Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. It can be wrongfully assumed that illegal drug users lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behaviour. Drug addiction is a complex disease and getting well takes more than good intentions. In fact, because drugs change the brain, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so. However, drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives.
Drug abuse and addiction have many negative consequences and not only for the individual. Family and friends can all be affected by family disintegration, loss of employment, failure in school, domestic violence, and child abuse. We are experts in treating drug and alcohol addiction so call us today to see how our rehab clinic can help you.
What is drug addiction rehab treatment like?
Some people really enjoy treatment and some find it very challenging. At The Haynes Clinic we will make your stay as comfortable as we can. However we will also give you the therapy and treatment that gives you the best chance possible of getting and staying well. This may mean you hearing some uncomfortable truths. We will not be telling you these for our benefit – our life would be much easier if we could tell you that everything was rosy and pleasant in your life. In reality this is unlikely to be the case. Anything we tell you will be with the sole purpose of getting you well.
So, how we will we know what has been going on in your life and how your addiction has affected it? Our first source of information is going to be you.
Establishing more information about your drug addiction
Both before and when you arrive at the clinic we will be assessing your suitability for treatment. We will ask you about your drinking and drug using history, especially what is the current situation. We will ask about your physical and mental health, any prescribed medication, your ability to self care and your medical history in terms of your physical and mental health. We will also find out about any illegal activity and risky behaviours in which you have indulged in the past. We need to be sure that we are a suitable place for you to get well, that you are appropriate for the sort of treatment and regime that we have here and that you will not pose any risk to anyone while you are here. In turn, this means that you can be assured that everyone else you will meet here while in treatment will have been similarly assessed as being appropriate and safe for treatment.
If you are too unwell to give us this information yourself, we will collect it from a family member.
We will also be sending out family questionnaires to your family / people who care about you to hear their truth about your drug addiction and how it has affected you – and them. Information from these family questionnaires is often the key to you seeing the truth about the extent and impact of your addiction. This can be one of the hardest parts of your treatment – hearing the truth from people who care about you and have been affected (often more than you realise). These questionnaires are usually sent out once you have arrived at the clinic.
Assessing your drug rehabilitation needs
When you arrive, you may be tested to ensure you are Covid free. We will also ask you about your vaccination status.
We will then collect more detail from you – some of this may repeat that mentioned above as we confirm previously given information. We will also go into more depth (depending on how well you are feeling). We will collect information required to decide what, if any, detox medication you require. This will be prescribed by our doctor (who is also a psychiatrist). Our doctor is likely also to offer you the option of taking a sleeping tablet (for a maximum of 6 nights) to help you get into a good pattern of sleep. Most people who have alcohol or addiction issues do not have a healthy sleeping pattern when they arrive at the clinic.
First days in drug rehab
The routine is the same whether or not you are on a detox. The detox medication should enable you to function (certainly after the first day or two). We operate on the principle that it is better for you to get straight into treatment and on the programme, rather than to sit around focusing on how well you are (or are not) feeling!
If you are convinced that you will need a period of rest before starting to work on yourself, you should consider admitting on a Friday afternoon or Saturday, as the weekends are slightly less structured and there is more opportunity to rest.
The drug rehab treatment programme
During the week, you will be in therapy at the clinic between 9 and 5. You will be brought to the clinic by the staff member who has been with you overnight. You will then be in sessions all day (with breaks).
In the evenings and at the weekend you will have assignments to work on. You will also attend around 4 fellowship meetings a week (AA / NA/ CA). The clinic programme is based around the 12 step programme but there are also many other therapy sessions which are more cognitive behaviour related.
At the weekends, there may be an opportunity to go to a health club, to do personal shopping (with staff) and to have a family visit. These have not been happening during the pandemic and will remain off the programme for the foreseeable future. Our priority is to keep everyone safe and protected, as far as is possible.
Please also see our page that provides a the detailed breakdown of our addiction rehab primary care offerings
After drug rehab treatment
We offer aftercare and a family support programme. You will also be advised to continue your recovery on the 12 Step Programme and to attend fellowship meetings. More detail will be given before you leave treatment.
For free confidential advice call us on 01462 851414