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UK Drug Rehabilitation Centers: Do They Really Work?
When you find out that your loved one has fallen victim to drug or alcohol addiction, your instinct will naturally suggest that you put the person in a rehabilitation center. We already know that there are now dozens of addiction treatment and drug rehabilitation centers operating across the country, and finding a reliable rehabilitation facility is simple and easy. In fact, even your family doctor can recommend one, but the question that usually arises is: do drug treatment centers in the UK really work?
According to the research conducted by Liverpool John Moores University (UK), the proportion of drug users who dropped out of drug rehab treatment centers increased from 7.2% in 1998 to 9.6% in 2002. Dr. Caryl Beynon and colleagues analyzed the records of 26,415 anonymous drug users who had entered treatment for drug addiction between 1997 and 2004 in Cheshire and Merseyside (England, UK). Although there was an increase in the overall number of drug users who entered treatment, the proportion of drug users who successfully completed substance abuse treatment decreased from 5.8% in 1998 to 3.5% in 2002.
Many of the drug rehabilitation centers UK are known for their sophisticated accommodation and amenities. Whether you go the northern or southern part of the country, you’ll find addiction treatment centers that boast with sprawling lawns and peaceful ambiance. On the other hand, if you try to look for any statistics that represent the success rate of substance abuse rehab centers, most of the facts and figures you’ll find are those released by the facilities themselves. Often, you’ll treat the data with sheer skepticism; however, all existing literatures will tell you that the longer an individual participates in a drug treatment program, the more likely it is that drug rehab works.
In reality, the success of addiction treatment centers for drug users depends on a number of important factors including the type and length of addiction, the duration of the rehabilitation program, the kinds of long-term support given to an addict, and most importantly the individual’s drive to overcome the habit. A drug addict who had been coerced to enter a drug addiction rehab center is likely to fall on a relapse under any circumstances. The research done by Liverpool John Moores University (UK) reveals that drug users coerced into treatment by the criminal justice system were more likely to drop out of treatment than those referred through other routes.
Many of the drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers today thoroughly assess their patient before they are put in a certain substance abuse treatment program. Detoxification is the most common short-term medical treatment that is given to a drug user. It can be quite expensive and usually last from 3-10 days depending on the severity of addiction. Although this kind of treatment provides temporary healing to an individual, experts agree that the involvement of the drug user’s family can highly impact the patient’s effort to lose the addiction.
Battling drug addiction is difficult. Drug rehabilitation centers and intervention programs do help an individual improve his/her quality of life; however, without the drug user’s desire to combat the addiction and without the support of the individual’s family, any treatment program or rehabilitation center may only work for a short while and the individual will find himself or herself falling back into the habit.