal experiences of Abbeycare staff, we started providing rehab care in 2005.
Since that time, Abbeycare has grown into a well-known brand in the treatment of addiction within the United Kingdom.
Why Am I Being Asked Do Complete An Assessment In Order To Attend A Course Of Residential Treatment With Abbeycare?
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.
Help for addiction is available at Abbeycare's UK clinics, serving the full Cardiff area.
We've helped thousands overcome their addiction to alcohol or drugs.
In our 15 years, we've worked with even the most complex detoxes, needs, and issues.
Even if you're not local, we can still help with transport into treatment (full transparency - some costs do apply).
Our admissions team are ready to listen to your needs.
Detox is available, with comfort and safety, with the help of our medical team.
Our therapy team are available, to help you identify triggers, patterns, and start truly overcoming them.
Our clinic team - many of them in recovery personally - are ready to get you started.
Are you ready?
Ready to get started? All calls are confidential. Ring direct on 01603 513 091.