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In This Guide

If you're looking for drug or alcohol addiction help - you'll have already realised the myriad of options on offer. Many aren't aware of the right questions to ask, and how to compare more than one centre.

Our guide includes advice on how to weigh providers against each other, and a printable Q&A for when you speak with treatment clinics direct. Let's get started.

Step 1 - Understand What You Need

There are a wealth of treatment options available for those fresh to the journey of recovery. But use your needs, and past experience, first and foremost, as your guide to what treatment will work best.

Detox, Rehab, Or Both?

A stay for alcohol or drug rehab normally follows the sequence Detox > Rehab > Aftercare, but do you need all three?

- Unsure if you need detox, rehab, aftercare, or all 3? 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.

Rehab In The Right Place

Understandably, when feeling low and needing detox, most will opt for a clinic close to where they live.

But the provider on your doorstep doesn't necessarily provide the best overall value, in the context of your entire recovery journey.

Detox can be found in many places, but a strong rehabilitation programme with excellent therapy can mean much greater progress in the long term. Just a few minutes work here, can pay off down the line.

A Past History Of Addiction

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.

This can be especially important where you have complex drug or alcohol detox needs.

Specific detoxes that may need more specialist intervention include high dose methadone transfers, multi-substance detoxes, or cases with previous hospital admission for addiction.

Likewise for therapeutic help, what specialist qualifications in addiction do the team have? Ask here about issues that have been sticking points for you in the past, and their suitability to help.

Get Answers To These:

KEY QUESTIONS

- In your experience, would someone with my detox needs be better suited for hospital detox?
- Is dealing with someone with my intake level and addiction history, a normal everyday client for your clinic?
- Will I be able to speak with someone who decides about my detox regimen, once admitted to the clinic?

Step 2 - The Rehab Need-To-Knows

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

Rehabilitation clinics operate a residential service - you stay residentially, in the clinic, 24hrs a day, usually with your own room and personal space.

The clinic you enquire with, have to make sure they can look after you and your needs for detox and rehab. They'll ask some standard questions about your usage, and history with addiction. This is normal, and it's important for them to rule out extreme cases where their environment may not be safe, or provide a comfortable detox experience.

Mapping Out Needs And Treatment Goals

Whilst all clinics operate a group environment generally, most should look to help you keep track of your progress, and monitor treatment goals reached.

A care plan, lays out in detail, how your stay will proceed, what targets you have for treatment, and how you'll measure them. Clinic addiction specialists (ideally assigned only to you) should help you prepare this and use it as a tool throughout your stay.

This is your opportunity to make sure your key sticking points, triggers, and recurring issues, are factored in, and will get appropriate attention during your stay. Any input at this stage will likely pay dividends later.

Always ask about:

KEY QUESTIONS

- To what extent is my care and management planned and mapped out?
- How do clinic staff know they're doing a good job at helping clients achieve recovery?
- What input do I have in planning my care?
- Am I passed from one staff member to another, as shifts change?

What Actually Happens Inside A Clinic?

What actually happens in a clinic, every day?

Short of actually admitting to treatment, we need to ask questions here that let us know what we should expect to see, hear, and feel, once admitted to a clinic.

In treatment, you should receive some form of agenda for each day of the week. This lays out the timetable of events, and what's expected.

Detox from alcohol or substance misuse in a clinic can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks, depending on multiple factors. Getting clear of the physical effects of alcohol or substance misuse in detox could take 3-6 days, for lighter use cases. Other times, it takes longer for the body to process the left-over substances. Clinic staff understand this.

Also, make sure to ask to arrange a visit to look around the clinic, first.

Make sure to ask:

KEY QUESTIONS

- Can I see a virtual tour of the clinic, before committing?
- Can you send me an example of what the daily schedule is like, in the clinic? 
- Do you offer the opportunity to look around the clinic before admitting? 
- How quickly after detoxing can I get started on the remainder of the programme elements?

Rehab & Covid-19

Since rehab treatment is usually a communal environment, you should expect to have to accommodate others on the journey.

Gains achieved during treatment can be amplified by the help of the peer group around you.

Achieving recovery in a covid-19 world, however, means making some accommodations along the way.

Here are the right questions to ask:
  • Does the clinic have provisions in place relating to Covid-19 prevention and detection (for your safety).
  • What daily agenda items in the clinic mean group interaction, and are they adjusted appropriately to accommodate concerns re covid-19?
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Step 3 - Planning The Financials Of Rehab

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

The differences between public and private options are vast.

  • Fee-free help is usually restricted to local keywork sessions with an allocated health worker and onward referrals to other specialists in mental health etc. In turn, each of these elements will have their own waiting list attached. Often this approach is suited to those who already have other support channels in place or perhaps are suffering only a minor set back after a long history of sobriety.
  • Private providers - the main advantage to private rehab clinics is fast and easy access to supervised detox, a custom treatment plan, and end-to-end joined up addiction care, all under one roof. 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
  • Out-Patient focussed
  • Referral to other specialists if/as needed
  • Free or minimal cost
  • Usually no rehab or residential care
  • Long waiting lists
Private
  • Includes detox, rehab, therapy, aftercare
  • All elements in a fully residential programme
  • Quick access to treatment
  • Privately funded/More expensive

As you can imagine, the cheapest provider is not always the best.

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

Use this step to get a clear idea of what rough budget you can commit to treatment, ringing round a few providers for initial pricing if needed.

Other Avenues For Help

Support In The Community

Most locations hold local Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings which can assist in the mutual aid and social elements of recovery.

If you're just starting out in recovery though, detoxing comfortably first, will undoubtedly be the priority.

Mutual aid meetings have earned their place in everyone's recovery. But the first stage of help - physically detoxing - will need more specialist care.

NHS Addiction Options

In the first instance, it's possible to present to your GP and discuss the possibility of referral to your local addictions team, in the NHS. They will usually help you monitor the effects of addiction in your life, but are unable to refer or provide funding for immediate detox, in most cases.

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 - Find Objective Reviews

Opinions on different clinics' standards of care are ten a penny on the internet, but how do you know who to trust?

The industry regulators - the Care Quality Commission in England & Wales, and the Care Inspectorate in Scotland, publish the only independent reporting on standards available, for private rehab clinics.

The CQC and The Care Inspectorate are the industry regulators, and complete routine inspections of private rehabs, which are often classified under the 'Care Homes' category, in their records.


This includes feedback on staffing, care and support levels, management, and environment.

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 - Complete The Initial Assessment

Now is the time to come to a decision about where you're completing treatment.

It's not uncommon at this point, for the provider to take you a through a number of pre-admission questions, as they have to ensure your suitable for the clinic and its environment.

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.

Now is also the time to finalise any other arrangements re payment, like paying via insurance policy.

Step 6 - Deposits & Paying For Treatment

As above, expect to pay a deposit prior to admission.

Depending on total costs, your deposit could be anywhere from £500 - £3,000 or more.

The days of clinics offering finance facilities directly, are mostly gone, although a few do still offer in-house plans to pay for treatment.

Be sure to get a written confirmation of receipt for your deposit, and confirm with the provider any admin fees due, in the event of admission delays, or even cancellation, due to unforeseen circumstances.

Remaining Balance

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.

To avoid excess charges later, it's best to settle this on time.

Step 7 - Get Started

Did you get a booking confirmation, containing the practical details, like date and time you're due to arrive for treatment? If not, request one now.

Most clinics will expect you to pack these basics:

  • Informal clothing for routine clinic activities
  • Basic toiletries
  • Extras for gym/swim/sauna facilities, as available
  • A supply of any regular prescribed medication, to last the length of your stay

Make sure to check paperwork for any restrictions on device usage (not all clinics allow this), internet access, and visits from family.

Most clinics have a busy schedule and making sure you arrive on time is important. Getting your means of transport to the clinic organised ahead of time, will ensure things are effortless, on the day.

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

Are You Asking The Right Questions?

Thanks for reading our guide.

You'll find all the right questions to ask a treatment provider in our printable checklist.

If You're Looking For Treatment Near Skewen, We Can Probably Help.

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

Abbeycare have central UK locations, and serve the Skewen area.

Since 2005, we've been helping thousands to overcome addiction, comfortably, and safely.

There's no substitute for the years of experience we've had, assisting with even the most complex cases.

We can even arrange to assist with transport to the clinic (some extra charges do apply).

Check our independent inspection reports, available on our clinic pages for Scotland, and The Hygrove.

Our admissions team are ready to listen to your needs.

The Abbeycare medical team can help you detox comfortably.

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 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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