What is Rehab?

Rehab is short for rehabilitation, which is the act of restoring someone’s life to a happy and normal state through skills training and therapy. Rehab can help people recover from drug and alcohol addictions. Rehab can also heal patients from a wide range of problematic behaviours, including gambling addiction, sex addiction and eating disorders.

 

What is the difference between residential rehab and outpatient rehab?

Rehab comes in two main forms: residential or outpatient. Residential rehab is when patients reside at the rehab clinic for a period of time. This is a useful approach in crisis situations.

What is outpatient rehab?

Some patients don’t want to stay in a residential setting — often because they have other obligations. In this case, patients can decide to have outpatient rehab. In this case, they don’t stay at the rehab clinic.

 

Our sister site provides outpatient care for addiction recovery in Central London.

What actually happens at rehab?

So what do we mean when we talk about rehab? Therapy is a core component of rehab. Through therapy, patients learn and practice the skills they will need to overcome their addiction. Rehab patients will attend scheduled therapy sessions. These will either be one-to-one or they will be group therapy sessions.

What is alternative therapy and how does it help the rehab process?

Alternative therapies can also help people overcome their addiction. At Charterhouse Flore, we offer three main alternative therapies: yoga, tai chi, and active meditation. Alternative therapies can assist the healing process. For example, yoga can reduce stress, which is useful for those who drink as a response to stress.

What is abstinence-based rehab?

Most rehab processes are abstinence based. This means that patients are asked to go without drugs or alcohol (or other problem behaviours). Sometimes, patients will be tested for drug use to see if they are truly living without drugs or alcohol.

What is detoxification?

Detoxification (often shortened to detox) is the process of eliminating all traces of drugs and/or alcohol from the body, while managing the symptoms of withdrawal. Detox can be dangerous or even fatal (due to the effects of withdrawal), which is why we recommend that detox only occurs under medical supervision.

 

In some instances, patients can be provided with a medical substitute to reduce the risk and the severity of withdrawal symptoms. For example, subutex is sometimes prescribed to recovering heroin users. Detox is an important part of the rehab process.

How long does rehab take?

A lot of our patients are eager to know how long rehab takes, but recovery times vary from patient to patient. We recommend that you allow plenty of time to recover from an addiction. The last thing we want is for patients to rush the recovery process, then relapse soon afterwards.

 

The first symptoms of alcohol withdrawal occur within eight hours after the last drink (but may occur later). These include nausea, anxiety, insomnia and abdominal pains.

 

The second set of symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can occur from 24 hours to 72 hours after the last drink. These include high blood pressure, confusion, increased body temperature and an unusual heartbeat.

 

The final set of symptoms of alcohol withdrawal usually occur 72 hours after the last drink. These include hallucinations, fever, seizures and agitation. This is the most dangerous stage of the process.

All symptoms tend to decrease within seven to ten days. Some patients report symptoms of alcohol withdrawal for weeks.

Overcoming the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal does not necessarily mean you have finished rehab. It’s essential that you also develop a new mindset that helps you overcome the temptation to drink in the future. We only recommend ending the residential part of the rehab process at this stage.

For more information about rehab through Charterhouse Clinic, please contact a member of our team

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