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Clinical Rehabilitation – A Process Built Around Success

Lisa Taylor
Lisa TaylorAddiction Counsellor

Imagine your favourite football team getting ready to commence a new season. In the weeks leading up to the first league game, the team's coaching staff and players work hard on developing the skills and systems that will lead to a successful season. Success will be determined by how closely the team gets to its desired goals. Obviously, the goal should be to win as much as is possible. We view clinical rehabilitation for alcohol dependence in much the same way.

There are certain therapies and methods that rehab specialists use to help clients achieve success in overcoming drinking problems. Ultimately, success is defined as permanent abstinence from alcohol. Remember that alcoholism is a medical condition that can only truly be cured by no longer drinking. But getting to that point of complete and total abstinence requires hard work and dedication, just like winning a football championship.

We believe clinical rehabilitation gives alcohol abusers and alcoholics the greatest opportunity to achieve success. We have seen it time and again with the clients we have worked with. Between our services and the treatment provided by our UK rehab centres, we have helped countless numbers of alcoholics and their families get their lives back.

Definition of Clinical Rehabilitation

What do we mean when we talk about clinical rehabilitation? We are referring to the full compendium of treatments and therapies provided by clinically trained medical professionals for the purposes of helping alcoholics and alcohol abusers achieve total abstinence. Simply put, this kind of rehabilitation is a treatment programme that considers alcohol recovery as more than just a physical issue. It is a three-pronged issue that requires rehabilitation in addition to physical treatment.

The three aspects of alcohol rehabilitation are as follows:

  • Physical – Alcohol has a very definite impact on the body. The longer and more consistently one drinks, the more the body becomes dependent on having alcohol in the bloodstream. Physical dependence must be broken through the process of detox. Failing to address physical dependence makes recovery almost impossible.
  • Mental – Just as alcohol affects the body, it also affects the mind. Alcohol in the bloodstream alters the way the brain works which, in turn, changes the drinker's thought patterns. Unfortunately, those thought patterns are not restored simply by cutting off access to alcohol. The brain needs to be retrained to think the way it thought prior to the alcohol abuse problem.
  • Emotional and Spiritual – The life of every human being is impacted by emotional and spiritual influences. Therefore, effective alcohol rehabilitation addresses these two areas. Some clinics do so by embracing a 12-step process to recovery while others use distinctive therapies of their own.

The whole idea of clinical rehabilitation is to address alcohol abuse and dependence holistically rather than just as a physical problem. While it is true that some alcohol abusers can fully recover through a short detox-only programme, the vast majority cannot. Most people require a comprehensive rehabilitation programme to recover fully.

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The Five-Stage Approach to Clinical Treatment

In order for clinical rehabilitation to be successful, certain things have to be addressed. We can tell you that all of the private rehab clinics we work with utilise bespoke treatments customised to individual clients. At the same time, clinics tend to follow a basic five-stage rehabilitation process that ensures each client gets the kind of treatment that he or she needs.

The five basic stages are as follows:

  • Stage 1: Clinical Assessment – In order to create a bespoke treatment plan for the individual client, the clinic must first conduct a clinical assessment of the client's condition. This assessment is carried out by trained doctors, nurses and therapists. They look at everything from physical and mental health to the client's history.
  • Stage 2: Medically Supervised Detox – The first step in a bespoke treatment plan is that of medically supervised detox. We start with the physical in order to break the body's dependence on alcohol. Beginning here makes it easier for therapists to address the mental, emotional and spiritual issues without having to combat physical cravings for alcohol. Medically supervised detox is usually completed within 7 to 10 days.
  • Stage 3: Rehabilitative Counselling – An important part of rehabilitative treatment is counselling. The main purpose of counselling is to help the individual come to terms with the causes of alcohol dependence and what can be done to avoid those causes in the future. Counselling also encourages the individual to take ownership of his or her addiction. Only after ownership takes place does the recovering alcoholic have any hope of permanent abstinence.
  • Stage 4: Group Support – Clinical rehabilitation almost always includes some sort of group support. This may include group counselling sessions, 12-step work, shared experiences (such as day trips, for example), and shared household responsibilities. Group support is utilised in order to take advantage of mutual accountability and encouragement.
  • Stage 5: Aftercare Support – No alcohol rehabilitation programme can go on indefinitely. At some point, the recovering alcoholic must be reintegrated into society once again. However, the temptation to return to drinking will exist during this reintegration. Private rehab clinics make the reintegration transition more successful by providing aftercare support. Aftercare picks up where rehab leads off, providing continual counselling and group support. Prescription medications might be prescribed to control alcohol cravings in some cases.

Within these five stages, a rehab clinic may utilise different kinds of therapies depending on the needs of clients. One clinic may offer a specialised focus on diet and nutrition while another uses art or music therapy to help clients who might benefit from it. Still others like to encourage as much client interaction as possible to motivate clients to help one another. There really are few limits to the kinds of therapies a clinic might offer its clients.

Find a Clinic in Your Area

We hope our description of clinical rehabilitation has helped you to understand how important it is to alcohol recovery. We know clinical treatment works because we have seen so many of our clients succeed. Rest assured we would not recommend it if it were not the case.

As an independent advice and referral service, we have access to private rehab clinics throughout the UK. Our independence allows us to recommend whatever clinic is best for each client, regardless of the treatments offered. This is to your advantage. Simply by calling our 24-hour helpline and speaking to one of our counsellors, you can get all of the information you need to choose a rehabilitation programme that is right for you.

We work with private clinics, counsellors, alcohol charities and other service providers throughout the UK. We can even refer you to NHS services if these are appropriate. But in order for us to do so, we first need to conduct an assessment of your situation. Rest assured that our counsellors are fully trained to conduct comprehensive assessments properly and effectively.

When you contact us, we promise not to lecture you or manipulate you into seeking treatment. We simply want to provide you with advice and referral services. Ultimately, it is your choice whether or not to seek treatment for yourself or a loved one. You have nothing to lose by contacting us, so do not delay another moment. Utilise our 24-hour helpline or contact us through our website.

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