guide to rehab

All your questions about drug rehab answered

What is drug or alcohol rehab?

Rehab for drug or alcohol addiction is a treatment programme often provided in a residential setting.

Rehab focuses on kickstarting the recovery process through an abstinence-based programme of detox and various therapies, to help individuals of all kinds overcome their substance abuse.

Residential rehab is the best and most effective kind of treatment programme as it provides 24/7 care for you or your loved one, and around 70% remain completely sober after attending a residential rehab.

How long does rehab last?

A typical rehab programme that is residential will tend to last around 28 days.

This is believed to be long enough to form new habits and reap the benefits of therapy, in order to form the best foundation for recovery.

The first 3-10 days is usually spent detoxing from your substance. A detox is a process by which a substance is completely removed from the body. This is often the hardest part of rehab, as withdrawal symptoms can be severe. Read more here.

The rest of the programme will include a variety of preventative therapies – experiential therapy, individual and group sessions, and holistic therapy – in order to begin overcoming addiction and forming new and healthy habits.

What can/can’t I bring to rehab?

The rules and regulations about what you will be able to bring to rehab, and what is prohibited will depend entirely on the residential rehab and treatment type you choose.

The one thing that you will not be able to bring, wherever you go, will be any alcohol, and drugs that are not pre-existing and GP-prescribed medication.

Residential rehabs are entirely sober sites. Bringing either alcohol or drugs to a rehab will have very serious consequences.

Other policies on items like mobile phones and technological devices, as well as cars and transport vehicles will depend on your individual case and rehab treatment centre. Seek advice from your rehab with regards to their policies.

Here is a helpful list of the most typical list of things to bring to rehab. 

What is a typical day in rehab like?

Again, this will entirely depend on the particular rehab centre you attend.

A typical day in addiction rehab will include an early morning wake up and bedtime, 3 hearty and balanced meals, and a variety of individual and group therapies.

Available therapies and programmes include:

  • 12-step programmes
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Specialised therapy sessions
  • Holistic and relaxation therapies
  • Family therapy

Can friends and family visit?

Depending on the rehab, your family and friends will be able to visit. Whether or not your family can visit will depend on the facilities on-site as well as the security of the hospital.

Some rehabs offer specialised family therapy and accommodation on-site so that individuals and their families can work through problems and discords and recover together.

How much does rehab cost?

If you choose private residential rehab then it will always cost something. There are minimal free services available, especially for residential rehab.

Residential rehab will begin at £5,000 for a 28-day rehab. The more expensive the rehab, the higher-quality care you will receive, so it is important to consider the rehab centre itself rather than the cost sometimes.

This is because there are so many finance options: Insurance, credit card payments, and instalment payment options.

Will my loved ones trust me after rehab?

A simple answer is, yes, of course they will. Your loved ones will only want the best for you, and they will be there before, during and after your treatment. They will be a really great support network for your recovery – they will help support, motivate and encourage you to maintain your sober life after rehab. More.