Are you one of the many Londoners struggling with “sustained cocaine usage across the week“? Could you be one of the 8 million people in England drinking harmful levels of alcohol at home? Whatever substance or addictive behaviour you are struggling to shake, you are not alone. Millions of people find themselves struggling with addiction at some point in their life.
Addiction is never part of the life plan anybody has, but when it becomes part of your reality, it can be very scary, and your prospects can feel bleak. If you’re here, and you’re reading this, you’re aware that you need help, which is a big step in itself. Even better, know that there is always a way to turn things around – it is never too late – your future can be completely different, but you have to go to rehab in Essex or wherever is closest for you to start your journey. It is the safest way to get supportive, effective addiction recovery support that gives you the best possible chance at being sober for good.
A sober you can be a happier, healthier you, but first, you need to choose the right rehab centre to get you on your way to getting clean long-term. It’s not that easy because there are lots of private rehabilitation centres around, helping those who cannot afford to wait for struggling NHS addiction services. There is a lot to consider before you can be sure that you’re putting yourself in the best possible hands for long-term recovery success. With so much at stake, you deserve to be in the right rehab centre, one offering the best possible services to get you well on your way to being free from addiction for life.
How to choose the right rehab centre
The most important thing to do when you look for a private rehabilitation centre is to ask lots of questions, and if you need to, have a loved one or friend do the research for you. If you’re in a really lonely, anxious place, sometimes you need an advocate to help you move in the right direction.
When you or your advocate start considering rehab centres, the following should be considerations you make and questions you ask:
- Access. Most private rehab centres are instant access, but high-demand facilities may wait. How long are you willing or able to wait for the right treatment?
- Patient focus. When you call, do you feel like a person with an addiction or a sum of money? If you feel like the only focus is your money and not your feelings and things get “salesy”, it could be a sign to move on to another centre.
- Detox. Can you have comfortable in-patient detoxing with medical professionals on-site? Is there an option for remote detoxing?
- Therapy. Are there one-to-one therapy sessions? Group therapy sessions? Is therapy online or in-person? All therapy should be provided by professionals with lots of experience in the addiction field.
- Long-term prospects. Is the focus on short-term or long-term recovery success? You should feel that the time on the programme is moving towards equipping you for lifelong recovery, not just short-term detoxing. Aftercare and relapse support should be a feature of the programme, as well as education on the nature of addiction and the associated behaviours.
- Online and dayhab options – Most modern private rehab centres will offer dayhab and online rehab options to help patients work around childcare and career demands.
- Privacy and discretion. This is a vulnerable time and you should expect to feel protected, safe, and in control of who knows about your time on the programme.
- Payment. How much is the treatment? Are there any hidden extras? Can you pay in instalments? Will you be covered by private medical insurance?
- Initial Consultation and treatment focus. The best rehab centres will offer you a thorough consultation where you feel heard, and where a rehab plan is made to suit your needs – so you have the best possible chance at recovering long-term.
- Accreditation. Is the centre accredited? There are lots of outside accreditations a centre can have, and most reputable centres will have at least one.
- Location. Can you get to the rehab facility quickly? Is the location as remote or accessible as you would like?
It is a lot to consider, but the best rehab centres have caring, compassionate, experienced team members who are more than happy to answer your questions so that you can feel at ease with the centre you choose, and the treatment plan you’re offered.
With the right rehabilitation centre, you can turn your life around and hopefully free yourself from addiction for good. This is a turning point for you, and even before you choose a rehabilitation centre, your journey has already begun because you’re here, thinking about how to take that next step to a better life. That’s already something to be so proud of.
Why not take advantage of this momentum and call a private addiction service today? They will be more than happy to answer your questions so you can find out how they can help you. Every enquiry is a small step towards change, and you can change your life. You deserve to.
Dennis Relojo-Howell is the managing director of Psychreg.
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