Residential rehabilitation: powering up in 2021

Our contributor David McCartney has a post over at the Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems blog. It’s worth your time.

“Rehab? What’s the point of it? There’s no evidence that it works. I don’t refer anyone to rehab. Do you?”

The addiction worker was talking to a colleague – another practitioner working in the field. What he didn’t know was that his workmate was in long term recovery from addiction and felt he owed his recovery, at least in part, to his three months in rehab several years before.

When I heard this, my initial response was a tight smile at the irony of the situation. But as the clinical lead of an NHS residential rehabilitation service (LEAP), I also felt frustration at our colleague’s contempt for the option of rehab as a treatment intervention. In practice, his own beliefs would be a barrier to his clients accessing rehab. Our own attitudes can profoundly affect those we have pledged to help. (read the rest here)

Residential rehabilitation: powering up in 2021

2 thoughts on “Residential rehabilitation: powering up in 2021

  1. Having worked in a residential rehab, I can attest to the fact that a great number of the clients would not have found their way into recovery without it. I am still in contact via FB with many ex-clients whose stories are all different. Many managed to maintain recovery, whilst some relapsed but worked on the seeds planted in the Clinic to later find recovery, by and large via AA and NA groups, which are a mainstay of the recovery movement.


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