Residential rehabilitation or rehab for short, is a drug or alcohol rehab treatment programme that takes place in a residential setting. In rehab, clients go through intense programmes of care and support that are aimed at people who have difficulty getting off drugs or alcohol.

There are many different types of rehabilitation treatments and each treatment in rehab is tailored to the client’s individual needs. This is to give every client the best possible chance of overcoming their addiction for good.

If you are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction, get in touch with us today. Our team of friendly, knowledgeable staff are on hand at all times to provide you with any advice that you may need and answer any questions that you may have.

The Stages of Rehab

There are four stages to rehabilitation, which include the admissions process, the detox process and the personalised treatment plan, which is then followed by secondary treatment.


Admissions Process

The first part of anyone’s journey will start with meeting the admissions team, who, at Asana Lodge, are addiction recovery experts. The admissions process is designed to support you through this journey, beginning with a personal assessment to understand your unique needs.

The process starts with an initial call or visit, where you’ll be greeted with understanding, respect and compassion. A skilled professional will gather information about your substance use, medical history, mental health, and personal circumstances to create a comprehensive picture of your needs.

Next, you’ll undergo a medical examination. This is to ensure your safety during the recovery process, considering any physical health conditions you may have.

Then, you’ll work with our onsite counsellor to create a personalised treatment plan. This plan will map out your path to recovery, taking into account effective therapy options, medical treatments, and any necessary follow-up care you may require.


Detoxification Process

The alcohol or drug detox is usually tailored for every patient, as there are many factors that make a person’s addiction unique to them. With this in mind, a specialised detox plan is offered to each and every individual.

The whole detoxification process can be uncomfortable, as withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to extreme. This will depend on the type and severity of the addiction. However, you will be closely monitored by medical professionals at all times to ensure you are as comfortable and safe as possible throughout the process. In some cases, you may be prescribed medication to help ease and control the bad withdrawal symptoms that you get when you detox.


Rehabilitation Stage

The rehabilitation part of private rehab can be very lengthy depending on the individual, as their needs, experiences and personal circumstances will need to be considered when developing an effective treatment programme. Every person goes through rehab at their own pace, and this is factored into the treatment plan that you’re offered.

Everyone is different and will respond to the treatments differently. People also respond differently to alternative methods of therapy, so some treatments work better than others, depending on the person. With this in mind, rehab treatment plans need to be completely bespoke and flexible so that they are effective.

Anyone who is attending rehab needs to overcome and heal from the past and learn some new healthier behaviours and coping mechanisms that will help them move forward and live a better, substance-free lifestyle. Rehab also provides a range of evidence-based treatments that are delivered by highly-qualified professionals. Every treatment plan includes a range of different treatment methods to help you overcome your addiction effectively.

How long this stage of rehab lasts will, again, depend on the individual’s personalised treatment programme. Some people only enter rehab from the detoxification process, whereas others require a more intensive approach in order to remain on the right path. For this reason, programmes typically range anywhere from 7 days to 8 weeks.



Aftercare is an important part of rehab programmes. Many people underestimate just how helpful the aftercare stage of rehab can be in ensuring that you stay motivated and avoid relapsing.

Secondary treatment helps individuals maintain sobriety, transition back into everyday life, and identify ongoing triggers to prevent relapse. It provides continued support, builds coping skills, and addresses co-occurring disorders. Aftercare fosters personal growth, and accountability, and offers relapse prevention strategies. Ultimately, it significantly improves long-term recovery success by providing ongoing support and resources.

In aftercare, you will also often receive further therapies that aim to keep you on track with your recovery. You will also be encouraged to attend group meetings where you can become friends with other recovering addicts and form a network of support to help keep you motivated to remain sober.

At Asana Lodge, we believe it is really important that our patients have support when they return back home. This is the best way to ensure you avoid relapsing when you go back to being surrounded by all of your usual triggers and influences, which is why we offer a one-year aftercare package, free of charge.


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The Benefits of Residential Rehab

There are many benefits of attending a residential rehab centre for treating addiction.

In rehab, you will receive complete care and support throughout the entire recovery process. Plus, you will also go through your recovery in a comfortable environment where you are completely away from all of your usual triggers and influences.

In residential rehab, all of the treatments are completely bespoke. This is to ensure that you get the best possible chances of succeeding with your recovery.

When you go through residential rehab treatment, you can expect evidence-based treatments of the highest quality that are delivered by highly trained and knowledgeable staff members, including recovery staff, mental health nurses, therapists and doctors.

When you go through treatment in rehab, you can also rest assured knowing that you are in a safe environment where you are constantly monitored by medical staff. This ensures that you can always feel safe and comfortable during your time in the rehab centre.

When you attend residential rehab, you will interact with many members of staff, including medical professionals, consultants, and counsellors. You will also be taken care of properly and treated if you have any other conditions, such as mental health problems or other co-occurring illnesses.

Several other common conditions that may be treated in a rehab setting include eating disorders, depression, anxiety, gambling, OCD, compulsive spending, PTSD and trauma.

If you have any of these conditions in addition to your addiction, this is often known as a dual diagnosis, and you will be treated for both issues at the same time during your time in rehab.


Detoxing In Rehab

Detoxing in rehab is the safest option, as it can be very dangerous if you choose to detox on your own at home. This is due to all of the negative withdrawal symptoms that come with detoxing from drugs or alcohol.

When you detox in an alcohol or drug rehab setting, you will be surrounded by medical professionals who are there to ensure your detox is as safe and comfortable as possible. In some cases, you may be given some prescription medications to help ease some of the symptoms if the medical professionals think that this is needed.

The detox part of rehab is a very important part as it helps to flush all of the toxins out of your body. This then leaves you with a clear mind and without cravings so that you can move on to your further treatments in a completely sober state of mind.


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If you want to find out more about rehab or how we can help you with overcoming your addiction, get in touch with us today. We are happy to provide you with some free, confidential advice and answer any questions that you may have so that you can start your recovery journey sooner rather than later – call us on 01908 489 421.



John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 17 July 2023

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.