Drug and alcohol rehab in Birmingham
Drug and alcohol addiction is an issue which is affecting more and more people each year. If you are suffering from an addiction, it can be easy to feel like you are totally alone, as knowing which way to turn for help is difficult. However, there are some fantastic rehab centres in Birmingham which can help. For alcohol rehab and drug rehab, these centres can help you get the treatment and support you need. Drug and alcohol rehab in Birmingham has already helped so many people, and by reaching out to these centres, you will have already taken the first step.
Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Birmingham
There are various treatment centres available to you, and so the first decision you will need to make is between inpatient treatment in Birmingham and outpatient treatment in Birmingham. Both approaches are available at different treatment clinics in the city, so it is important that you understand what they involve.
Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)
A lot of people automatically choose outpatient treatment because they think it will be the most convenient treatment approach. Outpatient treatment, or day rehab as it is also known, allows you to stay at home and only attend the clinic for treatment. While this may seem like it will enable you to live your normal life while receiving treatment, it is not always very effective. Drug and alcohol addiction works best when accompanied by holistic treatments which address how to healthily address emotions. Through day rehab, you will still have access to addictive substances, hindering your recovery process.
Inpatient addiction treatment (residential rehab)
So that you can make a clean break from addictive triggers, inpatient treatment at a residential rehab centre is usually the best option. There are many fantastic rehab centres in Birmingham offering a wide range of different therapies in a residential rehab setting. The inpatient treatment programme offered may vary from centre to centre, but you will be able to discuss your programme with the professionals at each centre and decide on the best course of action for you. They will have dealt with many people in the same position, so will be able to advise you.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to look at the accommodation options offered and find the addiction treatment centre where you think you will be most comfortable during your stay. Residential rehab is usually paid for privately by the client whereas many outpatient services are available for free through the NHS.
Why inpatient rehab?
Being able to escape your addictive triggers during your rehab programme makes inpatient treatment the most effective starting point for recovery. Outpatient treatment does not provide the same holistic approach, which limits the potential for positive, long-term results. Staying at the clinic as a resident enables you to totally immerse yourself in your recovery, which isn’t possible with NHS outpatient treatment. You can take a few weeks to forget about everything else going on in your life and just focus purely on yourself.
Care Quality Commission ratings
As Birmingham rehab clinics have so many different options available, choosing the best clinic can be difficult. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is an independently operated organisation which assesses addiction treatment centres and gives them a rating based on a range of criteria from client safety to staff numbers. These CQC ratings can be very useful in helping you to make an informed choice, as they are unbiased so you will be able to trust their findings.
Mixture of therapies
The most effective addiction treatment programmes use a mixture of therapies to ensure that all clients have the best chance of a successful recovery. These therapies will include both individual and group therapies which will be customised to suit you. At a Birmingham residential rehab clinic, you will be able to discuss your individual programme with the expert staff. This level of customisation is only available through residential rehab, which is another reason why it is more effective than outpatient treatment.
Family support programmes
The toll which drug and alcohol addiction can take on family is huge, and so a very important part of effective treatment involves extra support for your loved ones. Most Birmingham inpatient treatment centres offer family support programmes, which guide and assist family members through each step of the recovery process.
As well as offering family support programmes, residential rehab centres – such as Sanctuary Lodge and other UKAT facilities – also offer conjoints to clients and their families. These are special sessions which are designed to provide a safe place for family members to share their thoughts. Many families have attested to the effectiveness of these conjoints in helping to rebuild relationships that were damaged as a result of addiction.
What should I expect from a detox in Birmingham?
Detox is the process of removing all addictive substances from the body so that therapy can begin. Effective recovery begins with a full detox so that you start with a clean slate. As detox can cause serious withdrawal symptoms, it is safest when done in coordination with a medical professional.
If the extent of a client’s addiction is particularly serious, there may be concerns about the severity of the withdrawal symptoms they are likely to experience when they go through drug or alcohol detox. In this case, medical detox will be offered. This will be done under the constant supervision of a medical professional, and with the assistance of specially prescribed detox medication. When you enter residential rehab, you will be assessed and a decision will be made if you require this assistance for your alcohol or drug detox. The most severe withdrawal symptoms can include dangerously high fevers, hallucinations and tremors, and so medical supervision is incredibly important. Due to the levels of care needed, medical detox is only available in residential rehab and is not possible as an outpatient treatment. Day rehab clients usually have to wait for a bed to become available if they require medical detox.
Drug and alcohol rehab programme
The recovery approach taken at Birmingham rehab centres will offer some combination of therapies and treatments, based around a 12-step programme or a non-12-step programme. The treatments will include both group therapy and one-to-one therapy, as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It takes around a month to complete the first steps of a 12-step programme so you are advised to stay in rehab for at least four weeks. The combination of therapies is designed to have the maximum effect for different clients, as some people respond best to individual therapy and others to group sessions.
Is rehab free?
As noted above, there are free addiction treatment services available on the NHS but unfortunately these are all outpatient treatment programmes. The waiting lists for these services can be very long and as some clinics will not accept self-referral, you will need your GP to refer you. Some GPs prefer their patients to try alternatives such as a detox programme rather than rehab, so it may be very difficult to get the help you need. If you are interested in inpatient treatment but you are unable to fund it, speak to the charity Turning Point, who may be able to help.
In our UKAT facilities, including Sanctuary Lodge, we accept private insurance as payment for private rehab. Be sure to check with your provider if this is covered for you.
Free addiction treatment services in Birmingham
As well as NHS outpatient treatment, there are other free services which can help your recovery. Try reaching out to your local Alcoholics Anonymous to get invaluable guidance and support.
The downside to free services
Many of the problems of free NHS day rehab come from a lack of government funding. This has led to huge issues with availability and many people waiting months to access treatment. In addition to a lack of places on treatment programmes, there are also limited appointment times for clients, meaning that it can be far more difficult than expected to schedule treatment around your normal everyday responsibilities. Furthermore, it is not possible to undergo medical detox as an outpatient, so you will have to wait for an inpatient bed to become available before you can start detoxing.
The benefits of residential rehab in Birmingham
- Caring and experienced support staff – care from people who have been in your shoes
- Immersive addiction treatment – escape from addictive triggers
- Top-notch accommodation – your comfort a top priority
- Choice of therapies – client input into treatment programmes
- Around the clock medical detox supervision – ensures your safety at all times
- Full family support – conjoints and family support groups to help loved ones through the process
- A diverse range of therapies – designed to help every type of client make a lasting recovery
- No waiting lists – you can receive admittance immediately
- Independent CQC ratings – to help you choose the right rehab centre for your treatment
What happens after a rehab programme?
Completing a drug or alcohol rehab programme is a huge achievement and a massive first step on the road to recovery. After your time in rehab is over, your Birmingham addiction treatment centre will continue to guide and support you in achieving your recovery goals and overcoming your addiction long-term.
A massive part of this continued support are the aftercare programmes provided to all clients after completing their rehab treatment. This will usually involve some future group therapy sessions, as well as the opportunity to connect with different support groups where people in recovery are able to support each other.
There are many of these local support groups, and they can be hugely beneficial for clients who have completed their stay in residential rehab. Try connecting with some of these groups and you will see the support they offer: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), SMART Recovery.
Long-term recovery from addiction
Long-term recovery from addiction is an ongoing process but once you have taken that first important step and checked into rehab, you will have already overcome the biggest obstacle. After that, the UKAT’s Alumni network and councillors will be alongside you as you begin your new life.
How do I tell my family I’m going to rehab?
If you have made the courageous decision to enter rehab, you may be anxious about telling your loved ones. This can be a difficult conversation to have with friends and family, but the most important thing to remember is why you made the decision in the first place. Sit down with your loved ones and explain the benefits of addiction treatment and your goals for the future.
Once you start your treatment, the family group sessions and conjoints provided to your family can give them the advice and guidance they will need to support you through your stay in rehab.
How do I help get a loved one into rehab?
If someone in your life has an addiction problem, you may be wondering how to broach the subject of rehab with them. Sit down in a comfortable environment and discuss your feelings, explaining the benefits of rehab and their options. Although you cannot force anyone to seek help, it may just be the most important conversation of their life.
Frequently Asked Questions
The process of restarting visitation sessions is ongoing, with the safety of clients, staff, and visitors our top priority.
Private rehab centres offer clients medical detox, and provides invaluable aftercare through access to a support network which helps former clients support each other on their road to long-term recovery.