For people with drug & alcohol problems

Your Guide to Rehab: Why it’s necessary and why it could save your life.

Process Addictions

Do you feel like no one understands you or your behavioural addiction?

Are you struggling to find help for gambling, gaming, shopping or even porn addiction? You’re not alone. In addition to alcohol and drugs, many people also become addicted to certain behaviours.

Here at ERG, we provide FREE and confidential advice on the most suitable place for you to go for your addiction. 

We help many people suffering from cross-addiction as many behavioural disorders can often be overshadowed by drugs or alcohol. Types of addictions we help treat alongside substance abuse include:

  1. Gambling addiction
  2. Gaming addiction 
  3. Love and sexual addictions
  4. Food addictions
  5. Shopping addiction

We work with several evidence-based inpatient treatment facilities, which have proven successful in helping people overcome depression, anxiety and trauma alongside treating addictive behaviours.  

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Your inpatient journey 

Behavioural rehab will aim to teach you new patterns of behaviour and coping strategies to help you manage triggers or compulsions in the future.

Typically, inpatient behavioural rehab begins with medical stabilisation; from here, the patient will advance through therapeutic programmes after achieving certain milestones.

Core components of a residential rehab:

  • Educational lectures, literature and talks
  • Various assessments and evaluations
  • Group therapy, 1-1 therapy and family therapy
  • Special groups for grief, women, faith-based and LGBTQ+
  • 12 step facilitation
  • Behavioural therapy (CBT & EMDR)
  • Holistic and complementary therapies

How behavioural rehab targets addictive behaviours

Research tells us that chemical imbalances or other co-occurring issues can cause compulsive or dependent addictive behaviours.

Behavioural rehabs, like Castle Craig, who treat cross-addiction, use cutting-edge treatment philosophies which treat addiction for what it is; a disease. 

In rehab, you can expect anywhere from 60-80 hours of 1-1 and group therapy per month. These are specialised therapies, which can include EMDR and CBT.

Your condition will be thoroughly assessed, and a psychiatrist will oversee a treatment plan and monitor your progress. 

Therapists and psychologists will then work with you to heal the reason you might be susceptible to addictive behaviours in the first place.

How much will it cost to go to behavioural rehab?

The price of rehab often varies on several factors. These can include the length of your stay, which room you choose to stay in, what aftercare you receive and often patient to medical staff ratio.

Costs per week tend to vary from £4,000-£10,000. Often the higher costing rehabs can offer overnight supervision, psychiatrists, doctors, nurses etc., whereas lower costing rehabs may not be able to afford to provide these.

There are three ways you can pay for behavioural rehab:

  1. Self-funded
  2. Through insurance
  3. State-funded

If you’re still unsure about how to pay for treatment, we’ll be happy to walk you through the process and advise on your best next steps. 

Here are a few rehab choices in the UK

Over 10,000 patients have passed through our rehab centre’s doors since 1988, and the majority have gone on to achieve, long-term abstinent recovery from their addictions – Castle Craig.

How long should you stay in behavioural rehab?

The typical stay in rehab is usually 28 days, but what is not so widely known is that this number comes from the length of stay insurance companies will cover. Therefore, it seems to have become the standard.

However, research tells us that 35 days is a better rehab programme because, in the case of alcohol and drugs, a detox can delay therapy. 

Your length of stay is usually advised to you after a behavioural addiction assessment – and depending on the severity of your addiction, you might need additional time to address co-occurring mental health complications.

Want to recover? But just can’t? Let others success in overcoming behavioural addictions influence you.

Certain treatment facilities like Castle Craig have employed specialist behavioural addiction therapists with decades worth of experience. 

These addiction specialists have even designed some of their own programmes, from which they have seen much success. For example, 73% of all patients treated reported sustained recovery. Isn’t that a statistic you would rather be a part of?

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Behavioural rehab FAQs

  • Behaviour becomes obsessive
  • You engage with the behaviour multiple times every day
  • Relationships are beginning to be impacted with your engagement with the behaviour
  • You begin to replace activities you used to enjoy with this compulsive behaviour
  • Life circumstances are deeply impacted from this addictive behaviour like losing your job, financial ruin etc

This will entirely depend on your circumstances, for example, some people are unable to attend residential rehab because of other commitments. 

The downside to outpatient treatment is that it can be sometimes less effective because you are not removed from your current environment where your addiction has developed.

Sometimes it pays to go away.

  • Food Addicts Anonymous
  • Food Addicts in Recovery
  • Shopaholics Anonymous
  • Sex Addicts Anonymous
  • SMART Recovery’s Gambling Addiction
  • Gamblers Anonymous
  • Preoccupied with addictive behaviour
  • The inability to resist engaging in this behaviour
  • Becoming tolerant to this behaviour and having to engage in it more frequently 
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms which include adverse psychological effects when you avoid this behaviour

There are various stay options:

  • 28 days
  • 35 days
  • 60 days

If you are not paying privately you will need to begin with your GP.

Private paying patients can self-refer and be processed very quickly. 

All you need to do is contact the rehab you are interested in to begin the process of admissions.

We care

The road to recovery is going to be tough, but you’re not expected to go through it alone. Schedule a free behavioural addiction assessment here, or get in touch with us here; we can help advise on the best place for your recovery as well as just being a friendly face when you need one.