Long-term residential treatment at Abbeycare has been developed for those suffering from alcohol or drug dependence. Attendance on a longer-term treatment programme may be the antidote to problematic substance use.
Remaining in rehab for the longer term provides a safe and structured environment to recover in. The work carried out in rehab is often short. And although instrumental in promoting abstinence. Some may benefit from a longer length of programme.
Staying in a facility that has been specifically designed to help aid recovery by the implementation of various treatment modalities and holistic therapies. Supports the transition from dependence to independence. And has many beneficial components.
The Benefits to a Long-Term Programme
- The mind and body are given time to heal from the damage of addiction in a safe and specifically designed environment
- The change required to promote long term recovery from alcohol and drugs can be implemented in group therapy
- The longer time spent away from the ability to access substances the better.
- The resident can build a mental defence through motivation and inspiration from others on the same path
- Clarity of thinking returns
- A renewed sense of self is awoken
- Energy levels improve
- A once disrupted sleep pattern returns
- Family members and loved ones begin to feel hopeful
- Lost dreams are awoken
- Feelings of guilt and shame disappear
- Fear is replaced with hope
A 28 Day Specialised Recovery Programme
The 28 Day programme has been created to ensure the participant has a full experience of recovery by attendance on the many therapeutic interventions delivered.
These tried and tested approach’s use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and the 12 Steps to bring about a full and robust change of thinking and behaviour conducive to long term sobriety and freedom from active addiction.
Participants take part in daily therapeutic group work as well as 121 sessions with trained Psychotherapists.
The whole programme is designed with active recovery as the main ingredient and residents are transported on journey from active addiction to freedom from the bondage of problematic substance use.
The root cause of Addiction
Although rehab at Abbeycare focusses on recovery from alcohol and drugs, it could be argued that ‘most’ of the human race suffer from various addictions. Such as: gambling, food, sex, shopping, exercise or nicotine addiction to name but a few.
But what are the root causes of addiction?
Most root causes arrive in childhood, during adolescence children are witness to many situations that form the basis or their core belief systems.
These core beliefs shaped by their environment, care givers and peers create positive and negative perceptions of the world.
Once introduced to a certain substance a feeling of relief may wash over and take the negative thoughts away. This feels good.
But the alcohol or drugs are just masking the bad feelings, the reason why those feelings exist are still there. Almost like a sticky plaster being placed on a gaping wound ‘it’ stops the bleeding slightly but in truth is more a hinderance than a help.
Rehab traces considers negative beliefs such as:
“I need alcohol to get through my day!”
“I can only socialise when I’ve taken something!”
“I can’t live without alcohol or drugs!”
As a light on these untrue beliefs, promoting a new confidence for life and the ability to take part in the world sober. Turning negative perceptions back into positive ones.
Long-term treatment versus short term
Long-term treatment is a viable option for substance users. There is no rule that excludes the type of drug used. There is also no rule that excludes the duration the drug has been taken for only recommendations.
Participants vary in presenting conditions and all are placed on a therapeutic programme to combat their addictions.
Those with dual diagnosis i.e. mental health problems and dependence on alcohol or drugs are recommended to attend a longer-term programme.
As are patients who have been using substances for many years or have encountered many problems directly relating to their use of drugs and alcohol. Such as arrests, homelessness, relationship breakdowns, job losses and periods of low mood.
Long term rehab is for the treatment of:
Generally, consists of a detox and brief introduction to a therapeutic programme. Short term rehab can be delivered in a hospital setting or inpatient rehab. And can bring about the much-needed break in dependence on a substance.
Returning to a place before dependence took hold and a quick return to normal living.
Short term rehab works with all the above substances however methadone, prescription meds, diazepam and fentanyl would all require a longer-term detox and a recommendation of long-term rehab.
Long-term rehab has been proven to be more successful for those with Co-Morbidity i.e. two diseases. Such as mental health problems and substance use or underlying physical health problems and substance use.
Mental and Physical health problems combined with substance use may require a longer period of time spent in treatment, as the ability to bounce back, and return to a place before addiction took hold is slightly more complex.
The longer time spent in rehab the longer time spent recuperating and regaining physical and mental strength. The incidence of relapse will reduce.
The Science behind the treatment
Why choose long term rehab? Consider alcohol, this drug, has been found through research and examination to be mood and mind altering. If used over the long term, in some instances, decades. This drug as well as others will chemically alter the human brain.
What does this mean?
Just as a human craves water and food as means of survival. The brain will now receive signals that crave the substance of choice such as alcohol, heroin, cocaine, cannabis etc.
These signals or mental cravings will instruct the body to retrieve these substances in order to achieve equilibrium. In order words to feel better.
However, these substances do not act like food and water as they are not naturally occurring, and the body was not created to require them for survival.
A chemical disturbance has been created within the human body and the need for drugs is abnormal to the body’s natural structures.
In short, the mind and body have been chemically disrupted. The brain's receptors have been chemically changed to command the body to use more drugs.
Long term residential rehab resets the mind and allows the body to follow.
After detox has been completed the receptors on the brain of a person dependant alcohol and drugs will detach themselves. The brain slowly returns to a state of homeostasis i.e. they in which it was originally created to work.
The return to a normal state of mind and body takes time.
Recovery is over time not overnight.
Negative thought processes and behaviour patterns that occur with chemical dependence have to be addressed and relearned.
This is where rehabilitation is of vital importance to a once chemically dependent individual. As the group therapy sessions and 121’s with a specially trained addiction/recovery therapist will create the environment conducive to change.
Many in the early days of recovery may feel guilty or ashamed of their actions under the influence of substances. And the trained therapists will work to put these situations into context.
Supporting the resident to deal with these feelings as they learn to understand that a mind-altering substance also had control of their mood. And now it no longer does a ‘fresh start’ is on offer.
The hope is that the participant grabs this ‘fresh start’ with both hands and begins a new way of living.
Long Term Rehab and Relapse
Before attending Abbeycare relapse may have occurred.
Addiction is a chronic relapsing condition and without the appropriate support networks in place or time spent addressing the root causes of addiction. Relapse can occur.
Recovery has to be considered on a longitudinal basis as there is no quick fix to sometimes decades of substance use. Or being beat down repeatedly by relapse.
Relapse can induce feelings of hopelessness. Long-term rehab addresses the situations that occurred prior to relapse and helps the client work through these to stop the negative cycle from repeating.
Rehab looks at conditions prior to relapse and introduces coping strategies to implement if these situations occur again. In this instance empowering and informing residents will provide the tools required to combat thoughts of using regardless of life’s circumstances.
Frequently asked questions
As a parent this can be the hardest aspect of entering a long-term treatment programme. 28 days can seem like an eternity when considering leaving children with family and friends to address your substance use.
Parents are asked to consider the long-term benefits of abstaining from alcohol or drugs. And ask the question – “Will the time spent away from children however difficult in the short term protect and support them in the longer term?”
Employment matters vary from person to person and are usually taken on individual cases. For example, stealing from your place of work whilst intoxicated may be viewed differently than turning up for work in a poor condition due to the previous night’s excesses.
With that said employers are becoming more understanding of alcoholism and drug dependence, partly, because of improvements in employment law and partly because the UK is now considering problematic substance use as a public health problem.
In most cases your GP will write a ‘sick line’ to cover your duration of stay in rehab.
The 28 Day or longer rehab programme is intended as a continuous therapeutic programme and clients will not be allowed a leave of absence.
Upon leaving the programme demission paperwork will be filled in and the service will cease.
At this present time 28 Days may seem lengthy however rehabilitation is a way of life and does not stop 28 Days later. Bearing that in mind it is imperative that clients make the long-term rehab programme their top priority in order for it to work. And work with family and therapy team to remove any distractions from their life outside rehab.
Currently Abbey care do not have a payment plan. A deposit is paid before or on arrival and the date for the rest of payment will be negotiated with the Admissions Team.
Some private health care services will provide the funds for long-term rehab programmes. If you have private healthcare and are unsure about this call or email them for more information.
During Covid-19 residents are allowed access to their Smart Phones to contact family member and loved ones as visits have been temporarily halted to protect lives and halt the spread of the virus.
Phones will not be allowed into the therapeutic sessions but after negotiation with the staff team short periods of time may be allocated to residents to make work calls etc.
However, detaching from all outside responsibilities and focussing on rehab will help the resident achieve better results.
Long-term rehab participation works as the vessel required to bring about a complete change. The change required to break the physical and mental cravings for substances problematic to health.
What was once seen as the elixir of life and the provider of ease and comfort, the cold hard truth has been exposed. The drugs don’t work they just make you sick! And it’s time to face life again.
A wonderful life worth living with eyes wide open, with strength and vitality and sober.
Recovery is overtime not overnight, long term rehab provides the tools for living a new way of life
Addiction to alcohol and drugs can affect every area of life from health, finances, relationships, jobs, children and peace of mind. Addiction is all consuming.
Therefore, recovery needs to be progressive and positive in its attempt to eliminate the desire to use substances harmful to health. Recovery involves freedom.
Recovery is available for anyone regardless of background, drug they choose to use or length of time they have used substances for. The cycle can be broken.
If you visualise yourself free from alcohol and drugs living a happy and productive life?
And wish to learn more about our Addiction Treatment or Detox, Rehab, Aftercare Programme call our free 24/7 Helpline on 01603 513 091 or fill out the form below to speak to a trained addiction counsellor.