Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the common questions we are asked at PCP. These are intended as a guide and general information only, and is a work in progress, which we’ll be adding to often. For professional, tailored advice or answers to any of your questions, please get in touch with us. Our expert staff can help answer any questions you have about addiction, recovery and rehab – whether it’s for you or a loved one.
Why Rehab? Does it work?
PCP’s rehab services have an average success rate of X%. There are many reasons why rehab works, primarily due to the intensity of the intervention that is provided, with our educational and group counselling sessions being delivered all day Monday-Friday and for half days on a weekend. Our high ratio of staff to clients means that our staff can focus solely on the people that we have in treatment at any given time and are on hand to support people 24 hours a day. The fact that we can detox our
clients means that if the patient remains in treatment and follows the medical advice given by our Doctor’s and Nurse’s, they are guaranteed to achieve abstinence from the substance.
How long is a Rehab Programme?
Our full primary rehab programme is 3 months in duration. Any client that successfully completes
our full 3-month programme will leave PCP with the ‘full toolkit’ of skills and understanding required to maintain long term abstinence. However, for many reasons 3 months in treatment is not always achievable, so we offer 4 and 8-week rehab programmes which will give anyone a solid foundation for recovery. Regardless of whether someone is in treatment for 2 weeks or 3 months, the long-term outcome of the treatment is always decided by the patient. ‘You get out what you put in’ applies very much in addiction and recovery, so if someone gives it their all when they are in treatment and then when they get out apply the things they have learned, this should equal long term recovery.
How much does Rehab cost?
PCP is one of the most cost-effective rehabs in England and we have a range of services available at different costs in different locations, based on the accommodation and services provided. Our low cost clinics still provide the same medical and therapeutic treatment that you would receive at any clinic, as the treatments for addiction are to a certain degree generic and work along the principles of talking therapies and medical detox, to which we follow the Clinical Guidelines.
What addictions do you treat?
Our philosophy at PCP is that all addictions are developed in the same way, but manifest in different behavioural responses. That is the reason why addicts who do not receive the correct treatment often ‘cross-addict’ when they stop one addiction, they just move on to another form of addictive behaviour. Primarily we treat alcohol and drug addiction, but we also treat other behavioural addictions such as Sex-addiction, Gambling and Gaming addictions.
Can Rehab be funded by charitable organisations?
It is possible to be funded into treatment by the local drug and alcohol services and/ or the local authority in which the person lives. However, to access this treatment quickly a person would have to already be registered and engaging with that service and will have to apply for funding. The funding for residential drug and alcohol treatment is very limited as most of the financial resources go into treatment in the community as there are so many people with addiction problems. Only will a person be granted funding if they have explored all other avenues and the person is in extremely high need of inpatient treatment.
Are meals provided in Rehab?
The answer to this question will depend on which PCP location you attend for treatment. Our belief is that most of our clients are, once over the first few days of detox, more than capable of cooking for themselves and we believe that recovery is about empowering people to take responsibility for every aspect of their lives. As such in some of our services, clients buy and cook their own breakfast and evening meals, which gives people more freedom to eat what they want, when they want, alone or as a group. However, for some people, they want to have the luxury of having all their meals cooked for them, which we also offer as an option, so everyone’s needs and wishes are catered for.
Can I smoke in Rehab?
Though in the long term, we find that many people stop smoking in recovery, we not actively insist that people stop smoking if this is something that they do not want to do. Therefore, we do allow smoking and vaping at our services, in designated outdoor areas. Our medical professionals can provide smoking cessation advice and make necessary referrals if this is a path someone wishes to follow.
Will Rehab help with my anxiety & depression?
Yes. Most of our clients, whether the condition is diagnosed or not, report having feelings of anxiety and depression. These thoughts and feelings are a part of the cycle of addiction, feeding the need to take substances to take away those feelings, and then those feelings being worse the more someone uses substances. Our counselling-based rehab programme is designed to address these underlying issues and 100% of people that complete a programme of treatment at PCP report in an improvement in their mental health.
Is aftercare provided?
Aftercare is a critical part of the recovery journey. People leaving treatment are at risk of relapse as the support network that rehab provides is no longer there. Therefore, PCP provides a weekly aftercare meeting and ongoing telephone support when the person requires it. PCP Rehab also offers supported housing, which is accommodation plus the support of a dedicated Keyworker.
What support is available for the families of people in addiction?
Addiction doesn’t just affect the addict and in turn, treatment and recovery for the addict also relies on family members recovering from the trauma they have been through. Families also need to go through a process whereby they learn to forgive and trust the addict. PCP provides 1-2-1 support to family members as well as a monthly group session, where family members can gather and share their experiences, and learn how to cope with the addict in the future, when they are in recovery.
Does going to rehab affect custody of my children?
This is a question we are asked by many parents. Ask yourself this; is your alcoholism or drug addiction likely to affect the custody of your children and their well being if left untreated? By attending rehab you are showing that you are willing to tackle your alcohol problem and get well. This is something that not only you will benefit from (as in saving your life) but that your children will reap the benefits of having a responsible and “present” parent that can offer love and stability. Those that delay or reject the ideal of alcohol or drug rehab for custody reasons, usually end up losing everything, including their children. More often than we like, it costs them their life.