Many people believe that if they can just stop drinking alcohol or using drugs, they will be fine. In most instances however, detox, without suitable treatment, is unlikely to be effective in the long term. Depending on the severity of the alcohol or drug problem it may well be that a medical detox is required. Usually, at The Providence Projects, this would consist of a course of medication lasting between 7 and 10 days to ensure safe and comfortable withdrawal helping not only with the withdrawal itself but also accompanying symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia and cravings. Those who are not physically dependent will probably not require any form of detox although will still be assessed by a specialist Doctor at The Providence Surgery on admission.
Detox is undoubtedly part of the solution but definitely not the answer. The treatment programme at any drug rehab or alcohol rehab facility is the key to recovery. This programme helps individuals to address either the underlying issues or the issue related to their alcoholism or addiction. Through a variety of one-one counselling, workshops, activities, therapies and assignments, we will help you address those issues and importantly help you develop the skills to remain sober after treatment. Your personal therapist will help you identify the issues to work on and help you put the plan in place.
Most centres offering a detox only option have very low success rates. After 1 year, approximately 10% of those who entered detox will still be sober. Unfortunately, it is human nature to look for a ‘quick fix’ and those with alcohol or drug problems often hope that 10 days drying out will be the answer. In fact, many who complete a short term detox programme relapse within one week of leaving the centre.
Detox and rehab programmes will vary in length and we offer programmes ranging from 4 weeks up to 6 months depending upon the individual requirements.
To find out more about the detox process or the next steps to take, please call 0800 9550945 and speak to an addiction specialist today.