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Choosing The Right Rehab Clinic

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There are a number of different rehab programme's listed below. Generally speaking there are three main variables to consider when choosing an alcohol rehab programme:

  1. Modality
  2. Duration
  3. Residential Status


Modalities describes the style of counselling that will be used and can include:

The duration of treatment depends on which modality you engage in, here are some general ideas:

Modality Duration From Duration To
12 Step Rehabs 4 weeks 24 weeks
Religious Programme's 6 months 2 years
One to One Counselling 12 weeks 2 years
Day Programme's 12 weeks 24 weeks

Residential / Non-Residential Clinics

The third point of the equation is whether to admit as an inpatient, or commence treatment on a day programme from home. Most people will instinctively want to try and do it from home as it's often:

  1. Closer
  2. The client has to sacrifice less
  3. Cheaper

On first glance the convenience of accessing a day programme or one to one counselling locally might seem appealing. However, it does make recovery harder as:

  1. Too close to home
  2. The client is surrounded by the triggers that make them want to drink / use drugs
  3. Staying at home increases the temptation to drink and use drugs
  4. A community detox might not be appropriate
  5. A community detox is harder than an inpatient detox (see point 3)

Most problematic drug and alcohol users will generally opt for an easier softer way, it can be part of the nature to want things without having to go through any discomfort to get them. After all, the development of alcohol and drug problems often start off as a source of inappropriate self soothing.


"I have worked in the rehab world for many years now, the amount of phone calls I have taken from clients wanting a magic tablet is astounding. It might be worth pointing out that drug and alcohol problems are compounded over long periods of time, and often take time to resolve - There is no quick fix."

"For as many phone calls as I have received from clients seeking the 'magic tablet', I have had the same amount of calls from clients and family members that whilst they have considered rehab that are going to try what they tried the last time and expect different results. Invariably it is not, another relapse leads to despondency in the family and reduced self confidence for the client.."

Some positive points of residential rehab clinics are:
  1. The community is a tremendous support when clients are trying to stop drinking / using drugs
  2. Clients are away from home and the triggers that caused them drink and use drugs
  3. Clients are engaged in treatment 24 hours per day
  4. Clients have made a commitment to their own recovery
  5. Detox is easier, supervised and safe

TOP TIP* What ever rehab option you do decide to go with, ensure that your goals are realistic. If you have tried to go it alone and it hasn't worked out for you before, it might not be a realistic goal to try the same again.

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