Residential Rehabilitation


There are several different treatment options available to people suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. One of those options is residential rehab. It is the option we recommend as the first choice, given the great success rates enjoyed by most residential clinics. However, it is not the only option.

We will explain residential rehab and all it involves in the following paragraph. However, before we do, we want you to know that we are a referral and counselling service with one mission: to assist addicts and their families in finding the help they need. We want to help you if we can.

Please consider calling our addiction helpline today if you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol, drugs, or behavioural addictions. No problem is too insignificant for us to help with. Please note that our caring and compassionate counsellors genuinely have your best interests at heart. Road to recovery

Residential Rehab Basics

In order to get started it is best to define what residential rehab is. In a nutshell, it is a collection of addiction recovery treatments conducted at a private clinic. The residential part of the programme comes by way of the recovering addict actually living at the facility while receiving treatment. During his or her stay the clinic provides housing, medical care and food.

The length of a residential stay depends on the clinic and treatment plan. The shortest programmes can last as little as four weeks; the longest programmes can be 12 weeks or more. What’s right for you depends on your circumstances.

We recommend residential rehab because it offers a number of benefits not available through the NHS or community-based services. Those benefits include:

  • concentrated services

  • a distraction free environment

  • mutual support and accountability

  • more innovative treatment options.

Concentrated Services

It has been said that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Where NHS rehab is concerned, the weakest link is one of insufficient resources. In other words, the NHS is responsible for treating every illness and medical condition its patient’s exhibit. Such a broad-based mission means the service is ill prepared to concentrate resources on drug and alcohol addiction recovery. Residential rehab clinics are different.

Because these clinics are privately owned and operated, they are free to focus solely on addiction recovery services. That means all of their personnel and financial resources are concentrated to ensure clients have the best chances of long-term success. Private clinics are the best at what they do, because that’s all they do.

Distraction Free Environment

Perhaps the most difficult thing about recovering from drug or alcohol addiction is the distractions provided by daily life. These distractions include things like social circles, family relationships, financial circumstances, and so on. Oftentimes these distractions serve as nothing more than a crutch for the recovering addict to lean on. And more often than not, they hinder recovery. Once again, residential rehab is different.

If you’ve looked around for private clinics in Essex or in England, you may have noticed they tend to be located in country settings that include plenty of open space. There is a good reason for this. Locating a residential rehab clinic in a rural environment enables the staff to have the full attention of recovering addicts. Furthermore, it provides the client with plenty of solitude.

Most importantly, the rural setting removes the recovering addict from the circumstances of his or her daily life. This enables him or her to direct all of their energies toward getting well. A distraction free environment is a definite advantage.

Mutual Support and Accountability

The next thing to consider with residential rehab is the aspect of mutual support and accountability. It should be easy to understand in light of the fact that residents spend 24 hours a day living in the same house and undergoing treatment together. The constant interaction ultimately leads to the support and accountability we have been talking about.

The support comes by way of each individual client wanting to help the others succeed. It can be seen through their conversations, the shared group activities they undertake, and the time they spend in therapy. As for the accountability, it is not long before recovering addicts feel a sense of obligation to their peers, leading them to not want to disappoint the others through failure.

Mutual support and accountability is possible in an outpatient setting as well. However, it does not tend to be as strong inasmuch as the individual addicts return home to their own families every day. The advantage of residential rehab is that clients are always together.

Innovative Treatment Options

The last thing we want to talk about is the innovative treatment options afforded by residential rehab. The fact of the matter is that private clinics are not limited to the same degree the NHS is. They have the freedom to employ multiple therapies that can include everything from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to music and art therapy. Whatever works for a given individual is generally available.

In order to make this work, residential rehab clinics devise bespoke treatment plans for each individual client. Those plans are constantly evaluated in light of individual progress and, when necessary, adjusted accordingly. Therapists have found this is the most successful way to achieve total recovery.

The Basic Process

Should you choose residential rehab for your own recovery, you will find the clinic follows a basic process. That process begins with an initial assessment conducted when you first arrive. The assessment is conducted by medical personnel in order to determine the severity of your addiction and what types of therapies you would best benefit from.

If detox is necessary, it will immediately follow your initial assessment. Detox will be medically supervised in order to ensure your safety and comfort. Upon completion of detox, you will begin a 4 to 12-week therapy programme that will help you overcome the psychological aspects of addiction. It is followed by aftercare services provided in the weeks and months after you leave the clinic.

Residential rehab is available in Essex and throughout England. Call us today if you are ready to get help.