Rehab Pontprennau

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In This Guide

For most, finding the right help for alcohol or drug issues in Pontprennau, is confusing and difficult. Many aren't aware of the right questions to ask, and how to compare more than one centre.

Before taking the plunge, here's everything you need to know when shopping around for addiction help in Pontprennau.

Step 1 - What Do You Need?

Having gone through months (years?) of denial, when we're ready for treatment, it's easy to rush ahead into the first detox provider you call. But spending just a little time getting clear on what you truly need, can save a costly mistake.

Detox .v. Rehab

Addiction treatment for alcohol or drugs usually starts with a detox, then therapy (rehab), followed by aftercare. But which of these is right for you?

- Have you tried treatment previously, without success? Or even, tried going it alone without professional help? It's important to be clear on this.

If you've completed previous treatment and have a good understanding of self already, the full programme may not be required. But if you don't have supports in place, the detox-only option may not be enough.

When Is Close To Home, Too Close To Home?

Caught up in the need for detox, many will commit too early to a clinic as close as possible to home, without thinking ahead.

Looking farther afield can potentially mean finding a higher standard of care, for less cost.

Detox can be found in many places, but a strong rehabilitation programme with excellent therapy can mean much greater progress in the long term. We're getting to the real questions here about standard of care delivered, instead of just the bare minimum.

Multi-Substance Detox, Or Previous Attempts At Rehab

Like many things in life, the quality of your experience in a rehab clinic can come down to the breadth and depth of experience of the staff you're working with.

Multiple previous detoxes, or challenging liver issues, should mean you're extra careful that the clinic can accommodate your needs, both safely, and comfortably.

While an admissions team or sales team can give an indication of likely detox methods, this is of course finalised and decided upon by the supervising medical professionals present.

Does the medical team at a given clinic specialise in addiction? Or do they practice in more general matters, with addiction as a second interest?

Get Answers To These:

KEY QUESTIONS

- Can you easily accommodate my detox needs?
- Do you have specialist addiction medics prescribing detox?
- If I have questions about my specific detox needs, who would I speak to?

Step 2 - The Rehab Need-To-Knows

What is day to day addiction treatment inside the clinic actually like?

Rehab clinics are not hospitals with shared wards - you'd normally have your own room in the clinic for the length of your stay. Some clinics also offer shared rooms - although this has become less common since the advent of coronavirus.

Since every individual is different, and needs can vary widely, (even two people consuming the same amount of alcohol or drugs can need very different timescale and treatment) - a personal assessment is usually needed, before admission to a clinic can go ahead.

The Plan For Treatment

Reputable clinics will try to personalise the care you receive, as far as possible.

If staff do not offer to help draw up a personalised care plan of action for your clinic time, and longer recovery journey, you've chosen the wrong provider.

This document will be used as your yardstick to measure progress and keep track. Make sure to take an active part in this stage.

Make sure to ask:

KEY QUESTIONS

- Do you provide a written plan for me to follow, during treatment?
- Do you have a one size fits all approach to treatment, or do you work with each individual's needs?
- Does care planning account for my detox needs, therapy needs, or both?
- Is there continuity whilst in treatment, of who I deal with, each day?

What's Rehab Treatment Like, Day To Day?

What actually happens in a clinic, every day?

The structure of each day will vary of course, from one provider to the next.

Private clinics are normally group oriented. Consistency can be maintained by everyone sharing in the same day structure, usually in the form of an agenda. This lays out the timetable of events, and what's expected.

The duration of detox each individual needs, will vary, based on multiple factors, including frequency and recency of usage, history of addiction, previous detoxes, etc. Depending on usage levels, many will be able to progress to the next stage of treatment after just a few days. Sometimes it will take longer than this to get a clear head again. This is normal.

Visiting the clinic before committing to treatment will also help you gauge just what the everyday is like, inside a centre, before committing financially.

Have You Asked:

KEY QUESTIONS

- What see inside photos do you have, of the clinic, online?
- What is the daily agenda of activities inside the clinic, and how soon after detox will I be expected to take part? 
- Do you offer the opportunity to look around the clinic before admitting? 
- When would I be expected to move from detox into therapy in the clinic?

Rehab & Covid-19

Rehab is almost always a group exercise, even at higher end clinics.

Those in long term recovery achieved it, only by accepting help from others, and helping them, in return.

But recovery gains can only be made safely, with consideration to other health factors, in the bigger picture.

Are you making sure:
  • How does covid-19 affect the rehab programme?
  • How does covid-19 affect elements of the programme that are usually group-oriented, e.g. exercise, meditation, therapy, etc?
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Step 3 - Rehab On A Budget

Naturally, funding private rehab treatment in Pontprennau is a concern for many.

The ability of third sector or voluntary organisations to deal with more complex detox needs is usually slim - it's worth looking into this though.

  • Public providers like the NHS in the UK, will generally offer addiction keywork support sessions weekly, on an out-patient basis, with possible referral to other outpatient support services. Wait times for the right help can be extended, simply due to demand placed on services.
  • Paid clinics - are considered the equivalent of a primary care intervention for addiction - an intensive, specialist period of help in a supervised setting. Your investment in private help is purchasing greater experience and insight into your particular needs. Getting direct help from those who have already been there can lead to insights or progress in your own case, not usually achievable in other environments. Paid providers are running a business of course, and must pay all the associated costs of specialist staff, day-to-day running costs, medical fees, etc. Thus a stay in rehab will likely be in the region of £2,500 - £15,000, depending on how long you stay, your needs, and other specifics.
Public Or Private?
Public
  • Mostly Out-Patient
  • Onward referral possible
  • Free or low cost service
  • Residential treatment rare
  • High demand, long waiting lists
Private
  • Full programme of detox, therapy help, and aftercare planning
  • Specialist staff; residential care
  • Admission usually within 48hrs
  • Can be expensive

Your mental health matters, and because of the costs involved, it's easy to opt for a very low end provider, with minimal support. Not always a great idea.

Cheap providers often involve minimal rooms or living conditions, and poor therapy. Look instead for smaller providers, with more personal attention.

By calling and comparing a few treatment providers against each other, this step should give you a sense of what rehab will cost.

Other Avenues For Help

Local Mutual Aid Meetings

12 step support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are usually available in most locations, although meetings have largely shifted towards online now, in the wake of covid issues.

Whilst mutual aid plays a big part for many, later in their recovery journey, those at the start will need professional help to detox safely.

AA, NA, and the big book groups have millions of followers and attendees, and have been very successful over the years. But starting out - you'll need more specialist help for detox.

Community Healthcare Options

Whilst the NHS do have addiction keyworkers in different regions, they’re normally overrun with enquiries and demand on resources, meaning obtaining funding for a rehab stay is unlikely.

At best, only the most extreme or chronic cases are normally considered for hospital detox or residential clinics.

Aggregating funds together, between friends and family, can be a good approach to securing private treatment instead, where the individual can't finance it themselves.

Step 4 - Read The Only Impartial Reports

While many providers will claim to show many positive reviews, their legitimacy is not always clear.

Arm yourself from the outset, with the *only* truly impartial consumer report available for private clinics - the Care Quality Commission (England & Wales) and/or Care Inspectorate (Scotland) inspection reports.

These two regulators ensure clinics are up to scratch, and send written reports to clinics with their findings, on how they can improve their service, and potential penalties, if they don't comply.


Service providers receive a full report on the watchdog's findings.

Regulatory Inspections - Keynotes

On paper, a visit by regulators to a clinic can be "Announced", or "Unannounced" - the former means the clinic knew about the inspection in advance, the latter means they didn't. Hence, "Unannounced" inspection reports are more likely to provide a real-world picture of clinic conditions and service levels.

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Step 5 - Decide On A Provider

It's now time to decide on one of the clinics you've looked at.

Expect to go through a few questions initially, when you call the provider you've chosen - this is normal.

A telephone assessment might last up to 30 minutes, after which the provider will likely request you to pay a deposit towards treatment, so that they can progress further with your admission.

If you’re paying via an insurance policy, this is the time that will get sorted out also.

Step 6 - Arranging Payment

Most clinics will expect payment of a deposit, toward the full balance of treatment, prior to admitting.

The deposit could be anywhere from £500 - £3,000, depending on specifics. Most clinics accept payment over the phone by card.

You won't find many clinics offering payment options directly, unfortunately.

Make sure to get an email confirmation of deposit paid, and confirmation of what happens next.

The Remaining Funding

The balance to pay for treatment, if not paying via insurance or a third party, is usually due when you arrive to admit to the clinic.

It's a good idea to pay this promptly, to avoid excess charges.

Step 7 - Admission Into Treatment

Now it's time for the practical stuff of admitting. Double check you have a note of your confirmed date and time your due to admit to the clinic.

Most clinics will expect you to pack these basics:

  • Comfortable clothes, suitable for relaxing in the clinic
  • Toiletries to last the length of your stay
  • Suitable accessories for any leisure facilities/gym/etc if available
  • A supply of enough of any regular medication you take, to last the duration of your stay

Rules re mobile phone and device usage varies from clinic to clinic - it's worth checking before you set off - how many devices are allowed, and what the internet usage policy is. Many clinics have a restricted use policy, to keep clients on track.

Treatment centres must co-ordinate their clinical and medical teams availability for your arrival - so being on time matters. Try to arrange your transport to the clinic, ahead of time, to make sure things run smoothly.

Take a well-deserved rest, as the road to recovery opens up before you.

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Abbeycare Serve Pontprennau

You've completed our guide on finding the right rehab near Pontprennau!

Help for addiction is available at Abbeycare's UK clinics.

We've helped thousands overcome their addiction to alcohol or drugs.

All that experience has helped us assist those with even the most complicated detox and rehab needs.

Our team can even get transport organised too, if needed, from your location (with an extra charge).

You can read our inspection reports from regulatory bodies, on our clinic pages, here: Abbeycare Scotland, and The Hygrove.

Our admissions team are ready to listen to your needs.

The Abbeycare medical team can help you detox comfortably.

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.

The only thing left is - are you ready?

To get your questions answered, or to get started in recovery, our team can help, on 01603 513 091.

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