According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists NI, there is a demand for more community-based detox addiction services in order to combat Northern Ireland’s tragic record on alcohol deaths.
Community-based detoxes are treatment programmes which do not require a residential stay but are instead delivered in the form of a day programme from local treatment centres. This helps those suffering with addiction to learn how to cope in their day-to-day lives, facing the same everyday challenges.
This proves to be more useful than getaway retreat style rehabs as these types of facilities are far away from the challenges many people face in their everyday lives. Once attendees return back home, they are faced with the same challenges as before and struggle to transfer their skills from an isolated retreat back to their usual lifestyle, often resulting in a relapse.
Not only are community-based detoxes very effective, they are also an alternative option to a hospital admission, therefore reducing the demand on inpatient beds and helping to lower waiting times (which is currently over two months due to the pandemic.)
Whilst there is access to inpatient addiction services for all Trusts, availability is low due to the limited bed numbers as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and unfortunately, not every Trust has access to community based detoxes.
According to the latest statistics, the number of alcohol deaths reached a record high in 2019, with 336 alcohol related deaths, an 18% increase from 2018 and over 33% higher than ten years ago, costing the public purse around £900m annually. The death rate is also notably higher in more deprived areas of Northern Ireland.
As a result, RCPNI is calling for a regional plan to increase access to community-based assisted withdrawal services across the country in order to combat the high death rate and vacate hospital beds.
Community Based Detox with Acquiesce
At Acquiesce, we use an urban recovery model that provides a discreet, highly supported and safe environment within the community. Whilst not being hidden from the real world this allows individuals to gain all the tools and experience necessary whilst maintaining a carefully monitored level of autonomy and responsibility over their own recovery. This makes any transitional period from treatment a much smoother process resulting in a more sustainable recovery journey.
We offer both residential rehab and ‘dayhab’ programmes as we recognise that each individual’s circumstances are different and some cannot take time away from their everyday responsibilities to complete the residential rehab programme.
This programme is flexible to accommodate the individual, including their commitments such as childcare, business etc. We plan around their unique circumstances to ensure there is less pressure added on top of the recovery.
The dayhab programme is non-residential and offers local, community-based treatment, allowing individuals to build their way to recovering in their local area which can be very beneficial to support long term results. This is because they learn how to cope with different circumstances in surroundings that are familiar to them, and ones that they will likely continue to live in. Whilst a rehab in the middle of nowhere can feel like a nice break, once individuals return home and the reality of everyday life is restored, they may find themselves struggling and therefore relapse.
Dayhab includes weekly one-to-one sessions with a Practitioner, an introduction to 12 Steps and many more approaches that can be found here. This programme is offered in 4, 8 or 12 weeks and depends on each individual’s circumstances. A full assessment and aftercare package is included, making sure they are well prepared and have the right resources to continue their recovery after the programme.
Alternatively, there is the residential rehab programme that The Residential programme targets the root issue which you may be experiencing by offering a combination package that includes the 12 steps and cognitive behavioural therapy based approaches as, at Acquiesce, we understand that alcohol, drugs and gambling are commonly a method of coping with negative experiences or feelings.
This type of treatment offers a recovery focused code of behaviour in which to live whilst teaching new skills and offering resources that help to treat the addiction in day to day life on a practical level. Our social and leisure activities allow you to have fun during your rehabilitation and can help you to make friendships with others in recovery.
If you think you or a loved one may be showing signs of an addiction, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for a free, confidential consultation with one of our helpful team members at Acquiesce who will be happy to discuss our community based residential rehab and dayhab programme with you or find more help and advice here.