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Over the last decade there has been a huge increase in the number of people in the U.K. looking for help with problems arising from the use of both illegal drugs and prescription medication. The National Health Service and other publicly funded bodies cannot cope with the demand for places in drug rehab clinics. Sometimes this failure to cope is due to financial restraints and sometimes because the right drug treatment clinic is not available in the public sector. It is important that drug rehabilitation is carried out by properly qualified professionals in the appropriate centres and in the private sector there are many suitable establishments available with a wide range of programmes of drug rehab. There are many cost options available depending on the length of rehab required and the nature of the establishment.

The first step for many people in their journey of drug rehabilitation is a carefully supervised medical detox. The detox will be individually tailored to the needs of the individual both in the length of time it will take and the nature and quantity of the medication prescribed for the detox. The treatment at the drug rehab will usually start while the patient is being detoxed, and again this treatment will depend on the needs of the patient and the type of programme which each drug treatment clinic operates. Without a detox many patients would be at risk from unpleasant, and sometimes dangerous, side effects associated with withdrawal. Even the patients who do not need medication will benefit from the support and supervision given during the early stages of their drug rehab.

The goal of Drug rehabilitation is to enable the patient to live a happy and productive drug and alcohol free life when they leave the clinic. After a successful detox the patient is helped to understand that addiction is an illness. Although there are differences between individual drug rehab clinics certain types of treatment are common to most of them. A series of workshops and sessions of group therapy backed up by one-to-one counselling are designed to help the patient understand the nature and causes of his or her illness. Many drug treatment clinics work along the lines of “The Minnesota Model” which was developed nearly half a century ago at the famous Hazelden rehab clinic in America. This involves introducing the client to the twelve step programme practised in Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Meetings can be held in the drug rehab clinics or the patients are taken to outside meetings.

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At a well run drug rehab there are a variety of treatments available to help the client progress in a holistic fashion from the depths of his addiction. At many drug treatment clinics a wide range of alternative therapies including, yoga, acupuncture, reiki and meditation techniques are made available. All these therapeutic interventions along with an emphasis on a healthy lifestyle are essential elements in successful drug rehabilitation.

The successful drug treatment clinics can be divided by the way in which their accommodation and treatment facilities are combined. Traditionally the rehabs were self contained centres where the patients lived and underwent their treatment, only leaving the clinic under controlled supervision. In the last twenty years or so there has been an increase in the number of quasi-residential drug rehabs where the patients live in controlled and supervised accommodation owned and run by the clinic but where they learn to take a greater responsibility for themselves. They spend each day at the centre where their treatment follows the similar pattern that has been outlined. It is important to remember that the various type of drug treatment clinics that are available all have the same object of freedom from addiction. Some people are more suited to one type of clinic and this is a choice that should be made with the advice of people who understand the needs of the patient and the alternatives available.

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