Professionals with drug and alcohol problems

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Treatment duration

Alcohol and drug addiction is a chronic disease and abstinence is the aim of rehab treatment. Detox, removes all traces of drugs and alcohol from the body and treats the symptoms of withdrawal; and psychotherapy treats the underlying psychological issues that could cause relapse.

The longer the rehab programme, the less chance of relapse.

The ideal length of stay in rehab varies from person to person and is best decided by a Consultant Psychiatrist following the initial assessment. The necessary length of treatment should be reviewed on an ongoing basis. 

In general it has been proven that the longer a person stays in treatment, the better the outcome for long-term abstinence. 

First stage of rehab treatment

4 - 7 weeks

  • Detox from drugs or alcohol (typically 3-14 days for alcohol detox),
  • Ongoing medical care from doctors,
  • Individual and group therapy sessions,
  • Education about the disease of addiction.

At the end of treatment an aftercare plan is drawn up for the patient.

Second stage of rehab treatment

6 weeks - 6 months

Some patients move on to a second stage (sometimes called 'Extended Care') which can last from six weeks to six months.

  • Ongoing medical care and therapy to tackle complex needs,
  • Continue living in a safe, structured environment.  

Complex needs include:

  • Long-term addiction,
  • eating disorders,
  • other addictions,
  • post-traumatic stress disorder,
  • mood disorders or depression.