Drug Addiction Treatment

Residential Drug Addiction Treatment UK


Again this model would normally be a 12 step model. This is a more expensive form of drug treatment as costs to the company increase. Increased staff costs, increased accommodation costs, increased  food costs etc. For some drug addicts fully residential treatment is the only option due to mobility problems. Often family members and loved ones feel more at ease knowing that there is a member of staff with them at all times. Some prefer the thought that the addict cannot escape and buy drugs. Some simply like the idea that the client can’t walk out in the middle of treatment. The reality is that you can inspire and motivate a client through their drug addiction treatment, you cannot force them. Unless the treatment centre in an NHS psychiatric hospital you could not force someone to stay in treatment without a ‘section’. A section is a section of law which states that someone must be help in treatment as a qualified psychiatrist has ruled that they are a danger to themselves or to the general public.

As with all drug addiction treatment programmes there are pros and cons to the fully residential model. The costs are generally high due to the additional expenses they incur resulting in a client only affording a short stay. There has been published medical research that proves that the human brain needs an optimum of 12 weeks in order to change any learned behaviour. In some of the fully residential drug treatment centres a 12 week stay would cost approximately £120,000. When faced with this prospect families will often opt for a common 28 day stay. Whether quasi residential or fully residential 12 step treatment centres will complete most of their work in a group environment, generally with a maximum of twelve to a group. This dynamic makes it very difficult for a drug addict to move through the entire 12 step programme and will often only progress as far as step 3. Many drug addiction treatment centres will point the drug addict to a 12 step fellowship and suggest that they complete the remainder of the steps there. This can prove to be difficult for the drug addict, as steps 4 and 5 focus on the emotional and psychological trauma that they have been carrying around for many years, and to leave with it unresolved for many can prove to be very difficult to deal with. Furthermore, they are then required to process this emotional trauma with a untrained member of a 12 step fellowship group with no other experience of drug addiction treatment other than their own. For some, this limited experience can be enough, for others the trauma is too deep and they would need to then revert back to adding some one to one addiction and trauma counselling.

A positive aspect of a fully residential treatment centre is that insurance companies will often pay for the treatment. However many will not pay for drug addiction problems but they will pay to resolve the common problems that accompany addiction such as anxiety and depression. Whilst in the residential treatment centre the therapists would seek to treat anxiety, depression and addiction all at the same time. Fully residential addiction treatment centres tend to be more luxurious in their approach adding more creature comforts such as gym facilities etc.




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