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Drug rehabilitation – your questions answered 

We want to help you get answers to some of the frequently asked questions we get asked about drug rehabilitation. And, give guidance on anything that might be stopping you, or someone you care about, from taking the next step toward getting help for drug addiction. 

If this blog doesn’t cover the questions you have: we’re happy and available to talk

Drug rehabilitation – what’s it like to attend rehab?

The short answer = hard work. The longer answer is that each drug rehabilitation centre is different. On average a rehabilitation programme takes 6 – 8 weeks to complete. And in that time you’ll have difficult times as well as meet inspiring people who are experiencing similar things to you. 

At Livingstone House we focus on creating a family environment and deliver our programmes to support your recovery in a controlled and medically supervised environment. 

If you’d like to get a real life example of what attending rehabilitation is like, then have a read of a previous Livingstone House Service User’s story

What is the first step to drug rehabilitation treatment? 

Detoxification is the most common first step for people taking part in drug rehabilitation treatment. It’s the first stage of drug rehabilitation at Livingstone House. 

How to detox from drugs?  

On admission to Livingstone House, Service Users are assessed and a management plan is made to help them move forward with treatment.

Your days are structured and planned for you, you aren’t left to face detoxification alone, the treatment is residential and there’s 24-hour care. 

The Livingstone House detoxification programme includes counselling sessions, consultations with medical staff, pastoral care and complementary therapies. All of which work together to help you cope with withdrawal symptoms and have the best chance of moving forward with addiction treatment. 

Read more about what you can expect from the drug detox stage of drug addiction treatment in this in depth article 

Drug addiction – what if treatment doesn’t work?

Why is drug rehab so frequently unsuccessful? There are lots of reasons why treatment might not work: 

  • Lack of commitment or motivation of the individual 
  • Outdated treatment programme 
  • Lack of supportive network when the programme has finished 
  • People try it alone and don’t have the help of medical professionals. 

This list could be longer, but it isn’t supposed to put someone off of trying treatment for drug addiction, it’s to show the reality that it doesn’t always work! 

It’s important to note that relapses are not failures. A relapse can also be part of the recovering process for some. Relapses can be the event that convinces a person that they are an ‘alcoholic’ or ‘addict’. It can be a motivational driver to do everything possible to recover from addictions and continue with positive lifestyle choices and personal development.  

At Livingstone House, we follow a set programme at the centre of our rehabilitation programme, but we also tailor treatment for the individual. 

Find out more about how we can help you and our process of how we get to know each individual to make sure you receive the best treatment possible. 

What is evidence-based drug treatment? 

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is an approach in drug addiction treatment that uses research to guide clinical decision-making. It uses researched techniques that can involve behavioural therapies and medication. 

EBP provides high-quality addiction treatment giving someone who is addicted the best chance possible of a successful treatment. 

How do I get drug addiction treatment, or for someone I care about? 

First step – get in touch with us. We’ll help you work out what programme you or your loved one is most suited to. 

If you are concerned about your own addictive behaviour, or are worried about someone else – don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

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