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Drug and Alcohol Rehab - what really works?

Published 28/02/2009

Research clearly shows that, for many people, every year, rehab works. It improves their mental and physical health, helps them to address relationship problems and restores their commitment to living an active, fulfilling life.

Underpinning an effective drug and alcohol treatment experience are the time, skills and dedication of the treatment staff employed by a rehab clinic to work with clients on overcoming their problems. These people should be well-trained, closely supervised, confident in their approach and empathic towards clients, because that's what gets the best outcomes, says Sue Allchurch, research director at Linwood Group. 

"People who seek help from a rehab clinic are embarking on one of the most challenging but potentially rewarding journeys of their lives," she says. "It stands to reason that they will need experienced help, support and encouragement every step of the way."

At Linwood Manor Group, all therapeutic staff are members of the Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) as well as working towards accreditation by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and work within a strict code of ethics and standards. 

So what should a person in rehab expect from the therapeutic staff that treat them? Here are seven traits of an effective therapeutic team member:

1. Respect

Every client is unique and a good therapist will respect your beliefs and expectations about treatment and take them into account wherever possible, unless they run contrary to your chances of recovery.

 2. Understanding

The length of treatment, setting, approach and range of issues addressed should be tailored to your individual needs, based on a thorough assessment process. The therapeutic staff of a good rehab clinic will spend time on getting to know you and understanding your needs.

 3. Encouragement and reinforcement of self-worth

Many people's attempts to overcome their alcohol dependency fail because they do not have the motivation they need to make and maintain the changes that are required. Similarly, many clients have little confidence in their ability to change. Treatment staff should work with you to build motivation and self-confidence in order to improve your chances of success.

 4. Determination

Most people who have developed alcohol dependency have done so because they have a range of unhelpful attitudes and beliefs, which, if left unaddressed, will undermine their chances of recovery. Treatment staff will seek to uncover and address these beliefs in a non-aggressive way and help you work towards more constructive ways of thinking. 

 5. Pragmatism

Practical skills training for avoiding and coping with situations that might otherwise lead to a relapse can substantially improve long-term outcomes for clients. Therapeutic staff will work with you on a programme of change that will help you prepare for 'real life' once you leave the rehab clinic. 

 6. Patience

People with alcohol dependency problems have often become very good at lying to themselves and to others. Therapeutic staff will sometimes need to challenge manipulative and/or inappropriate behaviour and avoid colluding with lies, but should do so in a non-threatening manner.

 7. Good contacts

Rehab treatment should be followed by a programme of aftercare. Without such follow-up, treatment is likely to prove of limited value. Therapeutic staff will be able to help you identify and contact likely sources of help and support after you've left rehab. 

Please contact us in complete confidence for more information about our private residential drug and alcohol treatment programmes.


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