A Patients Experience of an Alcohol Rehab Centre in London, UK

I suppose the story of my experience in a London alcoholism rehab is much the same as many of my peers.

I must admit that I was insulted when I was first told by my husband that I had a drinking problem. He had approached me in the manner that so many other people were to follow – polite, firm, and presenting specific examples. He spoke about how he had been embarrassed at a dinner party, how he had to help me up the stairs to our apartment, and even how I had been unable to go to work on a few occasions because of my hangovers.

So it was that when I was presented with the idea of going to an Alcohol Rehab in London I didn’t think I had a problem. I thought that drinking was somehow helping me “cope” and couldn’t see that every time I got drunk there were somehow more problems for me to deal with when I sobered up. Of course the only way I could find to “deal” with the problems was to drink again, which created a vicious cycle.

I rejected the idea that I was an alcoholic. After all – alcoholics are homeless, dirty people. They don’t shop at John Lewis, drive a nice car, or have a home and a job in the city. Alcoholics can’t stop drinking, but I can stop drinking for a day or two which shows I have control. Or so I thought. It was only later that I discovered that there are many different patterns to alcoholism and that my brief attempts to stop drinking were really a sign that I had a problem.

I had formed in my mind the impression that the rehab centre in London was going to be some sort of horrible mental hospital filled with psychotic patients and homeless people. I had nightmares about electro-shock therapy, frontal lobotomies, and doctors in long white coats holding clipboards and looking stern.

Thankfully nothing could be further from the truth! I was greeted warmly by a pleasant receptionist who offered me a comfortable chair in a well decorated lobby. It looked more like a health spa than a mental health hospital and so I started to relax. A member of staff came over and introduced himself as an addictions counsellor. Together we went over some forms and she explained how the programme worked.

When my husband left the treatment centre I was taken up to the nursing station where a nurse gently took some observations. After that I saw a doctor who prescribed medication to help me detoxify from the alcohol still in my system. Then they packed me off to bed.

I was very comfortable in my room. It had nice furnishings and felt a little like a hotel room. It was fully serviced so I didn’t have to worry about much at all. I collapsed into bed and fell fast asleep.

The doctor cleared me to join the full treatment programme on my second day in treatment. The group of patients in there were much like me – and nothing like my imagination had led me to believe they would be. They were friendly and spoke a lot about how their drinking had negatively affected their lives. It was largely due to this openness and candor that I gradually began to relate more and more with them and started to really see just how much drinking alcohol controlled my life.

It was only through the professional team of addictions treatment consultants, and my fellow patients in the alcohol rehab, that I now have a much better life without the presence of drinking.

I stayed in the clinic for four weeks, seeing multidisciplinary team members like addiction counsellors and psychologists who were all very helpful and kind. Nobody judged me, which was a refreshing change from the constant barrage of problems I experienced on the “outside”.

I left the clinic feeling sober, happy, and ready to face a new life. Every day is a new adventure now; I look forward to waking up in the morning! Thank you to everybody involved in my treatment at the alcohol rehab in London.

6 Things to Do After Drug Rehab Treatment

While you are going through a drug rehab treatment program, you will be introduced to many different skills and strategies that can help you be successful in your new life without drugs. When you return home, you may discover that as you apply the skills and strategies to your life after rehab, it is a little bit more difficult than you thought it would be, especially if there are any remnants of your old life. Here are six things to do after drug rehab treatment that may help you be a little more secure in your recovery.

1 – Make a New Circle of Friends

It is certainly no secret that as an individual falls deeper into substance abuse and addiction, they drift from friends and family that do not support the abuse and they move closer to a group of friends that engage in the same behavior as them. This probably happened to you as well. Now you are clean and sober and you need to make a new circle of friends that do not spend their time using drugs. If the only friends you socialize with are drug friends, it is only a matter of time before you will be sucked back into that life. Save yourself the temptation by getting a new group of friends that are substance free.

2 – It Might Be Time for a New Address

If you live in a community that is known for drug activity, it might be a good idea that you consider moving to a new location. This can also be valid, if your address was the one hosting all the drug parties. While you are recovering, you do not need any blasts from the past stopping by and triggering those old memories that you have worked too hard to put behind you. Relocating to a new place to live will reinforce your new life and fresh start.

3 – Follow Through on your Meetings and Therapy

In many cases, after you leave a drug rehab treatment program, there are meetings (such as N.A.) and/or therapy. It may be tempting to think that after a few weeks of no problems that “you’ve got this” and you no longer need meetings or therapy. Whatever program you are involved in, it is important that you follow through on your meetings and therapy. Ongoing treatment can help you address triggers, handle issues associated with family and set goals and map out a plan for your future.

4 – Work on Mental Wellness

After rehab treatment you may experience anxiety and stress as you return to the routines of life such as work, school and taking care of your family. Depression, sadness and nervousness can increase until relapse is inevitable. It is crucial to your continued sober success that you find a way to keep your mental wellness positive. There are many outlets for keeping your mental health positive such as spending time in meditation, yoga or just taking a daily walk.

5 – Participate in a Support Group

For many people participating in a support, be it 12 steps or a non 12 step group, helps them stay focused and positive. It also gives them an opportunity to make new friends, engage in activities that can help them be successful and to possibly help others who are trying to stay positive and stay sober.

6 – Avoiding Relapse

Not everyone has a relapse. However, statistics released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that as many as 60 percent of individuals in recovery from drug abuse or addiction do relapse at least one time. The best way to avoid a relapse it to be consciously aware of your thoughts, feelings and activities and know that when you find yourself on shaky ground, call a support friend, attend a meeting or do something positive to change your attitude.

Some Of The Dilemmas When Leaving Meth, How I Dealt With Them, And Life After Rehab

Dilemmas of coming down

What about my relationship? What will my family think if they find out that I’m going to rehab? What about life after rehab? Can I stay sober after rehab or is going to be a losing battle? Facing these issues can be enough to not even try. It seems so much easier to struggle on in meth’s death grip than it is to become clean and face all these issues.

I really just wanted to quit and move on with my life – of course, not expecting the loss that would come with quitting. I did desperately want Mark to quit but I just knew that he wouldn’t; he never thought meth was our problem, only mine. He said that I couldn’t handle it. Yeah, I couldn’t. I didn’t know how life would be after meth but I just knew that I had to quit; so I jumped off the cliff (so to say) and called my dad and told him what was going on.

What now? I no longer could go back to Mark unless I wanted to deal with meth in my face every day. I was going to have to leave him and that was a wonderful relationship completely torn apart by meth. I had a horse, dog, and all my earthly possession stuck at Mark’s house. I had a job that I might be able to keep if I meet all the criteria (but ended up losing). I have no money because I’m not getting pain while on leave. My car was buried in five feet of snow and I had counselling appointments to get to if I wanted to keep that job (that I ended up losing). All of this was waiting for me once I was able to pick my head off my dad’s floor where I had been sleeping for about 4 days coming down. I woke up to a freezing New Year’s Eve and all this stress. It could make a person want to use again.

Relationships

In answer to the dilemma that the addicted boyfriend will be there when you get out of rehab has a definitive conclusion: to be free from meth will mean that meth must be removed from your life. Did your heart just sink? Please, have courage and don’t let it. If you choose to go to rehab and it’s time to re-enter the world, wouldn’t you rather be free to get on your feet, become strong in the new person that you will become, have a place for a new, healthy relationship to eventually grow?

Friend, this dilemma is so hard. Besides going through a major sense of loss missing the meth, I missed the good times with Mark. When I’d start feeling so sick missing him, I would just remember the meth fighting and that part I didn’t miss. It’s hard to cut the bad relationships out but that now leaves a place for you to heal, to become strong on your own, and have an opportunity for new love that will last.

Truthfulness

You can’t tell anyone around you that you are using and when people notice the changes that you go through while being addicted, you must lie and isolate to hide your secrete life. So, to the addict that hesitates going to rehab because it means that you’ll have to tell your family that you’re addicted, the truth is part of setting you free. Are you worried that they will think badly of you? Why? Because you realize that you have a problem and want to fix it? Because you know that you are destroying yourself and have decided that you don’t want that to happen?

Encouragement

If you want to go to rehab, GO TO REHAB! Anything is better than living another day under meth’s death grip. If you lose a bad, unhealthy relationship, great! There will be healthy relationships in your future. If you need to be truthful and tell your family, great! That might be the first step in getting their support and open up a new relationship. Getting clean is one step at a time process and TODAY is a great day to take that first step.