When making the right choice matters, consider Choices Rehabs.
Hannah Shead, CEO of Trevi House and Chair of Choices Rehabs,
talks about how to get help when sourcing residential treatment
If you are living with the pain and chaos of
addiction, either your own or that of a loved
one, it can sometimes feel overwhelming.
Family members often describe the
enormous feat of trying to seek help will make
them feel like they are being bounced from
pillar to post. Many people just don't know
where to start to find help to be drug and
alcohol free. At a time when one most needs
guidance and certainty, it can seem like you
are wading through treacle in the dark with a
However, I do not want to paint a picture of
doom and gloom! I frequently witness first-
hand the transformational power of getting
the right help at the right time. There are
many amazing services out there, staffed by
wonderful people. Every day all across the
country clients are leaving residential care
feeling positive about their future. At this very
moment, as you read this, there will be a
graduation ceremony taking place in a
treatment centre somewhere in the UK,
celebrating the achievement of another person
leaving treatment drug and alcohol free.
I came to rehab a very angry
person but since I have been here
and worked through my issues, I
am a different person…I now
believe in myself again it’s also
made me become a more caring
and understanding person.
I have a future now that’s full
of excitement and a new
journey has begun…I really do
owe them my life.
So, the perhaps the question is not “is
there help out there?” but instead “how do I
get the help I need?”.
It is in response to this challenge, that
Choices Rehabs was formed. Choices Rehabs
is a collective of 15 independent rehabs who
share the belief that treatment should be
ethical, affordable and effective. Spanning the
UK, with nearly 500 years’ experience
between us, we came together over five years
"I found your website a very
welcome tonic having recently
been turned away by our family
GP who offered no information
or hope that an alcoholic/addict
help at the
(let alone members of the
family) could be helped and
me there weren't any
rehab centres he could suggest."
Mrs J of Berkshire
ago to see if we could find a way to make the
of sourcing residential treatment that
little bit easier.
Over the years, we have worked on a
number of projects together. The first one of
these was a website, a powerful portal to all
the Choices Rehabs services. The Choices
Rehabs powerful online portal is transparent,
trustworthy and free and gives:
• Detailed suggestions on how to choose a rehab
• Comparison tables of all the services of each
• Advice for relatives (not there yet)
• Direct access to the Choices Rehabs you want
to talk to further.
Whether you are a worried family member or
looking for help yourself,
www.addictionrehabuk.org is the perfect
place to begin your search for help. Not only
will you find details about a range of different
rehabs, you will find other useful information
to help you navigate through this journey.
We are passionate about achieving the best
possible outcomes for the individuals we
support. We meet regularly to drive up best
practice by sharing information and experience
across our members. One of the initiatives that
has emerged from this sharing of ideas and
practice, is a Treatment Loop, whereby we work
together to retain people in treatment. Since
the loop began, we have had a number of
individuals complete treatment who might
otherwise have been discharged early
We also offer our wealth of knowledge and
experience to advise others on treatment
issues. We are, after all, a body with a collective
respected voice that can be consulted to
support or give feedback to policy makers,
politicians or others working in this field.
So, whether you are struggling with
addiction, a family member, a commissioner, a
frontline practitioner…or anyone with an
interest in this sector, we believe that Choices
Rehabs has something to offer.
We would encourage you to check out our
website and follow us on Social Media.
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